Tutorial: How to extend a small curtain rod with conduit piping

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In our master bedroom we hung a wall of curtains behind our bed to mask the awkward window placement, but finding a curtain rod large enough (ours is 110in) can be costly. A nice one will easily run you $100. Plus we wanted the rod to match the one we already had over the other window in the room. The solution: Buy a small (40 in) matching curtain rod and extend it with $2 worth of conduit piping.

Supplies:

  1. Small curtain rod with finals
  2. 1/2 in EMT conduit piping cut to size
  3. extra wall bracket
  4. pocket drapes

The conduit piping can be found in the electrical section of your hardware store. Make sure to measure how long you want you rod to be before going. Most stores will cut the length for you but if they don’t offer this service you can use a hacksaw. We used 1/2 inch piping because our rod slide into it, but you may want to bring your rod to the store with you and try out different widths to see which will work best.

First take your rod apart and insert each end into opposite ends of your conduit ( see below). If the fit is loose crimp the pipe to the rod using pliers or a vise. You could also add some glue here if the fit isn’t secure.

Use conduit piping to extend a small curtain rod
Use conduit piping to extend a small curtain rod

Now that the original rod is attached at both ends of the pipe, screw in the original finals.

Add the finials from the original curtain rod to the conduit.
Add the finials from the original curtain rod to the conduit.

Install the original wall mounts at each of end of where you want to hang your rod. Depending on how long you have made your rod, I would recommend you install one or two additional wall brackets in the center. These can be purchased for cheap in the hardware section of your local store. Below you can see the new rod hung on the wall.

A small curtain rod extended using conduit piping.
A small curtain rod extended using conduit piping.

Finally, add your pocket drapes and you are done! You’ll notice with the pocket drapes you can’t even see the rod. Only the finials show.

A wall of curtains masks the awkward window and adds softness to the room.
A wall of curtains masks the awkward window and adds softness to the room.

4 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to extend a small curtain rod with conduit piping”

  1. THANK YOU so much fit sharing this! I have the same problem on my daughter’s room and I couldn’t figure out a cheap way to get a ten foot curtain rod! Lol… I can’t wait to try this this weekend. I’ll have to paint mine though, bc my curtains hang on loops. Thanks again! I’m so excited!

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