Cheap 90° Shower Curtain Rod

We inherited a strange master bathroom when we bought this house.  We love “character” in homes and that usually means some cracks, pealing and odd moments.  With that being said,  I am a FIRM believer that you should spend a few years with those “odd” moments before ripping them out and putting in that perfect bathroom you found in the latest magazine!  This DIY blog post is about how I started off trying to save a few bucks and ended up falling madly IN LOVE with one of my “odd” moments.First, let me tell you about my master bathroom.  It contains one brass sink that when cleaned, looks like a golden vase,  an ornate single vanity with limited storage, and a huge open concept shower with a step down.  The last was very “odd”.  The only thing my mind could rap around was enclosing it with what always comes out to be expensive glass… so I followed my rule and let it stay for a while.  It never settled right with me to spend so much money (glass enclosures run $1500-$3000) in a bathroom that I didn’t design myself and therefore don’t really love.  Another problem was that they had laid tile extending out past the basin of the shower… tile that I did NOT want to drill an expensive curtain rod into.  I wondered home improvement stores, searched online and asked around but could never find a 90 degree angled shower curtain that would prevent water from spraying my entire bathroom and stop me from feeling like I’m shaving my legs out in the open.  There were a few options that might have worked but they were expensive ($300+)  and required us to drill into the tile surround.  And then the lightbulb turned on…  PVC piping can be formed into all types of shapes… including a 90* angle.  And I was sure there were hooks that could screw into the ceiling instead of my tile (much easier to patch if I ended up hating it).  The following tutorial is how to make a beautiful shower curtain rod and curtain for only about $45 ($20 for the rod and $25 for the curtains and hooks).My shower entrance measured ??? by ?? but measure yours and make adjustments where nesseccary.

What you’ll need for the rod:
-one 8 foot length of half inch PVC piping
-one 90* “elbow” of PVC to fit a 1/2 ” pipe
-two end stops of PVC to fit a 1/2 ” pipe
-four 1/2″ screw in hooks (hooks with threading on one end)
-one bottle of desired spray paint
-four small hollow wall mounts that will fit the hooks threading
-two sticky hooks (for the pull backs)
For the curtains I used:
-two boxes of curtain hooks
-two white fabric shower curtain LINERS. It looks like fabric and costs a little more than the cheap plastic ones (about $7 per curtain) but then I didn’t need to buy expensive fabic for a curtain and I actually wanted a simple textured white curtain.
1.  Pry apart the hooks until the piping can easily push into them without struggle.  Just use two sets of pliers and open the hook a little more.
2.  Measure your opening.  Subtract 3 inches from the lengths to account for the stops and 90* elbow attachments… both will add to the over all length.
3. Cut your two pieces of PVC piping.  You can use a PVC pipe cutter or just a simple saw.  The edges don’t need to be perfect… they’ll be covered with the attachments.
4. Double check…  put the two pieces together with the 90* elbow attachment and then put the stops at either end.  I was able to place the assembled  rod on the ground at the opening of my shower to make sure it would fit when afixed to the ceiling.  Make any additional cuts needed to get your perfect fit.
5.  Lay all of your pieces (2 rods, 2 stops, 90* elbow attachment, hooks with threading and curtain hooks (if you were not able to buy them in your desired color already).
6.  Now you’re ready to spray.  Spray a light coat of spray paint on the first side.  Let it dry completely before turning over and spraying the other side.  Repeat for a second coat.  I wanted mine to look like antique bronze.  I was able to find a spray paint that look similar to the rest of the fixtures in our bathroom.  Just to save some of the expensive metal spray paint,  I first painted a layer of black spray paint that I already had laying around the house.  Then I coated everything with a layer of the metal colored spray paint.
7.  After everything is VERY dry,  assemble the pieces again.
8.  Stand on a latter and make pencil marks where the four hooks should go.  I held the assembled rod up to the ceiling and made my marks as close to the joints (where the end and 90° attachments and piping met) as possible.
9.  Drill holes and insert your hollow wall mounts.  They should be very snug so you’ll probably have to pound them in a little.
10.  Screw your hooks into the wall mounts.  You obviously have do not have the curtain up yet like my photo but you get the idea.    I turned my hooks facing into the shower so it was a cleaner look on the outside.  And notice how I measured so that the rod would hang just inside the tile.
11.  Pop your assembled pipping into the hooks.  Touch up with paint if needed.
Now for making your curtains:
12.  Hold your curtains (aka fabric liners) up along the length of pipe and make a mark of where to trim. Each prepackaged curtain has holes at the top for your curtain hooks. Extend your measurement about 2 inches past one extra predone hole.  Your curtain does not need to be a perfect width of your opening and this will give you a little more volume when closing the curtains.
13.  Trim your curtains and then hem the edge so that all edges are finished.
14.  Most curtains, since you are hanging them from the ceiling with this tutorial,  will not be long enough.  Hang your short curtain and take a measurement from the bottom of the curtain to the floor.  You’ll need to cut and sew this much fabric to the bottom of your curtain.  I was able to use the excess that I had previously cut off the width of my curtain but you might need to buy another curtain to acheive the length you need.  Either way,  just measure, cut, and sew the piece onto the bottom of your curtain,  finishing any raw edges.  I just put the cut edge of my extra legth behind the nice finished edge of my top portion and sewed.  You can’t even tell and it adds a nice stripe effect towards the bottom of my curtain.
15.  Before you put up the sewing machine,  make two pull backs using your scrap material.  I was able to trim carefully along the folded top seam of the scrap curtains and use the grommets that were already there (without even sewing).  Either way,  make two pulls that are about 18″ long by 3″ wide with finished edges.  Either make slits in either ends or use grommets so that they can loop over the hooks.  You can buy grommet kits at most craft stores.
16.  Determine where you would like your pulls to be and stick your hooks to the walls… no screwing required (remember how I DID NOT want to damage any of the surrounding tile).
17.  Hang your curtain again and enjoy!
Total cost was about 8$ for the PVC stuff,  $7 for the hooks, $5 for the spray paint,  $14 for the curtains,  $10 for the curtain hooks,  and I already had the hooks for the pull backs.
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