How to Measure For a New Shower Curtain

A shower curtain may seem of not much importance when your redecorating or renovating your house, but trust me, a good shower curtain with the right measurements and of the right colors can make your bathroom in terms of looking elegant and well furnished, as much as a wrong, too tall or too long shower curtain can break it. You can take the appearance of your bathroom to a whole new level once you realize that the curtain you are going to hang in front of your shower is an element of your bathroom’s interior design.

Knowing how to measure for shower curtains and getting, by extension, the right width and height for your own shower curtain before going shopping for it and letting your imagination go wild with the colorful, stylish, and even whimsical options out there, is not only important for the style of your bathroom, but also for your own and your family’s safety. Getting the right measurements of a shower curtain would prevent mess and even accidents that could be caused by water and soap spills on the bathroom floor.

With that been said, let’s take a close look at how to measure for a shower curtain in details. First of all, you need to know that there usually are standard sizes of 70 by70 inches, 70 by 72 inches, or 72 by 72 inches for shower curtains and people tend to add 12 more inches for the curtain to move more freely. But that does not necessarily mean that the standard size will be a good fit for your bath tub of shower stall. So, here’s the ultimate guide to take measurements of your shower curtain.

How to measure for a shower curtain

Of course, there is no need to say that you have to have a measuring tape with you for doing this. Now, your curtain has to be extendable from the wall on one side of the bath tub to the wall on the other side, that is in case you have a bath tub. Use the shower liner as a beginning point to start measuring from. You can adjust the width as you like but always keep in mind that you have to add 12 inches to the width for the movement of the curtain.

For getting the right height or the closest measurement to it, you need to take your measuring tape and get the distance between the mounting rod and all the way down to one inch before you reach your bathroom floor. Tie-backs also help the shower curtain to sweep to the side when you are not using the shower, so if you are going to use them, make sure to hang the mounting rod one or two inches lower than its usual place since the curtain will look shorter when it’s bound to the side by the tie-backs.

In case what you have is a shower stall, not a bath tub, standard measurements and the way of measuring are different. The standard size of shower stall curtains are 50 x 78 inches and 54 x 78 inches. You need to consider the height of the shower curtain for a shower stall to be long enough to prevent excess water from spilling beyond the shower curb, so its length should reach edge of the curb. For the width, just measure the distance between the two sides and don’t forget the addition of 12 inches for the curtain movement.

Now that you have got the correct measurements of your shower curtain, you need to focus your attention on the shower rod which is really important although many people let that skip their minds thinking that it’s just an accessory and there is no reason to put much thinking to it. The shower rod will eventually determine how your shower curtain will look, and where it will end up. A rod that is too small for the shower curtain size will make it look as bad as if it was too big for the curtain.

Shower rods are usually curved inwards which makes them tend to look smaller than they really are, so if you have 70 inches or a 72 inches width of a curtain, you will need to get the rod six more inches wider than the curtain.

How to install a shower curtain

First, hang the rod. You need to position the shower rod about 75 to 77 inches above the bathroom floor for a 72 inches long curtain.

The next step would be to attach the rings. You should note that the rings extend the shower curtain length by 1 to 3 inches depending on whether they are single or double rings. Single rings add about 1 ½ inches whereas double rings add 2 to 3 inches. This is a good option for shower curtains that may be shorter than usual because of their design.

Finally, you get to hang the shower curtain and the liner. The inner side of the curtain should face the liner when they are hanged from the rod. Attach the rings to the corresponding holes in the curtain and liner. Remember that you can always adjust the shower rod to change the setting of your curtain.


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