An extra long shower curtain is hard to find, but why? Today, I’m breaking down our method for making a floor-to-ceiling shower curtain, plus I’m sharing a round-up of favorites!
Have you ever tried to purchase an extra long shower curtain? Something – anything! – longer than the standard 72″? If you have, then you know it’s one of the world’s unsolved mysteries as to why they’re not offered in multiple lengths. I’m guessing it has something to do with standards for fabric bolts (do you know?), but a shower curtain that can go from floor-to-ceiling not only makes your room appear taller, but it also helps to trap in the warmth of your shower. In other words, it’s downright dreamy!
So until shower curtains are offered in multiple lengths (like any other curtain!), you can make your own or scour the web for the options that are available. As notorious over-researchers, we’ve taken out a wee bit of the hard work for you, we hope. I’m sharing how we made our own extra long shower curtain using curtain panels, and I’m also sharing a round-up of the cutest ones on the web at the end of this post. Let’s go!
Cheat Code | Take It To the Cleaners!
In true Kim fashion, I overthought the shower curtain in our recent Tree House bathroom renovation, but as soon as I landed on these Kalei panels, I just knew. These were The Ones! I waited for a sale and pounced, picking up two in the 96″ length. Our bath ceiling is just under 100″ tall and after the first wash, the panels shrunk to about 90″ – but they’re slightly stretchy with a nice weight, so they drape beautifully.
I brought both panels to our dry cleaner, and I asked to have them seamed down the middle, with an 80″ width overall. This would gave the seamstress 20″ of wiggle room to play with the pattern repeat, and she nailed it, giving the panel pair a mirror-like image. We paid $20, and as someone who can’t sew to save her life, I was thrilled!
Next up was adding the grommets. I needed this to last, so I picked up these 1/2″ grommets + this pint-sized kit + that had all the tools (minus the hammer!) to give me 12 perfect rust-proof rings – the same number of holes in a shower liner.
I found this video that shares the easiest step-by-step for using the kit. (Watch it just for the music!) I found that you need to mean business when hammering, but once I got my technique down, I was able to finish all 12 rings in about 15 minutes. I like that I’ll have that little grommet kit for future projects as well – it’s so compact.
And… That’s It!
We got our brass shower rod from Lowe’s, but it looks like it’s no longer available. This one is similar* (if not identical!), and we paired our extra long shower curtain with these brass rings and this equally long liner. We have the same liner in our Chicago home and love it; it’s washable and feels more like fabric, allowing it to hang nicely.
* We prefer a one-piece rod that can be mounted with anchors into the wall or tile. They can be cut to size, and you’ll never worry about a tension rod falling on your head ever again!
If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect curtain to gussy up your (most likely already adorable) bathroom, this is your chance to go floor-to-ceiling. It makes a big impact, keeps you warmer while showering and cheats your eye into thinking the room is taller than it is! Think about all those curtains in waiting, hoping that one day, they could be made into the prettiest shower curtains. Do it for the curtains!
But if you’ve been wishing for the prettiest extra long shower curtain that you can purchase in a click, I’ve got you, too, boo. Everything below is at least 90″ in length, unless noted otherwise. I almost picked up #2 for Tree House, and how cute is #5 for a kids’ bath? #13 is a classic, for sure.
17 Extra Long Shower Curtains
1. black tassel (up to 78″), $22 | 2. buffalo check, $125 | 3. sage waffle (up to 84″), $24 | 4. geometric scallops, $104 | 5. moby, $40 | 6. vintage eyelet, $60 | 7. boho tassel (up to 84″), $32 | 8. chambray, $187 | 9. cream waffle, $26 | 10. grey flax linen, $29 | 11. navy windowpane, $73 | 12. vintage ruffle, $60 | 13. ticking stripe, $130 | 14. poppy tassels, starts at $47 | 15. ombre stripe, $50 | 16. highline stripe, $55 | 17. natural linen, starts at $126
PS: You can also see the extra long curtain in our Chicago master bath right here, and just for fun, that time we vlogged Jack and CC getting a bath.
