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Welcome to Shower Curtains Plus!

 

Our aim is to help you find the best shower curtains and accessories that will perfectly match your bathroom decor. You will find many of the shower curtain themes that are popular today and even some vintage ones which will remind you of days gone by. So, whether you are fond of a more modern look or something more luxurious, hopefully our articles will at least spur some ideas to get you started in your decorating endeavors.

You will be amazed at how installing bathroom shower curtains can do so much for so little. You can really impress your visitors whether you go for a designer look, or for more budget friendly, cheap shower curtains. Money is not a big issue when it comes to bathroom decorating if you know what to look for.

If you think about it, the bathroom is probably the most used room in your house. It’s generally the first place to go to when you get up in the morning and the last place you visit before retiring to bed.  When visitors come over, it is in all likelihood, one of the rooms most scrutinized by them all.

You know the old saying, I am sure, that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” so why not get your bathroom into tiptop shape. A little decorating can go a very long way, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do a nice job.

Our hope, is to encourage you to find some good bathroom decorating ideas that will fit your lifestyle. We will offer you interesting articles that will make choosing the correct shower curtains and bathroom accessories a breeze.

We will be discussing things such as color schemes, bathroom decorating ideas, as well as the different types of shower curtains available on the market such as:

Luxurious Bath Accessories

Luxurious Bath Accessories

We will also talk about all of the accessories that are needed to make your bathroom not only functional, but unique also. Tips on how to relax in a spa like setting will also be discussed along with the psychology of color and other interesting articles.

We know, from our own experience, that sometimes the bathroom is the only room in the house where you can escape to find some peace and quiet. We know the feeling of relief when you lock that door and take a deep breath, knowing that you will be alone, even if it’s just for a moment or two. We all need time to unwind and relax so why not make your bathroom your little haven of comfort. It is so important that you take the time for yourself to get away from the hurry and the noise and just relax. Hopefully, we can inspire you to create for yourself a beautiful atmosphere that you and your family can enjoy.

We are hoping that this will become your one stop shop for all of your shower curtain and bathroom needs.

Come back often so that you don’t miss out on any of the articles that will be coming up.

‘Till next time 🙂

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Need An Extra Wide And Extra Long Shower Curtain?

Finding an extra wide as well as extra long shower curtain can be a problem. Fortunately there are a few shower curtains on the market that can solve the issue. We received an email from a woman who had a problem finding a shower curtain that is 78″ Wide as well as 78″ Long. Here is the solution to the dilemma.

The first option is to find a shower curtain this size which is extra long and extra wide. This is what we came across.

Shower Curtain 78" x 78"

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This particular shower curtain on the right, is both extra wide and extra long. 78″ x 78″. It is a beautiful shower curtain with Lilacs, white and grays. To purchase this shower curtain, just click on the picture and it will give you more details.

This shower curtain is also available in the extra wide, extra long size of 86″ x 74″

 

The Veronica Bathroom Shower Curtain shown below,is Polyester and has a decorative bath curtain design. It also is 78″ x 78″.

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We also have a more modern designed shower curtain that fits the description of an extra wide shower curtain as well as an extra long one.

(Note: The colors state that this shower curtain is Black/White and Grey/Gray but customers say it is actually Tan and not Grey)

This curtain also measures 78″ Wide and 78″ Long

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The biggest concern when choosing an extra wide and extra long Shower Curtain is finding one in a style and color that will go with your bathroom decor. This is why we are listing a variety of designs hoping you will find one that meets your style and budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Those of you how love the combination of brown and turquoise, here is another Polyester shower curtain with a Paisley print. 78″ x 78″

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Below are a few more styles which you may want to check out….Again these are the extra wide, extra long shower curtains in the 78″ x 78″ size.

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Advise Using a liner with this

Advise Using a liner with this

 

 

 

 

Nautical Theme Shower Curtain

Nautical Theme Shower Curtain

Paisley Shower Curtain Extra Wide & Extra Long 78" x 78"

Paisley Shower Curtain Extra Wide & Extra Long 78″ x 78″

Light Yellow Hotel Bathroom Curtain

Light Yellow Hotel Bathroom Curtain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Wide/Extra Long Shower Curtain Liners

 

You are probably aware that extra wide/extra long shower curtain liners are also hard to find. We have included a couple here to help you. Although these are marketed as shower curtains, they can easily be used a shower curtain liners to protect any fabric shower curtain you may be using.

