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Disappearing Shower Curtain for small bathrooms

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For years, I wanted an ensuite off our master bedroom. Then I won a free bathroom from Mico Wakefield in a competition! But the space I had was very small and had to be multi-purpose (read the story in the Homestyle magazine at http://www.homestyle.co.nz/renovations/ensuite-chimney).

The last thing I wanted was a shower curtain rail at head height in the tiny space. There are commercial solutions out there which are similar to this, but I could not afford them. So I had to invent a low-cost way of keeping the shower curtain and rail out of the way when the shower was not being used.
 
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Step 1: The curtain track

I got a local firm to make a curtain track in a 3-sided square shape with rounded corners. This was attached to the ceiling of the small space (about 2.4m high). It is quite unobtrusive.

My two shower curtains are required to cover only two sides of the square, as the ensuite walls in the shower corner are the other two sides. The third side of the track is used to let the curtain return into the corner when not in use. (In the picture, you can see the curtain suspension cords in the corner descending from the curtain track on the ceiling.)

There are enough gliders on the track for one per hole of the two curtains (allowing for a two hole curtain overlap), with "assistant" gliders between each of these, and a few gliders for the side which does not have a curtain suspended from it.

The picture shows the ceiling with the shower head pushed out of the way against the wall.
mduncan85 months ago

where can I get that type of curtain tracks???

IKEA's KVARTAL system would probably work fine for this (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/depar... , ceiling fixtures, single track rail, corner piece single track). The screws or fasteners used to attach it to the ceiling should probably be aluminum as well to avoid corrosion.

rosannemck (author)  mduncan85 months ago
The metal track on the ceiling was made for me by a local curtain company. It is a standard metal profile with standard runners.
linlind2511 months ago
I really like your little bathroom. mine is about this size but long not wide. its a pain not having any room to move around. I Wish I could redo it :-(
rosannemck (author)  linlind2511 months ago
Thank you for your comment. I never feel a lack of room in our ensuite, even now after all the years of use!
thats the cutest bathroom ive ever seen. youre telling me your shower, is almost as big as your bathroom? thats awesome! a bathroom that small? all that cleaning, saved!
4eva1 year ago
This is super cool. I love the idea of compact living spaces and maximising utility with minimal resources. What a cute little bathroom!
rosannemck (author)  4eva1 year ago
Thank you!
IDThoris1 year ago
Be prepared to replace your ball chain in time, as it won't take the moisture and heat and will stretch. But that's down the road, and right now, you've got a great shower addition!
rosannemck (author)  IDThoris1 year ago
I'm not panicking yet, as there is no sign of moisture or heat damage, nor any stretching. And that is after three+ years!
Fretka1 year ago
this is a wonderful 'Ible !! my favorite part of your story is the Doctor Who TARDIS reference !!! Brillant !!
So, it doesn't really disappear, does it?
Oh darn! Where was this ible in January when I really needed it? I was turning a small closet into a half bath and would have loved to have added a shower! Sadly this ible is too late for my needs though if I ever remodel the room I might consider it. I really like how compact this is. I don't know if it would be up to US codes or not, but it is a fantastic idea. I just wish you'd published this sooner so that I could have shown it to my contractor and had him build a shower.
chabias1 year ago
This was a fireplace? Too cool! Love what you did with it!!
rosannemck (author)  chabias1 year ago
Thank you! It was never a fireplace in our time; it had been removed many years before, and just the chimney was left, inside the wall.
Absolutely amazing, the bathroom as well as the curtain track! What a dream come true for you. I bet having the ensuite instead of the unused fireplaces cuts down on drafts too. Such a fantastic and well executed idea, an inspiration to all!
rosannemck (author)  gecko_girl31 year ago
Thank you!!
criggie1 year ago
Where's the shower drain? Is it the long metal line just inside the door?

How do you deal with condensation?
rosannemck (author)  criggie1 year ago
Yes, the shower drain is the long channel covered with a metal grill. Oddly, if I were doing this again, I wouldn't use this again. It takes too long to clean. Works well, though.

Condensation is not a problem. as we have a good fan to outside as part of the Tastic unit (3 in 1 light/heat lamp/fan). It continues to run on for 5 minutes after the light goes off. Also the heated towel rail and mirror provide background heat to help dry the room.
hiheenah1 year ago
Nice! I have a small shower that I am having trouble finding a custom door for under $1300. I'm totally doing this. Thx!
rosannemck (author)  hiheenah1 year ago
Just FYI, we put Raven Automatic Door Bottom Seals on the base of the doors. These stop any water escaping and pooling under the doors. http://www.raven.com.au/domino/raven/RPCEN.nsf/$defaultview/679629D6786CCB82E9256B6D002AC8A2
Exocetid1 year ago
LOL--"I really can't understand why anyone would want a huge bathroom - imagine the cleaning!"

They who can give up essential luxury to obtain a little temporary cleanliness, deserve neither luxury nor cleanliness.

(Sorry, could not help myself--house with three huge bathrooms...)
Mirah Hara1 year ago
I don't know why, but I love this tiny bathroom.
Awesome way to take advantage of every inch
rb19801 year ago
This is the same type of setup used in RV/motorhomes where space is also at a premium. Nice job!
bethmwl1 year ago
i love the design of your bathroom, especially the long drain line, so awesome
This is really adorable as well as serving a purpose in your compact bathroom. Love discovering neat stuff like this
rosannemck (author)  gabster20081 year ago
Thanks!!
Rich991 year ago
very, very nice.
rosannemck (author)  Rich991 year ago
Thanks!
Love the compact design of this bathroom. Good way to add a shower curtain!!!
rosannemck (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
Thank you!! I love it too!