DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

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DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

If you’re like me, every purchase that arrives in the mail is a source of great anticipation and high hopes. I tear open the box and pull out the item , convinced it will look just like the photo in the online catalog. Unfortunately, in my experience, too many of these packages fail to meet expectations and end up being sent back to where they came from.

DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

After repeating this scenario several times with curtain rods, I decided to make my own. My mother, visiting from Sweden, was opposed to the idea, especially when I told her I planned to build my rods out of copper plumbing pipe. She wasn’t aware of the great DIY plumbing pipe movement, but an online image search helped win her approval, and soon she was even ready to start sewing curtains.

Photography by Izabella Simmons.

Above: All of my curtain-rod parts were sourced in the plumbing aisle: copper pipe, copper elbows, copper adapters, and galvanized flanges.

Earl greeted me at my neighborhood hardware store. He soon became my new best friend, after all the time he spent helping me find fittings and cutting the copper pipe. It took a lot of measuring, questioning, and strategizing before we were able to make all the pieces fit together. Here’s a list of the parts I ended up buying for each copper pipe curtain rod

1. Materials for Copper Pipe Curtain Rod

DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

- 1 , 1/2 inch by 5 feet; $7.34 from Home Depot.

- 2 90-degree , 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch; $3.78 for a 10-pack from Home Depot .

- 2 , 1/2 inch by 3/8 inch; $4.54 from Home Depot.

- 2 ; $6.99 each from Ace Hardware.

- 4 Toggle Bolts . Make sure the bolt head is large enough not to slip through the flange hole.

DIY: How to Make A Copper Pipe Curtain Rod for $35

My windows are 31 inches wide. For each rod, Earl cut a 54-inch length of copper pipe, plus two shorter, 3-inch pieces. If your hardware store can’t handle the pipe cutting, consider doing it yourself with a .

If you have a wider window, the weight of the curtains will cause the copper pipe to bend in the middle. Prevent that by connecting two pipes using a . You’ll also need an extra piece of short pipe and an additional flange to screw into the wall. Depending on the width of your window, you might have to add several copper pressure tees.

Above: To support the combined weight of rod and curtains, I opted for toggle bolts instead of drywall screws. I used the washers to secure the bolt.

Above: Assemble all of the unfinished copper pipe pieces.

Above: I decided to have a black powder-coat finish applied to the rods. I called a local powder coat shop and asked if they were able to help. It was surprisingly affordable–only $50 for the three rods and all the other parts. Make sure the powder-coat people know that you plan to assemble the pieces, so they leave the connecting parts unfinished. Alternatively, you can apply yourself for a simpler finish. Or, if you prefer the look of copper, don’t paint the pipes at all. But be aware that copper can oxidize and change color; if desired, you can apply a coating that prevents oxidation.

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