Choose the Correct Size Shower Curtain for Your Tub or Shower

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It is important to choose the correct size shower curtain to ensure water does not flow onto the bathroom floor. If your shower curtain is in good condition, you can easily remove it from the hooks and measure its length and width to determine the size for reordering. However, if your shower curtain doesn't fit properly and is causing water to leak onto the floor, you'll need to replace it with a properly fitting one to prevent water from spraying onto the floor. At Direct Textile Store we often get asked how to determine the correct sizing for shower curtains so whether you're shopping for your rental property or dorm room, this blog will inform you how to choose the correct shower curtain for your specific needs and preferences.

Shower Curtain

How to Choose the Correct Shower Curtain Size: 

To determine the correct size shower curtain, you need to measure your tub area. It must reach from one side of the wall to the other and include some extra material in order to work properly. With a tape measure, measure the width of your shower from wall to wall. You can also measure the entire length of your curtain rod. Then add 12 inches, this will ensure that the curtain can reach both sides of the wall, as well as provide enough fabric to create folds to drape.

Most tubs are 60-inches so a shower curtain measuring 70 x 70 inches, 70 x 72 inches, and 72 x 72 inches will cover the tub length with some allowance. For shower stalls and walk-in showers, you will need shower curtains that are 54×72 inches or 54×78 inches in size. The longer 78” size is good fit for keeping the from splashing onto the floor.

If you’re taller and a standard height shower curtain is a little short, and not providing adequate coverage from blocking the water from spraying on your bathroom floor you can move up to a 78” long and 72” wide shower curtain.

If you want to enclose a clawfoot tub with a shower curtain they are typically 180 inches wide and 72 inches tall. This width is enough to encircle the entire tub. While the length of the curtain should be enough to hang from a rod on the ceiling and allow for a bit of an overlap with the liner to keep the water inside.

For a freestanding tub, measure around the exposed sides of the tub and add 12”. To calculate the correct shower curtain height, measure the length from your curtain rod to your floor. If you are using curtain rings, start there. To this length, subtract up to 10 inches.

Standard shower curtain sizes for common tubs and showers:

If you've ever gone to purchase a shower curtain, you know that there are a few standard sizes. The most common shower curtain size is 72" x 72", but you can also find shower curtains that are 70" x 70" or 74" x 74". There are also extra-long shower curtains, which are typically 96" x 72" or 90" x 72". So, what's the difference? Well, the extra-long shower curtains are great if you have a tall shower or if you just want a little extra coverage. The other sizes will fit most standard showers, but it's always a good idea to measure your shower before you purchase a shower curtain to make sure you get the right size.

What are the different types of shower curtains?

With numerous options available, ranging from fabric, vinyl, and hookless, it's essential to consider factors like material, style, and budget before making a decision. If you are operating a hotel or Airbnb, a shower curtain that passes ASTMG-21-96 mildew resistant testing will ensure your shower curtains last longer and keep guests from experiencing unsightly mildew. One with a waterproof lining is a good choice for ensuring water does not seep onto the floor. 

Vinyl shower curtains and liners

Vinyl shower curtains and liners are available in various options and colors including 5-10 Vinyl Gauges, and flame retardant vinyl. Flame retardant shower curtains do not let out any harmful smoke, flame or dust particles in the air even when they are wet. They are made of 10-gauge heavy weight vinyl in an embossed pebble finish with rust proof metal grommets.

Vinyl shower curtains and liners are most commonly used within hotels because they are easy to clean and durable.

Fabric shower curtains

Fabric shower curtains utilize modern aspects of design and technology and are available in many colors and designs to meet any budget. There are numerous benefits to fabric curtains. They fight bacteria and inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Premium quality fabric show curtains will have a no-see-through fabric and include a hem that keeps water inside the tub or shower. Shower curtain liners with weighting systems keep your shower curtain hanging straight, with hooks to hold up your bath curtains and compliment your decor. They are typically available in several weights of denier or flame retardant materials.

Shower Curtain Hooks and Rods

shower curtain hooks, rings, rods

Shower curtain hooks and rings come in numerous styles and colors. Including chrome, brass and plastic finishes and open end hooks, double open end hooks and pin style shower curtain rings. Select hooks and rings that slide easily across your rod and hold securely on each corner. Roller ball shower curtain hooks can make it easier to slide your shower curtain.

Choose a shower rod that will complement the style and material of the shower curtain. Also consider your bathroom’s decor. Wall coverings and colors, as well as, fixture styles and finishes should factor into your decision.

Can you wash shower curtains in a washing machine?

Start by reviewing the tag on the curtain to make sure they’re labelled machine washable and are not dry-clean only.
If your shower liners or curtains are machine washable, detach them from the rings then place them in the washing machine with a couple clean, white towels. This will help scrub the curtains and liner while keeping them from wrinkling.
Add a half a cup of baking soda to laundry detergent or mild all-purpose cleaners.
Run on the washing machine’s warm, normal cycle and stop washing after the rinse cycle completes.
Put the curtain rings back on and find a spot where you can let the full curtain length hang dry to prevent wrinkles.

How often should shower curtains be replaced?

With the proper care a shower curtain should last a year or more. There are different factors that can impact the life of your shower curtain including how often it is used, and if it is exposed to sunlight.
If it looks dingy or has mildew which will not come out it is time to replace your shower curtain.

If you’re still unsure of what size shower curtain to buy, don’t worry. Our team is more than happy to help you out. Give us a call and we can walk you through the process of finding the perfect sized curtain for your tub or shower, contact the Direct Textile Store Customer Service Team at 800-615-5822 or through our Live Chat.

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