6 Ways to Make Your Own Curtain Rods

pipe curtain rod
Chaotically Creative

Window treatments–even simple ones–can really add up. Although there are some great places to buy inexpensive, yet still stylish, curtains, they can still put a dent in your wallet if you have a lot of windows. And as you may have discovered, once you take the plunge and buy the curtains, you're not done! Then it's time to shell out for the curtain rods.  

Perhaps you're on a budget, or just don't want to invest a lot of money because you rent your place, in which case you may...MORE have tried to skimp on curtain rods in the past.

As you likely found out, cheap curtain rods are exactly that: cheap. They tend to bend or sag in the middle when any amount of weight is hung from them. Here are seven clever ways to make your own (sturdy) curtain rods, all of which should save you a lot of money.

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    Branch Curtain Rod
    The Burlap Bag

    If you like to decorate with nature, a tree branch can stand in as a whimsical, unexpected curtain rod. As branches aren't usually perfectly straight, this solution works best with tie-top curtains that can be adjusted to hang evenly depending on how loose or tight you fasten each tie.

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    brass curtain rod
    Shine Your Light

    Use gold spray paint to coat two ping pong balls and a wooden dowel rod cut to a slightly longer length than your window is wide.  

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    hook curtain holder
    Olive and Love

    Buy a set of hooks and screw them into a weathered board at evenly-spaced intervals. Hang tab-top or tie-top curtains from the hooks. 

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    pipe curtain rod
    Chaotically Creative

    Use galvanized pipe and plumbing fittings from the hardware store for an industrial look. You could also use spray painted PVC pipe (just make sure it will be sturdy enough in the middle for your curtain material), or copper pipe for a metallic touch. 

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    plant hanger curtain rod
    Chapter 37

    Use two inexpensive plant hangers hung on either side of your window for the perfect way to drape a window scarf. 

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    3M curtain hooks
    Debbie Doos

    Don't want to put holes in the wall? Apply 3M hooks or self-adhesive towel hooks above your window (these can be found for as little as $2.97 for a pack of four), then attach curtain panels to ring clips and hang the clips from the towel hooks. If your curtains are tab-top, you could skip the ring clips altogether.