My Hunt for The Perfect Extra Long Shower Curtain
Our new house has 3.5 bathrooms. Three and a half!!! What was I thinking?! That’s a hell of a lot of bathrooms to clean for just two people. Yeesh. Two of those bathrooms have tubs, so I knew that I would immediately need to buy stylish shower curtains for those spaces.
Why Use An Extra Long Shower Curtain?
It’s been a while since I’ve bought a shower curtain, but once I was back searching for one, I remembered how hard it is to find a stylish extra long shower curtain. Standard shower curtains are 72 inches wide by 72 inches long. For most bathrooms, that is way too short. We actually did a rookie mistake all about this problem, because if you have eight to ten foot ceilings, then you’re going to have flooded curtains. Instead, opt for an extra long shower curtain, so you can hang the rod towards the ceiling to draw the eye up and have the curtain just kiss the floor.
In the past, I’ve always used this white waffle weave curtain because it’s one of the only extra long shower curtains that is easily available on the internet. In fact, I used it in my mom’s guest bathroom and our guest bathroom (before we DIY’ed the space and added a glass shower door).
Searching for a Stylish Extra Long Shower Curtain
While I loved my white waffle weave, I wanted something different for the two bathrooms in the new house. A stark white shower curtain seemed to be too intense for my home where I’m incorporating soft whites and creams. Instead, I wanted to channel boho vibes and was on the hunt for something creamy and maybe even with a subtle ticking pattern or fringe.
I took some measurements and found that I needed a shower curtain that was at least 90 inches long, but preferably even longer. After a short internet search, I realized that there aren’t many shower curtains out there beyond the standard 72×72 size. There are some “long” options available at 84 inches, but that was still too short for my space. I did find some extra long shower curtains at 96 inches and knew that we would need to go with that length for our home.
Other Curtain Options
When I usually run into a conundrum, I look for your help on Instagram Stories. You guys all commiserated with me about the struggle to find an extra long shower curtain. Seriously, I think I need to open a store that just sells extra long shower curtains because clearly there is a need out there!
But you guys did have some other great ideas for me if I didn’t find one that I loved in the correct length. I could buy normal curtains (ya know, like window treatment ones!) and use those as a shower curtain. The panels could be sewn together in the middle and hemmed to the correct height. I loved this idea because there are so many more good options for regular curtains than there are for shower curtains.
I also decided to head to Joann Fabric to see if I could potentially DIY my own curtain. Mind you, I don’t own a sewing machine or know how to sew…at all. I found a fabric that I liked on sale and chatted with the seamstress on staff about my project. They actually do projects like that in-store, but for the cost of the fabric and the labor it was going to be around $200. Yikes.
The final suggestion was to check out Etsy and I did find that they had some good extra long options (like this). Because I needed my curtain quickly (and many of the Etsy ones were still pretty pricey!), I ended up foregoing this route. But if you have time, you could get a custom shower curtain that’s perfect for your bathroom.
My Favorite Extra Long Shower Curtains
I think I spent at least eight hours searching the internet for all of the extra long shower curtains out there. After my extensive search, I came across these as my favorites…
The Curtains I Chose
I’ll be sharing the full reveal of this first-floor bathroom on the blog soon, but here is your sneak peek of the partially finished space! I love the creamy color of the shower curtain and it’s only $25! It also is pretty sheer, allowing the natural light from the window in the shower to stream through.
I ended up buying this in the 96″ length and having it hemmed at my local cleaners for an additional $12. They took off about eight inches. I originally tried a curtain with a busier pattern in here and it clashed too much with the fun floor tile. Now the floor tile can shine and the linen looking curtain is a nice backdrop.
On the second floor, I went a little bolder with this striped curtain. I had to have it hemmed about three inches so we could take it close to the ceiling while still kissing the floor. We have a light in the shower, or else I might bring it down an inch or so to let the light from the window stream through. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re planning how much to hem off the bottom!
Shower curtains need a few additional accessories in order to function. I ended up buying this extra long shower curtain liner that works like a charm. One thing to note, you will have to cut the sides, as it’s a tiny bit too wide for a standard 72-inch wide curtain. Not sure why they make it that way, but it was easy to cut a straight line off with some sharp scissors.
I then ended up using this black shower curtain rod (comes in a set of two, so I was set for both bathrooms!) and these black rings. They’re all super simple and inexpensive and get the job done well.
Overall, I’m pleased with the ones I chose for my home. Although, I do still think I need to open up an extra long shower curtain store! Why are there so few options? It seems crazy to me. If you have any other great ones I missed, please share in the comments below so we can all help one another shop.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.