PEVA shower curtain can be used as shower curtain liner 78" x 78"

PEVA shower curtain can be used as shower curtain liner 78″ x 78″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEVA Shower Curtain Liner White Geometry Design 78" x 78"

PEVA Shower Curtain Liner White Geometry Design 78″ x 78″

 

This particular Geometric Designed Shower Curtain Liner On The Left, May Also Be Purchased in the 84″ x 78″ Size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower Curtain Tip

Shower Curtain Tip

 

TIPS:

If you can’t find an extra wide shower curtain at 78”, purchasing one at 84” will be wider by 6 inches. This is not a huge problem because you can usually adjust the fullness between the hooks to make it fit, but more fully ( a more drape like effect)

With an extra wide shower curtain, you may need extra shower curtain hooks. Due to the extra width, there may be more shower curtain holes.

Remember our advise to always use a shower curtain liner even if they say that their fabric is waterproof…See our article Which Bathroom Shower Curtain is the Best?

Some people like to use tablecloth weights to try and avoid their shower curtains from billowing…You may find it helps

 

Shown Here Are A Few Extra Wide Shower Curtains That You Might Like. These are 84″ Wide x 78″ Long.

 

Light Brown Coffee Leaves Pattern

Light Brown Coffee Leaves Pattern

 

 

 

 

Abstract Leaves Brown/Beige/Turquoise

Abstract Leaves Brown/Beige/Turquoise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for an extra wide shower curtain and extra long shower curtain you might want to consider this fabric shower curtain of Flowers and Stripes. This is great for a child’s bathroom theme or for yourself….Why not bring out the hippie in you 🙂

Red/Yellow/Blue Design Fabric Shower Curtain 84 x 78

Red/Yellow/Blue Design Fabric Shower Curtain 84 x 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope this article is helpful to you. Please remember to tell your friends about us

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Shower Ideas

With the warm weather now upon us in the north, many people are asking about outdoor showers. An outdoor shower can be useful in many different situations. Here are just a few outdoor shower ideas:

  1. An outdoor shower by the pool
  2. An outdoor shower to bring to the beach
  3. An outdoor shower for camping
  4. An outdoor shower for the cottage

The outdoor shower that you need will obviously be dependent on what you need it for. Clearly, if you are going to be wearing your bathing suit, then you will not necessarily need an outdoor shower enclosure or outdoor shower curtain. If you are thinking more of using your outdoor shower at the cottage or for camping then perhaps you might consider building an outdoor shower or diy outdoor shower.

Thankfully there are numerous types of outdoor showers available so perhaps just purchasing one that meets your needs may be easier than learning how to build an outdoor shower by yourself.

Outdoor Shower

Portable Outdoor Shower

 

This poolside portable outdoor shower by Outdoor Lamp Company is a good example for an outdoor shower that you can use by the poolside or anywhere that there is a garden hose. The added feature of this one allows you to also wash your feet if you happen to have dirt or sand on them.

 

outdoor shower

Portable Outdoor Shower, no outdoor shower plumbing necessary except access to a garden hose.

Perhaps you may prefer something that is even more portable. This portable outdoor shower on the right also requires no outdoor shower plumbing or outdoor shower fixtures. It is made of teak wood and is perfectly portable. Again, all that you need is access to a garden hose.

 

 

Do you prefer to have a little bit of heat with your shower? Then you might consider purchasing an outdoor shower bag that you can install anywhere. This Camp Shower is solar heated and holds up to 5 gallons of water. This is a very portable outdoor shower and you can use it basically anywhere. Whether you are traveling or hiking, this is a very versatile option.

 

solar heated outdoor shower

Solar Heated outdoor shower idea

 

For those of you who prefer some privacy there are also various types of outdoor shower enclosures that you can find that are easy to assemble and disassemble when needed. Outdoor shower enclosures are great for camping as well as being extremely useful at the cottage.

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The outdoor shower enclosure on the right also comes with a solar heated shower bag as well as a handy shower bar on the outside and a hanging mesh shower rack inside. Door closes for added privacy.

 

 

If you are looking for a heated outdoor shower but wish to have more flexibility with the pressure or temperature, you might want to consider the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater.

Portable outdoor shower heater Enjoy instant hot water wherever you go with the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater. Generating more than 1 gallon of hot water per minute, this compact, energy-efficient heater creates a more comfortable and convenient outdoor experience for you and your family. The water heater comes with everything you need, including the adapters required to attach any standard garden hose nozzle and propane tank (propane tank not included).

