Let’s talk about bay windows. They are beautiful but it can also be an expensive nightmare to find window treatments for them. Bay window curtain rods tend to be really ugly or boring.
My bay window is in my office. Until now the windows just had the ugly white blinds on them that came with the house because I couldn’t find a bay window curtain rod anywhere, unless I wanted to plunk down $200. These blinds haunt me. I hate them but they are the most practical solution to privacy and light control. It is important for me to be able to close the blinds because when I’m working in the office there’s a major glare in the afternoons.
I’ve looked everywhere for solutions and, until now, haven’t come up with anything I like that doesn’t costs hundreds of dollars. Well, silly me the solution was right in front of me. Husband!!! I told him my problem and he made a bay window curtain rod that not only looks amazing but was very inexpensive to make. So let’s find out how Mike made it, and how you can make one too!
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DIY Bay Window Curtain Rod
Pocket Hole Screw
Curtain Rod Holders
Finials of your choice
Miter Saw (Power or Hand)
Pocket Hole Jig
The first step will be to measure the length of the rods for the project. Measuring the main (middle) rod is the most important measurement.
For this measurement, measure the wall over the middle window, where you will actually be hanging the rod. This is important because the measurement below the window may be slightly different. Measure from corner angle to corner angle as shown below. This will be your middle rod measurement. Measure the two side rods the same way, measure from the angle, to the distance where you want the rod to end.
Most bay windows are set where the two side windows are at a 45 degree angle to the middle window. This means you need to make a 22.5 degree miter cut on the rods, to be able to join them at the same 45 degree angle the bay window is. The middle rod will have the miter cut at each end. Start the miter cut on the middle rod, at the long end of the measurement, and cut IN towards the window on both ends. Then cut the miter on the one end of each side rod the same way. See next picture for what it will look like joined.
This is what it will look like when the 22.5 degree miters are joined to create the 45 degree angle. This pic is the right side of the middle rod connecting to the right side window rod.
Before permanently attaching the rods together, I gave it some extra support by adding a pocket hole and screw on the back side of the middle rod, at each end.
Then glued and screwed one side and then the other. Then clamped the corners down on a flat bench to let dry.
We purchased the rod supports and finials in a dark color. Then painted them using white chalk paint, so that we could lightly distress them for a more farmhouse look.
Rod support chalk painted white. Bottom rod support lightly distressed.
Left Finial chalk painted white. Right Finial lightly distressed.
Choose where you want to hang your rod supports based on the height and placement of the curtains you will be hanging.
Alway’s make sure they are level. Using a 4 foot level is an easy way to achieve this. If you only have a small level just use a straight 4 foot piece of wood that will fit in the rod supports and lay your small level on top.
After the finials are level you’re ready to hang your curtains. I chose white linen curtains and used one panel on each side and between each window (for a total of four panels). I found mine at homegoods. Here are some similar panels from wayfair.
The bay window curtain rod and curtains look gorgeous and I love them! I am really dreading hanging the blinds back up and I’m going to wait as long as possible before I do it!
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