For my rainbow tile bathroom, I wanted to try something new- how about two curtains on one shower rod? I like this look because with a little more effort and money, I can get a much more high end look! There were a few small tricky things so I thought I’d write a tutorial in case one of you wants to try to make a DIY Double Shower Curtain.
DIY Double Shower Curtain Tutorial
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A few weeks ago, I shared this inspiration, but I thought I’d put it up again as a refresh on how pretty this look is. It’s a super easy way to elevate a normal shower curtain. I’m not doing glass shower doors, so I wanted to find to have a shower curtain with a more upscale look.
There’s a few ways to get this look- first of all, you can literally get two shower curtains and just hang both.
The second option is to buy drapes and then use a normal shower curtain liner. The beauty of using a drape or curtain is that they come in longer lengths so you can fill the whole space between the floor and the ceiling. A standard shower curtain is 72″ long- drapes come in standard sizes of 84″ and 96″ long.
I think this looks so elegant because there’s more fabric so it looks lush. In a room with so many hard surfaces, any added softness goes a long way. Here’s how to get the look-
step 1- cut the shower curtain in half
Start by measuring the shower curtain liner and draw a line exactly down the center. I saw another blogger do this look and it was sloppily cut and looked awful. Pay attention to details like this! You don’t want a messy cut bugging you every time you shower. Once the line is drawn, cut the shower liner in half with scissors.
step 2- customize the drapery panel
Next, take the drapery panel and sew button holes in the top. This is where the curtain ring will go through the drapery panel so that the liner can be on the back.
What I did was sew 8 button holes on each drapery panel. Shower curtain liners have 12 holes so at first I made 6 holes on each side and spaced them equal distance (8.5″) apart. Then I went to put the drapery panel on the rod and had two floppy ends. So I added two button holes on each end for a total of 8 button holes.
I was a little rusty on my button hole sewing, so I pulled out my sewing machine manual and it walked me right through it. I did a practice and then dived right in. It worked great!
step 3- installation
And now, all that’s left to do is put the drapery panels and cut shower curtain up. I started with the curtain rings up first. Then I put up both layers. Here’s how it looks from the inside-
The only notable thing with installation is that I folded over the ends of the drapery panel and clipped them onto the sides of the shower curtain liner.
I think this step totally depends on the length of your drapery panel. Mine is 60″ wide and I felt like if I had any more extra on the front, it’d hang down too much between the curtain rings.
Here’s a close-up of the button hole. I read lots of tutorials before making my drapes into a diy double shower curtain and some people just clipped holes with scissors. I like making a button hole because it means it’ll be higher quality, look better longer, and launder nicely.
Another option is to buy a drapery panel with metal grommets so no holes need to be made.
Where the drapes hit the tub, the liner goes on the inside and the curtain goes outside. When closed, it works just fine as a shower curtain. Lots of showers have happened in here since the room was completed and even though the liner was cut in half- it still works great at keeping water out.
Plus it feel easier to get in and out of the shower- like there’s more entrances- lol.
Also you can totally tell from this picture how much I need to hem the curtains. 84″ was a little too long for the slanted ceiling in here. My to do list is seemingly unending.
Here’s how the double shower curtains look in here. They add a nice softness.
I especially like how they break up the rainbow tile a bit.
If you want to try this project, I hope this tutorial is helpful. I think figuring out the spacing on the drapery panel and making the button holes is the trickiest part. Other than that, It’s really very simple. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
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Denise/My Home of All Seasons says
Great tutorial Ashley. You are so right about the button hole. It does look more finished. Thanks for the inspiration!
Rebecca Payne says
I love all of your designs.