How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains – plus video

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Hey everyone! Remember my photo studio in part 1?  

Here’s the promised tutorial on how to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains – plus video!

If you love industrial with a dash of beach, you’ll love this look. These pipe rod cheap sheet curtains are so easy to make, and help to diffuse the sunlight in a bright room beautifully. 

They happen to be in my photo studio but if you love natural light in any room without the harsh hit of direct sun, these could be for you! Here’s how I did it…

Making the pipe curtain rods

Cutting your pipe.

A low cost hand held pipe cutter will do the job easily. Click the video above to see the tool in action.

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

This is a little hand held pipe cutter. All you do is slip the pipe inside the opening, tighten up the clamp, and spin the cutter around the pipe until the blade cuts right through. It’s super easy to use!

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

I spun the cutter about 2-3 times, then tightened the clamp, then spun, tightened, spun, until…

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

*clang* … it cut right through.

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Hardware required: pipe fittings with screws and anchors.

The pipe components are available in any hardware store. Just decide on your dimensions, and purchase the pieces.

I set the flange against the wall in the desired location, and penciled in the holes. Then I screwed in the anchors first with the cordless drill, set the flange in place, and mounted the screws through the flange into the anchors. It was very easy.

Installing the pipe

Install one flange. Insert the pipe, then dry fit the other flange. Pencil in the 2nd flange, set everything down, screw in the 2nd flange, then insert the pipe.

I made sure the pipe fittings were loose enough to turn in my favour to be able to set the pipe in place.

Curtains

Ikea curtain sheets / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Ikea twin sheets – 1 per panel – approx $3.99 @

The material used for no sew curtains were cheap sheets from Ikea. They were very gauzy, which was perfect for allowing sunlight to penetrate through, while cutting out the glare.

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Ties – new mop head – thrift store, $1.00 

Best kept secret for beachy styled soft twine is a mop head.

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

The mop strings were cut as long as possible so there were more options.

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Once figuring out how long I desired the ties, they were all cut evenly with a knot placed about 1/3 down the strings.

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

A fold was created along the top of the sheet and ironed into place. No sew curtains at their best!

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Each tie was hand stitched into place, behind each knot.

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Then one by one, the strings were hung by double knotting along the tops of the pipes. The knots were left loose enough to unknot and take down for washing when desired.

The pipes are also loose enough to twist up and release the pipe, to release the curtain. Either way works!

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Don’t you love how beachy scrappy they look?

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Mop strings / How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains. Plus learn how to use a pipe cutter with video! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Part 1 of the full photo studio build and reveal is HERE.

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  1. Love this idea! I always grab a few of those sheets whenever I make a trip to Ikea. So many ways to use them, and super cheap fabric. I have a sun room that will be perfect for this idea! Thanks for always sharing your genius with us.

  2. So cool.
    I absolutely love this idea…I’m thinking “hide the washer and dryer” in my pass through Utility room.
    Man! you have to pass through that room to get to the bathroom, my bedroom and the backyard! This would be wonderful.

    Hmmm… the wheels are spinning. Thanks Donna! Pat

  3. Donna, you continue to amaze!! I recently remodeled my main floor bath and wanted to use the pipes and baling twine to hang my feed sack shower curtain. Since the shower is tile, I opted not to do it.
    However, I’d like to do this on my screen porch. I might try with a heavy clear tarp and could use to protect the area from inclement weather.
    Great idea!!!

  4. My husband works at Menards and he says the same thing, he can tell when posts about pallet wood, everyone wants them. To bad for me they return them…pooh! Thanks for the cool tutorial, I’m gonna try this with drop cloths and rings. And mop head twine…who knew!!!
    ~ Pendra

  5. Those look great Donna! I love the tip about the beachy rope! I did this same idea about 20 Yrs ago and used copper pipe…it looks great as it starts to verdigris over time…..it might be too expensive now I suppose but it did look nice!

  6. Perfectly beachy! I love the look and feel of the pipe. I’m looking into making some bookshelves with it, but the flanges are a bit pricey, especially considering how many I’d need. Love the mop head ties…I have one of those old mops, but mine is used and I’d have to bleach the life out of it before I’d touch it!

    Have a great weekend!
    Deborah

  7. GREAT IDEAS… I HAVE A SUNROOM THAT IS ALL GLASS SLIDING DOORS WINDOWS. I BOUGHT WHITE GROMMET LINEN CURTAINS ALREADY BUT WAS STUMPED ON WHAT TO USE FOR THE RODS AS THE ROOM IS 14X15. IF I NEEDED A SUPORT BRACKET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RODS, WHAT COULD I USE?? ALSO, I THOUGHT I WOULD USE THE ELBOWS IN THE CORNERS SO THE ROD WOULD BASICALLY BE ONE CONTINOUS ROD SO I WOULD NEED SOME TYPE OF BRACKET AT THOSE CORNERS TOO. ANY SUGGESTIONS? THANKS BRIDGET