Make Your Own Bay Window Curtain Rod {Window Treatments for our Bay Windows}

I can not tell you how long it has taken me to decide what to do with this bay window. They seem like a neat feature to have but there are slim pickings’ when it comes time to dress them up.

When we first moved in white wooden blinds were ordered and installed and then it sat like this… until finally this week.

Since our little guy is highly sensitive to light it was important to find a window treatment that darkened the room just a bit but still provided some filtered light so I would not go completely insane from the darkness. I like the idea of roman shades {or just binds} but wanted a more finished look that curtains provide.
There are several bay window curtain rods on the market that are a little on the expensive side and because the house was custom built the window placement didn’t really allow for the installation of the typical hardware that comes with the pre-purchased rods. {You can see there is not much room at all above the window molding}
In the end the simplest solution was to construct our own; with a few precise measurements and a very inexpensive piece of electrical conduit, we were left with a custom rod that fit the space perfectly. {The same project below can even be used for regular windows, which be even easier since it would not require any bending}

Materials Needed

1/2 inch Electrical Conduit {length depending upon window size}
3 Adjustable Curtain Rod Brackets
Krylon Satin Nickel Spray Paint
A 10 ft piece of 1/2 inch electrical tube conduit was picked up at our local hardware store for just $1.89. The tube is made of steel which is heavy and sturdy enough to hold the weight of the curtains but easy enough to bend.
Precise measurements of the three windows were taken and cardboard templates were then cut and fitted to the exact angles of the window.
Then we put my husband muscles to work as he bent the conduit {by hand} using the template and measurements as a guide. The ends were then cut to length with a sawzall and the rough edges sanded smooth.
To give the rod a finished look, I gave it a good coat of Krylon Satin Nickel.
The adjustable brackets also received a coat of Krylon Satin Nickel as I could only find them in black. These were picked up at our local hardware store in the window covering section. The bracket plates move so that you can adjust the length that the bracket actually protrudes from the wall. The 1/2 inch conduit fits perfect in the hangers too.
One bracket was placed in the center of the middle window. We actually had to trim the plate {as you can see in the previous picture} so it would fit above the window molding. It’s a snug fit but works perfectly.
The other two hangers were hung at the end of each outer window, on the wall right next to the window molding. {We did not have to cut these brackets as hanging them next to the molding allowed sufficient room for the plates}
The curtains I chose are Ritva from Ikea in beige. {the same panels that are hanging from our french patio doors} I love these curtains and you can not beat the price of $19.99 for two panels. Each panel is 98 inches long perfect for longer window applications. {They also carry a 118 inch length for $29.99 a pair} They are 100% cotton but the texture reminds me of linen.
Two sets of curtains {4 panels} were used for the bay window. {Two sets for the french doors as well} I still need to find a set of finals for the end of the conduit that I like and fit; but overall I love the finish look and warmth they add to the space.
They darken the room just enough for my highly ‘light sensitive’ little guy – though they do filter through some sunshine {the perfect mix for us light deprived folks}.
Happy Wednesday ~ Enjoy!
                  

Comments

  1. Grrrr where were you a year ago. LOL I have a bay window and went nuts trying to figure out a low cost way to cover the window. :) Well my friend is going to benefit from some good thinking. I’m forwarding this to her. Thanks a bunch – keep the great ideas coming!!

  2. What a terrific idea! and WAY better price than regular curtain rods! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a smart solution and it is lovely. Well done to you and your husband’s muscles!

  4. Great job! They look beautiful. When you posted a little bit ago about needing to get some curtains for that area, I was excited to see what you would do! I knew whatever it would be, it would look amazing.

  5. That is fantastic! I’ve got a bay window and I’ve been wishing for old-fashioned priscillas but couldn’t figure out the rod without destroying the beautiful look of the window.

  6. This is a great post because I think its difficult to find the rods to do what you did. I’m lucky to have an older home and the rods were already fitted to the window. Yours look great and I agree the curtains do look like linen!

  7. What a creative solution. I love the panels. You guys did a wonderful job!! Bravo! :)

  8. Thank you so much for posting about this. I have 3 similar windows and have been looking for curtains forever for them. I definitely need to make a roadtrip to Ikea! Your room looks so pretty, finished and warm!

  9. Great idea! we did the same thing with the extension of the curtain rods we had. We have 4 bay windows and the rods were soooo expensive..especially when needing window treatments too! Thanks for the idea on the curtains..I have been searching for something neutral but light filtering also.
    Beth

  10. I had to chuckle when I saw this, I did the exact thing with my windows in the living room. Not a bay window but 4 windows in a bay shape. I even have the same curtains. I went with a 1 1/2 inch pipe and hubby borrowed a pipe bender from work. I just have to figure out how to get the finials on the ends and have them removable so I can wash panels. You’ll have to let me know how you do that.

  11. That is fantastic! We have two bay windows that have been a real challenge for us. In one I used 3 separate rods, and joined them with an elbow, but in the other I gave up and used roman shades =)

  12. Very creative! looks fabulous!

  13. I did this too, but like CountryBelle above, my husband used a pipe bender. For removable finials, I found that a cork, from a wine bottle fits inside the conduit perfectly and then I screwed the finial into the cork.
    http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2009/08/add-ito-a-long-long-list-of-things-i-love-about-this-man.html

  14. oops, I meant to say that’s a link to a post I wrote about making the curtain rod.

