One of my favorite things to do is work on projects around our house. I am one of those people who prefer to try and make something myself instead of spending a ton of money buying it from a store. In this case, I wanted Copper Industrial Curtain Rods for our parlor. My husband and I made copper bookcases a while ago, to check out our blog post about that project, click here! We wanted the curtain rods in the room to match the bookcases. We found out that it’s so much cheaper to make them ourselves, and it’s super simple! If you are looking for a simple way to spruce up a room, adding fresh curtain rods and curtains is a great way to do it!
First, measure your windows. Measure a couple of inches on either side of the window, that way your curtain will fully cover the window when the curtains are drawn closed.
Length of curtain rod cut out of ¾ inch copper pipe, cut custom to your window size. Ours was approx. 30 inches.
-Two 3/4 inch copper 90 degree elbow
-Two 3/4 inch copper thread adapter (smooth on one end and threaded on the other)
-Two 3/4 inch floor flanges. Note: they sell these in copper but they are incredibly expensive. We chose to save money and purchase them in black and spray paint them with copper paint.
Attach the 90 degree elbows to each end of the pipe that you cut. The elbows need to be pointed in the same direction, like the letter “C.” A great way to do this, is to attach them to the pipe and then lay the ensemble on a flat surface (the floor or a countertop works for this) then just push the elbows flat against your surface so they are facing the same direction.
Screw the threaded adaptor into the floor flange and push them the elbows into the adapters. At this point you should have a complete curtain rod thats ready to be installed on the wall.
Mount the floor flanges to the wall where your curtain is going to go. This is a bit easier to do if you leave the curtain rod completely assembled and mark the wall where the screws for each flange will go. Then disassemble the curtain rod and screw the flanges to the wall. Note: is you’re screwing the flanges into a sheetrock wall, make sure to use the appropriate plastic wall anchors for your screws. This ensures the weight of the curtain doesn’t pull the curtain rod out of the wall. Take the curtain rod with the two elbows and stick them back into the adapter that is now mounted on the wall.
After the curtain rod is mounted on the wall the way you like, you can remove it and slide your curtain on.
P.S. This one is not fully finished, I still need to paint over the silver screws and the solder! I just love the pop of color on the turquoise wall so I had to share!