How to Make Custom Curtain Rods for Under $10

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You’ve decorated your room, found the perfect rug, selected a wall color that makes your heart sing and now you’re ready for the next step: curtains. But sometimes, that’s where the decorating process comes to a screeching halt. Even if you’ve found a great pair of curtains, the questions are endless. How should you hang them? What type of rods should you get? What’s the best fit for your window?

It can all be a little overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an easy custom curtain rod project that can fit any window and costs under $10 to make. Plus, it can be completed with simple supplies in an afternoon. All you need is a pair of curtains you love.

Ready to get started?

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Step 1: Measure Your Window

This is the most important step. Measuring the window will ensure your curtain rods are a perfect fit. You will want to measure the width of the window and the height from the top of the window molding to the ceiling. Measure twice to be sure the numbers are correct.

When attaching the brackets to the wall, note that you should hang your curtain rod half the distance between the ceiling and the top of the molding. In addition, you also want to place the curtain rod bracket five inches from the edge of the molding on the side of the window.

Step 2: Purchase Supplies

For this project, you will need two dowel rods that are half the width of your window. For example, the window shown above measures 36 inches across. As a result, each of the dowel rods were cut to approximately 18 inches long.

Next, you will need four brackets, four finials and four double-sided screws. Lastly, you will need paint or stain to match the brackets and finials to your decor—and, of course, a beautiful set of curtains to hang on your custom rod.

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Step 3: Prepare Rods

Paint or stain the brackets and finials. Let dry and set aside. Hang your curtains on the dowel rod and scrunch as necessary. Next, attach one end of the screw to each end of the dowel rod as shown. Then attach a finial to each end of the dowel rod, securing it by screwing it in place.

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Step 4: Attach Brackets

Measure five inches out from the corner of the molding and attach a bracket to the wall. Place the curtain and finial in the bracket as shown. Hold up the other side of the dowel rod with curtain attached to the wall. Put the bracket in place and mark with a pencil. Lower the curtain with the dowel rod and attach the remaining bracket in place.

Repeat for the other curtain.

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Step 5: Hang Dowel Rods

This is the easy part. Simply hang the dowel with the curtains on the attached brackets. Fluff your curtains and repeat for other windows.

This simple custom curtain rod project can take your windows from plain to extraordinary in an afternoon. Your room’s decor will be complete in no time at all!

KariAnne Wood’s award-winning decor website, Thistlewood Farms, was chosen as a Top 10 decorating blog by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne writes articles on decor, including window treatments and curtains, for Home Depot. If you are researching drapes and curtains, you can find a wide variety of colors and fabrics at Home Depot.

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers1 years ago


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Rob Chloe Sam N2 years ago

Interesting, Thanks for sharing.

Twila H.
Twila H2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

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Cyn F2 years ago

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natasha salgado
Past Member 2 years ago

Appreciate the tips! thanks

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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