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August 29, 2012

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How to Create an Extra Long Curtain Rod

Madigan made… a simple solution to hang lots of long curtains above a window.

Great tip: simple solution to create a long curtain rod - madiganmade.com

How high? What color? How wide? What type of fabric? How many? What hardware finish?

Are you ever plagued by these questions? I am.

Who knew there were so many decisions and challenges to dressing a window!

Remember the simple IKEA desk update that I shared on Monday for our office/guest room? Well, I’ve been  debating how best to treat the windows next to that desk. Up until now, I just had buttercream Roman blinds covering the openings. The windows needed something more.

 

The window is not in the center of the wall, so I wanted to hang the curtains across the whole wall. I hoped that this strategy would help to make the window look bigger and balance things out.

 

Tip: hang the curtains across the whole wall to make the window feel larger - madiganmade.com

 

In order to do that, I needed a really, really long curtain rod.  But the ones I saw were too big, too ugly and/or too expensive. How could I make my own long curtain rod?

I bet I'm not the first person to come up with this solution. But I was standing in front of the curtain rod selection at Walmart and an idea popped in my head to use two curtain rods to make one long one. (I was pretty excited and proud of myself. It’s the little things that make me happy, ya know?)

 

Here is how I did it:

How to create one, long curtain rod from two smaller ones:

How to create one, long curtain rod from two smaller ones

Step 1:  Buy two matching curtain rod sets. I'm labeling them rod A and B for the purposes of this picture/diagram above. Each set has two finials. Each rod consisted of a large and small tube of metal. (not pictured: wall mounting brackets) 

Step 2:  Remove the smaller piece of rod A and one finial from rod A. Remove one finial from rod B. Set those pieces aside. 

Step 3:  Attach rod A to the end of the smaller tube on rod B to create one, long curtain rod. Attach a finial on either end.

Step 4:  Hang the curtain rod with the hardware at the desired height, following the package instructions. DO use several mounting brackets along the length of the wall to ensure that the long rod and the weight of the fabric will be supported. 

 

Then, just hem and hang IKEA curtains:

How to hem IKEA VIVAN curtains - madiganmade.com

Wash your IKEA curtains. Hang each panel and mark the fabric with 3-4 straight pins where you want the hem to be placed. Iron the curtains and a crease where the hem should be. Use peel and stick or iron-on tape to hem the bottoms to the desired length. I liked my curtains to just gently puddle at the bottom. (Having the curtains puddle is also a little more forgiving if your hems are not perfectly straight…. shh, don’t tell anyone!)

 

How can you make your own long curtain rod? Great tips at madiganmade.com

I have never hung curtains this high before and I like it!  I’ve always heard that this could happen, but  this strategy really makes the room feel bigger. (You can read more on the importance of hanging your curtains high in Jenna’s great post. Her advice is what convinced me.)

 

I was considering using blue curtains, but I decided to go with plain, white curtains (thanks for the suggestion, Mom). The white helps to lighten and brighten the space. And the brass color of the hardware picks up some of the other gold/brass elements I am planning to use in the space.

 

I used 6 panels (3 packages) of IKEA VIVIAN white curtains ($10 per pair) and two gold colored curtain rods from Walmart (about $10-12 each). All I needed were some tools, an iron and peel and stick tape (under $5) to hang them.

Who knew that $55 could create such drama in a space? I love it!

white IKEA curtains and long curtain rod tutorial - madiganmade.com

I’m sharing this post with: Funky Junk Interiors and Addicted 2 Decorating 

 

Want to see more of this space? Check out these related posts about the room:

 

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