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6 Creative DIY Alternatives To Standard Curtain Rods

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If you've recently purchased drapery or plan to, you'll want to consider how you'll hang your chic window treatments. Simple curtain rods can look bland and the decorative options are relatively pricey. According to a 2013 annual Houzz & Home survey, 45 percent of homeowners plan to delay their house project due to the economy. If you don't have the funds to purchase curtain rods, consider making your own. Here's a look at some creative, fun alternatives to standard curtain rods.

1. Industrial Pipes

The use of industrial pipes for curtain rods has become increasingly popular as of late. These curtain rods are generally constructed of PVC, metal or copper piping, ensuring superior strength and a rustic look. PVC piping can be painted to blend better with your drapery or left as-is. Industrial pipes are ideal for use on pocket curtains and other drapery styles that will hide the majority of the pipe.

2. Sturdy Branches

If you prefer a more country approach to the standard curtain rod, opt for a tree branch rod. Find a relatively straight tree branch that is strong and free from cracks and rot. Give the branch a couple applications of spray paint in whichever color you desire. Once dry, cover the branch in a protectant sealant to give it strength and a slightly glossy finish. Use tie-top curtains that tie around the tree branch or loop curtains for a finished look.

3. Bamboo Poles

If a regular tree branch is not your thing, go for a straight bamboo pole. A length of solid bamboo can be attached to the window frame with inexpensive brackets to create a warm ambiance in the room. Bamboo is lightweight and can be used with a wide variety of drapery types, from sheer pocket curtains to medium-weight curtains hung from rings.

4. Sports-Themed Rods

If you want your love for sports to be seen in your home décor, consider using sports objects as curtain rods. For the fisherman, consider a fishing rod installed above your window. Use lures as ring clips to hold the curtains in place. If you prefer the game of hockey, hang a hockey stick on hidden brackets. Use small puck look-alikes attached to shower curtain rings to hang your curtains. Any other activity you like can be used in your décor too, such as a shovel curtain rod for avid gardeners.

5. Wooden Dowel Rods

If you're looking for something simple and inexpensive, head to your local hardware store and pick up some wooden dowel rods. Wooden dowels are available in a wide variety of lengths and thicknesses to suit all needs. Use spray paint to give the plain wood a pop of color. Add glass globes or other finials to the ends of the wooden dowel rods for a touch of elegance.

6. Rod-Free Curtain Options

If you don't like the look of curtain rods, go completely rod-free. There are numerous ways you can hang drapery without the use of traditional curtain rods. One option is to hammer a line of large head nails across the top frame of the window. Paint the nails so that they match the frame and are not easily visible. Loop the curtains over the nail heads. Another option is to install small cabinet knobs painted the same color as the window frame. Just loop the curtain over the knobs for secured drapery.

If you don't have the funds to purchase standard curtain rods, or simply don't like the way they look, consider alternative curtain rod options. Ensure the curtain rod alternative you choose is strong enough to hold the weight of the drapes. For more information about window treatments, contact a professional drapery supplier.