 

If you want more outdoor shower ideas or information regarding a diy outdoor shower, this book will help you with outdoor shower designs as well as information on how to build an outdoor shower. outdoor shower ideas, diy outdoor shower, how to build an outdoor shower

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

The Shower Curtains Plus Team

Which Bathroom Shower Curtain Material is The Best? Part 2

In Part I of our discussion, we took a look at the various fabric shower curtains and the pros and cons of the most popular selections. In Part II of this discussion we are going to look at some of the plastic shower curtains and their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s begin…

Vinyl Shower CurtainsPEVA Shower Curtain Liner Dog in Bath

I am sure that many of you are aware of the controversy that has come up regarding the use of vinyl shower curtains in the home. This is definitely not on any of the lists of Eco Friendly Products. The problem is centered on PVC, also known as “Polyvinyl chloride”. The awful smell that comes out when you first open the package containing the PVC Vinyl, is very strong. This is due to the compounds that are used in the manufacturing of this particular product, particularly phthalates.

Phthalates seem to be the worst culprits and are used in more products than you could probably realize. This chemical is responsible for making plastics softer, so that they become more flexible. This is the main chemical that is bringing concern about the vinyl shower curtains. It is believed that it is one of the strongest Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) found in Vinyl.

Some people think that it’s much ado about nothing, thinking that the excitement is over-exaggerated. Considering that phthalates are directly pumped into our bloodstream via the medical UV bags, and are found in so many products, having a vinyl shower curtain is not going to make a big difference. Considering the alternatives, with regards to shower curtains, they would rather purchase something they know works. Others, of course, feel differently. They feel that the less phthalates in the home, the better it is for us. Really, it is a decision that only you can make.

Because vinyl shower curtains are the best when it comes to repelling water and keeping it in the tub, many manufacturers are now offering vinyl alternatives such as PEVA and EVA.

PEVA Shower Curtain Eco-FriendlyPEVA Shower Curtains

PEVA stands for polyethylene vinyl acetate (PVA). PEVA shower curtains do not contain the chlorinated molecules like PVC’s, found in the older vinyl shower curtains, and therefore this makes it a much safer choice when it comes to choosing a plastic shower curtain. Because PEVA is non-chlorinated this is the perfect option and considered environmentally friendly.

 

EVA Shower Curtains

A lot of people want to know what the difference is between EVA Shower Curtains and PEVA Shower Curtains. EVA stands for Ethylene vinyl acetate. Neither of these plastics contain the toxic PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) found in the old vinyl shower curtains. Although these plastic shower curtains are made from petroleum they have a very low toxicity level. Both of these are considered vinyl shower curtains although some prefer to call them plastic, so as not to get confused with the old PVC shower curtains.

The Pros of Vinyl Shower CurtainsEVA Shower Curtain Lace

  • Vinyl Shower Curtains are Generally Thick, and Durable
  • The Material is Soft and Pleasant to Touch
  • They are Long Lasting
  • They Come in A Variety of Colors and Patterns     Including Clear and Opaque
  • Their Color Doesn’t Fade
  • They are NOT Prone to Mold or Mildew
  • They are Easy to Clean
  • They are Very Low Maintenance
  • They are Inexpensive Shower Curtains
  • They Can Be Used As a Shower Curtain or a Shower Curtain Liner
  • Their Strength Stops Water In The Shower From Leaking Out Onto the Floor
  • Because They Repel Water, They Protect Your Outer Curtain if You Are Using One
  • Because of Their Durability and Strong Colors and Patterns They Are Perfect For a Kid’s Shower Curtain (or for those who are young at heart)
  • The Moisture From the Bath/Shower Will Not Affect the Vinyl
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains Come in a Large Variety of Sizes. More Than Any Other Shower Curtain (You can also cut them with a good pair of scissors if you need them shorter or narrower…Think RV Stalls.)
  • Purchase Vinyl Shower Curtains That Have Reinforced Rivets, or Grommets Along the Top. These Will Help Your Shower Curtain To Last Longer
  • They Contain Less VOC’s Than PVC Shower Curtains And Therefore Have Less Harmful Off-Gassing
  • Plastic Shower Curtains Make Great Shower Curtain Liners Because They Form a Great Barrier For the Water to Bounce Off of.
  • They Have No Known Association With Any Health Problems
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains Are Available in Different Thickness, Known as Gauges. The Thicker Gauges Will Not Blow in the Tub as readily as the Thinner Ones.

The Cons of Vinyl Shower Curtains

  • If You Do Not Purchase Them With Reinforced Grommets They May Tear Easily
  • Because They Are Made With Petrochemicals Some Consider Them Only Semi-Green

 

White Peva Shower Curtain

White Peva Shower Curtain

Shower Curtain Liners

Throughout our discussion of Shower Curtain Materials, we have often mentioned the need for a shower curtain liner. Now that we have come near the end of our discussion, I am sure you now understand our reasoning for suggesting shower curtain liners.

