Shower Curtains

How to Choose Shower Curtains

Would you like to find the best shower curtains for your bathroom but you don’t know where to start? Here’s our easy guide to choosing the best shower curtains.

1. Price

The prices of shower curtains vary a lot depending on the materials chosen – take a look online at the various prices being charged for quality curtains and make your mind up how upmarket you want to go. Cheap shower curtains will probably do the job of keeping water in the bath and off the floor but they won’t do much for your bathroom design.

2. Materials

Shower curtains have to be waterproof in some way to do the practical job they are designed to do and if you want a cheap solution then choose a design you like in a waterproof fabric such as plastic, PVC, Vinyl or Polypropylene PEVA or EVA. If you want something classier for a special bathroom then choose a fabric shower curtain such as linen, hemp, silk or cotton with an additional waterproof liner or inner shower curtain. This increases the costs but gives you a lot more options in the type of look you can achieve. It also means you can replace the liner without changing the whole curtain at a future date.

contemporary shower curtain fabric

contemporary shower curtain fabric
(Image by Elvis Santana)

3. Design

Think about the overall design of your bathroom and choose something on the same theme. If your bathroom is sleek and modern – a shower curtain in plain white or black or black on white might be appropriate. If you favor a fun look (or the bathroom is for kids) choose a shower curtain with a fun design such as ducks or raindrops or cartoon characters (or a million other things you can buy online). If you bathroom is retro, buy a shower curtain in the same theme.

4. Quality

If your curtain has to stand up to daily use be sure to choose a quality product. How do you tell with a shower curtain? Look for

  • high quality (sometimes double) stitching so that the curtain won’t fray at the seams
  • good quality grommets (used to reinforce the holes for the hooks usually made of plastic or metal) – they prevent the curtain tearing as it is pulled open and closed and are the place where the hooks are attached
  • heavy gauge liners (10 gauge or higher) where curtains are in two parts – no point having an expensive shower curtain and a cheap and nasty liner.
  • Liners or curtains with magnets in the hem which prevent the fabric sticking to you when you take a shower.

5. Shower Curtain Rings

Don’t spoil a good shower curtain with cheap shower curtain rings. You can get away with them but great shower curtain rings set off your curtain nicely. As usual in interior design the devil is in the details. Choose rings which blend with the color and thickness of the fabric of your chosen shower curtains and with the rod or rail materials. Match a metal rod with metal rings, and a plastic rod with good quality plastic rings.

Shower Curtains Guide

Welcome to Shower Curtains Place! This is a site full of information about shower curtains, of course. (I’m not sure what else it could be about with a name like that :)

But, why shower curtains?

Well, the humble shower curtain tends to be forgotten in bathroom design – you choose a beautiful new white porcelain sink, toilet, bath, you select the best floor and wall tiles you can afford, you pay big bucks to get it all installed – and then find that you are struggling to buy shower curtains which match up to what you had in mind for your dream bathroom.

But buying beautiful shower curtains is really not that hard if you know what you are looking for and where to buy – the checklists and guides on this site are designed to make the choice easier and to get you that beautiful bathroom you deserve and many sites have a search function which makes it easier to find the right product.

Of course, it would be a little easier if you chose your shower curtains BEFORE your bathroom furniture and fittings for easier color coordination and the best choice but I know you haven’t done that – no one does – so lets just get my plea in not to choose the cheapest shower curtains you can find but the best. Cheap shower curtains will do the job of stopping your bathroom getting flooded when you or your kids take a shower but they can’t and won’t make your bathroom look a million dollars and they will cheapen whatever beautiful bathroom furnishings and accessories you have selected.

Better shower curtains = better bathrooms

Better shower curtains = better bathrooms
(image by Peter Hellebrand)

And another plea while I am busy with pleading my case for beautiful bathrooms nationwide :) Please look after your shower curtain once you get it home. There’s nothing worse than a shower curtain that has gone black, mildewed and moldy for making a bathroom look downbeat.

Get into the habit of opening your curtain whether cotton, hemp or vinyl after you take a shower and fully extending it as far as it goes along the length of the shower curtain rod or track.

Let the fabric dry before you close it up again and you should not have too many problems with mildew.

If it gets a little dirty, a gentle wash in the washing machine with some mild detergent once every few weeks will do the trick – provided your shower curtain is washable – a good reason for selecting one that is.

Wash with a couple of cotton towels which will soak up the excess moisture after spinning so you avoid a soaking when you take your curtain out of the washing machine if it plastic, EVA or vinyl !

Here’s to a beautiful bathroom! Look out for the other posts on this site and have fun shopping for shower curtains!