If you’ve been looking at hanging new curtains recently, there’s one thing you’ve probably realized – and that’s that if you buy everything from a store, the rods and the rest of the hardware can end up costing a whole lot more than even the curtains themselves.
However, there is another option – as there usually is if you’re willing to do it yourself – and that’s to use PVC pipes instead. Sound like something you’d like to try? Then here are our favorite 23 plans for how to make curtain rods out of PVC pipe that you can DIY at home.
1. Easy DIY Industrial Curtain Rod Using PVC Pipe – Down Bliss Lane
As this blogger writes, buying metal plumber’s pipe for that enviable industrial look can be expensive – but choosing PVC instead can give you a similar look for a fraction of the price. When the job is done, unless you look closely, you might not even notice the difference – and this post tells you how to achieve a similar effect.
2. DIY Curtain Rods out of PVC Pipe
If you’re looking for a quick and easy DIY project that will give you a complete set of curtain rods at a very affordable price, this tutorial could be just what you need. We love the way it looks, and this YouTuber estimates the whole thing cost her no more than about $80 – so that’s got to be worth a watch!
3. Industrial Décor Ideas: How to Make a DIY Curtain Rod using PVC Pipe (6 steps)
This blogger is right when she points out that, although a curtain rod might not be the most noticeable part of a room’s décor, it still makes a big difference to the overall look of the room. She then goes on to explain how to create a fashionable industrial look in just six simple steps. Give her post a read to find out how.
4. DIY Industrial Curtain Rods from PVC Pipe
When this YouTuber writes that you won’t believe that these industrial-style pipes are made from PVC, she’s right. However, with just a few simple supplies, she creates an impressive set of curtain rods that will bring a touch of farmhouse elegance to any room. Her upload also includes a list of what you’ll need to buy, making it an easy project to replicate at home.
5. How To Make a Curtain Rod and Finials with a Tennis Ball – In My Own Style
Here’s a great DIY project to read about since it takes the simplest and most inexpensive materials and turns them into something impressively beautiful – which, for us, is the very essence of what DIY should be about. To recreate it yourself, you’ll need a few supplies such as cheap PVC piping and some old tennis balls – for the rest of the details, check out the post!
6. DIY Outdoor PVC Curtain Rod
If you’re making curtain rods for installing outdoors, PVC is an excellent material to work with since it won’t suffer from exposure to the elements. This video shows you just how professional it can look, and the whole project is extremely inexpensive – so we’re sure there will be plenty of people who want to see if they can do something just like it themselves.
7. Easy DIY Curtain Rods: How to Make a DIY Curtain Rod at Home
Here’s a high-quality tutorial that teaches you how to make curtain rods from any kind of piping, including PVC, copper pipe, electrical conduit, wooden dowels, or any other lightweight pipe. The eight steps involved are simple and easy to understand, making this a plan that just about anybody will be able to copy.
8. Easy Hang Curtain Rod PVC Pipe
This short video tutorial is only around two minutes long, but it doesn’t need to be any longer, demonstrating how easy a job it is to make DIY curtain rods using PVC pipe. We like the shots at the end that show the kind of effect you can hope to achieve. Give it a watch and see what you think!
9. How to Make PVC Curtain Rods
The PVC piping this YouTuber used for his project was just some old pieces he found lying about the house, so he didn’t even need to buy them. All he required was two hanging brackets, which cost $7 for the pair, and the panels, which he found for $5 each. After that, the blinds cost $34 each, so overall, he was able to set up his DIY curtain rods and block out the excessive light on a shoestring budget. The same YouTuber also uploaded an update to this video, which you can watch here.
10. Vikalpah: Cheapest DIY Curtain Rod using PVC Pipe
Just like lots of people who move to a new house, this blogger found that she needed something to block the light that was coming through her large windows – but unfortunately, when she checked the prices, she found how much it can cost to buy curtain rods from a store. Instead, being an enterprising DIYer, she set about making her own much more affordable versions from PVC pipe – and this post shows how she did it and how it looked at the end.
11. How To Make Curtain with PVC Pipe
This video is so simple that it requires no explanations. Instead, this YouTuber just demonstrates how to make a curtain rod from PVC pipe. It’s an extremely affordable idea, and it’s so easy that anybody will be able to copy it – even those with only the most rudimentary DIY skills. Sound like you? Then give it a watch and see if you think you can manage it too!
