Shower Curtains: Everything You Need To Know About Them

Besides providing privacy while you take a shower and preventing water from splashing outside the shower area, shower curtains can also act as decorative items, especially since they come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. With that in mind, here is some information about shower curtains:

A Shower curtain
A Shower curtain

 

Curtain Materials

  • Synthetic

Some of the popular synthetic materials used to manufacture bathroom curtains include polyester, vinyl, PVC, nylon, and polypropylene. It is worth noting that curtains made using synthetic materials have several advantages. To start with, they are moisture resistant. Secondly, they do not develop mold or mildew easily. Thirdly, they generally require little maintenance. Fourthly, they are cheap. On the flip side, one of the major drawbacks associated with these curtains is their unauthentic look. However, synthetic shower curtains are a good choice if you are not looking for an aesthetically appealing product.

 

 

  • Natural Fabrics

If you are looking for shower curtains that will give your bathroom an authentic look, go for curtains made from natural fibers such as cotton, silk, satin, or linen. However, curtains made using natural fibers tend to be expensive. In addition, they are not as water, mildew, stain, and mold resistant as synthetic shower curtains. Thankfully, you can improve their resistance to these elements by pairing them with water resistant liners. As a tip, you should wash and air these types of shower curtains regularly to get rid of odor causing bacteria and fungi.

 

 

  • Hemp Fiber Curtains

Some shower curtains are made from hemp fiber. Unlike curtains made with cotton or linen, hemp fiber curtains are bacteria and fungi resistant. Moreover, they tend to remain fresh and clean for longer in comparison to curtains made using natural fibers.

 

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Shower Curtain

Some of the important factors to consider when shopping for a shower curtain include:

Functionality

The primary function of a shower curtain is to provide privacy to the person taking a shower. With this in mind, go for a curtain that satisfies this requirement. Besides providing privacy, it should also match your bathroom’s décor. If you opt for a curtain that requires a liner, go for liners with weights or magnets at the bottom to keep them in place. It is worth noting that there are shower curtain liners on the market with antibacterial coatings. If you share your bathroom with several people, such a liner will come in handy.

 

Maintainability

If you are a busy executive, stay at home mom, or a businessperson, you should buy a bathroom curtain that requires little or no maintenance. Of course, this would mean a synthetic curtain. The problem with curtains made from natural fibers is they require regular cleaning. Furthermore, a natural fiber curtain that is constantly pushed to one side will likely develop folds that could harbor mold or mildew.

 

Quality

In addition to choosing a high-quality fabric, you should carefully examine the stitching as well as the grommets that reinforce the holes where shower rod rings hang. The stitching should not only be top-quality, but also follow a well-defined pattern. If the edges of the curtain you intend to buy show signs of fraying, you should reconsider your decision because it is unlikely to last long. At this point, it is worth noting that some bathroom curtains come with buttons and fabric loops instead of grommets. The problem with buttons and fabric loops is they are not as durable as grommets. Nevertheless, it is up to you to choose and purchase a curtain that will best suit your needs.

 

Cost

While a typical shower curtain costs anything from $20 to $100, you can expect to pay upwards of $100 for a high-end curtain. Some of the factors that determine the cost price include the quality of material, size, and custom add-ons one may request. Before buying a bathroom curtain, shop around and compare prices offered online as well as brick-and-mortar store retailers. At the end of the day, you should definitely come across one that fits your budget and style.