How to Use Fabric Shower Curtains With Liners

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How to Use Fabric Shower Curtains With Liners
Install a fabric shower curtain outside and in front of the shower curtain liner. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

At a minimum, your shower must have a shower liner that acts as a barrier to keep water inside the tub or shower stall. Decorative fabric shower curtains traditionally open in the centre, with a fabric panel positioned on each side of the tub or stall. Fabric curtains are installed outside of the normal shower liner and often feature tiebacks on each side to hold the curtain open. Fabric shower curtains are decorative accents; as they are not waterproof, they shouldn't be used alone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 expandable shower curtain rods
  • Shower liner
  • 2 sets shower hooks or rings
  • Fabric shower curtain
  • 2 tie backs
  • 2 cup hooks
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape

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    Using a Fabric Shower Curtain with a Liner

  1. 1

    Insert shower rings or hooks through the holes or grommets along the top edge of the shower liner. According to the Fabric Shower Curtain Liner website, shower curtain liners come in plastic or vinyl; vinyl is stronger and thicker than plastic, which is the cheaper alternative.

  2. 2

    Slip the hooks/rings over an expandable shower curtain rod.

  3. 3

    Straddle the tub or stall so you are standing beneath the area where you wish to install the shower curtain liner. Hold the rod with the liner attached above your head between the two walls or sides of the shower/tub or shower stall. Twist or pull, depending on your rod design, until the rubber ends of the rod touch the walls or sides of the tub or stall.

  4. 4

    Move the rod into position so the liner is at least 4 inches below the tub's top edge or is about 4 inches above the floor. Twist the rod until it refuses to move.

  5. 5

    Insert shower rings or hooks into the holes or grommets along the top edge of the fabric shower curtain. Some fabric curtains have sewn on valances for accent.

  6. 6

    Slide the hooks/rings over the remaining expandable shower curtain rod.

  7. 7

    Hold the rod and curtain above your head. Position the rod about 3 inches in front of the shower liner rod and at least 2 inches above the shower liner rod. The fabric shower curtain should conceal the rod of the shower liner. Twist or pull the rod until the rubber ends grip the wall or sides of the shower/tub or stall. Position the curtain where you want it by raising or lowering the rod slowly between the walls or sides. Twist the rod until it is firmly wedged between the sides or walls.

    Installing Tie Backs

  1. 1

    Wrap a tie back around the centre of the left fabric shower curtain panel. You'll see grommets, rings, hooks or holes attached to the ends of the tiebacks. Align the hooks or holes and pull the tieback up and to the wall to determine where the cup hooks should be screwed. Draw a mark with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Screw a cup hook into the wall over the pencil mark.

  3. 3

    Measure from the floor to the cup hook. Note the measurement. Measure from the floor to this measurement on the wall beside the right fabric shower curtain panel. Draw a mark on the wall. Screw in the cup hook.

  4. 4

    Install the tiebacks around the fabric shower curtain on the cup hooks.

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