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Help!..Covering shower doors with curtain

Started 1310698624.23 in For the Home Talk | Last reply 1311001550.197 by cinebee

I would really appreciate some ideas from some of you creative decorators! I have a bathtub that has shower doors on it. I'd like to replace it, but it is big bucks to transform it into a tiled walk in shower, so for the time being, I want to cover the shower doors with a swag type of curtain hung from an expandable rod. The problem is, I bought a shower curtain, but it is so thick that it is almost impossible to swag, and doesn't cover much. What do you think about using a long curtain(s) or drape(s) made out of a silkier, more flexible fabric to do the job? Has anyone done anything like this with success?

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CasinoMom1310700884.1923 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007Indiana wish I were back in Kentucky

I found a light weight one from Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are so many shower curtains you have to look really hard. I have the walkin shower, no tub and I just slide it to one side or close it. I tried to swag it but I didn't care for it that way. Try looking, you'll find something.Smile and hopefully you'll have a 20% coupon.

Flicka1310703569.27717 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I've used curtains and even a light-weight quilt or pretty tablecloth to camouflage shower doors. Since the expandable shower curtain rod is so thick, I just used O-ring clips to hang the curtains. You can find the ring clips at Wal-Mart, or Bed, Bath and Beyond in different finishes and sizes. I didn't need a plastic shower curtain because the shower doors kept the water from getting the curtains wet. You can use whatever you want and hang it however you want - there are no rules, except that you like it!

only shops­ online1310705068.2335483 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006

One of our bathrooms has a tub, and I don't use the shower in the tub. I wanted to camouflage the tub as I didn't like the color. We updated the bathroom, but hadn't yet replaced/recovered the tub.

I used a tension shower curtain rod and bought a set of full length, tab-top draperies. My bathroom has a french country sort of decor, and I was lucky enough to find the draperies in a washable damask fabric.

Being that they were 84 inches long, I was able to position the rod high, and the drapes came right to the floor. They totally hid the tub area. You could do the same thing with your shower. Just position the draperies right in front of the doors.

Jareda1310746530.94720 PostsRegistered 9/12/2010NW Ohio

You ladies are great! I'm starting to feel like I can pull this off! Flicka, you have some great ideas. I have purchased the O-ring clips (in bronze, because the bathroom now has bronze fixtures). I really like them - very easy to clip and unclip. Only Shops Online, you sound like you have a very similar situation to mine. I would love to put the tension rod (also in bronze) up high instead of right above the chrome shower door area. I love the idea of long drapes going down to the floor. Did you try to swag yours or do they just hang? If they just hang, are they totally closed, or do you have them open somewhat? (I hope that questions makes sense!) {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

depglass1310750216.64323381 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

An unusued bathtub makes a great storage place. Just keep an attractive shower curtain pulled and no one will know unless they get nosy.

only shops­ online1310963281.685483 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006
On 7/15/2011 Jareda said:

You ladies are great! I'm starting to feel like I can pull this off! Flicka, you have some great ideas. I have purchased the O-ring clips (in bronze, because the bathroom now has bronze fixtures). I really like them - very easy to clip and unclip. Only Shops Online, you sound like you have a very similar situation to mine. I would love to put the tension rod (also in bronze) up high instead of right above the chrome shower door area. I love the idea of long drapes going down to the floor. Did you try to swag yours or do they just hang? If they just hang, are they totally closed, or do you have them open somewhat? (I hope that questions makes sense!) {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

No, I didn't swag them. When I wanted to hide the tub, I pulled them totally closed. They were wide enough that they didn't pull out straight when they were closed. After bathing, I would pull one panel to each side and leave them open for the tub to dry out.

Another treatment I used was to put up two tension rods. One was high and I used that for valances. Then, on the lower rod, I was able to use two matching shower curtains to the floor. The valance hid the space between the rods, and it looked like one floor length treatment. For my tub, I used two matching valances and shower curtains so I would have a lot of fullness. For a shower stall, if it is not as wide as a tub, you might get away with using one valance and one shower curtain. With this kind of treatment, I could part the curtains and still have the valance go all the way across.

cinebee1310963964.1476420 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007
On 7/15/2011 depglass said:

An unusued bathtub makes a great storage place. Just keep an attractive shower curtain pulled and no one will know unless they get nosy.

LOL - I thought I was the only one who puts clothes in the bathtub when I run out of closet space..............

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
-Alfred A. Montapert

annabellet­hecat1310964580.29712942 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
I've used sheets for shower curtains too!

annabellet­hecat1310964645.5512942 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
I have clothes everywhere in every cubby hole.

only shops­ online1310968017.795483 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006
On 7/17/2011 cinebee said:
On 7/15/2011 depglass said:

An unusued bathtub makes a great storage place. Just keep an attractive shower curtain pulled and no one will know unless they get nosy.

LOL - I thought I was the only one who puts clothes in the bathtub when I run out of closet space..............

Pleeeeseeee...don't give me any ideas, LOL. I've already done the one thing I swore I would never do....buy under the bed storage chests. I just don't have enough room for bed linens and quilts for two beds, and needed more storage space.

Luckily, I'm a hot, soaking bath person. If I used my tub for storage, I'd have to take showers. {#emotions_dlg.thumbdown} {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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Desertdi1310974002.54715530 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

I used sheers..........bought at Big Lots for $5 a panel. Used another rod to put a valance in front of the sheers.

cinebee1311001550.1576420 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007
On 7/17/2011 only shops online said:
On 7/17/2011 cinebee said:
On 7/15/2011 depglass said:

An unusued bathtub makes a great storage place. Just keep an attractive shower curtain pulled and no one will know unless they get nosy.

LOL - I thought I was the only one who puts clothes in the bathtub when I run out of closet space..............

Pleeeeseeee...don't give me any ideas, LOL. I've already done the one thing I swore I would never do....buy under the bed storage chests. I just don't have enough room for bed linens and quilts for two beds, and needed more storage space.

Luckily, I'm a hot, soaking bath person. If I used my tub for storage, I'd have to take showers. {#emotions_dlg.thumbdown} {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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I only put stuff in the tub in the extra bathroom that nobody ever uses. It's covered with shower doors AND a curtain. It's my little secret - not even DH knows! I have a nice whirlpool tub in my bathroom but I never use it - I'm a shower person.

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
-Alfred A. Montapert

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