Today we have part 2 in my series of posts about how you can use curtain rod connectors to enhance your basic curtain rod. We’re going to create our own custom corner curtain rods, this time using just one connector and one support!
I am back today to talk more about curtain rod connectors. Who would have thought I’d have so much to say about these tiny little things?
Need a quick refresher? Here’s a pic of a curtain rod connector. It’s tiny (like only about two inches long) and has a hinge in the center. It can be kept straight (like in my kitchen, where I used them to create the look of one continuous curtain rod), or it can bend…that’s how we’re going to use it today!
So once again, these little guys are going to make a big difference. I loved the idea of corner curtain rods in this room, but I didn’t love the selection I could find (or their price point.) I kept looking up at the rods I had just put up in my kitchen…and realized that once again, I could make them work, with the help of the connectors.
As always, you will find a full supply list below, a detailed tutorial, and links (sometimes affiliate) to products I used. If you have questions, just ask!
Nikki, In Stitches
Here are links to everything I used the for this project. Those from Amazon are affiliate links. Just like in Part 1 of this series, you may be able to use curtain rods you already have! Add some connectors and give them a whole new look!
- Curtain Rods I found these rods here from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. For this room, I needed to order four sets…two rods for each side. They are the same rods I used in my kitchen, just singles…no need for both drapes and sheers in this room!
- Curtains Bad news here…I got these on clearance and they are no longer available. I’m sorry!! But honestly, there’s nothing special about them. Any curtains you pic for this project will work perfectly! If you’re going for the same look I have here, there are three panels on each side…six total. The panel in the center here is key! Not only does it hide my curtain rod connector and support, but it creates the illusion that the window literally goes around the corner. I absolutely love this look!
- Drapery Rings This is absolutely a style choice…not a requirement. I liked the look of these curtains on the rings, but if you prefer a curtain with grommets or a curtain with a rod pocket, go for it!
- Curtain Rod Connectors I needed two connectors for this set up…one for the each side of the fireplace. Remember, when you order yours, match up the size of your connector with the size of your curtain rod. This will help make the transition from rod to connector, and then back to rod nice and smooth!
- Basic curtain rod hanging tools This will more than likely include a drill, a hammer, a level, measuring tape or ruler, and a pencil!
- Measure and mark where you’d like your end brackets, being sure they are level. This will be a little bit harder because they are on different walls…take your time! When you’re sure you have your marks where you want them to be, attach the end brackets to the wall.
- Connect Rods and Connector Screw all the pieces together, connector in the middle between the two rods, to create one continuous pole that bends in the middle. Bend the curtain rod connector to create a 90 degree angle. Then, screw the rod to the end brackets. The corner will be a little floppy right now…that’s ok. We’re about to put our support up!
- Attach your support to the wall. The easiest way to do this is get your curtain rods in place, with the connector bent in the middle. Put the support on the wall, holding up the rods. Slide it as close to the corner as you can get it. Ask a friend to stand back and let you know if the whole set up is level. Once it is, mark your wall, and mount your support.
Having A Hard Time Visualizing This?
Need a little more help with the placement of that support? Take a look at the picture below of my set up without the center curtain panel. See it all the way back there? It’s as close to the corner as I can get it…ensuring this set up is as secure and stable as possible!
Still have questions? Leave them in the comments below! And send me pics if you give this a try…I’d love to see!
Don’t forget! You can use these same curtain rod connectors to create the look of one continuous curtain rod, too! Find all the details in this post: Curtain Rod Connectors Part 1 – Give The Appearance Of One Continuous Rod