I posted a picture on Pinterest over 2 years ago of my DIY double industrial conduit curtain rod and now its had over 60,000 re-pins collectively so I decided to post the tutorial.
UPDATE: As of 7-06-2017 this project has been featured on shared.com, thecottagemarket.com, houseofhawthornes.com , thesnug.com (now owned by RealSimple), Momtastic.com , cheetsheet.com and bloggerbests.com.
A little over a year ago my husband left on an overseas trip for 3 weeks so I figured while he was gone I would kick some butt and make my DIY industrial double curtain rods and paint the kitchen cabinets. WHAT. WAS. I. THINKING.
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DIY double industrial curtain rod
I worked on both projects into the wee hours of the morning for three weeks. Of course I had some help from the DIY Jedi’s aka Mom and Dad.
After an exhaustive search to find the perfect curtain rods to fit with my “Portland” decor. I found the perfect rod over at Westelm. The only problem was the price tag, $108.00 for one window!?!? Who can afford that?
After thinking about it for a few day’s I realized not only could I make my own but also make them a double curtain rod. I was able to find fittings on a couple different websites. Check out Supply house, Amazon and Home depot for the best prices close to you. Shipping on these products can be steep due to the weight of the pipe fittings.
Total cost for the longest completed curtain rod is $28.00. I live in Oregon where don’t have sales tax.
Here is a list of all the supplies you will need:
Available at supply house, Amazon and Home depot:
4 3/4″ x. 3/4″x 1/2″ black reducing tee – black imported (2 pieces per window)***the picture shown above has the wrong size for the black reducing tee***
Available at Home Depot or Amazon
5 3/4″ round metal conduit (Home Depot)
6 1/2″ round metal conduit (Home Depot)
7 2 cans of Rust-o-leum universal advance formula, metallic paint and primer in “Oil rubbed Bronze”
10 Steel wool
11 Rubbing Alcohol
Note: Depending on what kind of curtains you will be hanging you will need curtain rings with clips or hooks to hang curtains with grommets. At IKEA they sell the rings called “Syrlig.” I bought two sets of 1 1/2″ round rings for the 3/4″ conduit and a 1″ round ring for the 1/2″ round conduit. I bought a bracket for the middle of the rod because I was worried about sagging. The bracket I purchased was also from IKEA the name is “Betydlig.” I have had the rod’s up for almost two years with NO sagging in the middle because of the anchors I used.
Assemble all the pipe fittings to make sure everything fits together well. I purposely bought the black colored fittings so I didn’t have to paint them.
Next figure out how long your conduit should be. You should have your pipe fittings assembled by this point for accurate measurements. Ideally you will want to find a stud to attach them to. I was not able to put them in the studs so I used the Wej-It Drywall Anchor. After determining where the flanges needed to be; I measured between the elbows and add a 1 inch to the final measurement to ensure that the pipe would fit securely in the pipe fittings. Note: the conduit does not have to be threaded! It will fit into the pipe fitting securely on its own.
Measure the curtain rods according to how far you want the them above your window and below your ceiling.
After the pipe is cut use the steel wool (like you would sandpaper) and “sand” the ends making sure you have a nice smooth pipe. If you don’t like paper cuts…pipe cuts are 1000 times worse, so wear gloves!
Remove any stickers, grease and grim before paintings. After ensuring the sticker residue was removed I had my awesome dad take the pipes outside for spray painting.
This is soooo important. The rust-o-leum is a great product but there is A LOT of over spray. Make sure to take care not to spray paint your new white car, Uh-huh!
Insert the conduit into the pipe fittings and adjust to make the curtain rods level. Don’t forget to put the curtain rings on BEFORE you put the rod’s up!
This project was born out of necessity for a cool curtain rod and is a simple enough DIY that anyone can do it. I would recommend that if you are trying to cover a large window that you get help putting the curtain rod up, it is not a one woman job!
Comment below if you’re in need of help or love these curtain rods!
Want to know how the curtain rod’s have held up? Here is my my update on how they are working and the wear and tear of the build.