Dreams. We’ve all got them, hopefully, no matter our age. Some dreams, we are lucky enough to see come true. But, sadly, some remain the ever elusive pipe dream. So desired, yet so painfully just. out. of. reach. And we press on till we’re at the end of our rope trying to see that dream become reality.
Call me your fairy godmother, team because today, I’m going to make some pipe dreams come true. And we’re gonna take that rope you may be at the end of and USE it in a healthy, productive way. I’m gonna wave my magic wand, and by the time “bibbity bobbity boo” comes out, you’ll have your very own DIY industrial-nautical-what-have-you ceiling and/or wall mount curtain rods made of pipe and rope!
PIPE DOWN guys, I know it’s exciting, so I’m gonna TEACH YOU THE ROPES (winking snarky emoji here).
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- Galvanized pipe (ours is 3/4″)
- Rope (can choose any thickness you’d like, as long as it will fit through your pipe, and it’s not so thick you can’t tie off the ends. Ours is approx. 1/2″)
- Twine, or another very thin type of rope (to help neatly tie off the looped end(s) of your rope)
- Wall (cup) hooks
- Drywall anchors
- Hacksaw (to cut your pipe to length)
- Cut your pipe to size. Determine the length of rod you require, and cut your pipe to length. The pipe will be slightly shorter than the full width of your desired rod to allow for the tied off end(s) of the rope (take a look at the image below).
2. Cut Rope to length. Make sure to allow adequate length of rope on either end of your pipe for your loops or knots. Always err on the side of cutting too long, rather than short. You can always trim the excess at the end of the process. The length of your rope will depend on the length of your desired rod, as well as where you are mounting the rod, either to the ceiling, or wall, etc.
As you can see, this type of rod could have both ends attached to a wall, or both ends hanging from a ceiling, or a combination. You could easily use this tutorial to make a bay curtain or a double curtain, etc. What you decide to do will really depend on your space, and the look you’re aiming for.
3. Mount hooks into ceiling and/or wall(s). When mounting traditional rods, if your walls/ceiling are drywall, then drywall anchors are used with your curtain brackets. In this technique, we are not using traditional brackets, but the anchors are still to support the rod. You will first mount the anchors, then the hooks into the anchors. There are all kinds of hooks on the market. Different sizes and finishes. So you can make almost any option work with this project. We used simple cup hooks that we had hanging around in our garage.
4. Slide pipe over rope.
5.Tie off ends of rope. In the particular rod shown in this post, we knotted the side mounted to the wall. We’re not great knot tiers…not enough time spend in girl/boy scouts, I suppose. So we used a simplistic square knot.
I’m sure there are better options, but this one works just fine.
On the end mounted to the ceiling (right side of image above), we simply created a loop, then tightly wrapped twine around the loop to secure.
5. Hang your curtain on the rod.
6. Attach ends of rope to hooks.
With the curtain OFF, this is what the rod looks like.
Voila! A PIPING HOT, industrial chic and/or nautical-vibed curtain rod.
It’s easy, breezy and probably costs LESS than you would pay for some run of the mill option at your local home goods store!
BTW, have you guys seen these rooms we’re using our pipe/rope rods in before? If you haven’t, you gotta check them out. The bedroom was our son’s in our old house.
This is what it looked like BEFORE.
Pretty incredible, huh? That paint color is one you’d look at on a swatch at Home Depot and think “Who in their right mind would use a color like this on a wall?” Right?
I call this my “leftovers” makeover because I spruced it up for $0 using nothing but stuff we had at home already.
Thanks, as always, for spending a minute of your day with us here at the nest! Go make some curtain rods!!