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Make a quick update to the look of your bathroom with a brand new shower curtain! Simply switching out your existing shower curtain for a fresh, new option can make an immediate impact with ease. For even more added appeal, you can find shower curtains that coordinate with other bathroom essentials, like towels, toothbrush holders, bath rugs and mats, and more.
When choosing a new shower curtain, there are a few things to keep in mind. These factors ensure you'll be completely satisfied with your new shower curtain, and it will best suit the design of your shower itself.
Shower Curtain Measurements
Knowing exactly what size curtain you need for your shower is of vital importance. Many of the curtains to be found in stores are a standard size – 72” x 72”.
However, there are other types of shower curtains that differ from the standard size. Stall curtains typically measure 54” x 78”. Extra-long curtains can measure 72”x 84” or 72” x 96”. Lastly, extra-wide shower curtains are also available and usually measure 108” wide and 72” high.
Taking into account the size of shower you are looking to add the curtain to will help you best decide which option is right for you!
Shower Curtain Material
Another important decision to make when choosing a shower curtain is deciding on what material you'd like your curtain made of. Fabric shower curtains are usually made out of cotton, polyester, or a blend of the two. These curtains can almost always be machine washed, making care easy. However, these curtains are generally not waterproof and require a separate liner to keep water in the tub and off the curtain.
Vinyl shower curtains are also easy to clean and are waterproof, resisting mold and mildew. They also tend to be durable and last a long time. The downside to vinyl shower curtains is that they can have a chemical odor to them, due to the PVC compounds that can be used in their construction.
Shower Curtain Design
Now it's time to consider the look of the curtain. Are you hoping for a classic print? A simple solid color? Or a trendy design that will make a statement? The good news is…you can find pretty much any color or pattern you're looking for! And no matter which direction you choose, your curtain will add to the look of your bathroom, and bring out your personal style with ease!
Shower Curtain Hooks and Rings
You have selected the perfect shower curtain for your bathroom…congrats! Now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty, and check to see how the curtain can be suspended above your tub or shower stall.
The most common way to hang up a shower curtain is by using shower curtain rings or hooks. A majority of shower curtains have pre-cut holes where the hooks or rings can pass through, allowing the curtain to be easily hung from the rod (pro tip: look for shower curtains with reinforced grommets around the holes to guarantee longer-lasting use!). You can also choose from rings or hooks that are made of plastic or metal. They also come in a wide variety of color options, so you can be sure to coordinate your hanging hardware to match your curtain!
Shower Curtain Liners
As mentioned above, a shower liner can protect your fabric shower curtain from water damage. But using a liner is a good idea no matter what material your curtain is made from. A shower curtain liner not only protects your curtain, but it keeps water in the tub and off your bathroom floor. Standing water on the floor can lead to other issues down the road, so it's best to take precautions up front, preventing problems that could come up later.
Liners also can be equipped with magnets, placed where the bottom of the liner reaches the bathtub. These magnets offer extra weight, holding the liner in place for maximum protection and ease of use.
Shower curtains are an easy way to add personality and style to your bathroom. With many design options to choose from, you're sure to find just the one that will complete your bathroom décor!