Custom Copper Curtain Rods for Bay Windows

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Originally published August 15, 2014.

In the quest to make our screened in porch more intimate, I wanted to add drapes. Given the size and shape of the porch, West Elm’s Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods were out of the question due to budget constraints because of the quantity needed & only adjust in length, unable to accommodate the corners of the room. You all know my love obsession with copper. After we paint the exterior of our house, we plan to add copper light fixtures and hardware. It’s undeniably beautiful when new, but becomes even more gorgeous when it ages. So, we did what I had wanted to do for years, we created custom copper curtain poles for our odd shaped space. The result? Luxe living. They were easier than I had anticipated surpassed my expectations.

How to make curtain rods for bay windows

This project involves a little critical thinking if you’re designing around a bay window or space with angles, but nothing that overwhelmed me. What I loved most about this project is that you can just eye most cuts. Measuring is not my fave.

To create your own custom copper curtain rods, you’ll need:

DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces

copper pipes {we used 3/4″}

copper spray paint

flanges {found in plumbing, but come in silver}

3/4″ {or corresponding size} copper male adapter for each flange you need

elbows for corners – we used 45 degree copper elbows

copper tee – one for each support you need

standard pipe cutter

Let’s get started!

Wall to Wall Instructions:

  1. Spray paint your flanges. Keep in mind that it will scratch easily, so handle them with care. Once they’re up, there’s no concern.
  2. DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Poles Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spacesScrew in your first flange to the wall.DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces
  3. Loosely screw an adapter in.
  4. Insert pipe. Determine what’s level. Mark where you want the next flange {or if doing an extended like ours, the support} to be. Remove the pipe.
  5. Install 2nd flange in marked spot. Loosely screw in adapter. Mark & cut pipe.DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces
  6. Insert the pipe and voila! You’re done. You did it! Hooray!

Standard Industrial Curtain Rod Style:

  1. Spray paint your flanges. Keep in mind that it will scratch easily, so handle them with care. Once they’re up, there’s no concern.
  2. Screw your flanges to the wall, ensuring they’re level.
  3. Cut two small pieces of pipe at the desired distance from the wall.
  4. Loosely screw an adapter in.
  5. Insert the small pipe at both ends.
  6. Insert the elbows at both ends.
  7. Measure & cut the pipe to desired length.DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces
  8. Insert the pipe.

Bay Windows & Odd Shaped Spaces:

  1. Spray paint your flanges. Keep in mind that it will scratch easily, so handle them with care. Once they’re up, there’s no concern.
  2. Screw in your first flange to the wall.
  3. Loosely screw an adapter in.
  4. Insert pipe. Determine what’s level. Mark where you want the next flange {or if doing an extended like ours, the support} to be. Remove the pipe.
  5. Install 2nd flange in marked spot. Loosely screw in adapter. Mark and cut pipe.
  6. Add the tee connector.DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spacesDIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces
  7. Put the copper piping back in flange #1. Line & mark where you need to cut it. Remove the pipe, cut it {so easy, even I did it!} and place the pipe in the rod.
  8. Working around a large/unusual space? Let’s keep going! Repeat steps 4, 5 & 6 and add your elbow for corners.DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spacesDIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods Tutorial | Create the West Elm look for less, customizing your curtain rods for bay windows & odd shaped spaces

How to make curtain rods for bay windows

The details:

  • If you don’t have the same affection for copper that I do, you can always use pvc or galvanized pipe and spray paint with Rustoleum. Brass anyone? Black is always beautiful as well.
  • I have only been successful locating true copper spray paint at Ace Hardware.
  • I CANNOT WAIT to do the same, adding finials for future makeovers in indoor spaces.
  • These custom curtain rods took just one afternoon nap {the kids, not us}!

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Update – we’ve painted. Yay! You can see more of our outdoor dining room / screened in porch here.

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19 comments on “Custom Copper Curtain Rods for Bay Windows”

  1. Well aren’t those the prettiest most chic copper rods ever! Love how you turned them with corners inside the window, lovely!!!
    xo
    Kate

  2. I love this! So simple, pretty and very cost effective.

  3. Love what you did . We have copper accent on the drawer pulls in our kitchen . We are remodeling our kitchen . Now waiting for counter tops to arrive and get installed . I want some sort of a backsplash that is affordable as we are seniors on a limited budget . Do you have any ideas ?

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  5. Love the idea! I was looking for something like this for my bay patio door area. Question for you, how long(inches) of screws did you use to hold up the flanges? (The flanges are heavy as is and adding the weight of the rest of the rod and curtains to hold up everything.) Thanks!

  6. Hi, would you recommend this for black out curtains as opposed to the light drapes you used? I’m just worried about the copper bending with the weight..

    • The copper is actually significantly heavier than most curtain rods. As always, you may need a support in the middle, but we use those even with linen drapes. Enjoy!

  7. Hi. I really like the look and am thinking of doing the same in a Florida room. I was wondering, though, how do you take those curtains down to wash them? I was thinking you’d have to use loops with clips, but I see that you didn’t. Is there velcro on the tabs?

  8. Hi Julie!

    We’re doing copper accents in our nursery and as the Umbra rods seem to be the only copper ones I’ve found and they’re out of stock everywhere, we’re considering making our own. We use copper to make all the centerpieces for our wedding but as we were only using them for a day we didn’t do anything to prevent tarnish. Did you treat these to keep the shine? How are they looking 2 years later? Would love to do this but just worried I won’t like the darker look that our centerpieces became over time.

    Thanks!
    H

  9. Hi! These are awesome! Do you recall how much the project cost you at the time you made them? They add so much charm and character!

  10. How do you think black flanges with copper pipe would look? Or do you prefer all copper?

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