DIY: how to make a curtain rod from an industrial pipe. So pretty!

DIY: how to make a curtain rod from an industrial pipe. So pretty! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton



Have you noticed the price of curtain rods these days?  Sheesh.  Highway robbery.

Have you noticed how UGLY most curtain rods are?  Fugly.


Our DIY mission :  to rid the curtain rod fugly for a fraction of the cost.


Now don’t make faces at me { like the Home Depot dudes did.}  I told them to be nice or leave.  Then I reminded myself that they worked there.   Hmm.   Whateves.


Me :  I want to pimp out my curtains with metal pipes.

Home Depot dude :    Why?

Me :    Because.    I’m smart like that.


These curtain rods are d’bomb dot com. 

How to make industrial curtain rods  ||    Regal Blue Velvet Curtain ON SALE   ||


It all started like this :

With small spaces …

My sons bedroom is a teenie weenie polka dot bikini of a space.  The room is so small, you can’t swing a cat in there.  Not that I would swing a cat.  He’s too fat anyway 🙂


Cat love AND industrial curtain rods

||    My all time fave sheer white linen curtain   ||

Small imperfect spaces require creative mojo.


When we moved to the countryside, no one warned me about the farmhouse plaster walls and other farm-like things.

PS.  The unmentionable farmy things can smell like the inside of a belly button.  Gross.

Your small complicated spaces don’t feel so bad after all now, do they?


Want to feel even better?


Our farmhouse walls are made of plaster.  I repeat.  Freaking plaster.

Have you ever tried to hammer a nail into a plaster wall?


It is like pushing a rope uphill.


Shoot me.  Shoot me now.

Let’s change the subject.


Ready for the small room tour?


It will take moments.  Don’t blink.  You’ll miss it.


How to make a curtain rod from an industrial pipe : http://wp.me/p38cMm-2KA

How to decorate a boys room with industrial curtain rods

Okay.  It’s over.  Jokes.


Note:  The walls are painted in a matte finish.  For the love of Pete … people … stop painting walls with shiny paint.  Shiny paint is not only fugly on a wall, it shows off every imperfection in the history of ever.  Don’t do it.  Don’t be that girl.


Shopping list of supplies for curtain rods :

First and foremost, go hunting around the store and find the metal pipes.   You can’t miss them.  They are about a million feet tall and stand straight up on end.  When you find them, don’t play around with them.  Imagine Lucille Ball and a conveyor belt.  That would be you.

As I walked through the store with a 49 foot pole wobbling out of my what seemed like a miniature cart, I prayed that I wouldn’t decapitate a fellow shopper.

If you make it to the front of the store without taking out a person by the knees, walloping their head or knocking all the inventory off of the store shelves…. well then … congratulations.


Clap yourself up.

You get a gold star.


DIY how to make an industrial curtain rod


DIY how to make an industrial curtain rod

Next task at hand, cutting the pipe :

Next, you will need to promise your hand in marriage to bribe the Home Depot workers to cut the metal pole for you.  Do it.   A girl has to do what a girl has to do.

If they give you a hard time, tell them that you are making a towel rack with the left over pieces.

They will think you are genius. 


What you Need:


Detailed photos.  Got ’em.  You will need the photos for when you want to show off your mad DIY designer skills to the dudes in the hardware store.

Note to self : men need photos.  They won’t get it without the photos.  Do it.

Beware : They will stare at you like a crazed person when you tell them that you want to use plumbing pipes to make a curtain rod.  Tell them to shut their face.

You are on a mission.

Get a move on.

You need to find your curtain rod ends now.  There are lots of fun choices.  Here are the ones that I picked out :


1.      Curtain Rod ends :  Galvanized Iron Tee


#DIY : How to make a gorgeous curtain rod from a plumbing pipe. For real via @LynneKnowlton Design The Life You Want to Live


Look at that photo.   Oh.My.Word.

It appears that I have a screw loose.

Keep calm and carry on.


Pay attention to this part :  The wallpapered ceiling.   We will come back and talk about that one later.


Next supply that you need to look for …


2.      Base to hold curtain rod on the wall trim : Galvanized Iron Floor Flange


#DIY : How to make a gorgeous curtain rod from a plumbing pipe. For real via @LynneKnowlton Design The Life You Want to Live



Let’s not forget the itty bitty parts called nipples


3.     The post from the wall that connects the flange and the tee so you can hold the rod in place : Galvanized steel pipe nipple 

Why does the word nipple make me smirk ?  Immature.



