How To Make a Curtain Rod Shelf Combo
Simple and functional window decor this DIY window shelf curtain rod combo is a timeless piece of decor used in my office.
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We recently undertook the task of moving our entire house around. The kids moved upstairs, and we move downstairs, reclaiming the master bedroom and taking up separate office spaces.
For the last two years, hubs and I have shared an office.
And while it worked, I found myself craving to have my own space.
A space filled with feminine energy where I could create some bit of order and even find creative inspiration.
One of the things I love most about my new office is having a great amount of natural light that spills in. Because there is a big beautiful window.
As I was sitting there the other day staring out the window, my focus changed to the window itself.
It needed drapes. And I was able to dig some up that made me excited from my stash in the attic. They’re a basketweave texture that will infuse some of that boho energy I’m feeling lately.
But I realized that wasn’t enough. I decided that I wanted to frame the window with a shelf that I could use to incorporate some cute decor and some greenery. Perfect for my goal to infuse more green into the house collectively.
That is how I came to the conclusion that I would create a DIY shelf and window bracket combo.
I went to Home Depot and grabbed some of the brackets intended for closets. I grabbed some anchors for hanging them, and a few 2*4’s to build the shelf.
Materials Needed For Window Curtain Rod Shelf
- shelf rod brackets
- Curtain rod
- Rod hooks
- 2 x 4’s
- Kreg jig
- Pocket Screws
FAQs about The Materials
How To Make A DIY Window Shelf Curtain Rod Combo
I started by cutting the three 2×4’s to the desired width. Actually, the old man cut them. The window itself is 60 inches wide so I allowed for the shelf to be 65 inches total.
Using the Kreg jig I combined the pieces of wood to make a single shelf by creating pocket holes. I did holes, 5 inches from each end and directly in the center.
Depending on the width of your shelf, you may need more or less.
From there, I sanded it down with 180-grit sandpaper first to get rid of the stickers, stamps, and other imperfections.
I used 220 grit to finish it and make it nice and smooth.
My little dude wanted to assist so I let him. When he wants to help and he can, I try to let him. It allows us some bonding time and often some teachable moments.
Life’s about balance right?
And truth be told momma don’t mind a little help.
Once all smooth I wiped it down real good to get rid of the sawdust.
And using my favorite stain, the Varathane Early American, I stained it and topped it with some polyurethane, and was ready to install.
Installation of Shelf
To install my shelf, I installed anchors to hang my brackets.
After installing the brackets, I placed the shelf and screwed it into place with the two front holes. I left the back two holes for the bracket hooks that the curtain rod would hang from.
The hooks only came in gold. And normally, I would have spray painted them, but for some reason, I felt the need to leave them gold. I liked the detail it added.
Lastly, I hung the drapes using a curtain rod. And voila!
Isn’t it perfect?
This Window Shelf CurtainRod combo is a part of the At Home DIY project. Where the topic this month is what can I build with 2×4's Challenge. You can click here to see all the other awesome Homemade furniture and decor projects from a host of amazing blogger friends.
I love this idea. I’m wondering about the pocket holes and if you did them on all pieces of wood so you attach the first piece to the middle and the middle to third, and then the third back to the middle? How far from the long edge and how long are the screws? Thank-you!
looks great don’t understand why you didn’t turn the screw hols over so they weren’t in view from the underside..?
Thank you for this idea! I did this over the three windows in our family room and I love it!!
Thank you for the very clear instructions. I’m reinventing my sewing room/guest room and need all the storage space I can get. I don’t have a jig drill or whatever it is, but I assume it’s used in a drill? Can you tell how green I am when it comes to this kind of stuff?
Hey Pam! The Kreg Jig allowed me to create the pocket hole that hides the screws. So it’s separate from your drill. I hope that helps!