Ever since we finished up the vanity overlay and the stump stool I’ve been twiddling my fingers as Whitney’s been full-steam ahead working on the various painting projects and ruffle curtain. Well, not really – someone’s gotta watch right?
Thank goodness I’m back in the game since this bathroom still needs some power tools and a little manly ingenuity to help finish it off and solve one of the problems that helped prompt this whole peacock-themed makeover in the first place.
Now, bear in mind, the bathroom is quite small. At just over 32 square feet of floor space (most of it taken up by the regular bathroom necessities), it’s a little difficult to snap pictures at an angle that helps you see what’s going on in here, especially since so many of the angles are right at the window. In any case, you’ll notice that the bathroom window encroaches on the tub area, making placement of a traditional spring rod a bit precarious.
It’s bugged me ever since we re-tiled the shower walls because there’s no good place to put the rod – and most of the time it’s up at an angle (not parallel with the ceiling), which doesn’t look great. Then there’s the whole issue of the ugly spring rod and the fact that because of the rod placement the curtain floats above the floor. So top of my priority list for this project was finding a solution that solved a few of these problems.
We walked many an aisle at BBB, Walmart, Target, Ross, and the other usual places and couldn’t find anything that was either in our budget or looked half-way decent. It wasn’t until we were utterly lost on the lower floor of Ikea that we stumbled upon our answer.
The Kvartal glide with it’s ceiling mount option would work great for getting the rod away from the window and make opening and closing the curtain a breeze compared to that pesky joint in the middle of a spring rod. Most of the parts are sold a la carte so we picked up two rods (one was 4 inches too short so we got a second to join together), and a few ceiling mount units.
The only thing that Ikea doesn’t have is good instructions on mounting it to your ceiling. In fact, in true Ikea style the instructions are little more than doodles you have to figure out. So with not much direction I went upstairs to see if I was lucky enough to have studs on the other side of the drywall where the rod needed to go. No such luck.
I needed something that would hold this rod onto drywall only, so I turned to toggle bolts. Have you ever used these? My dad always had a drawer of them and I really didn’t know what they were for, but I liked to open and close the spring bolt pieces.
The basic idea is that you push the closed spring bolt through a hole you’ve drilled and once the bolt gets through to the other side of the dry wall, it will spring open. Once the bolt is through, you tighten the screw until it holds tight.
I put in three mounts, one right in the middle with the other two about three inches from each of the walls. As far as I can tell from the Ikea sketch, they want you to leave a few inches between the wall and the rail, but I wanted mine to go all the way so I just ignored that. I measured 59.5 inches as my opening and divided that in two to get the size of pieces my rails needed to be. I then cut down my rails – making the joint go right in the middle.
Using the tool that comes with the set from Ikea, I then attached the rail to the mounts. It’s really not pretty to look at now, but it’s solving all the problems we’ve had before, and it’ll look dynamite once the shower curtain goes up later this week.
Update: Want to see how it all turned out? We’ve posted the final reveal and cost break down for the kid’s peacock bathroom here.