Many people still prefer to try and find fabric shower curtain liners rather than use vinyl, but as you have seen, they do not do the job properly and you may end up spending money you wish you hadn’t.

We realize that there are people on the Internet that say that they don’t have a problem not using a vinyl shower curtain liner, but if you look more closely, you will find many who have found out the hard way just how difficult it is to shower with a fabric shower curtain liner. It really depends upon which shower head you are using.

A Word About Shower Heads

Fabric Shower Curtain Liners will probably work well if you are only using a water saving shower head, or one of the newer rainfall shower heads that gently sprinkle the water. But most people we know, prefer to have a strong, pulsating stream coming out of their shower head, like you can find with high pressure shower heads. Many like to use hand held shower heads to get closer to their scalp for a good washing. In cases where the water is coming out strongly it will go through your fabric shower curtain liners or shower curtains.

Shower Curtain Effect (Shower Curtain Blow Ins)

Another problem with fabric shower curtain liners is that they tend to blow into the tub much more readily than vinyl shower curtain liners. If you have ever experienced this blow in effect, you will know how frustrating it can be, especially if you have soap in your eyes when it happens. We realize this can happen with vinyl shower curtain liners also, but if you purchase the thicker gauge liners it will help. The weight will help to keep the liner down instead of blowing around.

Many Shower Curtain Liners can be purchased with magnets on the bottom, which will help the liner cling more readily to the tub rather than your body.

We have heard that if you leave a small opening at the back of the shower, this will allow more air to circulate which may lessen the effect of blow in. Just be careful that it is not open too much as to let water out onto the floor.

Other people have suggested using weights to anchor the shower curtain liner around the tub. They usually use things like shampoo or body soaps to hold things down. This might be something you could try.

Another trick is to open the window and turn on the fan to allow ventilation into the room while you shower. This should help immensely.

Should I Keep My Shower Curtain Open or Closed?

This is a question that is asked often, and the answer is simple. A Shower Curtain is usually purchased as a decorative accent to the bathroom. Although it serves as a necessary barrier for the water, it also has this decorative element to it.

Add to this, the fact that the shower curtain may get a little wet when using the shower and you will have the answer.

If you leave the shower curtain open when it is wet, the moisture will tend to stay longer within the folds that are made by closing it. This will cause more moisture in the bathroom as well as attract mildew to form.

By leaving your shower curtain closed after the shower you allow the curtain to dry more quickly and have the added benefit of looking at your lovely bathroom the way you designed it to be.

Which Bathroom Shower Curtain Material is The Best? Part I

When it comes to choosing a new bathroom shower curtain, finding the right one can often become a challenge. Not only do you have to consider the bathroom theme ideas that you want to create, you must further decide which shower curtain material will suit your needs and budget. You will also have to consider whether you want to use a shower curtain liner, which we strongly suggest that you purchase.Fabric Shower Curtains

The Purpose of Your Shower Curtain

Shower Curtains are a basic necessity unless you choose to go with Shower Screens. The advantage of using a shower curtain is that it can define the theme of your bathroom decor especially if they are the focal point when entering your bathroom.

Shower curtains come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles which will make it easy to coordinate with other bathroom accessories, no matter what bathroom decor theme you are going for.

Once you have decided on which shower curtain material to use, and your bathroom decor theme, then it is only necessary to make sure that your shower curtain will fulfill its purpose:

  1. You Want Your Shower Curtain to Provide You With Some Privacy
  2. You Want Your Shower Curtain To Keep Water Off Of The Floor
  3. You Want Your Shower Curtain To Be Easy To Care For

Shower Curtain Material

There are many different types of material that can be used for shower curtains. Your choice will be dependent on your budget and the kind of shower curtain arrangement that you want.

The majority of people prefer to have a two part system with the shower curtain on the outside of the tub and a shower curtain liner on the inside.

Using this type of system allows you to have many more choices in your shower curtain material. However, many materials will not keep the water off of your floor and that will definitely require you to use a shower curtain liner to take care of the problem. There are many fabric shower curtains that have their pros and cons that might deter you from purchasing them, but remember that a shower curtain liner will probably be able to take care of many of those issues.

We are now going to look at the various materials that can be used for shower curtains.

We will be looking at fabric, also known as Textiles, which include fabric or cloth etc. Shower curtain fabric can include man-made, synthetic fabrics as well as natural organic options.

