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.
Step 1: The Curtain Track
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.
Step 2: String the Gliders Together
I hung a curtain rod on the last glider to help with opening the curtain because you do not want to pull the curtain itself. The rod is a standard curtain/blind rod about a meter long (it has bent a little bit over the last few years). This system has worked well, and shows no signs of any issues (apart from needing a bit of a clean).
Step 3: The Ball-chain Suspension Cords
Looks like there is a small bit of rust on my curtain hooks after several years use! You don't see it normally, and it hasn't been a problem.
I use two standard commercial shower curtains (ex-motel ones) which overlap by two holes. I got three pairs of them, so that they would all be the same length and hole-number when I changed them. Being second-hand, they were relatively cheap.
Step 4: Curtain Disappears Out of the Way
Step 5: To Conclude...
No, the toilet paper does not get wet, nor do any of the towels. Even my robe on the door is fine (the shower curtain does touch it, so we don't aim the shower straight at it.) A simple wipe around with a squeegee dries the floor after the last person (usually me).
Changing the shower curtains is relatively easy; it could be even easier with larger hooks, but I prefer the sparkly, fiddlier ones.
We have an automatic movement sensor for the light and fan unit, and have no problems with mold. This could be because we also installed a heated swivel towel rail and a heated mirror.
My tiny ensuite makes me feel like Doctor Who in the Tardis. There is even room for two inside at once!
Thank you for reading my first instructable!
For more information, read our story in the Homestyle Magazine at http://www.homestyle.co.nz/renovations/ensuite-chimney.
Plans drawn by Macdiarmid Architecture (http://macdiarmidarchitecture.wordpress.com).
My company is MCK Design & Print Ltd (http://www.mckdesign.co.nz).