12. How to Make a DIY Pipe Curtain Rod – DIY Curtain Rods
The highly impressive piece of DIY in this post cost under $50 to complete and has a difficulty rating of “simple”. You’ll find a detailed list of everything you’ll need to buy before you start, and once you have everything assembled, the whole job shouldn’t take you more than two hours. When it’s done it looks like a pro job too – it hardly looks like someone did this DIY.
13. How to Give a PVC Shower Curtain Rod a Curve without Special Tools
Unlike this post in #12, the shower curtain rod made from PVC in this video does look very DIY. However, if you’re searching for a quick and easy stop-gap solution for your bathroom while you look for something more permanent, the ideas in this video may be worth considering.
14. PVC Pipe Curtain Rods – Hometalk
In this simple plan, you’ll learn how to create some inexpensive DIY curtain rods from PVC pipe that recreate that industrial look that’s become so popular in recent years. The photos of the finished job look great, and the best part is that you’ll be able to achieve something similar on even the most limited budget. Give the blog a read to see how she did it.
15. How to Make Curtain Rods from PVC Pipes
As this blogger notes, you don’t have to spend money purchasing expensive curtain rods since you can make some for yourself from PVC pipes at a far lower cost. He then goes on to list all the materials you’ll need to complete the project before explaining what you have to do in seven simple steps. We like the “tips” section too, which gives several suggestions for making a success of your project.
16. PVC Pipe Curtain Rod
Not all DIY projects go to plan, but if we learn from those experiences and improve our skills, it’s still not a total waste of time. The same is true of other people’s DIY fails, and that’s what this video is about. In her upload, this YouTuber shows us how not to make a PVC pipe curtain rod for a van. It’s worth watching just to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes – and to help you think of a better idea when it’s your turn to try.
17. DIY Long-Length Curtain Rods – Shine Your Light
Here’s a more successful project to inspire you. In it, you can learn about how this DIYer solves the problem of hanging her curtains by turning to PVC pipe. She also knows how to tell a story, so it’s a fun read, and for anyone looking to do something similar, it’s likely to end up being a useful guide to how it’s done.
18. DIY Industrial Curtain Rods from PVC Pipe
This short video demonstrates how to take PVC piping and turn it into attractive industrial-style curtain rods. Sometimes, there’s no need to overcomplicate an easy project, and that seems to be the philosophy here. The video lasts under two minutes, allowing you to start collecting the materials and getting down to work in no time.
19. DIY PVC Pipe Projects for Your Home
In this blog post, you’ll learn about a whole range of projects you can attempt with PVC piping, so it’s sure to get your creative juices flowing. The first idea happens to be about making curtain rods from some PVC pipe, and if you take a look at the pictures, you’ll see how good they can look.
20. PVC Conduit Curtain Rods and DIY Rod Hardware DIY Mad in Crafts
The curtain rods in this post are not technically made from PVC piping but rather PVC conduit. However, this is a stronger option than PVC pipes, so although they might cost a bit more, they’re an option that many people will be interested in considering. So why not head over to this blog and see if you think it’s a solution that could work for you?
21. She Spent $20 to Make Stylish Curtain Rods from PVC Pipes
If you’re not convinced how good PVC pipes can look when pressed into service as curtain rods, check this blog out and see them at their best. When the job is done properly, they can look almost as good as materials that cost a whole lot more, which means with a bit of creativity and a little DIY know-how, you stand to save yourself a whole lot of cash.
22. Strawberry Jam House: PVC Pipe Curtain Rods
We mentioned above in #6 that PVC is a great material to work with outside due to its natural resistance to the elements – and here’s another perfect example. In this post, this blogger explains how she and her husband needed some curtains to protect them from the light when outside on their porch – and the solution they came up with was PVC pipe. The tutorial gives you a detailed list of all the materials you’ll need and tells you exactly how to put them together, making this a useful post to read if you’re facing a similar challenge.
23. How to Use PVC to Hang Drapes
Here’s a guide to how to hang drapes or curtains using PVC pipes for the rods. It’s not so much a DIY plan as a discussion of the kind of things you need to consider, but if you’re considering a project like this, it makes for an invaluable read. It has sections on sizing the PVC, modifying the rod, adapting the hardware and pairing the pipes, so in short, there’s a whole lot of useful info that’s likely to be very helpful once you start work.
So much creativity that can’t fail to inspire
As we have seen, when it comes to ideas for making curtain rods from PVC pipe, there’s no shortage of plans to turn to, and you can hardly fail to be inspired by all the creativity and ingenuity on display when you search for plans like this online.
We’ve enjoyed collecting these plans for you, so we hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching them all too. And above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the DIY ideas you needed to start making a set of curtain rods from PVC pipe yourself.