How to Make a DIY Pipe Curtain Rod

Get the industrial look in any room without much effort or budgeting. This four-step project is perfect for beginners!

We can't resist the look of industrial-inspired pipe curtain rods. If you've got a non-standard-size window, this is the perfect way to get a custom look without the price tag. With just a few plumbing supplies from the hardware store, you can whip up this project in less than an hour. We painted our curtain rod pieces black, but leaving the pipes unfinished shaves off even more project time. 

What You Need

  • 1-1/2-inch diameter pipe in length to fit your window
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Spray lacquer
  • (2) 1-1/2-inch 90 degree elbows
  • (2) 1-1/2 x 2-inch length nipples
  • (2) 1-1/2-inch floor flanges
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill with drill and screw bits
  • (8) Black screws
  • Wall anchors (optional)

Step 1: Spray Paint

Spray pipe and all plumbing pieces with matte black spray paint, allow to dry, and coat with spray lacquer. When applying the paint and lacquer avoid the threads of the piping. Allow to dry completely. 

Safety Tip: Always apply spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself.

Step 2: Attach Elbows

Attach the 90-degree elbows to the pipe ends by simply screwing them on. Then, connect the nipple to the other side of the elbow. Perform this step on both sides. 

Step 3: Attach Flanges and Hang Curtains

Attach one of the flanges to one of the nipples by screwing it onto the end of the rod. Then, place the curtain panels on the rod. Once the curtain panels are threaded through, install the remaining flange to the other end of the rod.

Step 4: Install Rod

Hold the rod up to the desired locations on the wall, and secure with screws. If installing into a stud, drill pilot holes first so your screws sink in easily. If installing into a wall without a support, drill pilot holes and insert wall anchors before driving your screws in the wall.

Editor's Tip: Before drilling any holes, make sure to measure and mark level holes. Use a tape measure to mark the distance from the window frame and down from the ceiling.

1 Comment

  1. Interesting look, but I'm wondering how you can remove the curtains without having to unscrew the rod from the wall?

    1. We have been using black water pipe for years as curtain rods. We get around the dilemma of curtain removal by using rings with clips. It looks nice, is a one-time setup, and one does not have to dismantle the entire rod to wash the curtains. Cheers!

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