What kind of shower curtain do you have?
I’ve seen all the phases of shower-curtain-decor in my adult life – from a map of the world to colorful prints from Klimt and Kandinsky. In our last home, we had the classic white waffle weave, which served us well for years (and years!). I’ve loved all of them for different reasons (and seasons in my life), but for our current bathroom, we wanted to mix it up. We wanted easy breezy, nothing too fussy, but something to contrast with our sea of white. It started harmless enough; something simple, we said. We also loved the idea of floor to ceiling, so I – again, harmlessly – ordered a 96″ liner online at the start of our renovation. We’ll get to the curtain later, I thought.
The problem? When ‘later’ came, a 96″ shower curtain – unless we wanted to fall back on the waffle weave – was surprisingly hard to find! While 96″ liners abound, a casual-but-cool curtain in the same length was almost non-existent. Feeling frustrated, we contemplated buying curtains or linen bedsheets and sewing them together. We also considered buying extra large blankets and having button holes sewn in, and at one point, I found myself on a site dedicated to nothing but tablecloths! With sewing at the very, very bottom of my list of talents (oh, my poor, neglected sewing machine), the total cost of those options equated to the cost of handmade Etsy options. And so, ready to just buy already and move on with our lives, we landed on this grey slubbed-fabric curtain from Etsy. We liked it from one of our very first searches, but at the time, we were so sure we could DIY a curtain for less. The purchase was slightly impulse at the height of our frustration and more than we thought we’d spend, but it proved to be a splurge in the right area. It adds a massive dose of texture and luxury – and it’s so pretty!
The curtain has an amazing weight to it, and it added an instant facelift to the space! Not to mention, we’re one step closer to a victory shower.
Our hunt took us to places all around the web, and although we wish they could all be extra-extra long (for reference, our skinny storage above sits 6′ off the floor), we found a lot of curtains we’d totally buy and rounded them up below! We seriously considered chambray curtain panels and turkish blankets, so I threw those in the mix, too. Even if you’re not a seamstress, we think an alterations drop-off shouldn’t run too high. (And if you are a seamstress, can we be friends, please?)
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LOVE how tall your shower/shower curtain is. Think I may try raising my rod and finding a longer curtain. Being 6’4″ and having a roommate can make shower time awkward sometimes haha.
Do it! At the very least, go for the 84″ – they’re much easier to find in a ton of styles!
I love reading your blog and following along on your reno and travel adventures, but aren’t you supposed to disclose when you use affiliate links? Seems shady when you used to be so transparent.
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Love the gray and especially the texture of the curtain. The height brings such a statement to the room as well!
The texture really adds a lot! We were pleasantly surprised. :)
We had this exact same problem in our last rental home! There was a window on one side of the shower so the shower rod had to go above it. I think it was 105″ or something totally insane. I was able to find a clear shower liner, then ended up hem-taping a really fun tablecloth I got on clearance at HomeGoods for $5!
Our current house has a classic black and white feel. We just used this plain one from IKEA, but it looks awesome! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50232856/
Your bathroom looks amazing! Are you saying you haven’t showered in it yet? What else are you waiting on to make that happen?!
We are SO close to showering in there! We spent some time last night hanging a shelf and putting up come photos, and we’re waiting on a few final things to call it ‘DONE.’ I think that starting today, we can officially shower now that the curtain and liner are up!
I’m a firm believer in floor to ceiling shower curtains. They add so much more to a bathroom that a standard sized curtain can’t.
I’ve always made my own (complete with small grommets). I love having the ability of using any light-weight fabric to make my own.
And If you hadn’t found your current curtain, I would have been happy to make one for you. And I wouldn’t have charged you because of all the tips & advice you’ve provided so freely on your blog. I live with-in driving distance, so keep me in mind when you want/need a new curtain.
Mary, you are so sweet. Thank you for the kind words this morning!
That slubby texture is so great! Can’t wait for the final reveal!
I have had similar problems finding shower curtains for my two bathrooms because one has a corner tub (needs an extra wide curtain to cover two sides) and the other has a tiny stall shower. I was able to cut a regular shower curtain down to fit the stall shower, but extra wide shower curtains (that are made of natural fibers) are SO DIFFICULT TO FIND! I ended up buying a plain white cotton duck one from Signature Hardware and embellishing it with black tassels…because who doesn’t love tassels?!?!
God love a tassel.
Sounds like a perfect solution, Ryan!
I had the same problem when shopping for an XL shower curtain about a year ago! I ended up with this one, http://tinyurl.com/gmjthkz, but I wish I would have had your list when I was shopping — I was ready to pull my hair out! I bought and returned no fewer than 5 curtains in my search. Glad you were able to find something you love (it’s gorgeous!), and I’ll be bookmarking this post for when it’s time to change up the look of my bathroom!
Isn’t it so frustrating! We almost got this one from BBB, but we really wanted Indigo, and it was never available in the right length. :/
I did the same when I redid my bathroom. I absolutely love how tall the curtain is, and I actually ended up buying linen curtains from Marshall’s and using them. I considered sewing them together but then loved the way it looked with space between them. It lets a lot of natural light into the bathroom from the skinny window above it.
Looks great, guys!
who knew shower curtains cost over $40!! wowsa! totally worth it.
One of the things I’m most excited about in our upcoming bathroom reno is the shower rod! I can’t wait to get rid of our current, beat-up, pressure rod one. Weirdly, our shower curtain is the one thing we already have, and has influenced some of our other design choices. And it was a Target clearance item. That’s how life works sometimes, I guess!
I had a shower like that once. My solution was to get a good waffle weave shower curtain, and slash it horizontally around the 1/3 down mark. I bought an attractive print cotton (I used a Bali style batik) and sewed about 12″ of it into the slashed area. It looked GREAT, if I do say so myself :-D. Just straight seams, nothing fancy. Plus, I didn’t have to do holes across the top for rings (like adapting a window curtain or something would require) since it was a shower curtain to start with.
I want to hang a new curtain in our hall bath, and hang it high. Hubs thinks that’s crazy talk! I’ll probably do it anyway. What I’m loving is those shower curtain hooks! Please share the source for those!
Hi Fara, we got those hooks on Amazon right here!
Good quality, simple shower curtains are incredibly hard to find. I ended up getting this one:
(on sale at the time) and I love it. Worth spending the money!
Those are so pretty! I am weirdly attracted to the “juniper” color…