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

Interior floor tile buying guideShower waste kit buying guideShower hose buying guideBathroom accessories buying guideShower rail buying guide Shower enclosure buying guideBathtub buying guide Toilet buying guideHow to furnish your bathroom

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 248 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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