by | Feb 11, 2018

These DIY drapery rods are affordable and can be made with very little effort.

Finding affordable and stylish drapery rods can be quite difficult. I have a hard time paying $30 or more to hang drapes that I paid less for.  After looking around at a couple of stores, I realized I needed to get creative.  I wanted a vintage look, but I also wanted them to be somewhat feminine since they are for our bedroom

Hobby Lobby is probably one of my all time favorite stores, so I made a trip to try and find some inspiration.  I was browsing the aisle with knobs when I saw some antique door knobs.  Well….pretend antique….but I’m good with that.  I knew instantly that these glass knobs would be perfect for finials.

Next stop…Home depot.  After scouting several different choices for the actual rod, I decided that electrical piping would work best.  It is lightweight, won’t bend, and is super affordable.  They will even cut it for you!

Make sure to measure your window before you go.  I usually like my rod to hang about 10-12 inches above the window and about 6 inches wider than my window.  With this project, I had to make them closer to the frame due the the window being next to the corner.

Carry your door knobs in with you to purchase the piping.  You will need them to make sure that you choose the correct size pipe.  For me, ½” worked perfectly.  Once they cut the pipe, there was a lip on the inside that kept the knob from sliding in.  They were able to sand down the lip, and voila…perfect fit.

I wanted to match the other finishes in our room, so I chose to use Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze metallic spray paint.  I applied two coats to the electrical pipe.

There are several ways that you can attach the door knobs to the piping.  You could use a glue that would give them more of a permanent hold.  I opted for my fallback…duck tape.  Well…..I technically used electrical tape, but you get my drift.  I wanted something that wasn’t permanent because I like to change my curtains out.  I wrapped the screw on the end of the knob with tape until it was the perfect fit for the pipe.  I had to twist it to make it slide in, but they will not be falling out.  

I LOVE how this project turned out!  I also feel good knowing that I was able to save a little money on the hardware, and as always feel like I was able to Make This Day Count by completing a simple project that makes me smile!  

DIY Curtain Rods with antique door knobs

For both windows, I paid $34.95 for the knobs and $2.75 for the electrical pipe.  I already had brackets left over from some drapery rods that had extra parts and the paint.  $18.85 isn’t bad for each window, and I LOVE the final product.




  1. Purchase “antique” door knobs from Hobby Lobby.  (Make sure to use a 40% off coupon if not on sale.)  If Hobby Lobby isn’t convenient you could try these knobs from Amazon.  They are a tiny bit smaller, but are really similar and affordable.
  2. Measure window making sure to come out at least 6 inches past the window frame on each side.  I usually measure the window frame and add at least 12 inches.
  3. Take your knobs with you to your favorite home improvement store.  My knobs fit perfectly into 1/2 electrical piping.  Make sure it slides in easily.
  4. Find an associate and ask them to cut it to your measurements.  A lip will form inside the pipe when they cut it.  Ask them to file that down for you until your knob slides in easily.
  5. Spray paint the piping with 2 coats of whatever paint matches your finials or other finishes in the room.  I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze in a metallic finish.
  6. Wrap the screws on the knobs with electrical tape until you think it creates a tight fit.  Twist the knobs into the piping.
  7. Stand back to admire your handiwork, and then take a pic and post in the comments!

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I’m Melinda, and I am thrilled you are here!  I’m a wife, mother to 3 energetic boys, DIY enthusiast, and lover of all things creative.  Make This Day Count is my place to share my love for projects, family life, and natural living.



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