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Shower Curtain Buying Guide
No fear! This list, based on Amazon Best Sellers, is a great place to start with your shower curtain selection. Understand that there are thousands of shower curtains on the market, but we have selected from inexpensive, well-reviewed, quality products for your information.
What do you Need to Know Before Selecting a Shower Curtain?
Excellent question. There is no return on running out to your local bath store or browsing the Internet without a clue as to your needs and environment. Let's take a look at the essentials you must master before you go shopping.
It may surprise you to know that shower curtains come in different sizes. Most of us generalize from our own experience and assume that our shower is the size everyone has - not so much. Shower stalls come in many different sizes and shower curtain needs differ accordingly. For example, you may need a shower curtain to block only a single opening. Others may need to enclose two or even four sides, as in the case of stand-alone tubs.
Measure the size of the opening you wish to cover as well as the length you require. There are several factors to consider in measuring:
- Is the curtain rod in the shower movable or stationary? Many people use tension rods for their shower curtains, which means they can move them as needed including to accommodate a shower curtain.
- If your shower is in a bathtub, make sure you allow ample room for the curtain to extend past the top of the tub wall - to the floor if possible.
- If you have a shower independent of a tub, the curtain must reach the floor to prevent floods.
You need a Curtain Rod
To hang the shower curtain, you need a rod and curtain hooks. Bath stores regularly carry tension rods, which are adjustable rods held in place by tension. You can use the measurements you took for the curtain to guide your purchase of a rod if there is not one already installed in your bathroom.
Get a Shower Curtain Liner
Many shower curtains advertise that they do not require a liner. However, the part of the shower curtain that faces the inside of the shower really takes a beating. The soap residue and mineral deposits from the water build up on it quickly. You can purchase a few shower curtain liners for a few dollars and just replace it every so often. They never get as clean as they were when first hung so replacing them is a viable option. This preserves the actual shower curtain on which you probably spent more money and save your the very annoying effort of washing a liner.
Shower Curtain/Liner with Grommets
We strongly recommend purchasing shower curtains and curtain liners with metal grommets. You have seen grommets everyday of your life, though you may not recognize the name. Grommets are metal or plastic circles that reinforce holes. You may have them on your shoes or backpack.
Shower curtains have holes so they can be hung from the curtain hooks. Shower curtains with metal grommets are stronger. Keep in mind that your shower curtain opens and closes many times a day. Grommets ensure your curtain lasts until you are ready to replace it.
Purchase or Reuse Curtain Hooks
Before you decide if you are going to reuse the curtain hooks you have on your existing shower curtain or purchase new ones, take a look at the options. Many inexpensive, plastic curtain hooks break easily, are difficult to work with and look cheap. As long as you are purchasing a new curtain, consider adding new hooks as well.
Metal hooks move more smoothly along the rod, particularly if they employ balls to further manage friction. Even the least expensive metal hooks function better than plastic.
Do you want style in your hooks? Some hooks are decorated with theme designs such as beach or sailing elements. Take a look at those before you purchase. Some look too cheap, but others are nice enough.
Consider your bathroom, budget and needs before ordering a shower curtain and you will be more likely to be satisfied with the results - and don't be afraid to experiment with color. We selected budget-friendly curtains so you can select with confidence. Enjoy!
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