How to Make Your Own Industrial Pipe Curtain Rod

Yay it's our very first tutorial! And this one is so easy even I could do it!

When we moved into our new house, West Elm and Pottery Barn both preyed on my poor nesting instincts and sent me catalogs in the mail. Genius marketing! Needless to say I was inspired but completely unable to actually really buy anything from, except maybe a coaster. That, paired with a huge 10 foot window that stumped me for 4 months, led me to this inspired tutorial. Check it out - and if you end up trying yourself, leave a comment and share a picture! 

Industrial pipe

Industrial pipe


I love windows;  all that natural light, streaming morning sun across the living room, perfect sunsets at night they are what makes a house something alive. Windows are waaay better than beautiful artwork any day. The cherry on the top is beautiful curtains. It's a win win all around.

That is, until our new house had a huge front window. 

This was taken soon after we moved in. Excuse the mess. :)

This was taken soon after we moved in. Excuse the mess. :)

It's one of the items that sold us on the house. I drooled over beautiful window treatments trying to figure out just how I was gonna make that window so pretty during the day, and have privacy at night. I bought the curtains at tj maxx. Yippee! Then I skipped my self over to lowes to pick up a simple curtain rod. 

Um - curtain rods are dang expensive! No one told me! I've never had a window that was larger than an average sized window (read - 60 inches). Our front window requires a 10 foot span across it! The curtain rods were running around $100.

Check out this one from west elm


That's some serious moola for a stick that holds up some fabric!

Leave it to my father in law - a retired cattle farmer - to come up with the solution. "Janelle, why don't you just use piping and screw it up to the wall?" 

I think it was a bonding moment for us, trecking through the hardware store with a 10 foot plumbing pipe and trying to figure out how to get it into the minivan we had brought. 

I know there are alot of tutorials already out in the blog world regarding this specific look so I won't go super into detail. Here's the basic breakdown of how to replicate this look. 

Materials needed

  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • Adorable curtains (or just basic ones, in a pinch)
  • 4 end piece thingys (I have no idea what they are called and I'm too lazy to ask John.  Refer to below picture) 
  • 1/2 " industrial galvanized pipe. 


The process of making the curtain rod

  1. Get the pipe cut to length - The pipes come in different lengths, but if it doesn't come in a length that works for you, any large hardware store will cut AND thread the pipe for you. Perfect!
  2. Add on the curtains - You want to make sure you do this BEFORE putting on the end pieces. This is probably the trickiest part of the whole thing (other than fitting pipe into minivan). It's a little unconventional, and not as curtain rodesque - but you will have to unscrew the whole apparatus in order to get the curtains back off the rod again. 

3. Add on the end pieces and screw them onto the wall - It's important to find the stud to attach the curtain rod to, otherwise one tug from an unsuspecting person and your rod and probably some drywall will come crashing down on your head. If your perfect hanging spot doesn't hit a stud, don' t despair. You can get drywall anchors to anchor the end pieces to the wall. 




4. Stand back and enjoy your curtains -and regret not having ironed them before hanging them up. ;p This is why we invented wrinkle release spray. I'm almost certain 

Industrial pipe curtain rod



I hope you guys found this tutorial helpful! Shoot me a comment if you have any questions. Has anyone found other uses for the industrial piping look. I would love to hear your guys ideas!