For an inexpensive DIY curtain rod alternative, consider using galvanized pipe. Great for an industrial look or a boy's room. Seen here from DimplesandTangles.blogspot.com | thisoldhouse.com:
Industrial Clothing Rack and Double Shelf by CoronaConceptsCo More
Portland Furniture Galvanized Pipe and Salvaged by BitandBolt
Industrial Style Shelf Listing is for 1 by JessiandCompanyLLC
Pipe-Bracket Shelving I like galvanized pipes and salvaged wood to make these kinds of shelves. I'm not sure how long it would be cool, though
Hi Sugarplum | Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod (not so industrial looking)
Build with Pipe the Easy Way #KeeKlamp
Custom Made Double Caged Galvanized Pipe Lamp by AlvaLightingCo, $175.00
What do you think about this for our display shelving? I can use reclaimed wood for the shelves as well. It would be something like this or regular box style display shelves.
Reclaimed barn timber used as newel post w galvanized pipe handrail painted black.