Posted by: Bethany Davis | October 18, 2012

Our DIY curtain rods


We counted 9 windows in our house that needed some kind of window treatment. When you calculate the cost of curtains and curtain rods – it adds up! We did some brainstorming to come up with the cheapest possible option. On average, curtain rods cost about $20, depending on the size of the window and how fancy you want the finials.

We were able to outfit nine windows for an average of $4.11 a window. The total cost us $37 – where store bought ones would have totaled $180!

How’d we do it? We found this blog with some fairly easy how-to directions. Here’s the supplies we bought:

  • 1/2 inch EMT (electrical metallic tubing) conduit cut to length
  • 1/2 inch conduit straps
  • 2.5 inch L brackets
  • Nut and bolt to attach conduit strap to L bracket
  • Spray paint, optional
  • Screws and wall anchors (we had these on hand)

The trip to Home Depot took a little while (especially with an animal-cracker-eating-16-month-old in the cart!). But we finally got the EMT cut to our measurements and picked out some white spray paint for some of the rooms.

Brian did a great job installing each of the sets, and I’ve been trying to find the right curtains for each room. I’m thinking of making some burlap chevron ones for the craft room… I will let you know when I get to it!




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