Shower curtains are a must in many bathrooms, especially those, like ours, which feature a bathtub/shower combination unit. Installing shower doors on a bathtub can be tricky and will likely cause you to feel claustrophobic in the bathtub as you find yourself unable to open them all the way. Shower curtains, on the other hand, allow you to open them completely. Furthermore, through a combination of texture, color and pattern/print, they can add to your interior design style.
Let’s take a quick look at some of this year’s best shower curtains. In addition to ensuring premium quality of each curtain, I did my best to bring you curtains which would match a variety of interior design styles. In essence, this list has now become my own personal reference point for future bathroom renovations in our house-flipping business. It’s okay, though, I’ll share my secret list with you – just don’t tell my wife. She likes the world to think that our design abilities are somehow magical.
There really isn’t much you need to consider in terms of purchasing a shower curtain other than its quality and whether or not it matches your décor. I will, however, touch on those few little things here so you have a solid basis moving forward into your purchase.
Quality – It can be difficult to determine quality in regard to a shower curtain. Try to find one which states that it is waterproof and mildew resistant. If that is not possible, remember to buy a waterproof liner to use with your curtain. To get a full picture of its quality, try looking into some of its sales statistics and the feedback consumers have left behind about it. Each shower curtain on this list has already been screened for this quality.
How Does it Hang? – There are three ways your shower curtain may hang – with hooks which go through metal grommets, with hooks which go through reinforced holes, with hooks which clip on. In my opinion, your best option is the type with metal grommets, because they are durable, long lasting, and cannot be pulled down. Curtains with reinforced holes, while more difficult to pull down than clip-on curtains, can still rip and come apart over time from the force of gravity pulling on the holes. Clipped curtains are often selected for design purposes more so than function, since you can buy all sorts of fancy, decorative curtain clips, such as ones with sea shells on the clips.
Is It Washable? – Very few full-duty shower curtains are machine washable, but it is possible to find some. First, a full-duty shower curtain is one which offers color and soft texture to a room while also protecting your bathroom from the water inside your shower. Often, to get this kind of service from shower coverings you will have to purchase a non-waterproof, external curtain for the sake of décor and an internal, waterproof curtain liner. Since shower liners are usually made of plastic, they are not machine washable. However, external decorative curtains are often washable, as are the very few full-duty curtains which, somehow, manage to be decorative, soft and waterproof.
Size – It is very important that you consider the size of your shower and the size of your curtain. You want to be absolutely certain that it will stretch far enough to cover the space, from wall to wall. If you would like a curtain to go all the way around a freestanding or clawfoot tub, you will have to search a little harder to find one which is extra wide. Length is also important, so be sure to measure the space between your curtain bar and your floor.