When it comes to redecorating a bathroom, buying a shower curtain can be the most important decor decision. Shower curtains can add life to a rather boring part of the bathroom – the bathtub. It can be used to add color, texture and softness to an overall decor, but it also acts as a barrier to keep water in the tub. It’s important to choose a drape that can handle the constant exposure to water and heat that can lead to mold.

Should you choose fabric or vinyl?

Shower curtains are available in a variety of fabrics and vinyls. Vinyl curtains are a less expensive option and are made in vibrant colors, themes, and characters. These curtains are perfect for children’s bathrooms or guest bathrooms. They can be easily wiped clean.

Fabric curtains are generally more expensive than vinyl curtains, but they offer softness and a variety of style options. When using fabric curtains, it’s important to make sure the curtains don’t get wet or opt for machine washable curtains. Cross bars or double bars are often used with fabric curtains. This allows the curtain to remain stationary and the lining can be pulled open and closed.

What about wear and tear?

Whether you choose a fabric shower curtain or a vinyl shower curtain, there are a few things you should consider first. Since they are prone to mold, choose curtains that are machine washable or easy to wipe clean. Check the stitching on the curtains. Double stitching will be more durable and prevent the curtains from fraying. Because curtains are hooked to a pole, it’s important to buy a curtain that has grommets at all hook points. These grommets prevent curtains from tearing when wet or after prolonged use.

Do you need lining if you use curtains?

Shower curtain liners not only protect your curtains, but they also provide better protection against shower leaks. The shower curtain lining you choose should have some of the wear characteristics of curtains. If used behind vinyl curtains, it should be white, beige or light to let in light. Behind the curtain, it should be a complementary color. It should also be double stitched and have buttonholes.

Higher quality pads will also have magnets on the bottom to add weight to hold them inside the tub. The pads are also available in a variety of materials such as plastic, vinyl and fabric. Vinyl and plastic liners can be wiped clean, while fabric liners should be machine washable. There is a mildew- and mildew-resistant liner, which is an especially desirable feature.

You’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort developing a bathroom design. You bought new fixtures, painted walls, laid new floors, but aside from buying a shower curtain, your bathroom isn’t finished.

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