I DIYed (technically not really a word, but you got it) my shower curtain using two window drapery panels (a.k.a. curtains), and now I’m going to show you how.
I had found these curtain panels a while ago and they were basically the inspiration for the space and everything I chose was set around these beauties.
When I originally purchased the window panels my intention was to simply put the shower curtain rod through the already created rod pocket of the window panel. A problem arose when I went to hang them because the end of the rod was too big (2.5″ dia) for the rod pocket opening in the curtain. (I hope I didn’t lose ya)…
My first thought was to create a bigger rod pocket on the curtain, but that would have involved sewing and shortening the height of the overall window panels. I nixed that idea right away because I envisioned the window panels as high as possible to heighten the room. After some thought, I decided to use typical shower rings to create a ring top style panel. Take a look at my quick sketch.
So, here are the steps I took…
I had twelve shower hooks (which is typical for every shower), which I divided amongst the two window panels – 6 and 6. Then I put a hook at the end of each panel and divided the remaining hooks (4) on the panel.
Note:Once you’ve evenly spaced the shower hooks, using a scissor, cut a 1/2 – 3/4″ slit at each of the shower hook positions (ONLY CUT through the one layer of fabric, not both – the outside layer should look clean and uncut).
- My window panels were 54″ wide, times 2 = 108″, wider than a typical shower curtain – that’s okay. Any width curtain should work and if you’re using this idea for a single shower stall, one window panel should be enough (the length might have to be altered).
- A ball-style shower hook would work best. You can find them in most stores and they are one of the least expensive styles.
- As an added step which I have NOT DONE, you can make the cuts more secure by creating a sewn button hole with your sewing machine.
- I DID NOT sew the two panels together to create one large “shower curtain” panel, but it’s possible to do. I left them as two panels in case I decide to use them someplace else in the future.
Before inserting the ball style shower hooks into the newly cut hole, first put on the shower curtain liner. Because my window drapery panel was longer than a typical shower curtain, I had to get a longer plastic liner, which I found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It was a little more expensive than a typical plastic liner, but was a must because of the extra length.
Once the plastic liner is in place, put the shower hooks through the “button” holes (or simply the cut holes since I haven’t yet made actual button holes).
And it’s done. This really is a simple and easy project that makes a huge impact!
Using the two window panels creates for a slightly more flow-y (not in a bad way) shower curtain style as you can see in the image below. Because the curtain is hung from typical shower hooks, it opens and closes just as a regular shower curtain would.
And here is the overall bathroom space -
The taller than typical curtain really gives the space more height, which makes the overall feel of the room much larger. Actually one reader left me a comment saying, “Wow, you have tall ceilings”. But honestly, they are only 8′-0″ high – typical of most homes. But again, the long panel makes the space feel elongated. This same idea pertains to the window valance, which is hung at the ceiling plane. The higher the panels are hung, the larger the space.