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Create a sturdy, minimal window solution using black steel pipes

curtains with black iron

Here are the elements you will need to create a sturdy, minimal window solution using black steel pipes. This project requires two people for installation.

Here’s what you will need for one window installation

Qty (1) Black steel bar, 3/4″ inch diameter, cut to desired length. We used 82″ for many of our windows. Here’s a link for black steel pipe at Home Depot.

Qty (2) 1″ floor flange

Qty (2) 3/4″ cap

Qty (2) 1″ tee so bar slides thru

Qty (2) 1 x 3″ nipple

Stud finder

Drill, electric or cordless

Getting your bar the right length

We purchased our black iron parts at Lowes and Home Depot in the plumbing section of the store. They will cut the bar for you at no extra charge.


I recommend doing one window first, then returning to finish the others.

Be organized with your measurements before calling the person in the store to cut your bars.

Windows can appear larger, if you don’t put the bar too tight to the top of the window.

Creating variations

The size of your nipple depends on how far you want the bar and curtain to hang away from the wall. We used a combination of 1 x 1″, 1 x 2″ and 1 x 3″ nipples. Because we put in a larger shelf for this window, I am going to get a larger nipple at 1 x 6″.

black iron nipple 1x3" and 1x1" for sturdy industrial diy window

L-R, Nipple size 1 x 3″and 1 x 1″


About to try this style inside the our bedroom closet. Will post what we come up with.