Do-It-Yourself Bamboo Curtain Rods

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Do-It-Yourself Bamboo Curtain Rods
Bamboo has a natural finish that suits many colour schemes. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Make a bamboo curtain rod to add a tropical touch to any room. Strong, lightweight bamboo is an especially good material for curtain rods; the ridges in the bamboo help keep the curtain rings in place. Use a length of thin bamboo for metal curtain rings with clips to hang lightweight curtains. Make larger curtain rings from bamboo napkin rings to hang a heavier curtain from a bamboo rod with a larger diameter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1-inch curtain rod bracket
  • 1-inch-diameter bamboo
  • Saw
  • Metal curtain rings with attached clips
  • Lightweight curtains
  • Bamboo napkin rings
  • Drill
  • Small screw eyes
  • 2-inch curtain rod brackets
  • 2-inch-diameter bamboo
  • Curtains

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Instructions

    Bamboo Rod for Lightweight Curtains

  1. 1

    Install 1-inch curtain rod brackets on each side of the top of the window. The brackets can be even with the top of the window frame or slightly above it.

  2. 2

    Cut a length of 1-inch-diameter bamboo to fit the brackets. Be sure the bamboo has a small enough diameter to allow 1-inch metal curtain rings to move freely along the rod.

  3. 3

    Thread curtain rings with attached clips onto the rod and hang the rod on the brackets.

  4. 4

    Hang a lightweight curtain from the clips. Be sure the clips are evenly spaced along the top of the curtain.

    Bamboo Rod and Rings for Heavyweight Curtains

  1. 1

    Drill a pilot hole in the side of each bamboo napkin ring, using a tiny drill bit. Screw a small screw eye into the pilot hole.

  2. 2

    Install curtain rod brackets designed to hold 2-inch decorative rods on each side of the top of the window. The brackets can be even with the top of the window frame or slightly above it.

  3. 3

    Cut a length of 2-inch-diameter bamboo to fit the brackets. Be sure the bamboo has a small enough diameter to allow the rings to move freely along the rod.

  4. 4

    Sew the bamboo rings evenly along the drape by sewing the screw eyes to the top edge. If the drape is pleated, sew a ring to the top of teach pleat. If the drape is flat, sew a ring every 6 to 8 inches.

  5. 5

    Thread the rings onto the rod and hang the rod on the brackets.

Tips and warnings

  • Pliers make it easier to screw the screw eyes into the rings.
  • Put a drop of wood glue in the pilot hole for extra stability before you screw in the screw eye.

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