Tutorial: DIY Lucite Curtain Rods

Hi lovelies!!  I promised a quick tutorial on the lucite curtain rods I wrote about here.  Sorry it has taken me so long, but between buying our current home and selling our old home, there has been very little down time!

DIY Lucite Rods

 

So, first and most important is finding the acrylic for the rods.  Luckily, a few fabulous bloggers have done this same project before me, so they have done all of the research for you.  The talented Grace at  A Storied Style found a company called Nationwide Plastics out in Texas.  She even has a guy named Kip who you can ask for to help you with specific inquires.  I think many a DIY’er has called, so they are used to us crazies calling to use their acrylic for curtain rods.

It is important to note that there are two types of acrylic: cellcast and extruded.  Extruded acrylic is the lower-end version and is not as strong.  It may also have imperfections and yellow over time. Hence, I opted for cellcast, which is sightly more expensive.

Cellcast rods come in 8 foot lengths.  As for the rod thickness, they come in 1/2 inch to 2 inch thickness.  1/2 inches is tiny and won’t fit most hardware.  I opted for 1 1/2 inch rods of cellcast. My window frame was 10 feet, however, so I had ordered two 8 feed rods and had them cut them each to 5 feet.  Kip will have them custom cut for you.  Just make sure you have the exact measurements for your window frame.  This cost me approximately $165, including shipping. The best part is they sent the extra pieces they cut off, so I have enough to do a towel bar in my new bathroom!!

Next, you have to think about hardware.  There are so many choices out there.  I opted for these brass standoffs from Buy Railings that I heard about from Kristen from the Hunted Interior.  They are actually for ballet barres.  Who would have thunk it?  They fit the 1 1/2 inch rod perfectly. Since my window is rather large, I ordered 3 so I could have extra support in the center.  I was a little nervous doing this, but the two 5 foot rods fit perfectly in place together inside the middle brass standoff.

 

Brass Center Post

This hardware, from Restoration Hardware would also make a lovely choice.

Restoration Hardware Brass standoffs

Next, we needed some curtain rings.  I searched and searched for affordable lucite ones, but they cost a small fortune.  Luckily, I read about these clear plastic shower rings from Target.  At around $1.00 per pack, I was sold!  They look just like lucite and actually pull very easily along the rod.

Target Clear shower hooks I have seen others finish off the end of the rod with brass end caps, but I opted to leave mine bare.  I can always add something  at a later date.

Brass-support-for-acrylic-drapery-rod

Driven by Decor

There you have it.  It was by no means the cheapest DIY I have ever done, but I love the way it turned out and think it looks really unique.  Stay tuned, as I plan to post soon about how I created the trim for the curtains. I was too cheap to buy actual trim, so I faked it by creating my own with fabric.

I plan to create another lucite rod to use as a towel rack out of my leftover acrylic.  What do you think?  Do you think it would make a nice DIY bathroom fixture?

Until next time!

xoxo

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Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer!
    I have been thinking about making my own lucite curtain rods and found your great post. My window is also 10 feet. Can I ask you how you joined the two 5 ft rods in the middle?
    Thanks for your help! Yours came out great!

    • Hi Kristine! I wondered the same thing when I attempted my own. If you use all of the same materials I did, the two 5 ft rods literally meet in the middle of the center post. You will have to ensure you use three center posts. The size of the post and the rod fit like a glove, so they feel pretty secure in there without having to do anything else. I have had them for many months with no problem! Good luck!

  2. Hi Jennifer! I’m seriously contemplating on doing this soon. Just need to ask, what type of curtain do you have so the lucite holders can go thru? Is it Back tab? Thank you!

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