Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Kvartal Shower Curtain for Dormered Bathroom

Materials: 2 Ikea Kvartal Corner fixtures, 2 Kvartal Wall hardware, 1 Kvartal rod, 1 DEKA Curtain wire, Saltgrund Shower curtain, Riktig hooks and gliders

Description: I used the great Ikea Kvartal 3 track system to solve the difficult problem of putting a shower enclosure in a dormered bathroom.

First I installed a waterproof granite wall and shower panel on the side of the tub. Then I used 2 Kvartal corner fixtures joined by a 3 inch section of Kvartal rod and a 12 inch section at one end. The hardware mount on one side was just turned to the end to mount on granite.

The other side needed more modification: the angle of the bracket was sawn off and the straight piece was drilled into a block which in turn was screwed into the roof truss. The hole was then patched, re-drywalled and painted. The midpoint used Deka curtain wire hardware and a short piece of the cable to stabilize the whole rail. The result is a super-strong curtain system that glides around and creates a pretty roomy shower in the tub.

One important thing I learned from joining so many pieces of Kvartal rod together is that the glider hooks will bind annoyingly if you don’t use a fine metal file to flare out the tracks where they mate to each other.

~ Greg Schilhab, Canada

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13 Responses to Kvartal Shower Curtain for Dormered Bathroom

  1. Peppery Peppersin says:

    I think your problem is the slanted ceiling, not your dormer. In fact if you had a proper dormer with a flat, level ceiling you wouldn’t have a slanted ceiling and thus wouldn’t have had the shower curtain problem in the first place. No need to thank me…using the proper terminology next time will be thanks enough.

  2. Melissa cairns says:

    Hi! How did you connect the track to the cable to suspend it from the ceiling? I’d really appreciate some tips!

  3. Marylebone Lane says:

    Great piece of work.

    How did you attach the Dignitet wire to the track?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I’m wanting to create a curved rod (like a C shape) over my bed to hang curtain panels for a “canopy.” I am thinking your idea will work perfectly and am just wondering what your total width and depth is once you’ve assembled your pieces? (If I can attach the ends to my wall, how far will it project? I read that the corner pieces are 8 3/4 inches in length, but that is the only measurement given so I wasn’t sure how that applies to a corner?) Thanks for your help, great idea!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Have you had any issue with the curtain wire rusting since its exposed to the steam/wetness of the bath?

  6. tesla361 says:

    Ingenious, very creative. I don’t need it however.

  7. Greg says:

    Some answers: The tracks, when joined, are never a perfect fit, so the curtain hooks will bind on any sharp edges where you’ve made a custom cut. After you cut the track, round any sharp edges and flare out the track a bit with a file where it joins the corners, (and obviously do the same to the curved parts. As for the three track system, I just thought it presented a more rigid structure and also I just liked the wider curve. The single track has a much tighter radius, but I bet it can be done as well.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Greg,
    same question as above – why did you go with the 3 track system as opposed to the 1 track? Could you also post a photo of the mount on the granite side? Thanks.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Greg…I have been driven crazy by this issue you described:

    “the glider hooks will bind annoyingly if you don’t use a fine metal file to flare out the tracks where they mate to each other.”

    What do you mean by “flare out the tracks”? I have been using a file but to flatten the connections before attaching them but still am having major sticking problems at the connection points. Any guidance with how you filed them would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi, this looks really great. I’m thinking about having a similar solution in my bathroom.
    Is there a special reason why you used the 3 track system and not the one with 1 track ? As there is just one shower curtain, this seems to be sufficient as well.

  11. Greg says:

    The shower panel is from a Canadian company called Rona ($325) and it was chosen because it was one of the few panels not to have those silly water jets going down the length of it which probably wouldn’t have played nice with the curtain. The panel was installed using Pex flexible plumbing and Sharkbite connectors which could be snaked through the wall and under the tub thus saving me the horror of demolishing a plaster and lathing wall.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea! Great work

  13. Hi Greg, I love the whole look of it! Please tell me where your shower head is from? It would be perfect for my new bathroom that we are in the middle of

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