UNIQUE CURTAIN RODS: DIY Curtain Rods for a Difficult Spot
Before I had any idea how I was going to decorate the living room, I had purchased curtains. They had a coral pattern on them that I really liked and they were on sale, I couldn’t resist! I didn’t think about curtain rods to mount them on until much later. When I did finally think about it, I came across a small problem. The window trim on either side of the chimney butted right up to the side of the chimney.
I definitely couldn’t mount a rod outside the trim, which would have been my preference. After all, we had just spent a lot of time getting that trim to look really good! I thought it would look silly to hang these curtain panels inside of the frame, like you do with a window shade. Also traditional rods have finials that extend beyond the ends, so they wouldn’t fit on the window.
What’s a girl to do? I wanted a rod that I could mount on the frame, but didn’t extend beyond the outside of the frame. I found a couple with really small finials that would have worked, but looked cheesy to me. My solution was to make a rod from plumbing parts.
I carefully measured the width of my window and the flat area of the window trim that I wanted to mount the frame on. Then I went to the plumbing department at Home Depot to figure out what I could use. I also checked out the conduit for electrical wiring to make sure that I didn’t like it any better and to make sure that I was getting the most bang for my buck. I decided that the look I wanted would best be accomplished with two floor flanges, two elbows and some pipe.
Next I had to figure out if what I liked would fit in my space, so I measured: the diameter of the floor flanges, and the length of the elbow from the bend to the opening for the pipe end (the female end of the elbow. to make sure they worked with the space I had available. I could have just purchased a flange and an elbow, screwed them together and held them up in my space, but I didn’t want to make another trip to and from the store.
For each window I needed two floor flanges, two elbows and one piece of pipe. I liked the look of the 3/4″ pipe. The friendly folks at Home Depot, cut the pipe to the length I needed and threaded the ends for me. I attached an elbow to a piece of pipe before I had it cut, so that I could most accurately determine the length of pipe I needed because the pipe only goes partially into the elbow, not all the way to the bend.
Back at home I put the pipe through the curtain grommets, attached all the plumbing pieces to each other and screwed the flanges into the window trim. To change the curtains I will have to unscrew the flanges, which is not as easy as a store bought rod, but I solved my problem and got a look I like! Industrial chic? And each finished rod cost less than $30.
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