CURTAINS OUTDOOR DIY –
I love the look of the cabanas. These are small private outdoor spaces that are usually located near swimming pools/water bodies. We don’t have a pool, but I thought we could recreate a similar look on our covered back terrace with outdoor curtains and a batten screen!
STEP 1 – DETERMINE THE PLACEMENT OF THE ROD
Determine how high your curtain rod should be, and then mark the position on your wall (or column in my matter) with a tape measure and a pencil. Learn how to use a tape measure in our digital DIY workshop.
I like to hang my outdoor curtains high and wide, so I chose to hang my pipe rod at the top, central part of my columns, which is 9 feet. Tall.
STEP 2 – DETERMINE THE LENGTH OF THE ROD
To determine the length of the pipe, use a tape measure to measure the length of your room. My place is 154 inches. long and because it is so wide, I add a central support in the middle of my room so that the entire curtain rod does not hang through or come out of the columns.
STEP 3 – AFTER THE STEM IS CUT
After you have determined the length of the hose you need, go to the home depot to buy your supplies!
If you need a custom size pipe cut (say 32 inches.), The Home Depot cuts and filters your pipes in the store so you don’t have to buy fancy equipment!
STEP 4-CLEAN THE PIECES FROM THE ROD AND TUBE PAINTING
Chances are that your pipe pieces are a bit disgusting! I dipped my small pieces (bottom flange, T-piece, nipple) in warm soapy water for a few minutes before rinsing and drying them. Then I sprayed Goo on a cloth to clean the stickers and various larger pieces of pipe. I wiped them with soap and water and dried them.
STEP 5-PIECE ROD AND TUBE SPRAY PAINT
As soon as my parts were clean, I took them outside, covered my work area and painted all the parts with rust-oleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint (my favorite!). I let the paint dry between the layers according to the recommended time on the spray can.
STEP 6-MARKING AND PRE-DRILLING THE HOLES FOR THE FLOOR FLANGES
If the pipe parts are completely dry (sticky parts leave fingerprints in the paint), you take a floor flange and place it on the marks on your wall/column that you made in step 1.
Use the bottom flange holes as a guide, drill holes into the wall with your drill. If you need to learn how to use an electric drill, check out our digital DIY workshop for a short Tutorial. I used a concrete anchor, because I mounted my stucco curtain rod. Adjust your screws and drills to the material (s) you are drilling into!
Repeat this process on the other side of your wall / column. Do not forget to pre-drill the holes for the bottom flange, which you use as a middle stand, i.e. the one you attach to your tee via the nipple!
STEP 7-ATTACH THE NIPPLE AND FLANGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TEE
Take your work gloves and screw the nipple piece into the top of the tee. Screw a bottom flange onto the end of the nipple piece. This serves as the central support of your curtain rod.
Note: the wires on the tube may be slightly sharp. I really should have worn gloves when I did. Fortunately, I managed not to cut myself, but I seriously recommend you to wear gloves if you do that. These mechanic gloves would be a good choice.
STEP 8-ATTACH THE T-PIECE TO-ROD TUBE
Hold your work gloves so you can screw a piece of hose to one side of the dry tee.
Screw the other piece of pipe into the other side of the tee.
STEP 9-PULL THE CURTAIN RINGS ON THE ROD, HOSE
Slide your curtain clip over your pipe pieces (one bundle of rings per side) BEFORE screwing your flanges in at the ends!
I decided to attach my outside curtains to the clip rings rather than directly to the curtain rod over a rod pocket because I wanted to be able to remove my curtains and wash them easily. If I had attached them directly to the curtain rod via a rod, I would have had to pull out the pieces of pipe every time I wanted to remove the curtains.
STEP 10-ATTACH THE FLOOR FLANGES TO THE ROD HOSE
Screw the bottom flange onto each end of the pipe rods. Your entire curtain rod should be mounted at this point!
STEP 11 TAKE A FRIEND!
Fair Disclaimer: this step is a bit difficult! It would be helpful to have an extra set of hands (or two!) available to help you with this.
Position your ladder (S) in place (don’t forget to grab your drill, drills and screws) and prepare to train some muscles!
Take up the entire curtain rod and lift it in place and align it with the pre-drilled floor flanges on both sides of your wall/column.
STEP 12-ATTACH THE MATERIAL TO THE WALL
When your curtain rod is in position, grab your drill with the right drill and the right screws and screw the floor flange to each wall (two in total). Do not forget to screw the floor flange for the central bracket in place before releasing the curtain rod!
STEP 13-ATTACH THE PANEL CURTAIN RINGS CLIP
Once your curtain rod hangs securely in place, you can rest your muscles or you can grab your curtains and start attaching each panel to the curtain rings. I chose canvases for my outdoor curtains because I wanted something that would be durable enough for outdoor use.
Our outdoor curtains are intended for decoration only, which means that they do not close completely. Even if they don’t work completely like normal curtains, I love the way they help to soften the look of our boxy patio space and give us that cottage feel. I also like how they provide a little shade and protect us from the desert sun!