This tutorial will show you how to create a DIY curtain rod using cabinet knobs and a dowel rod. We chose a cabinet knob with a satin nickle finish, but you can choose knobs with a different look to fit your decor.
Just follow the step-by-step instructions to make your own DIY curtain rod.
Dowel Curtain Rod Tutorial
Materials for DIY Curtain Rod
- Liberty Hardware Mandara Cabinet Knob – Satin Nickel Finish
- Behr Peaceful Night Interior/Exterior Paint
- Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2x Flat Matte – Clear
- Dowel Rod
- Aluminum Wire
- Hanger Bolt
Step 1: Drill Holes for Knobs
Using a drill bit the same size as your knob screw, drill into the center of each end of the dowel rod. For the Mandara Knob, we used a 1/8 in. drill bit.
Make sure the drill is exactly in the center, otherwise your knob will not be centered when you put it on.
Step 2: Paint the Dowel Rod
Apply a generous coat of paint in the direction of the wood grain, using a foam paint brush. Don’t forget to paint the ends that you just drilled!
You might need to apply two or more coats, depending on how rich you would like the color. We painted two coats with Behr Peaceful Night to achieve our beautiful blue color.
To minimize the paint from wearing when opening and closing our curtains, we sealed our painted dowel rod with Rustoleum 2x Flat Matte Clear Paint.
Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Attach the Knobs
Using plyers, screw the pointed end of the hanger bolt into the knob, and then screw your knobs into each end of your dowel rod.
Tip: When selecting your knob, be sure and look at the profile of the knob. Once the final product is hung, this will be the most dominant feature of your hardware. We chose the Mandara knob based on the unique square finial and soft hourglass square base.
Step 4: Add Decorative Wire
We used about four feet of wire for each end of the dowel rod.
Loosen one of your knobs enough to fit the wire end underneath the knob. While holding the wire in place under the knob, re-tighten it so that the base is flush with the end of the dowel and the wire is secure.
Wrap the wire around the base of the knob. When wrapping, we tried to cover up the base of the knob before wrapping the dowel because the knob was just slightly smaller than the diameter of the dowel rod.
Once you’re done wrapping the wire, tuck and wrap the loose end around one strand of the wire so that it doesn’t come free and unwind.
Step 5: Hang Your New Curtain Rod and Curtains!
Now that your dowel rod is finished, it’s time to hang your dowel rod and curtains!
If you don’t already have curtain brackets, you can pick them up at your local Home Depot store.