We recently shared our covered porch makeover featuring our DIY curtain rod. I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn how to make a curtain rod but when I realized that the one I wanted was over $200, I decided it was time to make my own. Outdoor curtain rods need to be weather resistant and rust proof. Who would have thought that a galvanized electrical pipe would do the trick!
Many curtain rod tutorials use plumbers pipe with plumbing fasteners. I chose galvanized electrical pipe and eye hooks, mainly because the electrical pipe was half the cost and I could cut the electrical pipe myself.
I purchased two 1″ galvanized electrical pipes. They were each 10′ long. I needed my rod to be 11′ and 2″ so in order to make the rod look proportioned, I decided to cut two feet off each end of one rod and use the second rod along with 1″ compression couplings (in the same isle as the electrical pipe) to join the rods together. I purchased my pipe at Home Depot and the longest pipe they had was 10′ so I had no choice but to add a second pipe in order to get my desired length.
I cut the pipe with a hack saw.
The blade was a bit dull but it only took about 5 minutes to cut. It’s fairly easy.
The compression coupling has a ring inside that compresses the pipes together once screwed tightly.
Slide the end piece, ring and grooved end on the pipe.
If you are adding pipe (I needed to make mine longer) you will now add your second compression coupling to the second pipe and screw the two together.
This project caused me a bit of a headache but once I figured out how to add the compression couplings, it was smooth sailing.
I used large eye hooks that I screwed into the side of the deck wall as rod hangers.
The galvanized curtain rod was the perfect inexpensive solution to adding outdoor drapery to our covered porch. I love mixing industrial styled decor with a modern cottage theme. The galvanized pipe and compression couplings added that industrial touch I was going after.
The blue pillows are from HomeGoods and I love how the coordinate with the tan cushions.
If you think about it, how to make a curtain rod isn’t that difficult. Now that I know that electrical pipe works as a perfect curtain rod solution, I am considering making another one for our pool house makeover. This project cost under $20. A far cry from the $200 one that I wanted and I think it looks just as good! Has anyone made their own curtain rod before? Do tell in the comments, I would love to hear other economical ideas and solutions for hanging outdoor drapery.
PS. Did you see our new pink rug in our family room and enter to win a rug from Mohawk Carpet?
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