4.      Curtain Rod : Steel pipe 

Have the Home Depot dudes cut the length that you need.

Make them do it.

Stand over them like a hot mess.


It’s their duty to help you create curtain rod sexiness.  Unless you have some sort of heavy-duty cutter thingy at your house.   I didn’t.   I was desperate.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.


An easy #DIY tutorial on how to make a curtain rod from an industrial pipe. Very cool via @lynneknowlton Design the Life You Want to Live



* Note :

Do not pay attention to the exact size of pipes/ fittings in the links above.  Some are one inch, two inches, blah blah blah.  You need to stand in the store and make sure the ends fit your poles.  Got it?  Got it.


  •    Get the size that work best for your proportionate window size.
  •   Remember that you will need a pole that fits into your curtain holes.


Okay.   Enough already.

Smirked again.  Whatupwitdat?


Voila.  One Curtain rod down.  Fifty five more things to do to decorate the bedroom.  And make some breakfast while you are at it.  Great.  Welcome to my life.   Good times.

I’d like some eggs and bacon please.   Crispy bacon.


DIY: how to make a curtain rod from an industrial pipe. So pretty! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton



Ready for the next part?  This is the fun part.  Pour yourself a cup of energy mud because it is time for some good times retail therapy.  Head straight to West Elm.

Pretty much everything in that store is the cats meow.  LOVE.


Curtains :

I adore the curtains at West Elm.   Lurve them.  I may have left some drool on them the last time I visited the store.   I rubbed the curtains on my cheeks … and purred like a kitten.  That good.  I’m not embarrassing to shop with.  At all.

I particularly love these plush velvety curtains.  They are so soft, you could literally wrap them around your body and wear them out as a dining gown.  If you click here to purchase, they are on sale right now!!


Woooooohooooo !!!


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Gorgy gorgeous curtain rods.  Done.

I need a cigarette and a nap, and I don’t even smoke.


A special thank you to my son Brett, for letting me share his bedroom digs this week.

To my beautiful boy… I love you with all my heart and soul.


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Now, my friends …  it’s your turn.

Go make some curtain rods.   Do more of what makes you awesome.

Live simply.   Be kind.   Love others.   Design the Life you Want to Live.


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The world is more beautiful with you in it.

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Is there an easy way to remove the curtains without unscrewing from the wall? For example, if you needed to wash the curtains at some point.


Awesome!!!! I’d love to see more of your sons hockey stick design did he use the hockey sticks as a curtain rod or something else? I have a son I would love to do my son room as radical like that but with Spider-Man and batman cause that’s what he loves. But love your diy and inspirations. You should start recording your diy projects I know plenty of people would love to subscribe if you had started your own YouTube channel ?

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Melissa Jobe

Dear Lord, you are a goddess!! And my hero – a few years back I wanted a shower curtain rod made nearly exactly as you did these curtain rods. My now “ex” husband and his friend said they’d take care of it. They BOTH worked for Home Depot at the time so I foolishly trusted them to understand what I wanted. Alas, I ended up with a totally uncool closet rod sort of configuration. *sigh* Now happily on my own I CAN:”T WAIT to make these curtain rods and fulfill my industrial-chic decor dream!! Thanks, Lynne!!!!

Bill Donovan

Why would a guy look at you strangely when you said you wanted to make curtain rods out of plumbing pipes? It seems like 1`00% a guy thing.

When I came across your web page while searching for ways to be gouged on fancy curtain rods I don’t want, I felt like a fool that I didn’t think of this first. Thank you!

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Nancy Pearson

Lynne. Love your pipe curtain rod. Question: I want to attach the rod to the ceiling. The curtain will have fabric loops to slide onto the pipe rod.. Have not been the the “pipe” store yet so I am having a hard time visualizing the sizing. Thanks, Nancy

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Just found your fund and very intriguing blog through Hometalk. Love the curtain rods and the room. I also really love the beds (did you make them yourself???), the bedding (so cute!!) and the lights. Now did you hardwire them behind those little board frames through the plaster wall? Or how? Thanks for all the answers you give everyone!

Very cute idea! Love the industrial feel of it. Very cute room!


I’m doing this for a towel rod today, I have a tiny bathroom and can’t find the correct size, too big too small and/or too expensive. I can walk to my Ace Hardware but they are SO dang helpful and then look at you so weird when you try to explain what you are trying to do. No, they are not helpful, they are like puppies and you have a bag of Slim Jims. If they would leave me alone I could figure it out on my own. And probably spend more money there. So, I will drive to Home… Read more »

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Is there a post where you go into that wallpapered ceiling thing? Would that somehow work on that ugly tile stuff? You would so make my day if you say yes.
I just discovered you googling barndoor tracks. I’ve spent the last several hours with you. Thank you.


