Tutorial: Industrial Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rods


plumbing fixture curtain rod tutorial

Lately I’ve been totally digging an industrial look, with a girly edge to it. Too much industrial and it feels cold and uninviting, just the right amount and touch of industrial and it feels cozy and inviting.

I’ve seen others use plumbing pipes as curtain rods and figured I’d take a stab at it. the basic parts and pieces you need for the curtain rod I made are:

I used all 1/2″ pipe fittings so I could easily slide my curtains right on the plumbing fixtures.  Btw,,, it’s a bit of a puzzle to put these together, as once all the plumbing pieces are put together you can’t fit over your curtain (unless you have the clip on kind) so you have to piece this together in some sense of order.


  • (2) 1/2″ floor flanges
  • (2) 1/2″ nipples that are 1-2″ long
  • (2) 1/2″ 90 degree elbow
  • (1) 1/2″ pipe to the length you need for your window, keep in mind at most hardware stores you can custom cut and they will thread your pipe for you, so you aren’t limited to stock on hand.
  • Goo Off
  • Sharpie
  • Level
  • Drywall anchors
  • Tools needed: Drill with drill and screw bits

supplies for plumbing fixture curtain rods


Step 1: Measure your window and how wide you want your curtain rod. Get al supplies and your long pipe cut 6″ less than the measurement of how wide you want your curtain rod (this accounts for approx. 2-3″ for the floor flange and elbow etc.) then use goo off to clean off all the grease and stickers.

Step 2: Assemble the curtain rod in this order. Take 1 floor flange, connect to the nipple, then connect to the elbow. Do the same thing for the other set. Then screw in the long bar piece.

Step 3: You need a 2nd set of hands for this, but hold up the curtain rod where you want it, use a level to make it level and you’ll need as sharpie to mark the holes on each of the floor flanges on the wall

Step 4: Dril and Place all wall anchors into the 8 sharpie marker spots you made (4 for each side).

Step 5: Unscrew the bar from the center and put on the curtain. After the curtain is on, then re-screw the middle bar back on so you have the full unit and screw it into the wall anchors you places in step 4, finish and enjoy!


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Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy DIY’ing



5 thoughts on “Tutorial: Industrial Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rods

  1. I am just curious how hard it is to get the curtains off for washing? I really want to do this but it seems to be once you have it up there there is no getting it down to launder them…

      1. I am actually thinking of putting a union join on the sides to be able to unscrew it completely from the wall….

        Here’s hoping that works!!

  2. I’m not sure where you are in the country, seeing that material costs range, but what did it cost you for all these parts?

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