Curtain rods can be quite expensive. In this post we show you how to make a wooden curtain rod for cheap, using just a few simple materials.
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Supplies needed to build a wooden curtain rod
1″ Dowel (length of curtain rod – we got 72″ length)
Before You Begin
Use this helpful diagram to help you with your curtain rod placement. You can find the full details here.
Step 1: Creating Bracket for Mounting Curtain Rod
Using a 1 3/8 wooden dowel mark out two measurements. Mark 3″ from the end for the hole and 4 1/2″ for the final cut.
Predrill with a 1/8″ drill bit onto the 3″ mark made. Using the 1″ hole saw, drill through the wooden dowel.
Now cut the bracket to size with a miter saw on the 4 1/2″ mark.
Pre-drill the long end of the bracket. Using plyers screw the dowel screw into the bracket.
Step 2: Measure for Curtain Rod
Measure the length of your window casing. You want the curtain to sit just outside the casing. Now measure 1 ft. off the window, this is where your bracket will go. Add 3 inches per side to determine rod length.
*Our window was 37″ wide. We marked 12″ from the casing for the brackets. Added 3″ per side to find the curtain rod length.
Curtain Rod Length: window length + 24″ (12″ per side) + 6″ (3″ over hang per side)
Step 3: Installing Mounting Brackets
Add drywall anchor 12″ off the window casing. Install curtain rod bracket into the drywall anchor.
Step 4: Hanging Curtain Rod
Now that the brackets have been installed, add curtains to the curtain rod.
Feed the dowel through the left bracket and then back up and through the right side.
Straighten out the dowel curtain rod so that it is even on both sides. It should be 3″ from the middle of the bracket to the end of the rod.