Depending on your needs and tastes, window treatments can sometimes be among the most expensive items in a room's overall decor. If you have many windows to cover and a taste for an ornate and elaborate look, they could cost thousands of dollars. However, it's also possible to create a very simple and yet elegant look for much less expense. No matter which window treatment you choose, you'll probably have a need for curtain rods. You'll find a wide variety of styles from which to choose, ranging in price from just a few dollars all the way up to several hundred dollars.
However, regardless of the style you choose, most of the curtain rods will probably be hidden behind the curtains. If you want to save money on window treatments, why not use inexpensive PVC piping for your inner curtains, so that you can spend more on your outer rods and finials?
Why PVC Piping?
When you think of PVC piping, you probably automatically think of plumbing. This sturdy plastic tubing is traditionally utilized for plumbing needs, although it can be easily adapted for many other uses. The diameter and wall thickness of this piping material will vary, depending on the kind you choose. When choosing PVC pipe to use as a curtain rod, simply choose one that is an appropriate diameter for your use. This piping material is inexpensive, easy to cut to size and quite sturdy, making it a good curtain rod alternative. Although you probably wouldn't want to use PVC piping as a highly visible exterior curtain rod, there are plenty of other ways to use this handy material.
Inner Curtain Rods
In many cases, window treatments consist of two separate curtains. Although the curtain rod is visible for the outer curtains, you never see the rod that supports the inner curtain or sheer. Because this inner rod is hidden, it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on it. Instead, save money by using PVC piping as an alternative to a standard curtain rod for inner curtains. Not only is this piping material inexpensive, but it's also quite easy to mount.
Mounting a PVC Curtain Rod
Of course, measuring and cutting the PVC pipe to the proper length is the first step towards creating a curtain rod. Once it's been cut to length, you'll simply need a few basic tools to hang the rod. Traditional curtain rod brackets are often the most effective and easiest way to hang your PVC curtain rod. However, you'll have to make sure that the PVC rod won't slip off of the brackets. You can drill a small hole through the ends of the PVC pipe, aligning the holes with the bracket screw holes. Since most curtain rod brackets come complete with mounting hardware, you'll probably already have the necessary screws. However, if you don't have screws included, you can simply use ones that can be inserted through both the bracket and PVC piping. Simply line the bracket holes up with the holes you drilled in the piping. Then, just insert the screws. By using this method, you'll help your curtain rods stay securely in place.
Once you've installed your new PVC rods and hung the curtains, nobody will ever guess that you are hiding inexpensive plastic tubing behind your beautiful and elaborate window treatments. However, you will enjoy the knowledge that you've saved money while still creating a beautiful new look.
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