Sunday, September 8, 2013

DIY Long Curtain Rod

There are benefits and drawbacks to having a huge window. When I mean huge, I'm not kidding - it's 11 feet wide. Technically it's three windows right next to each other, but's pretty massive.

  • Our apartment is full of wonderful, natural light
  • Good ventilation - we enjoy the breeze on spring-fall evenings
  • Decor - the window makes for a nice focal point in our living room
  • Puppy perks - one of Bear's favorite things to do is stare out the window

  • Too much sunlight - in the summer, our apartment gets unbearably hot 
  • Window treatments - it's nearly impossible to find curtains/curtain rods that are big (and cheap) enough

I've been trying to find curtains since we moved in last July. I had three criteria for curtain panels: 54 inches wide or more, cheap and not ugly. Not surprisingly, it was a ridiculous challenge. I FINALLY found curtains that I didn't hate (through of all places), and at about $18 per panel, they were a steal! 

Now that I had curtains, my next challenge was to find a curtain rod long enough to fit our ridiculous window. This proved to be more difficult. Either stores didn't have rods long enough, or they were priced at $50+. I refused to pay that much for a temporary window solution, so I took to Pinterest. There were many ways to go, but I decided on wooden dowels because it called for less materials. 

So, off Tom and I went to Menards for supplies. When explaining our project to an employee, we were asked "You know that we sell expandable curtain rods don't you?" To which I replied, "Do you have one that's 11 feet wide?" I did not appreciate the yeah-right-you-crazy-there's-no-way-it's-that-big look I was given, then added "Well it's technically three windows, but I'm not going to buy three separate curtain rods for it..."

I originally wanted to use acrylic paint, but switched to spray paint. Hence the poorly photo shopped in spray paint can!

Here are the materials you'll need:
  • Krylon spray paint (I used Krylon's Metallic Caramel Latte)
  • Brackets (any basic wall brackets will do)
  • Finials (curtain rod ends because I wanted a more finished look)
  • Wooden dowels (I purchased two at 3/4 inch x 72 inches)
  • Dowel screw (1/4 inch)
We got everything home, and Tom cut the dowels to our window specifications, and attached the brackets to the wall. I then spray painted the dowels and finials, coating them twice. After the dowels and finials dried, I used a hot glue gun and attached the finials to an end of each dowel.

Then using the dowel screw, we attached the dowels together, strung the curtain panels through the dowels at each end and voila! A basic 11 foot window treatment!

Project Cost:
  • Krylon spray paint - $6.49
  • Brackets (2) - $7.98
  • Finials (2) - $5.22
  • Wooden dowels (2) - $5.96
  • Dowel screw - $.49  
= about $26! Add $36 for the two curtain panels, and you have a complete window treatment for about $60! Not too shabby if you ask me. I also plan to purchase hem tape to shorten the curtains so they hang above the heat registers, and I'm also thinking of potentially getting a sheer curtain to hang between the two panels.

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