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6 Unique Curtain Rod Alternatives

6 Unique Curtain Rod Alternatives

Curtains are a great way to add texture and style to rooms, plus it’s fun to experiment with different fabrics and patterns. But many people forget about the visual impact a curtain rod can have in a room.

Just as shoes complete an outfit, curtain rods complete window treatments. They support the curtains, frame the window and set the tone of the space. Therefore, choosing the right curtain rod is just as important as choosing the right curtains.

We know your style might crave more than what the big box stores have to offer. Interior designers and DIYers alike have thought about unique alternatives to curtain rods. So when a traditional curtain rod won’t do, try one of these great ideas for curtain rod alternatives!

Driftwood — A Natural Choice

Driftwood curtain rod alternative

Tumbled and weathered to perfection, driftwood perfectly complements any rustic window treatment. Stroll the shoreline instead of the store aisles to find the perfect piece.

Consider choosing curtain types like tab-top or tie-top to expose the details of the driftwood. Make sure they have a generous grommet size to make opening and closing the curtains a little easier.

Whether you’re hanging sheer curtains for the summer or heavy drapery for the winter, using driftwood (or a sturdy tree branch) is a great way to accent a room and create a more natural feel.

Gold Pipe — DIY Not?

Gold pipe DIY curtain rod alternative

Get crafty! Add elegance to an industrial style by spray-painting a copper pipe gold. Then, you can spray-paint the curtain hooks or clips to complete the look.

Your local home improvement store will have all the supplies you’ll need. Use pipe elbows and connectors to create different shapes that suit your style. Also, make sure to select a high-quality, scratch-resistant spray paint to lessen the appearance of wear and tear.

PVC, Please!

PVC pipe curtain rod alternative

Speaking of pipes, using PVC pipe as a curtain rod creates a lightweight, modern industrial look for your windows. In addition, PVC pipe can easily be spray painted to achieve the look you want.

Get step-by-step instructions for making DIY PVC curtain rods here.

Rope — Knot a Bad Idea

Using rope as a curtain rod alternative

Don’t be afraid to loosen up the look of your space by using a decorative rope to hang your curtains. Rope softens the lines around window frames and promotes a sense of relaxation in the room.

Here are a few ways you can use rope for your curtains:

  • Create tension in the rope by tying the ends directly to the curtain rod brackets. You can also use curtain holdbacks to secure the rope further down the wall.
  • Avoid hanging heavy drapery when using rope in place of a curtain rod. Instead, use curtain rings with clips to make opening and closing the curtains a breeze.
  • You can use any excess rope to create matching curtain tiebacks.

A Fishing Rod — Add Allure to Any Room

Fishing rod curtain rod alternative

When it comes to man-cave renovations, not just any window treatment will do. So why not consider reviving that old fishing rod the man-of-the-cave put to rest long ago?

This DIY curtain rod option allows the angler in your life to dream of their next expedition every time they enter the room.

Installation is effortless, so there won’t be any fish stories about all-day projects or multiple trips to the hardware store. Simply tap in a pair of Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets and mount the fishing rod and curtains to the window frame. Voila!

Sports Equipment — ReLAXed Style

Sports equipment as a curtain rod alternative

Make your child’s room Instagram-worthy by getting creative with sports equipment.

Complete the look of any young athlete’s bedroom and add some fun around their window frame by using something sporty in place of a traditional curtain rod.

Lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, ski poles and boat oars are just a few great examples of what you can use.

Make Decorating Fun with Kwik-Hang

It’s fun to get creative with window treatments, and it should be just as fun to install them. So avoid the stress, wall damage and messy repairs that come with traditional curtain hardware and try Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, no-damage curtain rod brackets instead.

All you have to do is fit the Kwik-Hang brackets to the top of your window trim, tap them in with a hammer and you’re ready to go. Fast, simple, stress-free. Skip the mess and have more fun decorating your space with Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets.

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