I have a similar setup - a smallish
bathroom with one wall devoted to
laundry and other water-related stuff. I
hung sliding doors about 3' out from the
wall. In my case it was 8', and three
doors did the trick. I had them custom
made and they're pretty easy to install.
I got into this one a bit late, but here goes. I had a similar issue
with my shop in our basement. I needed to seperate the sawdust from
the laundry area. I went to Lowes and got some of the cloth drop
clothes. I installed brass tarp grommets in them, which alos served to
hem them at the correct height. I then put hooks in the ceiling
spaced about three feet apart in line with the top of the drape. The
eye-bolts used to hange the drop ceiling wire are installed in a joist
at each end. I used the galvanized wire that is for hanging drop
ceilings as the "curtain rod" and strung the drape from the eye
bolts. The spaced hooks are there to hang the wire over when I want
to close of the area since the whole thing tends to sag. Inexpensive,
easy to do, and doesn't clash with the washing machine!
Opaque shower curtains. Couple bucks each at WalMart. Shower curtains are
only six feet, so you'll probably construct overlapping layers.
I had to use shower curtains for a couple of windows where the regular 60"
curtains wouldn't work.
Before you dismiss the idea as double-goofy, go look at what's available.
Simple and inexpensive solution, vastly better looking than using a
plastic tarp, a lot less expensive than custom "drapes".
Buy canvas painter's drop sheets. They come in a variety of sizes,
they're very cheap and very rugged. Paint stores have them
as do some DIY box stores. Check that the ones you get don't
have objectionable seams. 4x12s shouldn't have any seams.
Dye (in the clothes washer) if desired, but we prefer the look
of undyed canvas (usually a nice cream color) when we've done this.
The simplest way to hang them:
- to cut to length - it doesn't need to be hemmed. Stitching canvas
is hard on a consumer-grade sewing machine.
- Buy a "large grommet kit" (grommets plus tools) from a fabric store
(or whatever) to place grommets along the top edge.
- Hang from plasticized (wire-core) clothes-line cable eyebolted
into the walls.
If you really want to put them on tracks, it probably wouldn't
cost too much to get a commercial canvas fabricator (makes
custom tarps for trailers, tents, awnings etc) to make them
more like real drapes.
[If you want it dyed, it may be cost effective to get a canvas
fabricator to do the cutting, hemming, dye and grommet approach.]
It won't slide that well on cable, so if that's going to be a
nuisance, you could do the canvas in 3' or 4' wide sections - you
just hold it out of the way when you need access to a box.
Since one common size for drop clothes is 4'x12', that makes
things very convenient: Lop 2' plus a bit off the end,
install grommets, install eyebolts, string grommets on cable
and attach to eyebolts. Done.
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