How to Make a Curtain Rod for a Bow Window


Curtain rods hold curtains, drapes or valences, and while it is simple enough to acquire a straight curtain rod for a standard window, a bow window, also known as a bay window, is another story. Ideally, the curtain rod for a bow window should have two bends in it that allow the curtain rod to stay snug to the wall. Make your own curtain rods out of PVC pipe, allowing you to mount the window dressings of your choice to your bow windows.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • One-inch PVC pipe
  • Flexible PVC fittings
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Spray primer
  • Black spray paint
  • Measure the walls above the windows themselves, where you want the curtain rod to sit, and subtract two inches from both measurements.

  • Cut lengths of one-inch PVC pipe that are equal to the measurements that you found in step 1.

  • Connect the pipes to one another using flexible PVC fittings. While you can also use rigid PVC elbows for this purpose, flexible PVC fittings allow you to have the exact bend that you need for your bow windows. For an extra degree of security, glue the ends of the pipes to the fittings using epoxy adhesive.

  • Cover the assembled curtain rod with spray primer and allow it to dry. The amount of time this takes is listed on the packaging.

  • Spray the primed curtain rod with black spray paint. When the paint dries, the curtain rod is ready to be used.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cover the ends of the curtain rod with rod finials, which can be purchased at craft stores. Secure the finials with glue, but if you do this, do not glue the ends of the pipe to the elbows.

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