Double Curtain Rod Hack
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Have you ever wanted double curtain rods in a room but not wanted the extra cost and hassle? Or do you already have curtain rods installed and want to give them an upgrade? I’ve got just the thing for you, then, with this double curtain rod hack. It’s simple, inexpensive, and will really take your curtains to the next level.
We’ve made many upgrades to the house in the two years we’ve been here, and while fixing up the place, we ditched the mini blinds that were in most of the rooms. Joelle and I both hate the look of those cheap plastic mini blinds, and the cords seem to be the coolest (and one of the most dangerous) toys for the cats. On top of that, they are often very insistent about their desire to see out the window, a request which must be granted immediately, as noncompliance is met with meowing and chewing through the strings holding the blinds together (of course once we open the blinds it’s not cool anymore and they move on to other cat things).
All this to say we wanted something that looked a lot nicer than mini blinds, was safer and more accessible for the cats, and that gave us better privacy options. In our bargain shopping (I’m pretty sure we’ve been to all of the TJ Maxx’s, HomeGoods, and Marshalls in the metro area multiple times) we found some nice looking curtain rods for the office for less than $15 a piece. A super Black Friday deal netted us some curtains, and we were ready for a window hanging upgrade.
The rods we bought were single curtain rods, but we thought having sheers behind the curtains would help meet all our requirements (looking nicer, pleasing the cats, more privacy). For this we needed double curtain rods, but we didn’t want to pay ridiculous prices to change the singles to doubles or have to drill more holes in the wall for new brackets. We came up with a simple hack to give the look of double curtain rods without the hassle of changing them completely out that was still budget friendly. All told I think we spent $15 in materials, not including the cost of the sheers (you could save even more if you weren’t painting them).
Materials Needed (per window):
- 1 48” dowel rod of desired thickness (we used ⅝”)
- 2 Cup Hooks, 1 ¼” (Need 2 total hooks, ours came in packages of 2)
- Spray Paint
- Matte Sealer
**we used some scrap wood pieces and screws to set the rods upright for painting
- Circular Saw
- Drill and drill bit (we used a 5/64” drill bit)
- Impact driver or screwdriver (if you are bolting the rods upright for painting)
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***This hack works best with pocket or tab curtains, as the rod you’re making will sit slightly higher than the rod you’re attaching it to. Curtain panels with grommets may be too bulky, depending on the distance from the rod to the wall, and the grommet panels may also sit too high on this rod!***
1. Measure length needed for dowel rod. We hung the rod from the already installed curtain rod brackets, so we measured the distance between the two brackets straight across. Keep in mind that the hooks themselves will take up some space and will affect the needed length for the dowel. The hooks we used stuck out about ¼” from the dowel rod before they came into contact with the bracket, so we took this distance out of our measurement for each of the two hooks.
2. Cut dowel rod down to size. Sand smooth if needed.
3. Drill holes in both ends of the dowel rod. Check the size of your hook screws, and select a drill bit slightly smaller than this. You only need to drill a hole to the depth of the hook screw. Take care to drill straight in the center and carefully, so as to not crack the dowel.
4. If your dowel curtain rod will be seen (if you want to open up the sheers), spray paint the dowel. If you are going to leave them drawn the whole time, you can skip this step and the next one. To make this easier, we drove a screw through a scrap piece of wood, and screwed the dowel onto the end of the screw. We then clamped the scrap wood to our work table, allowing the dowel to stand straight up while we painted and while it dried.
5. Once painted, apply sealer to the dowel. Ours only needed one coat; some may require multiple.
6. Screw the hooks into the ends of the dowel rod, making sure that both hooks are facing the same direction (or it won’t hang straight). If you want extra holding power, you can put wood glue into the holes before attaching the hooks.
7. Add your sheers to the dowel rod. Attach the cup hooks to your curtain brackets (we had to remove the curtain rod for this so we could slide them on the end of the bracket and then back towards the wall). Add back the original curtain rod and adjust as needed.
Now stand back and admire your handiwork! The dowel hooks may require a bit of adjusting to get the sheers to sit how you want them. I couldn’t believe how easy this project was; we knocked it out in an afternoon (maybe 3 hours start to finish, depending on if you are painting and how long the paint/sealer takes to dry). We’re so happy with how it looks; you’d never know it wasn’t a normal double curtain rod by looking at it.
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