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DIY: Plumbing Fixture Curtain Rod

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!

DIY Plumbing Fixture Curtain Rod

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.DIY Plumbing Fixture Curtain Rod Supplies

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?

DIY Plumbing Fixture Curtain Rod

Have you ever made your own curtain rods? What do you think of this DIY plumbing fixture curtain rod?

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  1. avatar Rebecca says:

    Hi Jess!! Thanks!! The curtain panels are from IKEA (;

  2. avatar Rebecca says:

    Thanks Shannon!! It doesn’t let is any more light than a typical rod…you can also decide how far out from the wall it will stick out based on the size fittings.

  3. avatar Rebecca says:

    Hi Heather, thanks!! The curtains are from IKEA!!! (:

  4. avatar Jess says:

    Where did you find the curtains? Love them!!!

  5. avatar Heather G says:

    I love the idea! Where are these curtains from? I like those, too!

  6. avatar Shannon L. says:

    What a great idea! I’m thinking of making this for my nursery. Have you noticed if it lets a lot of light in on the sides of the curtains?

  7. avatar Jane m says:

    This is a fabulous idea, we moved into our home a few months ago, we have restored ourselves 1 DIY project at a time. I have not found curtain rods for either of the kids rooms, until now. Thank you so much for sharing.