My friend once mentioned that her favorite designs include unexpected details. The bathroom is often a fairly predictable space, design-wise. But one way to increase the drama, sophistication, and height of a bathroom is to mount the shower curtain from the ceiling. Bringing décor strategies from other rooms into the bathroom is both unexpected and delightful, and a ceiling-mounted shower curtain is no exception.
– Triple track rail(s). Note: Number needed will vary based upon your tub surround / shower size; however, for the – standard-sized tub shown in this tutorial, two (2) Kvartal triple track rails were needed.
– Ceiling mount brackets. Note: Number needed may vary based upon the placement of your ceiling studs. This tutorial – uses four (4) brackets – two on the ends and two in the middle.
– Two (2) boxes of curtain glides.
– Screws for mounting mount brackets.
– Drywall anchors (optional).
Begin by finding the studs in your ceiling. If you have a popcorn or textured ceiling (I feel your pain), this can be tricky because a stud finder requires a flat surface to read accurately. Tip: Place a flat piece of thin cardboard, such as a cereal box, against the ceiling, and run your stud finder over that.
Wherever you don’t have a ceiling stud in the position you want to mount your track, you’ll need to install drywall anchors. To do this, drill a hole just large enough to fit the drywall anchor snugly – no bigger. Tip: If you’re drilling your end holes this way, be sure to allow for at least a 1-1/8” (Ikea recommends 1-3/8”) spacing coming in from EACH wall.
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