On Friday night, when I am wont to Google for ideas while putting the baby to sleep (it takes an HOUR, y'all, because my child is a beast), I came across the idea of using electrical conduit pipe to make curtain rods. And because I don't have enough to do on my weekend (lol), I decided to try it. And YO, IT WORKS REALLY FREAKIN' WELL.
See, we have a couple of spaces where I needed a really long curtain run, but I hate the look of traverse rods, and pin-hung drapes are practically obsolete/super expensive, and I can't sew, so this is a conundrum I've been circling back to over and over again since we moved into the house 11 months ago.
In the meantime, we have 14+ feet of clear window at the front of the house, and the neighbours have FOR SURE seen my nude bum and saggy milk machines in the meantime. (Sorry, neighbours.) But with visitors coming to stay with us in a week, I was finally motivated to solve the curtain problem. Hence the Googling.
Anyway, I came across the idea of using electrical conduit. 10 foot lengths cost less than $3 a piece at big box stores. Supposedly, it will NOT sag. That's key for me. I don't want no bowing. And also, I don't want to have to break up my curtain run with too many supports.
I'd already purchased the cheapest possible dedicated pre-fab curtain rods that I thought might work, and it cost me over $100 in hardware alone. For one wall. I returned that shit.
Anyway, Google for a variety of blogger advice on how to do this project yourself, but here's what I used:
It's possible the folks at the store will cut the pipe for you, but I liked doing it myself. Also, oh lord, shopping at the hardware store as a woman is trying. I asked someone where I could find the "pipe cutter tools" and he acted like he didn't understand what I wanted. Then when I explained that I needed a tool to cut pipe, he said, "Oooooh, do you mean tubing cutters, hon?"
Like, fuck you, buddy. Tubing is pipe. Give me all the breaks.
ANYWAY. Cut that pipe yourself and save yourself the trouble of dealing with these fools.
My process: Cut two equal lengths of pipe (the instructions on the pipe cutter will be clear and the process of cutting is super easy), connect in the centre with the coupling hardware, then hang the connected length on regular curtain rod brackets with one bracket on each end and one bracket in the centre. Line the centre of the coupling hardware piece up with the centre of the centre bracket.
My dudes. It works. I haven't painted any of these parts because I am in a hurry, but I may prime and spray paint them in future. I may add finials, too. I am also waiting on my curtains (Target) and my clip ring hardware (Walmart has some you can order online for less than $3 for 10 clips, so that's way WAY cheaper than anywhere else) to arrive in the mail, so I can't do a reveal just yet, but this is by far the cheapest and sturdiest curtain solution I've ever seen, so like, get on this shit. I think I'm going to do it for ALL my windows from now on.
Here's a peek at the Target curtains I think I'll be using:
Oh god. So much more to do. I gotta go.