Shower curtain buying guide

Shower curtain buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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While there are several ways to protect your bathroom from splashing, shower curtains are one of the most popular options. Inexpensive and easy to install, shower curtains are usually installed on rings and a bar, and can be a great way to accessorise your bathroom. Read on to find the right shower curtains for you.

Important features

  • Style
  • Bathroom layout
  • Materials
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Key characteristics of shower curtains

Shower curtain material


Shower curtains come in a range of different materials:

  • PVC provides a high level of moisture resistance, is very lightweight and is easy to maintain;
  • Cotton generally comes reinforced with plastic or polyester, and is chosen for its aesthetic value as well as the fact that it doesn't stick to the skin under a hot shower;
  • Polyester is favoured by some for its high performance and durability.

Aesthetic element


From solid colours to spots, floral patterns to checked designs, shower curtains come in a wide range of styles.
The most important factor is to choose a curtain that fits in with the existing decor in your bathroom, whether you've gone for a natural Zen look, a bright and modern feel or more of a traditional style.

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Shower rails


Shower curtain rails also come in a variety of styles. For showers and bathtubs that are installed between two parallel walls, a straight rail is your best option.

If your shower is set in a corner, go for an angled or curved rail.

You can also find circular or semi-circular shower rails. Attached to the bathroom wall or ceiling, this type of rail is great for adding a modern twist to the room.

Shower rings

You can't hang a shower curtain without rings to allow for an easy sliding movement. These are generally made of either plastic or metal.

Plastic rings 


Plastic rings are resistant but are unable to support weights over about a kilo. Therefore, these are best suited to lightweight fabric or plastic shower curtains.

Metal rings


Metal shower rings can either be split or hooked at the bottom to allow the curtain to be attached. Given the inevitable exposure to moisture, you should choose a rust-resistant metal.

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More information

To find out more about bathroom design, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:

Interior floor tile buying guide
Shower waste kit buying guide
Shower hose buying guide
Bathroom accessories buying guide
Shower rail buying guide 
Shower enclosure buying guide
Bathtub buying guide 
Toilet buying guide
How to furnish your bathroom

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 192 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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