How To Make Extra Long DIY Curtain Rods With Electrical Conduit

The Curtain Hanging Trick Thatll Save You Time (On Video)

Knowing the width (your desired distance from the window trim) and height (your desired distance from the ceiling) is what makes this easy trick possible. John demonstrates it all in this video below (also watch for my super cool footwear cameo). There are more photos after the video, but I’d strongly recommend coming back to view it when you can.

NOTE: You can also watch it here on YouTube.

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6. Add Your Rod Curtain Panels

With both brackets secured to the wall, you can hang your rod with your curtain panel already attached. Now you’re done… unless your panels require any hemming. Or you could just hide the bottoms behind a bed like we did below. Ha!

2. Decide where to position the pole

Now you need to mark up where to site the pole and decide on the distance above the window.

Allow at least 3-6 inches above the top of the frame in order to make an attractive drop and to keep out cold air during winter. If you have the curtains already, hold them up in situ to see what height will work best.

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Step 1: Determine how high to hang curtain rods

Wondering where to hang curtain rods? It's essential to mount curtain rods in the right spot, or your perfect-length curtains might not hang properly. A rod that sits too close to the window can make a space seem smaller than it really is. To ensure perfect curtain placement, measure the depth of your window molding to determine the ideal size for your curtain brackets. You'll want curtain brackets that extend past the depth of your trim. If they're too shallow, your curtains won't hang properly.

Using a pencil and tape measure, mark the desired position of your curtain brackets, so the rod is about 4 to 6 inches above your window frame, making sure the curtains will slightly brush the floor or hover just above it. The curtain brackets should be placed about 6 inches from the outside edge of the window frame to allow plenty of natural light.

How long can curtain rods go without support?

There is a lot that can play into this, in our experience we have gone 12ft without support. The longest curtain rod in our living room spans 12ft and does not have a support bracket in the middle. The rod also holds 4 black-out curtain panels.

How to make extra long curtain rods from black iron pipe

Assemble your curtain rod on the floor. Screw together the floor flange with the ¾”x4″ black iron pipe, attaching the black iron 90 to the end.

Continue for both ends and then attach your full-length black iron pipe to the middle, creating a fully assembled curtain rod.

6. Attach brackets to the wall

Insert one screw through the first bracket. Just drive it three-quarters of the way home so you can swivel the bracket to one side to allow for drilling the second hole. Select a screwdriver to match the screw head. Too small and it may wring the head; too big and it can gouge the plaster.

Now go to the other end of the curtain pole. Drill and plug one hole for the second bracket. Insert the screw three quarters of the way in. Before fixing the second screws, stand back and survey the window to make sure that you are satisfied with the position and level of the curtain pole.

Step 4

Once you’ve factored in curtain length, window height, and width, proceed to install the curtain rod bracket.

  1. Hold a bracket up to the wall so that the position of the rod lines up with your initial markings.
  2. Use a pencil to indicate where the screws should go.
  3. Predrill the pilot holes at those marks.
  4. Insert the plastic wall anchors, align the bracket with the anchors, insert the screws, and tighten until the bracket is flush with the wall.
  5. Repeat the process for the other bracket.

If your pole is longer than four feet, consider adding a center support to prevent sagging.

Things You’ll Need

  • Curtain rod
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • Wall anchors (if needed)
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Pencil
  • Small nails or brads
  • Hammer
  • Stepladder

How to Hang Double Curtains Without a Double Curtain Rod

Is it possible to hang double curtains without a double curtain rod? Yes. However, a single curtain rod does not provide the same functionality or create the depth that a double curtain rod does.

Two sets of curtains can hang on a single rod, but they would remain fixed unless you hold them open with a curtain tieback or holdback.

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Kwik-Hang’s single curtain rod brackets hold up to 20 lbs., so they’re ideal for hanging two sets of curtains on a single rod (like pictured above).