What a smart idea. I have always wondered about grommets, thanks now I won’t be intimidated to try them in the future.
I LOVE this idea and have also been on the never ending hunt for an extra long bath curtain. This solution seems so simple – I already know what curtain I want to use. Are you using a plastic liner on the inside of this this set up and then just washing the cotton curtain as usual to keep everything clean?
I linked the liner I’m using in the post, and yes, both the curtain and liner can be tossed in the washing machine as needed!
I think you just sold me on getting a long shower curtain lol. I’m guessing with the extra weight of the fabric, it would probably be wise to have a single rod!
It’s not too much heavier than a nice thick shower curtain, but we love the single rod since tension rods can come crashing down!
This shower curtain is one of my favorite details in all of your rooms! It’s a great tutorial, too. I had a shower curtain once (from Land’s End, I think?) that had buttonholes sewn for the shower rings, and it was SO sturdy – but that is a whole lot more sewing, lol!
Or just install grommets and have a curtain that opens in the middle. It’s easy to cut a plastic in half to go with two.
I think the concern with that would be water splashing out of the shower!
Love this! I wanted a long curtain for our bathroom so I ended up buying 2 of the same and seeming them horizontally. The pattern has horizontal stripes so you don’t even notice since I lined up the stripes to continue the pattern across the curtain. I am pretty good at sewing (especially just straight lines) so I think next time I want a change I will try your idea with the curtain panels! Looks amazing!
I actually bought a Society 6 tapestry and sewed button holes to make it into a shower curtain! But yes, I looked everywhere first.
That’s a great idea! Man, I wish I could sew.????
What a great idea! Gives me a reason to try the buttonhole function on my machine. The tapestries are on sale today, too!
Thanks for the tips! I would have no problem sewing the panels but would probably pay someone to do the grommets!
Glad to help. The grommets were actually the easiest part of the project!
I’m a bit slow to catch on, so you had them sewed together side to side to have more width OR on on top on the other so you’d have more length? If it’s the former, is 50 inch too narrow for the average shower? Sorry if I missed anything!
There were two panels, each 50″ wide, and we had them sewed side-by-side and asked for a finished width of 80″.
Is 50 inches too narrow for most showers, in your opinion?
NVM! Finally clicked
Does this liner “blow in” on you when you’re taking a shower?
Lovely! I’ve made shower curtains but never thought of purchasing ready-made window drapery panels. You’ve motivated me to look for some panels for our guest bath in our Arizona winter home. Drapery panels are often less expensive than designer fabric/yard.Sewing is so simple, really (especially straight lines)! You just need a simple machine (old metal machines that can be repaired like a Singer 15-91 or an old Kenmore) that are cheap, sturdy, easily threaded, and simple to use + a few Youtube videos or a coach. And the grommets – fantastic! I have found, for the size grommets that you used, a regulation-sized paper punch works well for punching through the fabric before pushing through the male side of the grommet.
Ooh that’s an awesome tip!
Hi! Love this idea! Quick question – when doing the grommets, did you have your seamstress cut the shower hook holes first or is that all part of the grommet kit (created the holes yourself)?
That’s part of the grommet kit!
[…] Taking shower curtains all the way from the ceiling to the floor is a great way to make your bathroom seem bigger. It doesn’t matter which pattern or print you use for your shower curtain, using an extra long shower curtain adds drama and impact to your bathroom design. If you’re getting a single-color shower curtain, try to stick with light shades to keep things from looking cramped. Mount curtain rods close to the floor and choose shower curtains long enough to puddle on the floor for a sophisticated look. (via Yellow Brick Home) […]
Love this idea and ready to execute, but can’t seem to find a rust proof grommet kit in silver. Any suggestions?
Try to find stainless steel!
Great idea! I am still a bit lost on the liner. The liner is also sewn together to make extra long or you bought the 108″ long liner?
We bought an extra long liner – those are easy to find.