How to Make Curtain Rods for Corner Windows
There are many obstacles when it comes to hanging curtains, but the corner windows pose a special problem. Most, if not all, curtain rods in an average home improvement store are designed for straight windows. Special 90-degree-angle curtain rods for corner windows are available through some retailers, but they are very expensive. With common plumbing parts, you can make custom corner curtain rods without breaking the bank, and the color choice is up to you.
Measure from the left side of the left window to the corner. Measure across one length of pipe to that measurement plus 5 inches, and mark it with a pencil.
Slip the pipe into the pipe cutter, which looks like curved scissors, and align the blade with the mark. Squeeze the handles of the cutter several times until the blade cuts the pipe.
Measure from the corner to the right side of the right window. Measure across the other pipe to that measurement plus 5 inches, and mark it with a pencil.
Slip the pipe into the cutter and align the blade with the mark. Squeeze the handles of the cutter until the blade cuts the pipe.
Place the back of one U-shaped curtain rod hanger against the wall at the left side of the left window. Align the bottom of the hanger with the top edge of the window molding. Mark the wall through the screw hole openings with a pencil.
Insert screws through the top and bottom openings of the hanger at the pencil marks, using a power drill. Install hangers at the upper left and right of each window in the same manner. If the corner between the windows leaves no room for two hangers, move the hangers apart slightly to the right until they fit.
Open the pipe primer lid. Wipe the swabbed tip connected to the cap around one end of the left pipe. Rub the swab inside one opening of the 90-degree connector. Let the primer dry for a moment. Open the adhesive. Rub adhesive around the primed area of the pipe and the connector. Slip the pipe into the connector and twist 1/2 turn. Wipe off residue immediately with a paper towel. Let it dry for 10 minutes. Prime one end of the other pipe and inside the opposite opening of the 90-degree connector. Apply adhesive to both, slip the pipe inside the connector and twist 1/2 turn. Wipe off the excess and let it dry.
Set the pipe configuration and the two end caps on newspaper. Spray the pipes and the end caps with spray paint made for plastics. Let them dry. Turn the pipes over and spray the other side.
Set the pipe configuration onto the curtain rod hangers. Mark the ends for trimming at the length you want. Take the pipes down and cut them at the marks. Slip the caps on the ends and set the rod back on the hangers.
Things You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- 2 Schedule 80 PVC pipes, 1/2 inch
- Ratcheting pipe cutter
- 4 U-shaped curtain rod hangers with hardware
- Power drill with Phillips attachment
- PVC pipe primer
- 1 PVC 90-degree pipe connector, 1/2 inch
- PVC pipe adhesive
- 2 Schedule 80 PVC pipe caps, 1/2 inch
- Plastic spray paint
- Change the paint color whenever you like.
- Slip a thin dowel rod inside each pipe before putting on the caps, to reduce flexibility.
- Pipe cutters have a very sharp blade inside.
- Primer contains acetone, and will ruin many surfaces if it drips.