Fabric Shower Curtains can include:  hemp shower curtains organic

Later, in Part II, we will also look at Vinyl Shower Curtains such as Vinyl, PEVA and EVA.  So let’s get started!

Fabric Shower Curtains

Satin Shower Curtain Material

Make Your Own Satin Shower Curtain by Purchasing Material Yourself For A Custom Made, One of A Kind Shower Curtain.

A fabric shower curtain can be made from such a vast array of textiles. When buying fabric shower curtains, there are many varieties to choose from. With a little imagination, you can probably think up more fabric types to use. For instance, Fabric Shower Curtains can be:

Your preferences will probably be dependent on how easily they can be cleaned and the price range 🙂 For example, a Silk Shower Curtain would look luxurious in a bathroom, but when you consider that it is more expensive, it’s dry clean only and tends to get water spots easily, you may reconsider this as a choice for you.

In order to determine which fabric shower curtain is best for you, you just have to consider the Pros and Cons and base your final decision on those.

The Fabric Shower Curtain Options we want to look at in part 1.

  • Polyester Shower Curtains
  • Cotton Shower Curtains
  • Linen Shower Curtains
  • Hemp Shower Curtains

Synthetic Shower Curtains

Synthetics are probably the most affordable when it comes to fabric shower curtain material. Some people may complain because they are man made, but they are extremely low in maintenance and stand up better than most of the natural alternatives.

Synthetics are well noted for their water repellent properties which helps in avoiding mildew. (Mildew can cause health problems such as asthma and allergies)

The majority of shower curtains on the market are made up of these man-made materials such as polyester and nylon, or a polyester/cotton mix.

Polyester Shower CurtainsButterfly Curtains

The Pros

  • Very Easy to Find and Purchase
  • Polyester Shower Curtains Have a Vast Array of Colors, Patterns and Styles to Suit Your Taste
  • They Are Reasonably Priced (Inexpensive)
  • They Are Generally Waterproof
  • They Have Aesthetic Appeal
  • They Are Resistant to Mildew
  • They Resist Creasing
  • They Resist Shrinking
  • They Are Easily Recyclable
  • They Are Not Flammable and Polyester Doesn’t Ignite Easily Like Many of the Natural, Untreated Fabrics Do.
  • They Can be Dried in the Dryer.
  • Polyester Shower Curtains Dry in a Flash Because it Doesn’t Absorb Moisture.

The Cons

  • Polyester Doesn’t Feel as Luxurious as Natural Fabrics
  • It is Man Made, Synthetic
  • Not Considered as Eco-Friendly Products

Natural Fabrics: Cotton & Linen Shower CurtainsNautical Shower Curtain, Cotton

The Pros

  • Cotton Shower Curtains and Linen Showers Curtain are Natural Fabrics
  • Natural Fabrics, Such as Cotton and Linen, Come in a Vast Array of Colors, Prints, Weaves and Thicknesses
  • They Look More Luxurious
  • They Feel Softer Than Synthetics
  • They Often Come With Matching Towels
  • Considered Eco-Friendly Products

The Cons

  • Cotton and Linen Shower Curtains are More Expensive Than Synthetics
  • They Are Not Water Repellant
  • They Absorb Water Very Quickly
  • They Don’t Dry Out Quickly
  • They Become Incubators For Mold and Mildew, (More So Than Hemp)
  • They Are Difficult To Care For
  • They Shrink Drastically If Not Washed and Dried Properly
  • They Must Be Hung To Dry, And They Take a Long Time To Dry
  • They Lack Any Defense Against Fungi, Bacteria and Unsightly Stains
  • Hard Water is a Big Problem Because it Leaves Brown Stains On The Curtain
  • You Will Need Good Ventilation in The Bathroom To Help Prevent Mildew (Mildew Causes Asthma and Allergies)
  • Cotton And Linen Crease Easily
  • Because These Absorb Water So Quickly, You Can Expect to Have A Lot Of Water On The Floor When You Get Out Of Your Shower. (A vinyl shower curtain liner will prevent this)
  • Natural Fabrics Are Much More Flammable Than Synthetic. Not Only Do They Ignite Readily, They Also Burn Much Faster Than Synthetic Curtains Do. (Not a Good Thing If You Like To Use Candles in the Bathroom)
  • Most Natural Fabrics are Coated With Waterproofing Of Some Kind So That They Won’t Soak Up So Much Water. If They Are Left Untreated They Would Be Useless, Unless You Had a Good Shower Curtain Liner To Stop The Water From Flooding Your Bathroom. (Note: Waterproofing Uses Chemicals)

Hemp Shower Curtains

Many people consider Hemp to be a much more Eco-friendly shower curtain than the other alternatives. Obviously, as you have already seen, there are pros and cons to every option that you need to take into consideration.

