Are you looking for extra long curtain rods for your space and wondering what you can use instead of a traditional curtain rod?
This extra long curtain rod was designed to add an industrial element into this space. We used the black iron pipe for the curtain rod to tie in other areas of our home where we have used the same pipe. As seen here in the handle on our barn door.
If you are looking to create a black iron pipe curtain rod or are just interested in saving some money by creating your own extra long curtain rod, here is how we built ours.
Supplies needed to build an extra long curtain rod
Drill or screw driver
2 ¾" Black Iron 90
2 ¾" Black Iron Floor flange
2 ¾" x 4inch Black Iron Pipe
8 3x4" Black Iron Pipe (cut to fit your space, for the rod)**
Measure, measure and measure again to determine out where you want to hang your curtain rod. I won't get into the details on placement, as Apartment Therapy has a great and easy guide to follow to help you decide where to place your curtains rod.
What is the longest curtain rod length?
Black iron pipe can be found at your local hardware store, the longest length can be 20ft or more. The curtain rod we built was 12 ft of continual pipe.
While at the hardware store be sure to and have them cut and thread both ends of the black iron pipe.
If the hardware store does not have a pipe threader, contact your local plumber or HVAC company for some help.
How to make extra long curtain rods from black iron pipe
Assemble your curtain rod on the floor. Screw together the floor flange with the ¾"x4" black iron pipe, attaching the black iron 90 to the end.
Continue for both ends and then attach your full-length black iron pipe to the middle, creating a fully assembled curtain rod.
How do you hang extra long curtain rods?
Two people are required to hang an extra long curtain rod.
Have one person hold the assembled curtain rod up, above the window. Level the curtain rod and center it, so that it hangs evenly over either side of your window or doorway.
Next, have the second person mark each screw hole in your flange with pencil markings on the wall.
Put the curtain rod down on the floor and put in all your drywall anchors to correspond with the markings on the wall. Do this for both sides.
Unscrew the rod from the side pieces. Attach the first bracket to the wall.
Now that you have one side secure to the wall, attach the rod to this first side.
Add your drapery to the rod, before you assemble the final side.
Attach the second side to the rod and screw it into the wall.
There you have it, a fully functioning curtain rod, customized to fit perfectly into your space. We love the masculine feel the black iron pipe adds to our family room.
This is a large room, that required a large curtain rod in order for it not to get lost among the neutral decor and we love the way it turned out.
What lengths do curtain rods come in?
Typically curtain rods come in a variety of adjustable lengths with the most common sizes being 28"-48", 48"-88", 6-"-108", and 108"-144".
How long can curtain rods go without support?
There is a lot that can play into this, in our experience we have gone 12ft without support. The longest curtain rod in our living room spans 12ft and does not have a support bracket in the middle. The rod also holds 4 black-out curtain panels.
What is the longest curtain rod you can get?
The longest curtain rods I have found that you are able to purchase have been between 120"- 240". If you are in need of something larger the custom rod is the way to go.
Another option for a custom curtain rod would be our wooden curtain rod, instructions can be found here.