How to Add Industrial Style with DIY Pipe Curtain Rods

To kick off my industrial master bedroom update design projects for the #100roomchallenge, I knew I was going to add black steel pipe curtain rods to our undressed windows. This project is a simple DIY that only requires simple measuring, a trip to the hardware store, some elbow grease, and a level!

In my bedroom, I have one large window and two smaller windows. We live in a dense neighborhood, and have had to change clothes in the bathroom for over a year because I couldn't decide on window treatments! Curtains and curtain rods are SO expensive, and I didn't have a clear design plan in mind yet- so we went without. 

While cleaning out our attic last week, I found three gray curtain panels from my daughter's Chicago nursery in a storage box.

Hooray!

They are a few shades darker than my bedroom paint color and have a great rustic woven texture that is perfect for the industrial design I am imagining for the bedroom.

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My husband created a clothes drying rack in our laundry room out of black steel pipes, and it was so easy! I kept coming across inspiration photos using these pipes for curtain rods, and couldn't wait to get them up in our bedroom with the repurposed curtain panels. 

There are plenty of different tutorials explaining how to assemble and install pipe curtain rods. Some people add additional pieces so the rods are further out from the wall, but I think they are fine without the extra length. I have included links to these products for your reference!

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Here are the materials I used for each curtain rod: 

2- 1/2" Floor Flanges (the part that attaches to the wall)

2- 1/2" 90 degree Street Elbow (the "street" is important! It is what ensures all your pieces will screw together!)

1- 1/2" Straight Pipe

 Measure each window for the length of your desired curtain rod. You can buy pre-sized rods or have them trim and thread a custom length for you at the hardware store.

Measure each window for the length of your desired curtain rod. You can buy pre-sized rods or have them trim and thread a custom length for you at the hardware store.

 Each curtain rod required 2-floor flanges, 2-90* corners (street connection), and 1-long rod.

Each curtain rod required 2-floor flanges, 2-90* corners (street connection), and 1-long rod.

 I cleaned the pipes thoroughly with GooGone and a rag to remove all oily residue. You could paint them after cleaning them- but I liked the black raw finish.

I cleaned the pipes thoroughly with GooGone and a rag to remove all oily residue. You could paint them after cleaning them- but I liked the black raw finish.

I got the materials home, ironed all of the panels, and starting laying out the pieces to clean and assemble. I used two panels on my large window, and cut the third panel in half to split between the two smaller windows. These curtains have tabs (for a more pleased look) or the option to thread your rod through a pocket at the top. I went with the scrunched look of the pocket- pleats felt too fussy for this space. I would have loved the fullness of a full panel on the small windows, but resourcefulness and the budget ruled the day ;) 

My hubby helped me center and level the curtain rods. We used two 1-inch drywall screws for each flange to hold them up. They are SO sturdy, and I love that I don't need to worry about my little guy pulling them off the wall like I would with a traditional curtain rod (those are so flimsy and easy to bend!). 

NOTE: You have to put the curtains on BEFORE hanging the rods if you thread yours through like I did. The only way to get them down at this point is to remove the entire rod from the wall!

 Large window with black steel pipe industrial curtain rod and 2 gray curtain panels.

Large window with black steel pipe industrial curtain rod and 2 gray curtain panels.

 Close up of the pipe curtain rod assembly.

Close up of the pipe curtain rod assembly.

In the spirit of the challenge, I'm sharing un-touched photos of our room throughout the month. This is a real bedroom, with real messes, and a real-ly busy family who doesn't always feel like letting me have time to style the pillows on my bed before it's time to make dinner! 

 What a difference window treatments make in a room!

What a difference window treatments make in a room!

 I love how these simple curtain rods add so much masculine industrial style.

I love how these simple curtain rods add so much masculine industrial style.

The curtains only need tie-backs now, and they will be complete! I'm hoping to find some old doorknobs or hooks to use for tie-backs; our great uncle collects vintage hardware and is letting me go scavenging in his workshop! I'll let you know what treasures I find in the next post. 

Coming Up....

  • Accent wall behind headboard: faux brick texture? 
  • Update nightstands with new feet and industrial hardware
  • Floating shelves with reclaimed wood
  • Update artwork around headboard
  • Print photos and prints for gallery wall
  • Curtain Tie-Backs

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