  15. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!
    You never cease to AMAZE ME! Where do you store all these ideas in your Brain??? You must have a COMPUTER CHIP in there!!! Again…BEAUTIFUL!!! Love, Looove, L.O.V.E.!!!

    Blessings xoxokara

  16. Love it! Do you have any ideas?? My daughter has the same window in her room but has a bench seat as well. I’m so stumped with what to do with her window. Right now she just has the wooden blinds =( any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

  17. That’s straight up genius. What a huge money saver! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

  18. True – some windows are very difficult. But you’ve found a wonderful solution. Some things take time ;)

    Hugs

    Tine

  19. Cork inside of the pipe works to hold the finial, but a small amount of styrofoam would also work.

  20. Thank you Autum and anonymous!!

  21. Aren’t you clever! We have TWO bay windows in our house and I found out how expensive curtain rods for bay windows are. It’s ridiculous. This is a great solution.

  22. I need a low cost way to cover my windows in my office. It is a SUN ROOM so I have 8 plus two doors (with glass cut outs). This looks like it may be my solution. I love the curtains! Light and airy but very polished. :)

  23. i’ve just found your blog and love the window treatments! i want to use that type of pipe in my sons room. are the pipes heavy on the wall?

  24. We did that two years ago after I priced “real” curtain roads! Oh, and I took plastic pvc caps, painted them to match and hot glued them on. It looks fabulous.

  25. What a terrific idea… love the curtains too. The look like high end linen… I can see a trip to Ikea in my future.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Hugs, Deb

    (found you over at GD)

  26. I love that you made the curtain rod! I know the rods can be ridiculously expensive. The window looks so beautiful. The fabric looks a lot like the one I just used in my dining room, just another color. I love that linen look. I wish we had an Ikea close by. You did a great job!

  27. Oh I have bay windows too, and I know all about how wonderful they are and yet how difficult too. Your curtain solution looks wonderful. Love the fact that you might your own curvy curtain rod! It really looks great.
    Thanks for linking up to GD!

  28. Great fix! I need this, as I have two bay windows that need an update. I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  29. My Mom has these windows so this is a big help!
    Love Ikea!!
    If the wine cork fits, what about using those decorative wine bottle stoppers that are suppose to be used if you have left over wine?
    I have seen some very pretty ones out of all different types of materials, glass,metal etc.
    I would bet that for under 30$ you could get 2 of them,and those would probably be pretty fancy!
    Just a thought!

    Thank you for sharing!

  30. I love this, I have a four window bay in the master bedroom that is undressed because I haven’t been able to find the “rod” needed that I am will to pay for. Your idea is going to take shape in my next project. Thank you for your creativity

  31. Brilliant! This will be my next project.

  32. now that’s a real neat idea…thanks for sharing it here.

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  33. This just made my day!! My kids have a bay window in their bedroom & I hate the fact that there are see throughs at night :( I’m using this tutorial ASAP!!

  34. Love this idea! We’re going to copy. Just an FYI . . . I saw this exact rod done at a neighbor’s house and wanted to take their idea. I had a guy come and quote me a price to do it (we’re not very handy). Almost $300!! For that price, we’ll become handy.

  35. Thank you, thank you!! Just what I was looking for!!

  36. Mary Elizabeth :

    Thank you, Stephanie!
    Weekend project (finally) accomplished!
    I read and bookmarked this page months ago, and it inspired our low-cost solution to the corner windows we have in our 1948 home! I made a large “L” shape rod out of conduit and after a coat of spray paint it hangs beautifully!

  37. Mary Elizabeth :

    Thank you, Stephanie!
    Weekend project (finally) accomplished!
    I read and bookmarked this page months ago, and it inspired our low-cost solution to the corner windows we have in our 1948 home! I made a large “L” shape rod out of conduit and after a coat of spray paint it hangs beautifully!

  38. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!

  39. Hi there, just found this via pinterest… what a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing ;) One question though… how do you figure out the precise measurements for the angle of the window? Would love to do this… and I suppose it would be the same method as trying to determine the angle for the baseboard we still haven’t figured out :) tia,
    Cindy
    mcfillmore5{at}gmail{dot}com

  40. this is really helpful. thank you for posting and sharing! =)

  41. OMG!!!!! I love this. I’ve lived in my home for 20 years and have 3 bay windows and have a love hate relationship with them daily. I think I’m going to love them forever now! Thank you so very much. I’m going shopping tomorrow!

  42. This is brilliant! Thank you sooooo much!

  43. This is a fantastic idea for such a difficult custom need area. My one question is what did you do to decorate the ends of the conduit. Love the idea and may use it for my similar situation.

  44. Brilliant idea…and thrifty…love that! Thanks for the post! My husband and I built a window seat under our bay window after living in our house for three years! This will be a perfect solution to the window problem!

  45. Great post! Those Ritva curtains are unfortunately now $39.99 though :/

  46. Brilliant! My bay window stands there totally “naked” because I could not figure out what to do with it?! Life to the full, Melissa

  47. I have a four window bay and will be using this idea in conjunction with C rings and bypass brackets by Kirsch to enable me to draw the curtains all the way round.. Thanks for the great solution to a very expensive problem.

        

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