The Pros

  • It is a Natural Shower Curtain
  • The Pesticides Used Are Lower Than With Cotton
  • The Fabric Is Made From The Plant Fibers
  • The Hemp Fabric is Stronger and Longer Lasting Than The Fabric Produced From CottonOrganic Hemp Shower Curtains
  • Its Weave is More Open Allowing For To Breath More Readily
  • It is Resistant To Both Mildew And Bacteria
  • Considered Eco-Friendly Products

The Cons

  • It Will Absorb Water
  • You Will Need to Wring It Out And Wash It Frequently
  • It Deteriorates Quickly If You Leave It Wet So You Will Need To Care For It More Rigorously (Some people suggest you wash it every couple of days to keep it from degrading)
  • It Is Much More Expensive Than Synthetics (so if you are looking for inexpensive shower curtains these will be way above your budget)
  • You Will Get Water On Your Floor Unless You Use a Shower Curtain Liner

A Word Regarding Eco-Friendly Products

Regarding Cotton Shower Curtains

When looking for an organic shower curtain, many feel that cotton shower curtains are one of the best choices because it is a natural product, as is Hemp, and uses less pesticides. If one considers the amount of water that is necessary to produce cotton, perhaps they might change their minds. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation in London, to produce only 1 kilogram of cotton (Enough for a T-shirt and pair of Jeans) it takes approximately 20,000 liters of water. This is causing a great ecological disaster in some cotton producing countries. For more info on this you can read: EJF (2012)The True Costs of Cotton: Cotton Production and Water Insecurity. Environmental Justice Foundation, London

Regarding Hemp Shower Curtains

Although hemp is an organic material that is Eco-friendly, there are many manufacturers appearing on the market who want to jump on the ecological bandwagon. This of course, is for profit to make themselves more money. These unscrupulous dealers will use chemicals to grow and produce their hemp fabrics so that they can get them to the market more quickly.

During the process of making the hemp similar in size and appearance, in a process known as water retting, the water runoff pollutes the body of water that they are using. This can cause environmental issues with the health of the neighboring areas.

With all of the chemicals and solvents used by these unscrupulous people, the outcome is probably worse than using man-made synthetics.

Natural Dyes

Natural dyes are not as Eco-friendly as people would have you believe. It is true that synthetic dyes use chemicals to bond the color the fabric, but natural dyes will not bond to fabric unless the fabric has been treated in mordants. Most of these mordants are highly toxic and some natural dyes, such as Hematein which are derived from logwood are hazardous. Hematein is classified with a rating of 2 (where 0 is harmless and 4 is the maximum).

Conclusion: Fabric Shower Curtains

Before we go on to look at Vinyl Shower Curtains such as PEVA shower curtains and EVA shower curtains in part 2, Let’s take a moment to consider the pros and cons of fabric shower curtains once more.

The Pros

  • Fabric Shower Curtains Look and Feel More Luxurious Than Plastics
  • They Can Give a More Formal Look To Your Bathroom
  • Come in Many Colors and Designs
  • They are Easy To Match With Your Decor
  • Many of the Fabric Shower Curtains are Washable in the Washing Machine (Especially polyester)

The Cons

  • Fabric is More Expensive Than Plastics, Vinyl etc.
  • Many Fabric Shower Curtains are Heavier and May Need More Secure Hardware to Keep Them Up. Spring Loaded Curtain Rods, Probably Won’t Do The Trick.
  • They Will Need Washing Much More Often (with the exception of synthetics such as polyester)
  • They Attract Mold and Mildew
  • Many of Them Absorb and Retain Moisture. (This makes them heavy and a breeding ground for fungi, mildew and mold)
  • Unless You Have a Very Gentle Shower Head, Water Will Definitely Leak Onto the Bathroom Floor. (This can be solved with a shower curtain liner)
  • Many Fabric Shower Curtains are Treated to Waterproof Them and Help Them Resist Mildew. (These treatments do include chemicals)
  • Hard Water Will Leave Unsightly Brown Stains on Your Fabric Shower Curtain Unless You Use a Shower Curtain Liner.

Please remember, many problems with fabric shower curtains can be solved with simply installing a proper shower curtain liner. This will protect your shower curtain and make the maintenance of Fabric Shower Curtains much less work.

As you can see, fabric shower curtains are available in many different materials. You are certain to find the exact one that you want to make your bathroom decor theme come to life.

