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Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Bracket Holder: Steps & Video

Make a QUICK & EASY DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Brackets in less than a day. This wood bracket & rod can be stained or painted to match any room.

DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Bracket

I looked all over my favorite stores, IRL and online, and couldn’t find the perfect curtain rod and brackets for the boys bedroom makeover. So, I did what any DIY lover would do, and just made my own.

Honestly, when I say this is a quick & easy DIY curtain rod holder, I mean it. I bet I had this assembled, painted, and hung in less than 3 hours. So quick, guys!

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This DIY curtain rod holder couldn’t be easier!

With this DIY, you can use nearly any wood shelf brackets you like. And paint or stain them any color you’d like. So, you’ll always get the perfect design and style to match your room.

AND, you get to make your own custom width rod too. So, no more buying those adjustable rods.  Those adjustable rods are always kind of a pain to pull a curtain over, with that bump in the middle. Right?!

OK, let’s get this DIY curtain rod brackets build started.

DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Holder – Video Overview

If any of the written steps are confusing, watch this video to hear me explain how to make this DIY curtain rod holder with more detail.

Quick & Easy DIY Curtain Rod Brackets / Wood Curtain Holder

DIY Curtain Rod Bracket Steps

Materials Needed

Quick Note: You can pick any style of wood shelf bracket or cornice you think would look best. Just make sure you have enough room for the Closet Pole Socket Set (with room to lift the rod in and out). And you want enough depth to keep the curtain the right distance away from the wall too.

Supplies needed for a Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod.
Here’s the rod, shelf brackets, and pole socket set I used.

Build Note: I used glue and brad nails for assembly. BUT, if you don’t have a brad Nailer, you could glue and clamp the pieces together. Just be sure to let the glue dry before painting.

The best part about using pre-made shelf brackets…they’ve already added your mounting hardware! And it comes with your wall anchors and screws.

Step One – Cut To Size

Decide on the best bracket size and design for your space. Make sure it’s big enough for the rod socket, with enough room for lifting the rod in and out of place.

Then cut one end of your bracket off. I think this makes it look more like Curtain Brackets and less like shelf brackets. I cut about 3″ off the end of mine.

You can easily make sure you get 2 identical cuts, by clamping a scrap piece of wood to the saw.

I clamped a scrap block to the Miter Saw fence to make sure each bracket is cut exactly the same for this DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Bracket. I ended up using the scrap pieces I cut off the end as shelf brackets on my DIY Kids Play Kitchen.

Step Two – Assemble

Mark the placement of the sockets on the brackets. I tested that I could lift the rod in and out of place before deciding where I wanted my socket.

Measuring and marking my guidelines for each socket. Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod.
Measuring and marking my guidelines for each socket.

Glue and clamp and/or nail the sockets to the brackets. Wipe away any excess glue with a clean, damp cloth. Let the glue dry for a few hours.

If painting, lightly sand the brackets and rod. If staining, you will need a to completely sand with 150-grit sandpaper. Then apply Wood Conditioner, to prep for stain.

You can see 2 straight lines on each bracket marking where I want the socket to line up. Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod.
You can see 2 straight lines on each bracket marking where I want the socket to line up.

Step Three – Apply Finish And Hang

Then, apply paint or stain and a polyurethane to protect the finish. Follow the product guidelines to allow for correct dry time between coats.

To hang the DIY wood curtain rod brackets, use painter’s tape to mark the top of the bracket and where each screw hole should be.

Use painter's tape over mounting hardware to mark for screws. Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod.
Easily mark the wall for the screws by using a piece of painters tape.

Then transfer that tape to the wall. I knew I wanted my brackets 4″ below the 2 layer crown molding in the bedroom. So, I used the line marking the top of my bracket as a guide for hanging.

I also used a level to make sure that tape was straight before putting the anchors in the wall.

Then place the tape on the wall

Once both brackets are hung, measure and cut your rod. Touch up any paint or stain, on the ends, as needed. Hang those curtains and enjoy!

The Finished Look – 2 Ways!

Update: It’s been 6 years since I built these curtain bracket holders. Since then, the boys bedroom has gotten a new look. So, here’s both of those looks. I hope they help you design a look you’ll love!

A longer view of the blue Target Spacedye Curtain on the grey rod. Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod.
The first look was a light grey that matched their DIY twin headboards.
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To get the new look, I used a bronze chalk paint. It works well with those velvet curtains, the new space-themed bedroom, and the Easy DIY Outer Space Wall.
Front view of the curtain bracket installed on the wall. Make your own quick and easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod and Brackets in an afternoon. #AbbottsAtHome #CurtainRod #DIYProjects #DIYDecor #HomeDecorIdeas #WoodworkingIdeas #WoodworkingforBeginners
I love this chunky look, especially with a colorful kids room design!
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Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own Quick & Easy DIY Wooden Curtain Rod Bracket Holder. Good luck and have fun!

Quaife Quezergue

Monday 12th of August 2019

Absolutely fantastic alternative to buying one pricey bracket X 2! I've been searching for a nice alternative to everything offered by the big box stores and even Etsy. Simple, effective and just what I've been looking for! Thanks for the post.


Wednesday 14th of August 2019

Thanks, Quaife!

Geri Juen

Thursday 20th of June 2019

Did you add a shelf to the top? I am thinking on doing this, but with a shelf on top. Do you think it would look good with a shelf?


Friday 21st of June 2019

Hi Geri! I didn't add a shelf at the top, but you could. It could look good. I didn't want to hide my crown moulding, but you can always try a shelf without attaching it and see if you like it first. :)


Saturday 17th of March 2018

Those really are very pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!


Saturday 17th of March 2018



Monday 12th of March 2018

I love these Stephanie! I'll share on FB this week.


Monday 12th of March 2018

Thanks so much!


Sunday 11th of March 2018

These look fantastic! I keep wanting to try some wood ones :) Hopping over from Dishing it and digging it link party/


Monday 12th of March 2018

Go for it, Danielle. I love how fun and chunky these look. :)