How to Make an Outdoor Curtain Rod for Very Little Money

 Happy weekend everyone!  As promised I’m back today to show you how we hung our outdoor curtains with a really inexpensive solution for a DIY Outoor Curtain Rod.  I posted how I made these Outdoor Curtains for less than $10 the other day and the response from all of you has been overwhelming.  I’m so glad that you love them as much as I do, and if you make them, you will most certainly want to hang them up!  It is super simple…I promise 🙂

how to make an outdoor curtain rod for very little money

First, I have to say that when we started thinking about the idea of an outdoor living room, I could not imagine relaxing with this grimy patio cover we had going on.  It was filthy especially after the fires that we had going on all around us last month.  I dreaded the idea of having to repaint the entire thing so I set out to find a better solution.

I rented a really good power washer from my local equipment rental. Then I put on my scuzzies and made it rain!!!

Take a look at what a difference it made!


How to make an outdoor curtain rod

It is by no means perfect and in fact could probably use a new coat of paint, but we have plans to eventually make this structure a solid top, so why spend the money or the time now?  A good cleaning will certainly do for now.

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

There I am in my scuzzies.  By the end I was drenched and had the day before’s mascara running down my face.  I don’t know what it is about power washing, but it is thrilling!  Like instant gratification watching all of that filth rinse off!

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So now that I had a clean patio cover I could get going on my Outdoor Curtain Rods!  Here’s how we did it…


I purchased my supplies at Home Depot.  Did you know that you can actually order your supplies at and then pick them up in the store?  That’s right!  If you hate wandering the aisles trying to figure out what you need you can select your supplies online, someone from the store will gather them for you and you can pick them up!  How cool is that?

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

You will need: 

  • 3/4 in. Conduit:  (On search “Allied Tube & Conduit 3/4 in. x 10 ft. Electric Metallic Tube Conduit”)  It is about $3.50 for 10 feet of this stuff and it won’t rust which makes it perfect for outside.  I used the whole 10 feet for my 2 full width curtains and then I had one piece cut for 2 shorter rods.  And the best part is you can walk your conduit over to the plumbing aisle and they will cut it for you right there in the store!  Geesh I love Home Depot!
  • 3/4 in. Steel Pipe Hangers  (on search “Halex 3/4 in. Steel Conduit and Pipe Hangers”) These come in a 5 pack for about $2.75 and are really easy to drill into your patio cover to hold your rod.
  • Curtain Rod Clips– 1 inch.

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

Obviously the placement of your curtain rod will depend on your patio cover, but with mine we have 2 beams, so we decided to hide the rod between the beams.

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

On our short rods we placed the hangers on the main beams of the patio cover.

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

And on the sides with the long rods we hung the hangers a few inches in from one of the top slats to get the placement we wanted.

How to make an outdoor curtain rod

Then, we placed curtain rod clips on each rod and clipped our Outdoor Curtains up.  This will make them really easy to take down in the winter too.

DIY Patio Curtains

If you haven’t already, check out how I made these Outdoor Curtains here!

See the completed outdoor living room here.

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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

40 thoughts on “How to Make an Outdoor Curtain Rod for Very Little Money

  1. phil says:

    thank you for the detail here. I’ll be hanging patio curtains like this next weekend.

  2. Kristy says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you! Have you found the curtain clips strong enough to withstand wind? We get crazy strong wind here in MT. Thanks!

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