the cheater’s guide to window hardware (easy diy windows)


Hello lovelies! Today, we wanted to share a super simple little project with all of you.


In the past, we shared a little process that we like to use on a few windows around our home for DIY hardware. It’s simple, affordable, and we love the fun look it brings to our windows. This is particularly useful for extra long lengths, where your average window hardware might have the potential to sag. You can check out our first tutorial here. But it basically includes a pipe cutter, end caps, pipe and brackets.


Before you know it, you have your very own DIY window hardware for any space.


Which brings me to… the window in our kitchen. That little rod just wasn’t cutting it in the hold-it-up department. It grew worse over time, and wasn’t quite so obvious in some of our photos, but this larger window in our kitchen had a bad case of the droopies.


Likened much to that of leftover maternity skivvies, this tension rod just couldn’t keep up with our extra wide window.


So we decided to use the same process as our previous tutorial {see that window over our kitchen sink? Pipeage!} in a different way.


We simply cut the pipe to size, and slid it into the sleeve of the already made curtains.


We attached the brackets to the top of the window (on the inside, this time). Those black dots you see in some of our photos are a bit of an infestation. See Jamin, hoping a swarm of ladybugs didn’t attempt to nest in his hair. {Fun fact of the day: my rough and tumble form tackling bloody lipped three year old boy is now terrified of lady bugs. Traumatized.}


When it was finished, we simply slid it in. No more droopy window treatments! It’s the little things. And this was driving me absolutely batty. It feels so much neater!


It’s amazing what a little lift can do. And yes, I’m only referring to windows… ;}

Have you guys used any plumbing pieces for super simple and affordable windows? We’d love to see!

What’s a little something in your home that’s driving you batty, that you’d like to tackle? We have a small list… Isn’t it always there? ;} When I’m no longer drowning in garbage bags… We will tackle a few more. Have an inspired day, sweet friends!

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Responses to the cheater’s guide to window hardware (easy diy windows)

  1. I love plumber pipe anything! :)

  2. That is an amazing idea! Making your own. And the copper is beautiful! Window hardware can get sooo expensive. I am going to give this a shot!

    • DO IT! We use it in a lot of our windows. It’s easy and affordable. Particularly for our veranda, where it goes all the way across and is really long. It was super cheap and easy to do! ;} And it’s sturdy. And pretty. That’s the best part! ;}

  3. Anna says:

    Adore. Genius. Lurve.

  4. JT says:

    So smart and simple! I’ve been angsting over the cost of window hardware.

  5. We had ladybug issues last year : ) At first my daughters thought it was fun but they eventually just got annoyed with all the bugs everywhere.

  6. Amy says:

    I used hockey sticks for one sons room and golf clubs for another. They don’t think to much of it, but when others see it they love it! 😉

  7. Naomi W. says:

    You could also use PVC pipe. This would work if you wanted a white look.

  8. danielle says:

    That is pretty cool! I would have never thought of that!

  9. Sherrie says:

    Smarty smarty! What a great and supper savings! Just in the nick of time. I have new curtains and my rods are sagging. I have the wrought iron curtains in most of my house but the thought of spending a ton of money makes me cringe.
    A tip for you! I used a heavy duty pipe, the circle wall adapters and plain shower hooks to hang my pots and pans. I installed the circles to hold the iron baron both sides. and hung the shower hooks on the pipe and the other end holds the pots and pans. Works beautifully and hangs on the inside of my food pantry. Just because none of my pots and match!

  10. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Super cool! I made a 4 foot handle for a narrow rolling shelf using plumbing parts! Love it!

  12. i love the arrow pointing to the massive ladybug invasion;)

  13. I love this idea! We made a picture rail in our first apartment this way. We hung all of our pictures from it instead of dotting up the walls with holes. We used a conduit pipe, which was silver, and I loved it.

  14. Christine says:

    Love this idea and I really like that curtain! Were the curtains a DIY as well?