Industrial Curtain Rods- Tutorial

There are a handful of tutorials out there for these unique industrial pipe curtain rods, but I have found they are not as black and white as most people prefer their online tutorials. Well I took a crack at this project with some personal modifications. I made a curtain rod with little extra clearance for my living room window and I made a curtain rod with a lot of extra clearance for my sliding glass door in my dining space. I absolutely hated the vertical blinds covering my sliding door and since the door and window are so close to one another, I decided to do a matching scheme for the two.

I spent about $60 on materials at Lowes all together (not including the spray paint and screws/wall anchors.) Which is pretty incredible seeing as the West Elm version that has inspired this project costs $99 for one rod (they are on sale right now though if you don’t want to bother with the diy.)

Finished Result

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Before we get started, here are some things I learned while completing this project.

-The pipe is pretty heavy and you definitely need the wall anchors to keep it on the wall. I thought about using PVC instead (to make it lighter) because you can find all of these materials in PVC, but you would have to have a hook or supporting piece to keep the middle from sagging. Regardless of the weight, they are safely hung on my wall and sturdy.

-I needed a lot of clearance space for the sliding door curtain so I bought a 3” nipple piece. You’ll notice a regular elbow cannot thread into the floor flange because they’re both female adapters. Since I did not need any extra clearance for the window coverings, I bought a “street elbow” which has a female adapter on one side (your pipe will thread into this) and a male adapter on the other (which will thread into the floor flange). See pictures in the tutorial for a visual of this. It was just my way of saving money by not buying a small nipple for the window rod.

-These curtain rods are assembles as a full piece and you will have to decide how you will put your curtains on them before hanging the rod on the wall. I personally love seeing curtains hung with the round hooks that have clips on them. Unfortunately, the curtains I liked had grommets so I had to get creative. Of course you could hang grommet curtains directly on the rod as intended before hanging the last floor flange, but then you hide most of the rod. I found some shower curtain hooks that were perfect to hang my grommet curtains and still show off the industrial style rod. I may change it later. I would just use a pair of channel locks to unthread one side so I can slide different curtain rings on.

First, the rod I made for the window:

Materials needed:

Materials

  • One ½” by 10’ Black Iron Pipe
  • Two ½” Black 90-degree Street Elbow
  • Two ½” Black Floor Flange
  • Spray paint
  • All purpose wall anchors and screws
  • Drill, hammer, screwdriver
  • Drop cloth
  • Curtain Hooks (Optional)
  1. When I measured my window, I found that I would end up wanting a 7ft long pipe but these black pipes do not come in that length. No worries though! I had a 10ft pipe cut and rethreaded to the 7ft length I wanted (easy peasy and it’s a free cut)
  2. Connect the 90-degree street elbows to the end of the pipe by gently threading it on. Next, thread the floor flange to the other end of the street elbow. Repeat on the other side of the pipe making sure each end is even with each other. (Be aware that there will still be quite a bit of threading visible)2
  3. Lay your drop cloth out and spray paint the assembled rod the color of your choice. You may also want to spray paint the screw heads and curtain hooks (if using). I sprayed mine with a Rustoleum Hammered paint. There’s a few different shades but I tried to go with one that is “industrial looking”, but not too silver so it wouldn’t look tacky. The result was not as textured as I was hoping but still looks great. 5
  4. To hang the rod, choose the spot you want them to go and make sure it is level. I usually mark the hole spots on the wall with a pencil. Then to use the wall anchors, use a drill with the specific diameter bit to drill a hole into the wall, insert the anchor. You may be able to just push it in. If not, gently tap it with a hammer or the end of a screwdriver until it is flush with the wall. Place the floor flange with corresponding hole over the anchor, insert a screw and tighten with screwdriver or drill.

Next, the rod I made for my sliding glass door:

Materials

Materials needed:

  • One ½” by 72” Black Iron Pipe
  • Two ½” Black 90-degree Elbow
  • Two ½” by 3” Galvanized Steel Pipe Nipple (length may vary depending on the extra space you want)
  • Two ½” Black Floor Flange
  • Spray paint
  • All purpose anchors and wall screws
  • Drill, hammer, screwdriver
  • Drop cloth
  • Curtain Hooks (Optional)
  1. Make sure your pipe is the correct length needed. I got lucky to find that the 72” long option was the perfect length for my sliding glass door and I did not need to get another one cut.
  2. Connect the 90-degree elbows to the ends on the pipe. Then connect the nipples to the elbows and then the floor flanges to the nipples. Make sure each end is even with the other.1
  3. Lay your drop cloth out and spray paint your assembled rod the color of your choice. You may also want to paint your screw heads and curtain hooks (if using).
  4. To hang the rod, choose the spot you want them to go and make sure it is level. I usually mark the hole spots on the wall with a pencil. Then to use the wall anchors, use a drill with the specific diameter bit to drill a hole into the wall, insert the anchor and gently tap it with a hammer or the end of the screwdriver until it is flush with the wall. Place the floor flange with corresponding hole over the anchor, insert a screw and tighten with screwdriver or drill.

Curtains

As you can see, I still need to paint the screw heads but I love how the floor flanges look on the wall!

As you can see, I still need to paint the screw heads but I love how the floor flanges look on the wall!

Finished Result

The finished result was awesome! (Again, I apologize for my camera’s picture quality- one day I will be able to buy a nice camera and really give you the full effect of these projects!) I still need to paint the screws but that will come whenever I have time. It has been a crazy week! I’d also like to go back and buy another pair of curtains to get more coverage but it definitely makes the entire space feel so much “home-ier.” My new home still lacks a lot of decor and I have a long way to go before I get it where I want it. Next project: refinish my dining table to make it look for farmhouse chic!

