As soon as I saw these wood curtain rods, I knew this was a project I could complete myself. Making DIY Wood Curtain Rods couldn’t be easier. You can buy the wood dowels at local hardware stores and even cut them in-store before leaving!
If you are looking for a way to add a rustic feel to your window treatments, give this project a try. It won’t break the bank. Most wood dowels are inexpensive and available in Poplar, a beautiful, light-colored wood. Poplar is considered a hardwood and readily accepts paint or stains. You can also find these dowels in Pine or Oak.
The inspiration for this wood project came from these wood curtain rods I saw on Etsy. I linked them below and a few other wood rod choices, so you can see how pretty these look on your windows. Not into wood rods? Try these conduit curtain rods instead.
Things You’ll Need
Notes: Determine how long your curtain rod needs to be. This will determine what length of wood dowel to purchase. Curtains should be hung high and wide (at least a few inches past the window frame). If you are using curtain rings, ensure the dowel is appropriately sized for your rings. I used 1-inch curtain rings and a 3/4-inch wood dowel. The thicker the wood dowel, the more sturdy, so keep this in mind if you hang heavier, lined curtains.
How to Make DIY Wood Curtain Rods
How to Make Simple, DIY Wood Curtain Rods.
Total time: 1 hour
Cut Dowel to Size & Sand
You’ll need to determine how long your curtain dowel should be. Remember that not all hardware stores carry long lengths, but I’ve seen them available up to 72 inches long. Most hardware stores have a cutting station with a hand saw available. Or, take the dowels home to cut with your own saw. Then, lightly sand the ends to remove any rough wood.
Paint or Stain Wood Dowel (optional)
Hang Curtain Brackets
Hanging curtain brackets is a breeze when you use a cardboard template.
Secure Rod to Brackets
After hanging your curtain on the rod, ensure your rod is stable on each bracket. The little nail with the bracket will likely be all you need to secure your rod. However, you can also use a rubber band to secure the rod to the bracket.
These wood curtain rods are sitting in my guest room, which I’m sprucing up.
I hope you decide to give this curtain project a try!