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How to Hang Two Shower Curtains on One Rod: 4 Easy Ways

So, you have two shower curtains. But there’s only one curtain rod. How can you hang two shower curtains on one rod? Is that even practical?

Whether you are in the process of shopping for a couple of bathroom accessories and wondering how many rods to buy or you already have two curtains and a single rod, it may not be clear what the answer to this question is.

We’ll give you all the answers. But first, do you need to use two shower curtains?

shower curtain on a rod

Do You Need to Use Double Shower Curtains?

Ideally, using double shower curtains is useful. However, it is not really two shower curtains, but a shower curtain and a shower liner. The shower curtain is what provides privacy and decoration in your shower area. Meanwhile, a shower liner keeps water from splashing out while you shower.

If you want privacy and to guarantee that your bathroom floor doesn’t flood, you need both a shower curtain and a liner.

What Shower Curtains Can Go Without a Liner

There are many types of shower curtains — fabric and plastic are just two examples. Plastic shower curtains, especially those made from vinyl, or some polyesters, are already water-resistant, so you don’t have to use a liner with them.

On the other hand, if you have fabric shower curtains, a liner may be necessary since fabric retains a lot of water.

Can You Hang Two Shower Curtains on One Rod?

Yes, you can hang double shower curtains on a single rod. All you need is some creativity and several simple items you most likely already have at home. These items include industrial hooks, a cord, or typical curtain rings.

Whichever method you choose, your dual shower curtains will still look pretty nice afterward.

How to Hang Double Shower Curtains on One Rod

Whether you forgot to buy an extra curtain rod, or you simply don’t find the additional expense necessary, you can hang two shower curtains with just a single rod.

Check out your options below.

Bungee Cord Method

Bungee cords are one of the easiest ways to upgrade existing curtains, including your shower curtains. But besides the aesthetic upgrade they provide, bungee cords are also used for hanging extra curtains to the one you already have in the shower.

What to Use:

  • Bungee cord
  • Curtain rod hooks

What to Do: 

  1. Measure and cut the bungee cord to the desired length. It should be the same length as your existing shower curtain rod plus an extra four or five inches on both ends. You need this extra length for tying the cord to the curtain rod later on.

  1. Tie one end of the bungee cord to the curtain rod hook. You have the option to tie it on the hook in front or at the back of the rod, whichever you prefer.

  1. Put your second shower curtain through the bungee cord. After stringing up a layer of shower curtain on the cord, tie the other end of the bungee to the other hook, doing the same thing you did in the 2nd step.

  1. Fluff the curtain, and you’re done. Fluff your curtain, so the bungee cord doesn’t stick out too much unless that’s the look you’re going for. Now, you have double shower curtains attached to a single rod!

You can keep your bungee cord fully tight or give it a unique dropping effect by decreasing the tightness of the cord. But if you do so, make sure you add a good amount of length before cutting the cord to get the dropping effect that you desire.

Hook Method

Coat hooks are not only for your coats. They are also useful for hanging an extra layer of shower curtain or liner, so you don’t have to use another curtain rod. But make sure you have a sturdy enough hook if you’re hanging a heavy shower curtain.

What to Use:

  • Double hooks or coat hooks

What to Do: 

  1. Count how many hooks you’re going to need. You’ll need one hook for every loop of your shower curtain.

  1. Hang the hooks. Make sure to measure distance between each loop, then hang the hooks on the rod so they are evenly spaced.

  1. Hang your second shower curtain. Place each loop of your shower curtain on each hook, then stand back and marvel at the new look you created for your shower.

You might want to secure the shower curtain onto the hook to keep it from slipping off each time you bump into it. You can use any type of clip to fasten the curtain in place.

Curtain Ring Method

Curtain rings are another simple way to hang double shower curtains on one rod. Unfortunately, this method only works if your shower curtain has loops or holes where the rings go. The other option is to get a curtain ring with a clip on one end and clip on the shower curtain if it doesn’t have loops or holes in it.

What to Use:

  • Curtain rings (at least ½ larger in diameter than your existing curtain rod)

What to Do: 

  1. Figure out how many curtain rings you’ll need. Plan if you want your shower curtain tight across the curtain rod or if you want to have a nice drooping effect. Design how it will look when hanging and count how many rings you’ll need and where to place them to achieve the desired effect.

  1. Line and hang your rings on the curtain rod. Space out the rings evenly, keeping track of the rings and ensuring the curtain looks the way you want it to.

  1. Hang your shower curtain. Place the ring on each loop, starting from one end to the opposite end. Once you’re done, you can admire how simple it was to hang two shower curtains on one rod.

DIY Grommet Top Shower Curtains Method

It will be easier to hang two curtains side by side on one rod if they have grommets. Unfortunately, this isn’t often the case for shower curtains, but if you’re up for a little DIY project, you can make a grommet-top shower curtain.

What to Use:

  • Grommet rings
  • Grommet tape

What to Do: 

  1. Set the two shower curtains side by side. Secure them with clips so it will be easier to put the grommets in later.

  1. Apply the grommet tape between the top ends of the shower curtains. Pin the tape in place. Sew the grommet tape as necessary, following the instructions that come with it.

  1. Cut the grommet holes, then attach the rings. Cut out the fabric circles as indicated on the grommet tape. After that, you can attach the grommet rings.

  1. Hang the double grommet top shower curtain. Now you have a two-panel shower curtain that you can hang on a single rod.

Mandy Phillips

As a frequent contributor to top US magazines and publications in the home improvement niche, Mandy has been known for sharing her expertise on how to clean, organize, and decorate bathrooms.

Additionally, Mandy has immense experience offering lifestyle tips and tricks to her readers.

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