Curtain swags to decorate bath & shower enclosures

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    Curtain swags to decorate bath & shower enclosures

    Swags are a variety of curtain hanging styles where some portion of the curtain is pulled up or to the side to create a decorative draped curve. Shower and tub curtains are similar to window curtain designs, and many of the styles overlap; some curtains can be used for bath and shower enclosures so long as an inner waterproof liner is used between the fabric curtain and the water.

    The soft draping of swags can be seen at both windows and in bathrooms. (curtain image by Artyom Rudenko from

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    Scarf Swags

    Scarf swags are created by attaching a small loop above each side of the bathtub. A long, single piece of fabric is threaded through the two loops so that the fabric drapes in the centre and hangs down each side. When the fabric is thin and transparent, this swag treatment is called a swagged scarf. When the fabric is more substantial it becomes a large, single swag. A swag hung in this way is usually meant to hide the drapery rods at the top of the shower.

    A thin transparent fabric that can be draped in a delicate swag over shower curtains (Fabric collapsed in a tube image by Galaiko Sergey from

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    A more intricate double, triple or more complicated swag can be created by draping the swag fabric over a rod mounted in front of the functional rods. This rod is used to hold the fabric in a fixed position. The fabric is carefully draped to create an attractive flow of draped swags across the rod. Sometimes it is necessary to assist the swags in holding their shape by using hidden safety pins from the back side.

    Fabric that can be draped elegantly along a fixed rod to hide shower rods (pink fabric image by Melissa Schalke from

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    Single Swag

    Shower and bath curtains are also sold as swags. These are not the decorative swags that hide the drapery hardware. This type of swag is simply a shower curtain that is designed to be drawn to one side and restrained by a curtain tieback, restraint arm or post. This type of swag may include a fixed valance that is attached to the rod by a rod pocket and attached to the swagged curtain. Both provide a fixed frame for the opening.

    A single swag being restrained by a tassle tieback. (luxury curtain image by Andrejs Pidjass from

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    Double Swags

    The double swag-style shower and bath curtains are two fixed curtains swagged to each side. The curtains may be attached together at the rod or be separated and accompanied by a valance panel. Both curtains are purely decorative and used to create a sense on intimacy and privacy in the bathing area. These curtains require a full lining curtain to protect them from moisture.

    Double swags framing a bathing area (Curtain image by JSD from

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