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Double Shower Curtain

February 5, 2014

We have a new shower curtain in our guest bathroom!



I guess I should actually say curtains since there's two of them!



You may remember our old West Elm shower curtain that we hung really low after making our own shower curtain rod:



It was a rookie mistake that we recently remedied by mounting our pipe shower curtain rod an inch or two away from the top of our 9' ceiling. I think it gives the bathroom a little drama and interest and makes the shower feel massive!



Since most shower curtains don't come in a 9' length, we decided to use two regular IKEA Ritva curtains. We washed and dried our curtains and then lined each panel with an 8' long fabric shower curtain liner and hung everything on our existing shower curtain hooks (ring clips for regular curtains would work as well).



After the panels were hung, my mom helped me hem them so they didn't pool on the floor. Thanks mom! :)

Note: if you don't have a custom shower curtain rod like we do, you could always buy a double curtain rod and put the shower curtain(s) on one rod and the liner on the second rod. Another option would be to buy a tension rod and mount it behind your existing shower curtain rod and do the same thing – shower curtain on one rod, liner on the other.

You do have to overlap the curtains and liners if you'd like to take a shower but each of our liners is 72" wide (144" total) which is way more than enough to overlap. In fact, we had to overlap some of each liner behind the curtain panels as it is since each panel is only 57" wide.

Here's a fun Dexter shot to show you what the liners look like from inside the shower:



I'm pulling the liner on the right away from the liner on the left to show you the curtains behind it. No gaps means no water seepage which is a good thing!

These photos weren't taken in the same spot but I tried to line up the ceiling height in each so you can see how the curtain looked before and after we raised the rod up:



Pretty big difference, right?

Now I'm thinking I should hang something on the wall above the back of the shower that could be visible in between the curtains:



I'm also thinking I want to rip out the tub surround and redo it with tub to ceiling subway tile buttt that's a different post for a different day!

What do you think? What's something water friendly that could be hung above the tub surround?

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27 comments :

  1. Hanging new shower curtains higher is on my to do list too. And yes to hanging something on that spot.

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  2. What a huge difference the rod height makes. Love it. And I think hanging something in the shower is badass and will pleasantly surprise your guests.

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    1. Thanks Alison! Now I just need to find that perfect something to hang in there!

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  3. Wish I could see your pics but they're coming in broken. Any ideas why that could be happening?

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    1. That's weird Chonga! I'm not sure what's happening. I pay for a photo service to host my photos so they should be showing up. I can see them, can you see them now? Maybe there was a glitch or something earlier. Weird!

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  4. Oooh - I love this idea! My guest bath is in need of some love - I'll keep this tip in mind!

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  5. I've seen this trending on Pinterest and I like the look. Something different that gives it a whole new look. xo Kristin

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  6. i want to hang my shower curtain higher now, but its not long enough! and i LOVE my shower curtainn in the guest bath. dang it.

    but YES to hanging something there...something brassy?

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    1. That's a bummer! I loved our West Elm shower curtain too and didn't want to take it down but I knew it was going to clash with the army green walls. Now I think I'm going to repurpose the fabric for something else!

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  7. Really pretty! And I think a double shower curtain is going to be in my future, for sure!

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    1. Thanks Kim! It's a little change but it makes the bathroom feel a little more luxurious :)

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  8. I love it! It definitely makes the room look more sophisticated!

    When I couldn't find a shower curtain long enough, I ended up using the same Ikea Ritva curtains in our guest bathroom. I also added a little art on the wall behind them. It's here, if you want to check it out :)

    http://deepestoceanblue.com/im-in-the-shower-and-im-writing-a-blog-diy-bathroom-art/

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Love what you added to your wall, such a fun surprise for guests!

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  9. That's a great idea to use regular curtains since they dont make them that long. Turning out great!

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  10. It looks pretty but does it block out more of the light? I don't have any other light source within the shower so I'd be afraid of making my shower feel too cave like.

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    1. It does block out some of the light but the curtains let a little light in so it's not too cave like. I haven't taken a shower in there to test the cave qualities yet so I can't say for certain that it isn't too dark in there.

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  11. I'm glad to hear that even people with 9 foot ceilings have to hem their ikea curtains. It must be all 12 foot ceilings as far as the eye can see in Sweden! subway tile--do it!

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  12. Looks great Caitlin. I love when shower curtains are hung higher up. It really makes even the shortest ceilings seem super high!

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  13. Okay, I'm just throwing this out there, but how about something fun like one of those "Get Naked" vinyl decals?! I know, I know, decals are soooo 2005ish, but they can be done well! Cheers : )

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  14. I love the idea.... In one of my first houses I had a similar set up and put up some black and white giraffes on my burnt orange walls. Sounds weird, but it worked. ;)

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  15. It looks great! I love the pleats!

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  16. It's amazing the difference curtain height can make! It looks amazing! I think a cool convex mirror would be rad in the space

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  17. Where did you find the liners? I don't think I've ever seen shower liners that long!
    And that would really suit my upstairs bathroom, where a window would peek through the parted curtains! Great inspiration!

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