I’m doing this in my dining room

You are a trip and your blog is wonderful, creative, full of life and then more life! I love the way you write, the way you live your life so passionately and that you live in a treehouse….a dream for me too! I’m also the mom to 4 children – 4 daughters! Don’t have a spouse anymore, but he didn’t die, I just divorced him because he loved golf, sports and TV, gardening and just about anything, more than he loved me. Still believe in love though and love reading about how you feel about your husband. That’s beautiful! I… Read more »

kathy bell

Loved the curtain rod solutions! yes those rods have totally jumped in price, like other things in the decor world. When I visited son #1 this past summer in his new abode, he had twined two shower curtain rods together to stretch over his front window. His house is a rental so he of course didn’t want to spend alot of bucks either. The pipe and finishing are pretty darn classy… I love your blogs, cheers K

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OMG! You’re not gonna believe this…really. 3 weeks ago hubby & I put up our new curtain rods…galvanized pipe rods that we made!! Our kitchen has a 10′ picture window (love it) but since it’s a rental I didn’t want to spend $$$. So I told hubs the idea.. He didn’t quite get it but was a trooper & helped me anyway. I sprayed our pipe satin black & up it went. It really IS da bomb dot com!! I suggest everyone LISTEN to Lynne ~ go out and DO this!! You can spray them any color or leave them… Read more »

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love it alllll…

Tara @ Suburble

These are gorgeous! I love their industrial look, but they’re still pretty, somehow. Love ’em.

@lynneknowlton Bali?! sounds good 🙂


Ps. Brett’s bedroom is gorgeous, can I use the spare bunk? Please


Luv your stuff. Read everything over and over…… (WOT housework? It will be there when I am not!) Your curtain rods are brilliant. I bought 3″ wooden dowell for my house in London many many years ago and thought I was the cats whiskers because I saved several hundred pounds (sterling) and the finished product looked better than shop bought finished items. Might steal your idea and be the hippest house in Yorkshire.. Keep up your brilliant ideas my friend and I will worship and follow like the good Yorkshire lamb! that I am. Xxx

Tell me more about the ceiling!

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Impressive! The “new” house ( http://greenmountaincottage.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-best-thing.html ) has a lot of water damage AND terrible popcorn ceilings. I think painted wallpaper/ ceilingpaper is in my future!

@lynneknowlton What an awesome DIY project Lynne! Thanks for sharing!


You ALWAYS crack me up! Love your humor and twist on words. Just finished my teenage son’s room and just might do this to frame his window shades. Brilliant!

First – yes, curtain rods are outrageously priced…when we moved into our house 10+ years ago, I made mine out of bamboo poles (which seems what Cindy who also responded did) got the poles in the garden department- easy, look great – Country Home mag even came and did a photo shoot of them (but it never ran…that’s a whole ‘nother story…) Second – I work at Lowe’s in my spare time (ha!) and believe me, the guys there are so used to me asking for the oddest things to make into the coolest stuff. I built a new art… Read more »

I first saw the bamboo rod at Barclay Butera in Newport Beach. Bamboo rods cost about $10 – $15 for 8 feet at Frank’s Cane and Bamboo in Huntington Beach.


@lynneknowlton I just finished reading the blog! Love the light with the pull cord!! We need to start a club! Hot chicks/hot tastes!

Awesomeness @PrincessPoston Here is the blog post about it today. http://t.co/7xYo6BJVzj Sounds like you have the same great taste. LOL.

Hi Reenee @sevierhere Here is the blog post about the DIY http://t.co/7xYo6BJVzj The mirror is from Bali tho. Shall we hop a plane? 🙂

Howdy @westelmtoronto I did a DIY blog post today and you are featured in it http://t.co/7xYo6BJVzj Why? Because I loves you #MyWestElm

Hey @HomeDepotCanada I featured you in my DIY curtain rod blog post today http://t.co/7xYo6BJVzj How to make an industrial curtain rod

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Lynne, I love your industrial curtain rods. It’s crazy how expensive iron curtain rods are. I have used bamboo many times. It looks interesting and is so inexpensive. Tell you son I said thank you for sharing his room.

Love what you did with this room! Nice job!