DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

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DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

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

Materials for DIY Curtain Rod

Tools


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.

Drilling holes for the knobs in a DIY curtain rod project


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.

Painting the dowel rod in a DIY curtain rod project


Step 3: Attach the Knobs

The knobs we used came with standard screws. However, we used hanger bolts instead of the included hardware.

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.

Attaching knobs to make a DIY curtain rod

Attaching a cabinet knob to a dowel to create a DIY curtain rod


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.

Adding decorative wire to a DIY curtain rod

Adding decorative wire to a DIY curtain rod project


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.

DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

DIY Curtain Rod Using Cabinet Knobs and a Dowel Rod

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