You can also experiment with hanging thinner, non-traditional rod alternatives like a tension rod or a bungee cord. But depending on the style of your single rod bracket, this may not be possible.

Window Treatments for a Sunroom

Thankfully, the wood blinds came with the home (otherwise, that would have been a big investment — 14 sets of wood blinds, $$$!); but the space still needed to be softened with curtains. Everything in the room had straight lines or a hard texture, except for the couch and chair.

It wasn’t difficult to choose the curtains. Basic, white, curtains are my go-to window treatment. They offer a casual, breezy look, which is perfect for a sunroom. White curtains frame the windows, drawing the eye out the window toward the scenic view. Sunrooms aren’t are a room that needs curtains to become a focal point.

You’ll notice that we didn’t flank every window with curtains. Privacy isn’t an issue since we already have blinds. I used 8 curtains for 14 windows. On each end of the room, there is a set of three windows flanked by two curtains. Across the length of the sunroom, there are 4 curtains for 8 windows. I chose where to hang curtains based on how it looked with the furniture. For example, a curtain on each side of our couch — which equaled 3 windows.

Sunroom Curtain Rods

So, how did I hang all those curtains? An assortment of electrical conduit, fasteners, and plumbing hardware.

You can search “pipe curtain rods” or “DIY curtain rods” to find a variety of tutorials. This Custom Long Drapery Rod tutorial from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs was one of the most helpful. We didn’t follow that tutorial exactly, but it was a good reference.

Sarah chose to spray paint her curtain rods black, which really compliments that room and definitely makes this a very versatile project. Essentially, you can easily coordinate the long curtain rods with any existing hardware… all you need is a can of spray paint!

In our Sunroom, we didn’t want to draw the eye up or create much contrast. So, in our case, the galvanized steel was great as-is (yay for simplicity!) and just required a little Goo-Gone to remove sticker labels from the conduit.

Use a Secure Sleeve

A sleeve-style connector joins matching rod pieces, whether they’re made of metal, wood or even PVC. A premade sleeve designed for an actual curtain rod is available at drapery supply shops or home improvement stores; this style is typically a metal two-piece tube that clamps over the union of two rods. Small screws tighten down to hold the tube halves together and tighten the sleeve over the curtain rod coupler. Similar devices are sold in the plumbing department of a home improvement store in assorted diameters; paint the connectors to match the rod.

How to Calculate the Right Measurements for Hanging Curtains

Before you start hanging curtains, make sure the panels are wide enough to cover your home's windows. You don't want to be rudely awakened by a beam of sunlight that the curtains don't block, so measure your window dimensions before purchasing or making your curtains. The total width of your curtain panels should add up to about two times the window's width.

Choosing the correct curtain length for your windows is also important. Besides looking awkward, too-small curtains visually shorten your space, making ceilings appear lower. Too-small curtains also make the room look smaller overall. Curtains that drag on the floor could pose a tripping hazard and collect dust more easily. For the ideal middle ground, curtains should hover just above the floor.

To find the right curtain length, measure from the floor to where you'll hang the rod (usually 4 to 6 inches above the window frame). Otherwise, hanging the curtain rod just below the ceiling is a simple design trick that makes your ceilings appear taller. Curtains come in standard lengths like 63, 84, and 96 inches. Choose one closest to your measurement, erring on the side of a few inches longer than shorter.

Additionally, be sure to choose a curtain rod that's wider than your window. This allows curtains to be pulled completely to the side of the window and makes the space feel larger. The rod itself should be 8 to 12 inches longer than the window's width, which allows for 4 to 6 inches on either side.

Related: 19 Impactful Ways to Dress Multiple Windows in a Row

low table and patterned curtains Credit: Nicholas Johnson

DIY Curtain Rods

Prep Time: 30 minutes Active Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Difficulty: easy

Estimated Cost: $5-$10

These DIY curtain rods are cheap and easy to make, even if you need to fit extra long windows. You can easily make any size curtain rods you need in any finish.

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