Long story short, Emmett and I weren’t on the same page and he went ahead and installed crown moulding in the shower area- which is totally fine, it works well, and it’s stunning, BUT that meant a ceiling mounted track wouldn’t be a good fit. After many messages from you all, I decided to go ahead and post my extra long shower curtain DIY because even though it isn’t mounted to the ceiling this time around, it really applies to any tall bathroom ceiling situation.
I’ll begin by giving a little disclaimer… a lot of these photos were taken with my iPhone, so please excuse the quality.
I was on the fence about using the IKEA panels again because the extra long (118″) versions were all off white, with a yellowed undertone. Rather than bleaching them in my washing machine, I wanted to do a controlled lift so I could pull them out of the water when they reached my desired brightness. I poured about 1-2 cups of bleach in each bucket (I just eyeballed it) and gave it stir.
I let it sit for about 2 hours, agitating it every 30 minutes, then removed it once it reached the brightness level I liked, gave it a quick rinse, and tossed it into my washing machine. Ignore my bathroom- we were still in the construction phase at this point, but it’s important to test fit the curtain before sewing or hemming.
I prefer my drapery and shower curtains to barely touch the floor or float no more than 1/4″ above or below it.
Once you know just how much you’ll need to hem the curtain, remove it from the rod, and take out the pleating hooks. I like to press the bottom of the panel with an iron because it makes sewing a lot easier by holding the fabric into place. After ironing the panel, pin the folds into place so they can’t shift while sewing.
Luckily, mine worked great, so I moved onto the second curtain and replicated those steps. I love the nice graphic stripe of pattern and color it added. I found the trim at a local shop awhile back, but linked some similar options in the supply section.
I installed the top portion of the liner to the back side of the S hook on the rod. I just threaded the hook directly into the liner die cuts and it’s perfectly hidden behind the front cotton curtain. Easy peasy and it feels so much more custom and tailored… much better than a readymade shower curtain alternative.
One of my pet peeves is a shower curtain that floats too high above the floor. Wet the curtain, pull on it a bit, and hang it on the rod wet… it will definitely stretch! Trust me- I’ve been there and done that after Emmett tried to “help” with laundry last year.