Playing Catch Up

It has been quite a while since I have posted ( bad blogger! ) but I do intend to fill you all in on what has been going on!

So the last time I did a ‘life update’ blog post, Jacob and I had just closed on our new house and started working on some priority projects. Jacob’s parents came by for a visit and since Jake’s dad is a general contractor with 40+ years experience, he started helping us with some of the more daunting projects like painting, moving outlets and removing a terribly awkward built-in entertainment center that was too small for our TV anyway.

See how awkward and unbalanced it made the wall look?

See how awkward and unbalanced it made the wall look?

Check out what an amazing difference it made!

Awkward unbalanced beast be gone!

Awkward unbalanced beast be gone!

Now I just have to reface our gas fireplace to make it look like it actually belongs there and we’ll really be getting somewhere! Another thing we wanted to do asap was remove the fluorescent light in our kitchen. We could have done it on our own, but Jake’s dad was more than happy to go ahead and knock it off the to-do list while he was here. I made a simple tutorial here if you’d like to see how easy it is to replace those horrid lights!

It wasn’t all work during their visit though. We took an evening and went to Cripple Creek, CO and walked around the casinos. Cripple Creek is a teeny little town, but used to be home to tens of thousands of men in the mountains for the gold rush! There is a ton of history in this adorable town (with an incredibly scenic drive through the mountain to get there). I would like to go back to that town during the day and see some of the shops. I loved how small it was and how on a Saturday night in the winter, there were NO crowds at all. Very little people…just how I like it lol

Because it was night-time, I could not take a good picture of the main strip, but I did take a picture of my favorite casino- The Brass Ass!

Because it was night-time, I could not take a good picture of the main strip, but I did take a picture of my favorite casino- The Brass Ass!

We also took a 20 minute drive to show the in-laws Manitou Springs, CO. It is an equally adorable town with a lot of charm and history. It has been converted recently to be more “touristy” but the mom and pop restaurants are still fun and the eclectic shops are still attention-grabbing. We ate at a Polish place and then walked through the shops. I hope his parents come back in the summer so we can explore the outdoor fun in Manitou. Healing mineral springs, lots of hiking, cog railways, artisan communities, etc. Even on a cold and gloomy day, the main strip is still beautiful.

Heading into the main strip. See that white strip on the mountain? That's the Incline covered in snow- an incredible hiking trail gaining 2000ft of elevation in only 3/4 of a mile. In the early 1900s, it was a cable tram to bring people and supplies up the mountain but was too costly to maintain.

Heading into the main strip. See that white strip on the mountain? That’s the Incline covered in snow- an incredible hiking trail gaining 2000ft of elevation in only 3/4 of a mile. In the early 1900s, it was a cable tram to bring people and supplies up the mountain but was too costly to maintain.

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Manitou is also home of the North Pole and Santa's Workshop- another touristy thing here. In the far left, you can see half of Jacob's dad's face lol

Manitou is also home of the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop- another touristy thing here. In the far left, you can see half of Jacob’s dad’s face lol

Jake’s parents left shortly before Christmas to try and beat the weather that was heading in again. Jacob and I spent Christmas day at a friend’s house- another pot luck style holiday for everyone who didn’t use up their leave to go back home. We cooked a big ham dinner and all bought each other gifts. It felt really nice to have a real Christmas get-together with friends. Jake and I didn’t do much else as far as a personal Christmas together other than spend the morning together. I got him a really nice electric shaver and he got me a Vitamix! I am so incredibly thrilled to finally have one of these machines after months of wanting one and trying to convince myself it was worth the money. Now that I have one, I know 100% it is DEFINITELY worth the money. No more chunks in my green smoothies. I’ve already used it to chop veggies and make ice cream, and I plan to make soup in it this weekend! I’m compiling a list of successful recipes which I will be posting shortly! 🙂

My new Vitamix! Along with a smoothie of spinach, orange, banana, strawberry, pineapple and flax seed.

My new Vitamix! Along with a smoothie of spinach, orange, banana, strawberry, pineapple and flax seed.

New Year’s came and went. No real resolutions for us but I do have a personal goal of learning how to knit (simple, I know but I’ve been putting it off too long). Then Jacob had to leave for pre-deployment training shortly after the new year began and since then I have had too much alone time and when I am alone ALL I do is think. Therefore, the house is getting redecorated! Haha I just can’t be left alone. I have already bought a new couch (we we’re planning on doing that anyway, so that’s not so bad is it?), built custom curtain rods, bought new curtains and have made incredibly detailed plans on how to refinish my dining room table. I also am planning on building new living room tables, make that mason jar project I’ve been meaning to show y’all, get started on my laundry room makeover and about 10 other things. Sounds like a lot to do when I work 40 hour weeks, but I have also made a schedule on when and how to do these tasks and in what order. (Hey at least I’m waiting until Spring to refinish my kitchen cabinets, put crown molding on the first level, make the second floor guest bathroom all spiffy and landscape the backyard…I’m not a crazy lady tackling everything at once after all lol)

All of this while also going back to school! No, I’m not getting my Masters yet 😦 but my job is paying for me to enroll part-time at an online college to get a certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). It’s basically learning a computer program that allows people to work with data pertaining to maps and other spatial data. Sounds super complicated because I guess it kind of is, but GIS can be used for land use planning, environmental management, business marketing, foresty services, law enforcement, wildlife range analysis, topographical map making, etc. The software and concepts are used a lot in my current job because we need to make a lot of maps and analyze data regarding land use and management. BUT I can also use the skills in a lot of other career choices later on, even my future wildlife management career. And it isn’t going to cost me a dime so alone is extremely exciting lol

Well I’m off to go hang my curtain rods. I will likely post a house reveal when I get the living room mostly done as well as a few tutorials on how to make the curtain rods, refinish the table, etc. Thanks for reading!