I have seen several tutorials using plumbing pipe as drapery rods, but after I did my own research I found that it is way cheaper to use conduit pipe. This is a great budget friendly alternative to long drapery rods.
Total cost for rod= $16 + $7 for spray paint
- (2) 1/2" Black 90° Elbows
- (2) 1/2"x2" Black Steel Pipe Nipples
- (2) 1/2" Black Floor Flanges
- Conduit Pipe- Sold as a 10' pipe but Home Depot is nice enough to cut it for you.
- Metallic Spray Paint
Now spray paint the pipe and the flange/elbow combo. I used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
After the paint is completely dry, screw in the pipe and drill both flanges to the wall.
The best part about using a 1/2" pipe is that it works perfectly with my fav cheap drapery clips from Wal-Mart. I love how they give an illusion of pleated drapery panels.
It adds the perfect touch of industrial accent, and works great on my large dining area window.