I searched high and low for a curtain rod for my toddler’s room, and nothing really jumped out at me. So what do you do when you can’t find exactly what you are looking for? Make it yourself! This plumbing fixture curtain rod was so easy to make, and it’s definitely budget friendly!
Plumbing fixtures and electrical fittings for a curtain rod? Sure, why not! Plus, the industrial look is really popular in nurseries and kids’ rooms right now.
Materials: (2) 1/2″ Galvanized Floor Flange, (2) 1/2″ x 3″ Galvanized Nipple, (2) 1/2″ Galvanized 90 Degree Elbow, (1) 1/2″ Electrical Conduit Pipe cut to the length of your window (I used electrical conduit instead of galvanized pipe due to the major difference in price)
All of these materials can be found in the plumbing department at your local hardware store. I purchased my supplies at The Home Depot, and they will cut the pipe for you.
Screw the flange into the wall making sure to drill into a stud or use drywall anchors. I attached mine at the very top of the wall to give the window the illusion of added height. Screw one end the nipple into the elbow, and then screw the other end into the flange. Insert the pipe into the open end of the elbow. You will need another person to help by holding the pipe as you get the next side ready. Slide your curtain panels or ring clips onto the rod. Pre-assemble the flange, nipple and elbow for the second side before attaching it to the wall. Once you have those three pieces together, fit the elbow onto the rod, and then screw the flange into the wall. See why you needed that extra set of hands?
Have you ever made your own curtain rods? What do you think of this DIY plumbing fixture curtain rod?