Continue to Part II of our discussion on “Which Bathroom Shower Curtain is the Best?”

 

 

Extra Long Shower Curtain and Special Sizes

Finding an extra long shower curtain or special sizes can be a daunting task, if you don’t know what to look for. Long shower curtains can come in a variety of styles and sizes which generally run from 72 inches up to 96 inches. If you need an extra long shower curtain, or shower curtain liner, that is longer than 96 inches, you may need to look into custom shower curtains.

Extra Long Nautical Theme 72" x78"

Extra Long Nautical Theme Shower Curtain    72″ x 78″

nautical shower curtain hooks

These nautical shower curtain hooks go well with the nautical theme shower curtain on the left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower Curtain Sizes

The average shower curtain is usually 70 x 70 inches, although 72 inches x 72 inches is also quite common. Sadly, there is not a one-size-fits-all standard when it comes to shower curtains so you will need to do a little bit of work to find the right one for you. We make that easier.

What Size of Shower Curtain Do You Need?

In order to determine the correct size, you will need to take two measurements.

  1. Take out your measuring tape and measure horizontally across the sides of the tub from wall to wall.
  2. Next measure the distance from the top of your shower curtain rod to the length where you would like your shower curtain to hang.

People can have varied preferences on the length of their shower curtains. Some people may want them from ceiling to floor, but some people want them going from the top of the shower curtain rod or rail to a few inches below the ledge of the bathtub.

Generally, people want them going from shower curtain rods or shower rails to a few inches above the floor. In either case, make sure that your shower curtain is at least 2-3 inches below the ledge of the bathtub. If this is not possible with a standard 72 x72 inch shower curtain, then you will definitely need to purchase an extra long shower curtain.

Most Bathtubs are 60″ wide but you need the extra 12″ (making it 72″) to give it some fullness and to help to keep the water from escaping through the sides. There are some people who sell 60 inch shower curtains, especially if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but keep in mind that they are no good for a regular bath because they are missing the extra on each side. These would be fine if you have a smaller shower area, but to make sure there are no problems, measure first.

Shower Curtain Tip

Shower Curtain Tips

Keep in mind that your shower curtain liner sizes should be determined in the same way as we suggested for your shower curtain. If you end up needing an extra long shower curtain then it stands to reason that you will also be needing an extra long shower curtain liner to go with it. Usually, you can find shower curtain liners sold in the same lengths as shower curtains.

If you end up with measurements that are in between sizes, you might try using longer shower curtain hooks or rings to bring the height down a little or play with the placement of your shower curtain rod. They are especially easy to re-position if you are using tension shower curtain rods.

 

Extra Wide Shower Curtain

Perhaps you have noticed while taking your shower curtain measurements that the problem is not that you need a long shower

Extra Wide Shower Curtain Purple Floral

Extra Wide Shower Curtain Comes in Various Widths and Lengths

curtain but rather an extra wide shower curtain. Extra wide shower curtains will definitely be necessary if you have a large area to cover such as a clawfoot tub. In that case you will need to purchase a
wide shower curtain that is 108 inches wide to properly fit as a clubfoot tub shower curtain.

Oversized shower curtains are not as hard to find as you may think. Throughout our website you will see many links to help you buy an extra wide shower curtain or any other shower curtain size for your particular needs.

Some people find that over sized shower curtains are too heavy and burdensome. What they opt to do is to buy two regular sized ones and overlap them by two to three eyelet holes and you may find that easier to deal with. You will have a seam showing if you use this method so decide what is best for your situation.

Stall Shower Curtain

For a stall shower curtain you will probably need something a little different. Although a long shower curtain may work, it may be too wide. Shower stall curtains usually come in narrower widths to make them fit better.

Stall Shower Curtain 36"X72"

Stall Shower Curtain 36″X72″

 

 

A stall size shower curtain can be measured in almost the same way as measuring for an extra long shower curtain. You will need to measure from side wall to side wall but this time you will need to measure from the shower stall curtain rod to the bottom of the floor. If you shower stall curtain does not reach the floor, then you will have water getting through and causing a slippery mess. This is why the shower curtain length is so important.

 

 

 

 

clear stall shower curtain 54 x 78

clear stall shower curtain 54 x 78

Stall Shower Curtain Problems?

If you can only find stall size shower curtains that are too long there is still hope. Suppose you need a stall shower curtain 54″ x 72″, but you can’t find one. What if all you can find is a stall shower curtain that measures 54″ x 78″?

