How to hang double shower curtains (for less!)

June 29, 2017

Hey all! I'm back with another quick update on the bathroom reno! Life has been busy lately so I haven't been able to get as much done in there as I'd like, but today I finally made more progress! This is THE LONGEST RENOVATION ever but it's looking so good!

I was pretty excited about this so wanted to share it. You may remember we added a window in here -- it was always my dream to have the natural light and it was just as awesome as I imagined: 
Window in shower

Many of you asked how we'd let the light in if we had a shower curtain -- well I had something in mind for that. First of all, even if I used a regular curtain I was planning to leave it open all the time. But I was always planning on going very high with the shower curtain so a regular one wasn't going to work. I didn't want the bar landing right in your line of sight to the window. 

You can buy extra long curtains but I wanted a specific look for this tub -- I've always loved the double curtain look. I think it looks super custom and very pretty. Like drapes for your tub. 😆 And drapes are exactly what I got! 

I grabbed a 96" white pair from HomeGoods for $25. (You cannot beat their tall drapes -- two for that price!) I made sure to get some with grommets -- they usually have a bunch of those. 

I found these curtain rings at Target that can be closed -- I wanted that so the drapes would stay put when we open and close it:
Drapes as shower curtain

I got this extra long shower curtain liner and had to figure out how to hang it along with the curtains so it could be fully closed. I could have gotten another curtain rod -- one for the liner and one for the curtains. You can also buy a double shower rod! How cool is that? But didn't want to spend any more money. :) 

So I just hung the liner and the curtain on the one side together -- and you can't even tell: 
How to use drapes on shower for double curtain look

Isn't that pretty? I love the look! And that tile!! I don't think I've shown you the shower just yet. You can see why I want to show it off! These babies are staying open! I am going to have to hem the bottom of these just a bit. 😫 I'll drag the ironing board in here and use my hemming tape while they're still hanging. 

When I was trying to decide what to do with the liner I looked up some ideas and quite a few people I found online cut theirs up the middle to get this look, then they overlap them when they close the shower. I almost did that but since our boy uses this one I don't want to worry about him getting it just right every time. You really can't even see the liner when they are open. 

Here's a look when the curtain is shut: 
How to get the double shower curtain look

Since these are staying open I couldn't care less how it looks when closed. But if you want it to be more symmetrical when closed you can cut the liner down the middle (like I mentioned) and hang the two liners and two curtains together. (If you did that you could leave your fabric stationary if you wanted!) Or you can hang a second/double curtain rod and put the liner on that, then hang your curtains on the outer one. 

And of course you can go with any design or color you want! Your options are endless. 

But again, I'm not picky about how it looks when someone is showering -- they're the only ones that will be in there anyway. ;) I really love how these look hanging on each side. And that glorious light can still come through. 💓

By the way -- ignore the half painted walls, the long curtains (they will not touch the ground when I'm done) and the wrinkled liner. It will all come together and look much better for the reveal! 

I hope this makes sense! If you have any questions let me know! I thought it turned out cool without spending a ton so I wanted to share with you. I'll be back tomorrow with a outside reveal I've been dying to show you! :) 

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  1. Holy moly! I am bookmarking this because I want to do the exact same thing with my bathroom. The long shower curtains look so effortless but they come across so stylish. I needed this! Thank you so much!

  2. I love the long shower curtains! We don't have those at home, but before we moved, we had similar shower curtains. It's a look I've been missing for a long, long time!

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  3. Looks nice! Where did you get the subway tile? I don't recall a post about that!

  4. I've done the curtain thing for years and it softens a bathroom so much. I use two rods because I find when using only one, the liner has a tendency, when wet, to want to tangle and cling to the side of the curtain to which it shares the rod. Either way, I love the look of curtains/draperies in the bathroom. It's much less spartan.

  5. Is there a reason you didn't hang the curtains by the grommets, without the extra rings? Then maybe you wouldn't need to hem.

    1. Yes! I was going to ask the same exact thing.

    2. I'd still have the liner hanging from the hooks in between, so I thought it would look odd. (Just being on the one side.) That would be a good idea though!

    3. The pleats should help hide the extra rings! Think that'd look cleaner.

    4. I have mine with the grommets on the rod. That's why the grommets are so big -- so they're fit on the rod! But I do have a double curved rod. The liner on one and curtains on the other.

  6. Is there a reason you didn't hang the curtains by the grommets, without the extra rings? Then maybe you wouldn't need to hem.

  7. I love that!!! It almost takes a classy look with a simple bathroom shower curtain. It almost showcases it like a window!

  8. I'm so the full liner is on the rings on only one side of the pair of drape panels? And then when the shower is in use, you would only pull that panel across the entire opening and always leave the other panel in place (ie pushed to the side?)

  9. Did you tile the tub area yourself?

  10. Why didn t you use the gromments to hang by,instead of hemming drapes and maybe try to figure another way to hang curtain.I use a pipe with cup holders instead of shower rod. That way the rod never slips down.

  11. I'm with "unknown". How can you get the liner all the way across, leaving the curtain at the ends
    or pulled to close in the middle, while using only one rod?

    1. The right curtain does not stay at the end when it's closed, as you can see in the picture. The liner and the curtains are on the same rod and open and close (all the way) together. It works great!

  12. Looks lovely. Does the liner hang inside the bath and the curtains hang outside? I see so many pictures of nice shower curtains hanging luxuriously outside baths but if I did that the water would just drip down onto the floor. Wondering if it's because the liner sits inside... We don't have a liner and I didn't know they existed until today!

  13. I was wondering if you have a liner? If so did you use two or cut one in half?

  14. I'm literally doing this and following your blog. My curtain doesn't have holes so I'm using clips with one liner. Wish me luck


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