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Today I am sharing how to make outdoor curtain rods for under $20 from a pipe! If you have ever priced heavy duty outdoor patio curtain rods, you know they are very expensive so we decided to make a curtain rod out of galvanized pipe. I saved myself over $180 by making my own outdoor curtain rod and I absolutely love it!
What Can I Use To Make An Outdoor Curtain Rod?
Many curtain rod tutorials use plumbers pipe with plumbing fasteners.
Galvanized plumbing pipe (or electrical pipe will also work) are both rust resistant which will prevent corrosion from the outdoor elements.
I chose galvanized electrical pipe and eye hooks, mainly because the electrical pipe was half the cost of the plumbing pipe and I could cut the electrical pipe myself.
DIY Curtain Rod
- Two 1″ galvanized electrical pipes (I purchased 10′ long pipes)
- Compression Couplings
- Galvanized eye hooks
Step 1: Cut Pipe
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 aisle 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 electrical pipe with a hacksaw. Keep in mind, you can do this curtain rod project with plumbing pipe and PVC pipe as well.
White PVC pipe many times will have writing (branding) on the pipe so you may want to paint the pipe with outdoor paint if you choose that route.
The blade on my saw was a bit dull but it only took about 5 minutes to cut.
Step 2: Attach Compression Couplings
The next step, I used compression couplings to fasten the pipes together. They actually are very industrial looking and visually appealing.
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. Our outdoor curtain rod was a breeze from this point forward.
Step 3: Attach Eye Hooks (hangers)
I used large eye hooks that I screwed into the side of the deck wall as rod hangers.
Step 4: Hang Rod & Curtains
Hang your new DIY curtain rod and curtains by sliding the pipe through the eye hooks.
Heavy Duty Outdoor Curtain Rods
The galvanized pipe curtain rod was the perfect inexpensive solution to adding light filtering outdoor curtains (like these) which are over 50% off, to our covered porch. I love mixing industrial styled decor with a modern cottage theme. If you are looking for sun blocking outdoor curtains, try these.
The galvanized pipe and compression couplings added that industrial touch I was going after.
If you think about it, making outdoor curtain rods isn’t that difficult. Now that I know electrical or plumbing pipe will work as a perfect outdoor curtain rod solution, I am considering making another one for our new pool house makeover.
Outdoor curtain rods are perfect attached to a wall or even floating / free standing. Outdoor curtains soften a wall or create a barrier just like inside your home.
This curtain rod 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 rods before?
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.