How to Use a Shower Curtain for a Door or Window Treatment

Have you ever thought about how to use a cloth shower curtain for a door or window treatment?  That’s what I’m sharing with you today, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

How to use a shower curtain as a window treatment

We have glass doors in our basement, near my art/craft space.  Loads of great sunlight comes through the door. I love the sunlight, and it’s  one of the reasons I chose the space.  It makes me so happy.  But sometimes, it’s a little too much sunlight.

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I wanted to soften the light a bit and add some privacy, so I hung a “shower curtain curtain.”  Yes, a cloth shower curtain can make a great curtain for a door or window.  It was news to me!

how to use a shower curtain as a window treatment

Here’s how I did it.

I had a cloth shower curtain that I had used in our previous house. Ever since we moved a few years ago, the shower curtain had just been stored away. 

I already had an adjustable tension curtain rod that was the right size (in oil rubbed bronze) that fit inside the sliding glass door frame, and I bought some matching curtain rings with clips in the same color, to slide onto the rod and clip onto the curtain.  Mine was a one inch tension rod, so I bought the curtain rings a little bigger. I think the rings are about 1 1/2 inches. 

I slipped the rings onto the rod, placed the tension rod in the door frame and adjusted it tightly,  and then clipped on the curtain. The clips made it so easy.

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Voila, instant door curtain. 

This particular curtain is hard to iron, so I steamed it instead. I have this handheld fabric steamer.  I have to thank my daughter for singing the praises of handheld steamers, after she got one. I rarely iron, so I bought the steamer so that I could avoid ironing shirts when I forget to take them out of the dryer soon enough.  It really came in handy for this project, too (although, there was a lot of fabric to steam, so it took a while!)

There is a little gap between the rod and the top of that door, which I like. It lets in light, while I still have privacy.  I could add a little bit of coordinating fabric to the bottom of the curtain,  to make the curtain longer. Then, I could hang the curtain higher, and there would be no door glass showing at the top. But, I decided I like that light coming through over the top. 

If you would like to create your own curtain from a shower curtain, everything you need can be easily found at a discount store or online. Be sure to measure the width of your door or window, so that you purchase the right size tension rod. I think mine was only about $10.00, but they come in all price ranges. The clip rings are inexpensive, too.

Have you ever used a shower curtain as a curtain somewhere else in your house?  

Linking to:

Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG, Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode, Creative Muster at, Fluster Buster, Lou Lou Girls, A Stroll Thru Life, Creatively Beth, Try It, Like It, Artsy Fartsy Mama, French Ethereal, Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy, Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging, Beautifully Made at Across the Boulevard, All About Home, Imparting Grace, Creatively Crafty at Try It, Like It, Esme Salon, Shabby Art Boutique

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  1. The curtain looks great! There are some real nice quality ones that make for great curtains – like this one! I've been looking at some to recover my outdoor swing with.


    1. Thanks, Alexandra! It really worked out well in the space. I love your idea to use one for outdoor furniture. I didn't even think of that!

  2. I'm seen people use cloth shower curtains in place of closet doors, which has been different and yet adds color to the room. I would like to replace the vertical blinds in two bedrooms and could very well use this idea. Thanks so much!!

  3. I think it looks great! I love the idea and that you were able to reuse/repurpose things you already had on hand. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  4. Great idea, may have to make use of it when we move as we will be downsizing dramatically so not sure what we will get. Just in the planning stages @esmesalon #SeniorSalonPitStop

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