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Master Bedroom Makeover: Homemade Curtain Rods (in which we use drawer knobs and electrical conduit to hang drapery)


When it comes to saving money, I am definitely cut from the same cloth as my parents…one could say that I come by my thriftiness honestly.

So when we saw how many pennies the next phase of the master bedroom makeover was going cost us, this was our reaction.

home alone scream saying "that's how much curtain rods cost!?!"

And then we were like this.

angry cat meme says no

So we got creative.

(Let me back up for the new guy in the back: we’ve been making over my parents’ master bedroom. We began by tearing down the hideous wallpaperpainting the ceiling a moody gray-brown, installing board and batten and craftsman-style wood-stained trimremoving the ancient carpet, and putting in engineered hardwood flooring.)

There are two windows in the master bedroom which means Mom and Dad need two curtain rods…and prices ranged from $30 to $60 for ONE curtain rod at Lowe’s. We racked our brains (and by that I mean we went straight to Google) for ideas and found this tutorial from House of Hepworths and embraced it for ourselves, adapting it a little to suit our purposes.

First, Mom and I went to Hobby Lobby to look at their vast array of drawer knobs. It was fairly glorious, and we had a TON to choose from. Mom ended up picking out 4 that had a little crystal knob and some antique brass details. They were all 50% off and we spent about $16 total.

drawer and cabinet knobs at hobby lobby

I found 4 curtain rod holders at a thrift store for $.25 each (they’re meant to hold two curtain rods, but we’ll use them for just one), we found 3 sets of 14 curtain clips at a steal for $3.46 per package, and Mom bought some clearance Rustoleum Antique Brass spray paint for $7.17.

rustoleum antique brass spray paint curtain hardware

We also grabbed two 10′ pieces of conduit from the electrical aisle at only $1.28 apiece and cut them down to size. I measured each window and had brother John cut the rods to be 3′ longer than that so there would be 18″ on each side of the window. Then we coated everything in spray paint (except for the curtain clips, since those will be hidden and we didn’t want to gunk them up with paint).

spray paint curtain hardware antique brass

Once we had everything spray-painted, we turned things over to Dad (no, those are not my hairy knuckles. Mine are definitely hairier :)). I made a little graphic to show you so hopefully it’s pretty self explanatory.

How to make a custom curtain rod for less than $10 using conduit and drawer knobs.

Here’s one last picture of the finished product.

diy curtain rod with conduit and cabinet or drawer knobs

Finally, let’s do a little cost breakdown to re-emphasize the thriftiness of this little project.

Conduit: $1.28 each;$2.56 for both

Spray Paint: $7.17

Knobs: $4 each; $16 for all

Thingie to attach rod to wall: $.25 each; $1 for all

Wood: $0 (already owned)

Caulk/glue stuff: $0 (already owned)

TOTAL: $26.73 for 2 custom length curtain rods! And we totally could have chosen cheaper knobs and spray paint, but decided to get stuff we loved rather than just liked.

We’re nearing the finish line of my parents’ bedroom, but I still have a few more posts up my sleeve (which I’m sure surprises no one). As for the electrical dilemma alluded to in my last post, Dad figured out how to fix it and they didn’t even have to rewire anything. Hooray for that!

So there you have it. Go forth and be empowered to make those curtain rods! You hereby have no excuse for naked windows, unless you’re into that sort of thing, which is really not an excuse at all but is rather strange. Trust me. Your neighbors will thank you.

And perhaps, perhaps, you might even put a smile on grumpy cat’s face. If cheap curtain rods can’t change his mood, nothing can.

UPDATE: THIS ROOM IS DONE! Click HERE to see it. And if you need curtains, check out the no-sew dropcloth curtains we made for this room HERE!


14 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Makeover: Homemade Curtain Rods (in which we use drawer knobs and electrical conduit to hang drapery)

  1. This is awesome! I didn’t know curtain rods were so expensive!

  2. Yes!
    a) “Brother John” makes you sound like you are Robin Hood
    b) we also made our own curtain rods for our current abode–$40 for 5 windows, some of which are quite large.
    c) Go, thrifty genes! And thrifty jeans!

  3. Where were you when I spent $120 on curtain rods at Home Depot last month?!?!?!

    These look great, and I’m very proud of your refusal to waste money. I noticed there’s a Goodwill right near RBC…

  4. You used Grumpy Cat in this post!!! GRUMPY CAT!!!! I LOVE Grumpy Cat!!!
    Sorry, just a bit of enthusiasm overflowing– going back up to read about curtain rods now (a timely post, since J and I just recently, finally, decided on curtains for the living room.)

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  6. What a great idea! Aren’t you clever? I will totally be stealing this in a few months. 23 windows. 23!!!!

    P.S. I am over from Growing Up Gillian!

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  9. Wow! How clever… and you know they are totally unique too. It always feel great when you make something yourself, I think. Especially if you save a fortune when you do it.

  10. Thank you for showing the curtain rod ends (wood, hairy knuckles, and all!) I can’t use those rod holders for my curtains as they are heavy, but I saw some at a flea market and had no clue what they were. Am going back and praying they’re still there because I’ll take all of ’em and use them throughout the house. Now, call me a doofus (spelling ?), but how did you use those rod holders, how did you apply them? AND, if your creative mind would be so kind, any ideas about what I can use as a rod holder for mine since my curtains are so dang heavy? You are a creative soul, Anne! I’m 58 years old, had never responded to a blog before, but you my dear have drawn me into your blog. I know you definitely make your parents proud! God bless you!

  11. Hey, Carolyn! Welcome to the blog! In this case, we simply screwed in the “L” piece of the bracket into the wood of the trim around the window (the other piece of the bracket then screwed right into the “L”). If you have screw them into drywall or plaster walls, I’d use an anchor for heavy curtains.

  12. girl, you’re a genius. I also am about to move into my first house (ee!) and have to start from scratch with the windows and little money. Though I really REALLY want plantation shutters. Like a lot.

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