How to make pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains – plus video
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.
These pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains happen to be in my photo studio but if you love natural light in any room without the harsh hit of direct sun, these sheet curtains will work!
Here’s how I made the pipe curtain rods and how I used sheets as price efficient curtains:
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Making the pipe curtain rods
I used ¾” pipe fittings for these curtain rods.
You’ll need floor flanges, 90 degree elbow pipe fittings, and LONG threaded steel pipe fittings that may need to be joined with a pipe fitting coupling if your windows require more length than you can find pipe length.
Find ALL the ¾” pipe fittings I mentioned on Amazon HERE
I suggest to just sit down on a hardware store floor with your measurements and screw pipe fittings together until you get the look desired.
And don’t’ worry if the long pipe is longer than your window. You can cut it like butter in minutes with a pipe cutter! See below.
Cutting your pipe
A low cost hand held pipe cutter will cut your pipe to the desired length in minutes! This pipe cutter is adjustable to your pipe size and is easy to use!
Click the video above to see the tool in action.
How to use a pipe cutter:
- Slip pipe into the pipe cutter’s opening.
- Adjust the clamp to tighten around the pipe.
- Spin the pipe cutter around the pipe to cut.
- As pipe cuts, keep adjusting the cutter’s depth.
I spun the cutter about 2-3 times, then tightened the clamp, then spun, tightened, spun, until…
*clang* … it cut right through.
Hardware required: pipe fittings with screws and anchors
The ¾” pipes I used have a little bit of weight to them, so I used metal wall anchors for the ultimate stability.
Installing the pipe curtain rod
- Set flange against wall in desired location.
- Pencil in the screw holes.
- Insert metal anchors first using a cordless drill.
- Set flange into place over anchors.
- Insert screws to attach.
Install one flange. Insert the pipe, then dry fit the other flange placement. Pencil in the 2nd flange, set everything down, screw in the 2nd flange, then insert the pipe.
When the pipes were installed, I made sure they were just loose enough so they could be twisted into final desired position.
Knoppa Ikea flat white twin sheets – 1 per panel – approx $3.99 @
The material used for no sew curtains were these price efficient twin-sized flat bed sheets from Ikea called Knoppa (from Ikea in Canada). They were very gauzy, which was perfect for allowing sunlight to penetrate through, while cutting out the glare.
Twin may not give you quite as much bunching when they are closed. I suggest upsizing to a queen or king flat sheet, depending on your window sizes.
Update: The flat knoppa sheets don’t appear to be available any longer. So I’d suggest to just pick a price efficient flat sheet with a weight dependent on how much light you desire to penetrate through.
Cheap – generally allows more light through
Heavy – will block out more light
Ties – cotton floor mop head
Best kept secret for beachy styled soft twine is a cotton floor mop head!
I landed this cotton mop head at a thrift store, however HERE is a few cotton floor mop heads on Amazon.
The mop strings were cut as long as possible so there were more options.
Once figuring out how long I desired the ties, they were all cut evenly with a knot placed about 1/3 down the strings.
A fold was created along the top of the sheet and ironed into place. No sew curtains at their best!
Each cotton mop head tie was hand stitched into place, behind each knot.
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 perfect rustic curtain tabs made cheap! Aren’t they the cutest?
If you don’t wish to use cotton mop strings, HERE is how I used curtain hooks with clips instead!
The finished sheet curtains on pipe rods
I just love the look! Casual, while adding a light and bright softness to windows!
I allowed the sheets to be a little long so they could puddle on the floor. Love the look! However they will require adjusting each time you move the curtains…
How to achieve a puddle curtain effect:
- Adjust curtains to touch the floor.
- Slide curtains into desired position.
- Pick up the fabric, then drop them straight down until desired look is achieved.
Don’t you love how beachy and scrappy those cotton mop ties look?
This little photo studio is really coming along! But I will admit, the pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains really made the difference!
Think you’ll give this look a go?
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