Shower Curtain Buying Guide

Choosing a new shower curtain for your bathroom is important because of its relatively large size in proportion to the room. In this buying guide, we’ll show you how to shop wisely for this high-impact -- but usually low-price -- bathroom staple.

Types of Shower Curtains

Types of Shower Curtains

When you’re ready to shop for a new shower curtain, you’ll want one that keeps your floor dry, is easy to clean, provides privacy, and adds the perfect accent to your bathroom’s decor.

Synthetic Shower Curtains

Most shower curtains are made from nylon, polyester, and vinyl to help them resist and repel moisture, which makes them easy to maintain because they accrue less mold and mildew. The standard size is 72x72 inches; if your shower is configured differently, you can have a shower curtain custom-made.

Natural Fabric Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are also available in cotton, linen, silk, and satin. These fabrics, while providing a more upscale look, are not as water- and stain-resistant, so it’s best to pair them with a shower liner made of a repellant material.

Organic Fabric Shower Curtains

Also available are shower curtains made of hemp. Hemp fibers resist the bacteria that lead to mold and mildew, making a hemp shower curtain an environmentally-friendly and easy-maintenance choice.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying a new shower curtain is fun, but keep these factors in mind before you purchase one.

Maintenance

Whatever material you choose for your shower curtain, purchase the highest quality your budget will allow. A shower curtain needs to be cleaned or laundered frequently, and you want it to stay looking fresh and new through many launderings. Also be aware that if you consistently push your shower curtain to one side, the folds will tend to retain moisture; stretching the curtain out allows it to dry more quickly and easily -- and also lets the curtain act as a stronger decorative element in the bath.

Construction

Look for shower curtains with high-quality stitching and rust-resistant grommets that reinforce the holes where rings hang from the shower rod. Stitching is particularly important at the edges of the shower curtain where it is grabbed and pulled to the side, and grommets prevent the curtain from fraying and tearing. Some shower curtains have fabric loops and buttons rather than grommets; these are attractive but not as sturdy or durable.

Liners

Most shower curtain liners are made of vinyl -- not a good choice for the environment. However, there are few alternatives as easy to maintain. Some manufacturers offer liners with antibacterial coatings. And choosing a liner that is clear or light in color allows more light into the shower. Another feature to look for is weights or magnets at the bottom of the liner to help keep it in place.

Rings

Rings are generally metal or plastic; metal is the more upscale choice and allows you to match the rings with other hardware elements in your bathroom. Plastic, on the other hand, allows more color choices if you are using them as an accent in your color scheme. Make sure the rings are compatible with your shower curtain’s grommets or holes.

Color and Pattern

You can choose from myriad colors and patterns when shopping for a shower curtain. Patterns work well in a bath with painted walls; solids may work better if your bathroom is wallpapered.

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