How to make a 14-foot curtain rod

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How to make a 14-foot curtain rod
Make a custom curtain rod for your large window. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

An extra-large window fills a room with natural light during the day and provides a wide view of the outside world. Finding a curtain rod long enough to span 14 feet can be both expensive and challenging. By making your own 14-foot curtain rod, you can save a substantial amount of money and customise it to your room's decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 14-foot pipe or wooden dowel
  • Hacksaw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Curtain rod mounting hardware
  • Finials

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  1. 1

    Select the material for your 14-foot curtain rod. Use a metal pipe for an industrial look. Use wooden dowels or PVC pipe for a more traditional look. Stick to material with a diameter of at least 1 inch or more for strength because of the long size.

  2. 2

    Cut the wood or pipe with a hacksaw to a length of 14 feet. Paint the 14-foot rod with any type of acrylic paint to match the accessories of the room.

  3. 3

    Install four pieces of curtain rod mounting hardware. Put one on either end of the window and two more at even intervals. Use curtain rod hardware that's large enough to accommodate the diameter of the rod or use pipe conduits where you can snap the rod into place.

  4. 4

    Make and install finials for the end section of the curtain rod. Finials are decorative end pieces that will give your long curtain rod a finished appearance. Drill holes into wooden balls, glue them into place and paint them to match the rod. Make a fabric-covered finial by cutting holes in two tennis balls. The holes should be large enough to slip over the ends of the curtain rod. Cover the tennis balls with fabric and tuck the ends into the balls before slipping them on.

  5. 5

    Put the curtains into place on the rod using curtain clips or slip them over the rod if the curtains are tab-tops.

  6. 6

    Place the 14-foot rod into the mounting hardware to complete the installation.

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