I can’t call our living room and dining room complete until we finally hang curtains. Unfortunately, extra long curtain rods are incredibly expensive. I went searching for ideas to make my own inexpensive DIY curtain rods and found tons of curtain rod inspiration.
So I headed to the hardware store and left with the supplies for 3 super cheap DIY curtain rods.
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Materials for DIY Curtain Rods
- 1/2 inch Electrical Conduit – $2 for a 10 foot length
- Corner braces – $3 for a pack of 4
- 1/2 inch One hole straps – $3 for a pack of 25
- Nuts and bolts to attach the straps to the braces – $1.50 for a pack of 5
- Spray primer (optional)
- Spray paint in desired color (optional)
The prices listed are what I paid at my local home improvement store. The conduit and straps were found with the electrical supplies, the corner braces were near the cabinet hardware.
All of the necessary materials for my 3 curtain rods (including one that was extra long) came to $14.50. That is an amazing deal.
Tip: They will cut the electrical conduit to length for you at the store. But be sure you ask very nicely. When I bought mine, the man told me they do not cut it there…but he cut it as he was speaking. If you would rather just cut it at home, a simple hacksaw should do the job.
How to Make DIY Curtain Rods
I began by spray painting all of my hardware to get the look I wanted. Be sure to use spray primer first to help the paint adhere. I used an oil rubbed bronze spray paint, but you can choose any metal finish or any spray paint color.
Attach a strap to each corner bracket using a nut and bolt.
Simply use the screws that came with the corner brackets to attach the hardware to the wall. You may also need to use anchors depending on what type of walls you have and how heavy your curtains are.
(I’ve got an awesome trick for painting screws super fast with no mess here.)
Then attach your curtains or curtain rings to your rod and pop it into the brackets.
I also found another option if you want inexpensive curtain rods but you don’t want to deal with gathering the hardware bits yourself. You can buy simple curtain rod brackets that are sold separately. If you pair these with electrical conduit you will still save a fair amount of money over store packaged curtain rods, though they won’t be as inexpensive as they are when you gather the pieces yourself.
*Update: I recently shared all the details of the inexpensive DIY finials I added to my super cheap curtain rods.
The curtains I chose to use are bleached Lenda panels from Ikea – again beautiful but frugal at only $20 for two 96 inch panels. I have to make a confession though – I have had these curtains ready to hang in the living room for almost a year. Talk about putting things off.
These curtains are a tab-top style, something I have never been a fan of, but I wasn’t quite ready to take away the tab-top option forever. So I simply folded the tabs behind the curtains and used curtain rings to attach them to the rods.
Even though they are simple white curtains, they make a world of difference as far as softening the room.
- Cut the electrical conduit to length. Be sure to make it long enough to extend past your window at least six inches on each side.
- If you choose to paint your curtain rods, it is easiest to paint each of the pieces before assembling the DIY curtain rod brackets. Make sure your hardware is clean first. Then spray each piece with a thin coat of spray primer.
- Once the primer is fully dry, paint each component with a few thin coats of your chosen spray paint.
- Align the hold of each one-hole strap with the last hole of each corner bracket. Use a nut and bolt to attach the two.
- Attach each corner brace to the wall using screws and drywall anchors.
- Hang your curtains on your electrical conduit curtain rod and set it on the brackets.
If you are making an extra long curtain rod, be sure to add an additional curtain rod bracket to support the middle of your curtain rod.
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Would you rather buy than DIY? Pair these ready-made curtain brackets with electrical conduit and you’ll still save money on your curtain rods.
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