Anyone who has ever taken a shower with a lightweight curtain has likely experienced the ‘shower curtain effect’ – that annoying phenomenon where the curtain blows inward, sticking to your leg and interrupting your peaceful shower. It’s a minor but common annoyance that can turn a relaxing routine into a constant battle with a piece of plastic.
Many people know that magnets help with this problem, but what if you need to install them yourself? I’ve outlined three practical methods of installing magnets into your shower curtain liner. Hopefully, this will turn your daily shower from a skirmish with a curtain into the serene experience it should be. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or simply looking for a quick fix, we’ve got you covered.
Sewing Magnets into the Liner
If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you can sew the magnets into the liner. First, you’ll need the following materials:
- Small magnets
- Waterproof fabric (optional)
- Needle and thread.
Here are the steps:
- Determine where you want to place the magnets. Usually, the bottom corners and along the sides are the best spots.
- If your magnets are not already waterproof, you might want to wrap them in a waterproof fabric to prevent rusting.
- Place the magnet on the inside of the shower curtain liner where you want it to stick.
- Using a needle and thread, sew around the edges of the magnet to secure it in place. Make sure to sew it tightly so the magnet doesn’t move around.
- Repeat this process for all the magnets.
This is one of the most common fixes when installing “aftermarket” magnets into a shower curtain liner. That said, you’ll want to make sure you have the right supplies before getting started.
Using Magnet Strips
Instead of individual magnets, you could use flexible magnetic strips. These can be cut to the desired length and attached to the inside of the shower curtain liner. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Magnetic strips
- Waterproof adhesive or waterproof tape.
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow:
- Figure out where you want to put the strips themselves.
- Cut the magnetic strips to the desired length.
- Apply a small amount of waterproof adhesive to one side of the magnetic strip.
- Press the magnetic strip onto the inside of the shower curtain liner where you want it to stick. Make sure it’s in the right spot before you let it dry.
- Allow the adhesive to dry completely before you hang the shower curtain liner back up. This could take a few hours or more, depending on the type of adhesive you used.
- Hang the shower curtain back up and give it a test run!
Remember, always be careful when handling sharp objects like scissors or needles.
Creating Pockets for the Magnets
- Shower curtain liner
- Small magnets
- Waterproof fabric
- Needle and thread or a sewing machine
- Identify the spots: Determine where you want to place the magnets. Usually, it’s best to place them at the bottom corners and along the sides of the curtain liner.
- Cut the fabric: Cut pieces of the waterproof fabric large enough to create a pocket for your magnets. The size of the fabric pieces will depend on the size of your magnets, but you’ll want to leave enough room to sew around the edges.
- Sew the pockets: Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, sew three sides of the fabric piece onto the shower curtain liner, creating a pocket. Make sure to sew it tightly so the pocket doesn’t open up.
- Insert the magnets: Place the magnet inside the pocket you’ve just created.
- Close the pocket: Sew the open side of the pocket closed, securing the magnet inside.
- Repeat: Repeat this process for all the magnets.
This method is a bit more time-consuming, but it has the advantage of allowing you to easily replace the magnets if they start to rust or lose their magnetism. Just cut open the pocket, replace the magnet, and sew it back up.
Colby Armstrong, born and raised in Vermont, is an inventive designer who developed a fascination for interior design and color coordination from a young age, influenced by his home decorator parents. An ardent hiker and nature enthusiast, Armstrong draws inspiration from natural elements and colors, incorporating them into his unique shower curtain designs.