If you are one of the lucky few to have a bay window at your home, then you must be no doubt wondering how to use a window treatment to enhance its beauty. Drapes and curtains are one of the best window treatments for bay windows as it gives it a soft look and you can also enjoy the view outside. Whether it is a sheer drape or luxurious silk drape, for mounting it you need a curtain rod. There are different styles of bay window curtain rods to suit the design and structure of your bay windows most of which consists of one single wide window, flanked by two narrower windows, which are set at an angle of 120-130 degree to each other. To mount curtains on such windows, an angled bay window traverse rod is ideal. But you need to customize them to fit your bay window measurements. This obviously is not a cheap option. So, the next best thing would be to make your own bay window curtain rods.
DIY Bay Window Curtain Rod Ideas
To make your very own bay window curtain rods, you need to find a material for the curtain rods that is sturdy. Curtain rods can be made with PVC pipes, garden equipment like dowels, handle of hoes or long spades and even branches of trees. Whichever material you choose, make sure that it matches the decor of the room and also the style and pattern of the curtains.
Bay Window Curtain Rods Made with Dowels
A great idea for DIY bay window curtain rods is to make them with the help of dowels. To make these functional bay window curtain rods, you will need a long dowel, decorative drawer knobs, a hand-held drill, a handsaw, T nut bolts and spray paint. First measure the width of all the three window casements of the bay window. Now cut the dowel into three pieces, according to the dimension of the window. If your bay window is not the three window casement style, but consists of one wide window, then you need not cut the dowel at all.
Drill holes at the ends of the dowel by attaching a drill bit to a hand-held drill. While drilling holes into the dowel, make sure that it is properly centered. Attach T nut bolts on each holes of the dowels and make sure it is flush with the dowel ends. Screw in the decorative drawer knobs on each end of the dowels. If you want to give the curtain rod a more finished look, then spray paint it with a matt or metallic textured paint. Install curtain rods on the brackets of the bay windows.
Bay Window Curtain Rods Made with Branches
You can make bay window curtain rods with the help of big sturdy branches or stumps cut out of trees. While using branches to make bay window curtain rods, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Use branches that are relatively straight and sturdy and hang curtains that are made in some light material. To make curtain rods with branches, you need to hunt for three branches that are long enough to cover the entire width of the windows.
Avoid using soft wood for this project as it will not be able to bear the weight of the curtains. Once you have found the branches, cut or trim them with a saw into the required shape and length. Now lightly sand the branches with a fine grit sandpaper and paint them with spray paint in a neutral color. When the paint is dry, mount the three branch rods on the three window casement of the bay window. Voila! Your branch bay window curtain rods are ready to mount on the brackets. You can hang tab-top or tie-top curtains for best results.
These are easy home decorating projects to make over the weekend. Finding and selecting window treatment hardware for bay windows is a bit of a challenge, so custom making your own is a good solution.