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DIY Curtain Rods and Brackets

A step-by-step tutorial on how to create DIY curtain rods and brackets for a fraction of the cost of buying them.

When you’re tired of the “just moved in” look and want a bare room to look cozy and inviting, curtains are the quickest way to feel at home.

Whether it’s soft, flowing curtains that let in a glimmer of light or heavy drapes that set a more formal tone, window curtains improve any room.

And you don’t need complicated or expensive hardware to hang them. 

I decided to create these DIY curtain rods and brackets using materials found at the hardware store. 

You are one step closer to dressing your windows in style with this tutorial. Additional bonus: this project will take less than 2 hours to complete!

homemade curtain rod

WHAT DOES IT COST TO CREATE DIY CURTAIN RODS?

Like always, the cost will depend on the size of the window that you want to hang your curtains.

To give you an idea, a standard 4 ft window will cost about $10 for the materials. And you have extra supplies to make more curtain brackets.

If you need to purchase a metal pipe cutter, the cost will be closer to $28.

A curtain rod and brackets at the store will cost about $40 so you are saving about $30 per window by making the curtain hardware yourself.

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CHEAP DIY CURTAIN RODS AND BRACKETS


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You can print the material list and instructions below.

This DIY tutorial was inspired by Lovely Etc. I had to give her tutorial a try she also shares how to add finials to the DIY curtain rod if you want to take it up a notch.

STEP 1: DETERMINE THE SIZE OF THE CURTAIN ROD

Before jumping into making your homemade curtain rod, decide how wide you want your curtain rod to be.

It’s a good idea to hang a curtain tall and wide so when the panels are pulled aside, they won’t block the window. To achieve this, you will want the rod to be wider than the window.

But how wide should the curtain rod be?

I suggest the curtain rod bracket to be placed 6″ to 12″ away from the window opening. This example is spaced 12″ because it makes the window feel larger.

Once you decide on the placement of the brackets, take that measurement, multiply by two and add the width of your window opening. 

But don’t stop there – add 2 more inches if you don’t plan on having finials. If you want to use finials, only add 1″.

For example, our brackets will be 12″ wider than the window opening. I then took 12″ + 12″ plus the window opening (36″), giving me a total of 60″. Then, I added 2″ because I do not plan on using finials. The width of my curtain rod will be 62″ for this window.

Complete this step for each window.

STEP 2: CREATE THE CURTAIN ROD BRACKETS

Creating the brackets is simple. To make one bracket (you will need at least two brackets per window), take one 3″ corner brace, one 3/4″ strap, and one flat head screw with nut.

material to make DIY curtain rod brackets

SIDE NOTE: If a window opening is wider than 48″, I would recommend using an additional bracket.

Place the corner bracket on top of the 3/4″ strap, aligning the holes. Then, insert the machine screw into the aligned hole and secure in place with the nut.

TIP: Use a wrench to hold the nut in place while tightening the screw.

Complete this process for the number of brackets you need.

homemade curtain bracket from corner bracket and one hole strap

STEP 3: CUT THE CONDUIT PIPE

After the brackets are made, cut the conduit pipe to the length you determined in the first step.

SIDE NOTE: If you need a curtain rod longer than 10 ft, use a 1/2″ set-screw coupling to attach pieces of conduit pipe together. This fitting is a great way to save money on a long curtain rod.

To cut the conduit pipe, use a metal pipe cutter or a hacksaw. I would recommend the metal pipe cutter because it gives you a straight, smooth cut.

metal pipe cutter for conduit

TIP: Use a metal file after to smooth out the sharp edges of the pipe.

cut conduit for DIY curtain rods

Now, the pipe is ready to paint.

STEP 4: SPRAY PAINT THE CURTAIN HARDWARE

Next, spray paint the curtain rods, brackets, and anchor screws (the ones that secure the bracket to the wall) on an old sheet or cardboard box.

SIDE NOTE: You will need two screws per bracket.

TIP: Using an egg carton, push the screws through to hold them in place while spray painting.

spray paint curtain rod brackets

Also, I like to use a spray grip accessory, and I recommend two coats of paint per side. Remember to follow the instructions on the can.

using the paint grip accessory

Finally, you can install the curtain rod brackets to the wall and set the curtain rod in place.

Now that your rods are ready for decorating, it’s time to get creative! If you have some basic sewing skills and a sewing machine, try to sew your own curtains.

And if you are not sure how to hang a curtain or the hardware, see my post on how to hang a curtain to guide you through the next step.

cheap curtain rod

And that’s how to create DIY curtain rods and curtain rod brackets. I hope this tutorial helps you update the feel of your room and boosts your home decor.

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Yield: One curtain rod with two brackets

DIY Curtain Rods plus Curtain Rod Brackets

homemade curtain rod

Make your own DIY curtain rods and brackets using this step-by-step tutorial. This project will save you money!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • two - 3" corner braces
  • two - 3/4" one hole strap
  • #8-32 x 1/2" flat head machine screw with nuts (pack of 8)
  • 1/2" conduit pipe (comes in 10ft)
  • black spray paint (or whatever color you would like)
  • wall anchor screws

Tools

  • metal pipe cutter or hacksaw
  • level
  • drill
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • spray grip accessory
  • screwdriver
  • wrench
  • old sheet or cardboard

Instructions

  1. Determine the width of the curtain rod for the window.
  2. Create the metal curtain rod brackets using the material.
  3. Cut the conduit pipe to the predetermined width.
  4. Spray paint all the curtain hardware.
  5. Install the brackets onto the wall and place the rod.
DIY curtain rods

8 Comments

  1. Such a penny saver, especially now with all the amazing metal-like spray paint options! I also like to put a piece of wine cork in the end and screw a decorative knob into it–can’t beat custom finials!

  2. Oh!! Loving the curtain rods!! You are right, curtain rods can be so expensive.. thanks so much for this economical DIY option!!

  3. I love this rustic modern look. I think it will look great in any home. Thanks for sharing! Pinned.

  4. Such a great tutorial and so budget friendly!

  5. I love this, Megan! So simple and look so great!

  6. What a great DIY! I love how simple it looks :)

  7. Great way to customize a curtain rod to your specific needs. I’ve painted rods before, what an easy update, thanks for the tips!

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