We both love the simple yet sturdy look of the Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods from West Elm, but not the price. Just one would have set us back $99, and we needed two.
A quick trip to the hardware store helped us create an almost identical look for a fraction of the price. In fact, a set of two rods cost around $45, a savings of more than 75 percent!
DIY Industrial Pipe Curtains Rods
Makes 1 rod
- 1 1/2-inch by 48-inch black iron pipe
- 2 1/2-inch 90-degree black iron elbows
- 2 1/2-inch iron floor flanges
- tarp or drop cloth
- Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered Spray Paint (in Sliver Hammered)
- screws with anchors
1. Make sure the pipe you have selected is the length you want to use. The pipes don’t come in too many sizes, but they can be cut to your specifications and rethreaded at most larger hardware stores—just ask! Once you have all of your pieces, connect them to form your rod. Connect an elbow to each end of the pipe, making sure you create two 90-degree arms facing in the same direction (so your rod will be flat against the wall). Next, connect a flange to each elbow.
2. Put your tarp or drop cloth down in a well ventilated area (preferably outside) and apply spray paint in an even coat and let dry.
3. Install your rods making sure to use anchors that are well suited to your type of wall.
SWWU Tip 1: Since the rod won’t be spring-loaded, you’ll need to think about how you want to hang your curtains before you put up your rod. If you want to thread the rod through your curtains you’ll need to do this BEFORE you attach the last flange and attach the rod to the wall. If you’d like your look to be more flexible (like we did) choose curtains with grommets and hang with hooks. We used the IKEA Grundtal Hooks.
SWWU Tip 2: Pipes come in various finishes including copper, black and gray. We chose to paint ours so the look was consistent, but you can leave yours plain for a more natural look.