Curtain rods are stupidly expensive. There. I said it. After deciding that $30+ was way more than I wanted to spend, the husband and I figured out how to make a curtain rod for $5. Yes, I said five dollars.
Here’s what you need:
1/2 inch x 10 foot piece of metal conduit = $1.49
Two 1/2 inch copper bell hangers at $1.15 each = $2.30
That brings us to $3.79. If you decide to paint the rod it will cost a bit more, so you’ll have to add the cost of a partial can of spray paint. Which should bring the grand total to somewhere in the $5 vicinity. (If we’re being technical, I actually made 2 curtain rods from one piece of conduit, so the price is less than $5. I’m a money-saving gangsta.)
The conduit can be found in the electrical department of a hardware store, and the bell hangers in the plumbing. There are a lot of different hangers you could use for the conduit, some that are even made specifically for conduit, so the bell hangers are only one option.
Step one: Bell hangers.
Step Four: Introduce conduit to Krylon.
Step Five: When all the paint is dry, assemble! Or, if you’re like me, find a big strong man to do it for you while you take pictures. Remember to put the curtains onto the conduit before hanging it.
These hangers can be mounted flat on a wall, or upside down.
Normally a long curtain rod costs a minimum of $15, so this is a pretty big savings. Aside from that however, these curtain rods rock my socks because they don’t need any center supports, and can handle heavy curtains without bowing and sagging.
While I would love to take credit for this idea, it was actually my husband’s. The man flatly refused to pay $15-$20 for a curtain rod when conduit pipe is so cheap. He’s a keeper.
See you in a few days!