The solution to this problem is to find a stall shower curtain that doesn’t have too much detail at the bottom. Then, you may be able to just cut off the 6″ that you don’t need from the bottom of the curtain and voila! You have just made yourself a custom

scissors

Use scissors to cut off bottom of stall shower curtain if needed

stall shower curtain.

 

Small Shower Curtain

If you are looking for a small shower curtain they can usually be found for RV’s and and other small spaces. A short shower curtain is usually sold at 64 inches long, and are generally what people want when looking for a small shower curtain, or a short shower curtain. If you do not find any small shower curtains that you like, then perhaps a short shower curtain liner can be a good substitute for you. To measure for an RV Shower Curtain, take the measurements from the top of the RV shower curtain rod to the floor.

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47×64 Shower Curtain RV Shower Curtain Not as long or as wide as a regular shower curtain Color: Off-white

 

RV Shower Curtain

  • This RV Shower Curtain measures 47×64 inches – Not as long or as wide as a regular home shower curtain
  • This RV Shower Curtain is made of 100% nylon with a light polyurethane backing to be mildew resistant
  • It’s Machine Washable
  • It’s Made in the USA!
  • You can purchase this RV shower curtain by clicking on the picture

 

 Other RV Shower Curtain Solutions

If you are wanting an RV shower curtain in a color other than white, it can be hard to find. But, If you go for a PVC or PEVA shower curtain that is 47 inches wide but the length is too long, like 72 inches or 78 inches, you can simply cut the excess off of the bottom using scissors and voila, you get your custom made 47 inch x 64 inch RV Shower Curtain.

If you prefer to purchase a fabric shower curtain, you will need to cut the bottom and allow for a 2-3 inch hem. Of course, this is more work, but may be worth it to have a nice shower curtain.

How Much To Cut for PEVA and Other Plastic Shower Curtains:

If you choose a 72 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 8 inches from the bottom to make it 64 Inches.

If you choose a 78 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 14 inches from the bottom to make it 64 Inches.

 

How Much To Cut for Fabric or Polyester Shower Curtains:

If you choose a 72 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 5 inches from the bottom to allow for a 2-3″ hem.

If you choose a 78 inch shower curtain then you will need to cut off 11 inches from the bottom to allow for a 2-3″ hem.

 

Blue 47 inch Shower Curtain

This blue shower curtain above is 47″ x 72″ but can also be purchased in wider width if needed. Click on the pic for more details.

 

 

 

To see some PVC or PEVA shower curtains that might do the trick check out these shower curtains by clicking on the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Hooks Will Work Well With This Shower Curtain

Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings

Roller Ball Shower Curtain Hooks Are Very Popular. Click on Image to Purchase Today

Shower Curtain Tip

Shower Curtain Tip

Some specialty shower curtains may be harder to find. In instances like this, you can always use a shower curtain liner instead. Shower curtains add a nice decorative flair to your bathroom decor, but it’s the shower curtain liner that is doing all the work for you. Without a proper shower curtain liner your bathroom will be a mess.

 

Metric Sizing System Compared to the Imperial System

When shopping for shower curtains, you may find that sometimes, they are written in metric rather than imperial measurements. When changing from the Imperial system to the Metric system, you cannot get a perfect round number. Most manufacturers will round the metric number to make it easier for customers to figure out more approximately what the measurements are.

Below is a handy size chart that will help you to figure out approximately which metric size you are getting if you purchase from someone in China, Canada, or other countries using the metric system.

Metric Conversion Inches to Centimeter

Listed here are the most common ones

Inches Centimeters (approx)
52 x 72 130 x 180
60 x 72 150 x 180
72 x 72 180 x 180
80 x 72 200 x 180
88 x 72 220 x 180
96 x 72 240 x 180
112 x 72 280 x 180
52 x 80 130 x 200
60 x 80 150 x 200
72 x 80 180 x 200
80 x 80 200 x200
88 x 80 220 x 200
96 x 80 240 x 200
112 x 80 280 x 200
72 x 96 180 x 240

For Other Sizes You Will Have to Guesstimate From Using the Figures Below

Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters
36 91.44 74 187.96
38 96.52 76 193.04
40 101.6 78 198.12
42 106.68 80 203.2
44 111.76 81 205.74
46 116.84 83 210.82
48 121.92 84 213.36
50 127 86 218.44
52 132.08 88 223.52
54 137.16 90 228.6
56 142.24 92 233.68
58 147.325 94 238.76
60 152.4 96 243.84
62 157.48 98 248.92
64 162.56 100 254
66 167.64 102 259.08
68 172.72 104 264.16
70 177.8 106 269.24
72 182.88 108 274.32
73 185.42

 

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The Shower Curtains Plus Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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