Home Decorating and Staging
Insider Secrets to a Beautiful Home
Decorator Custom 14' Drapery Rod for $62
I found myself in need of a 14' drapery rod to span the three windows in my family room. The best I could find in the stores was a 10' rod. Not wanting to spend the money to buy a custom rod I pondered on how to make my own. I'd seen electrical conduit used but wasn't keen on that method. Finally I hit upon the idea of combining two 10' rods purchased from a discount store for $31 (each). Total for this project: $62. I couldn't have had one made for less than $200.
This method is not without obstacles to overcome. The rods are sold in three sections (two outer sleeves and one inner rod). The outer sleeves have one end fitted to receive a finial and the other end is open so you can insert the inner rod. For my 14' rod I needed three outer sleeves and two inner rods. One outer sleeve needed to be cut about 1/2" to remove the portion that receives the finial. Once that is removed you can slide the inner rods into it.
The cut piece was my center portion of the rod. Then, an inner rod slipped into an outer rod with a finial. This was done on each side to create the full 14' rod.
Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.
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