Reinvent your bathroom space by replacing the standard shower curtain and UPDATE to elongating double panels.
Two Rules for curtains in my home:
- Curtains must be hung as high and wide as possible. This trick makes every room and window feel LARGER. By draping the curtains just outside of the window frame, you create an illusion of more glass and more space.
- Curtain panels must touch the floor. No high-waters here! I love a perfectly tailored length or puddled fabric on the floor. They make a room feel comforting and luxurious.
So why shouldn’t a bathroom follow those same principles? A standard shower curtain is only 72″…wayyyyy too short to add visual height in a room. In fact, the short curtain chops the room in half, making it appear smaller.
Are you willing to try this ultimate shower curtain hack? Keep reading for all the details!
First step: Hang your Shower Curtain Rod as high as possible.
I chose to install our shower curtain rod between the crown molding and tile surround. I did not want to drill into the tile, nor did I want to depend on a tension-type rod for this space. So we anchored a curved rod into the drywall.
Second step: Choose your curtain panels.
Shop standard window curtains to find a style that you love! Simply hang the curtains on the shower rod like you would any other window treatment. Purchase a length that *ideally* grazes the floor.
If you are struggling to find a curtain panel in the correct length, I have a great DIY curtain hack below to lengthen any curtain panel using a bedskirt. It creates a feminine mermaid-ruffle look! (This is the method I used to create my curtains.)Jump to DIY Curtain Tutorial
Third Step: Add a Waterproof Liner
Here is the key to making this look FUNCTIONAL for you. You will need to purchase oversized liners and curtain clips on Amazon. The liners come in every size imaginable. Buy the same width as your existing cloth panels; reduce the length of the liners by roughly 12″. Measure to get the appropriate length. You DO NOT want liners that lay in the floor of the bathtub. They need to be above the water line, but clearly below the edge of the tub.
Using the curtain clips, you will simply attach the liner to the panel. I used the back tab loops on my ticking panels to make it simple. If you do not have back tabs, just make a tiny pinch pleat for the clip to attach.
Bonus Step: Finish styling your bathroom with other new accessories!
How to Lengthen Curtain Panels using a Bedskirt
- 2 Curtain Panels
- 1 Bedskirt
- Sewing Machine
- Stick Pins
- Fabric Scissors
- Measuring tape
- Hang curtain panels on your existing curtain rod.
- Cut the bedskirt away from its backing.
- Pin the bedskirt to the hanging curtain panel to determine your desired length.
- Take down the curtain panel and lay it on a large flat surface. Note the fabric length at the hem/ pin location. Cut the bedskirt to the correct width.
- Pin the bedskirt to the curtain panel with the design sides facing one another. The ruffle will be upside down at this time. See photo. Use a measuring tape to insure you stay straight and true.
- Sew a straight line following the bedskirt hem to attach the two pieces. Continue on to add a hem down the one side of the bedskirt that was cut to width. You can remove or sew under the extra curtain panel that may remain.
- Remove all pins and iron your new ruffle and seam.
I would love to hear from you! Would you consider switching to two panels instead of one shower curtain? Are you going to try the bedskirt hack?
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