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Published on October 17th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hack a Ceiling Track for Shower Curtain


Materials: One pack (24 pieces) IKEA Dignitet hook & clamp, 12 pieces IKEA stainless steel cabinet escutcheon 15cm x 2.5cm, aluminum i-beam ceiling track (2 meter length), 12 roller hooks for i-beam track, 3 screw-mounts to attach i-beam track to ceiling, shower curtain and clear-plastic curtain rings

Description: The old shower curtain rod (see the BEFORE photo) in my little 2m x 2m bathroom ran across the middle of the room and made it FEEL even smaller! It was too tempting to hang towels on the rod adding to the visual clutter. Plus, being over 2m tall, I always had to duck down getting in and out which was a pain.

The solution was to buy a two meter length of aluminum I-beam curtain track and mount that to the ceiling. It’s very flexible so I curved the ends in toward the shower stall to help keep water from leaking around the sides of the curtain.




To bring the shower curtain down so that its bottom edge was inside the tub, I needed some extended hangers. Lots of ways to do that. I used 12 IKEA Dignitet curtain hangers — they have a hook on one end and a strong spring clamp on the other end — to attach the 15cm IKEA stainless steel escutcheons to the original clear-plastic curtain rings. The IKEA escutcheons were actually designed for IKEA kitchen cabinets and drawers. They were the perfect length for my project and they already had holes drilled at each end where I was able to attach the hooks. And being stainless steel they won’t rust!

It’s amazing how this small change makes the tiny room feel open and bigger.

~ G.W.Martin, Oakland, California

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to Hack a Ceiling Track for Shower Curtain

  1. Wojtek says:

    Excellent. Being tall myself, I was looking for solution with a transparent curtain and here I’ve found an excellent idea. Well done, Sir!

  2. Sharon says:

    Hello..I have a freestanding tub with an overhead rain 8″ shower head.. I need an attractive ceiling mount in polished nickel finish to accommodate 15 ft of shower curtain and liner in a continuous oval shape. Need to stack at one end. My bathroom designer did not provide the right oval shower ring bc the shower curtain rings cannot pass by the intersection of the poles that support the oval ring. Long shower curtains impossible to find need white with simple texture. I’m so frustrated.. Thank you.

  3. Lisa Harmey says:

    Me too, need to do this but cannot find “I-Beam curtain track” where did you get it?!

  4. Sue says:

    Where can I buy the rail & hangers you are showing here at Ikeahackers? I love it!

  5. Grant says:

    What’s the item number for the ceiling track? Also, how much did this hack cost? Thanks!

  6. Nina says:

    Great! I also think changing the colour of the tiles could make a difference. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve read that there are paint that are suitable for ceramic tiles. White or light grey/purple would work well to open up a bit, IMHO. :)

  7. Lauren says:

    this is a great site. Some people are so clever. Great ideas to upgrade Ikea’s furniture and accessories.
    Keep up the great work, all you “hackers”

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