For new homeowners, decorating can be a painstaking task. Trying to figure out how to install home appliances can be a trying task for even the most prepared of homeowners. Choosing a shower curtain for your bathroom is yet another of these arduous tasks. Shower curtains come in a few standard sizes, but how can you tell which one is right for your shower?
In this article, we’re going to detail the most common shower curtain sizes, as well as the situations in which you may require an extra-long curtain.
Then we’re going to explain how to install your shower curtain once you find the one that fits your bathroom. Once we’re done, you’ll be able to choose the shower curtain that will pull your whole bathroom together, making all the trouble ultimately worth it.
Standard Shower Curtain Sizes
When it comes to shower curtains, there are three standard sizes. Most shower curtains are sized to fit the average bathtub, which is sixty inches (154 cm) long. Standard shower curtains can be either;
- 70×70 inches
- 70×72 inches
- 72×72 inches.
This design provides extra width to ensure that there is full coverage when the curtain is shut. A properly fit shower curtain should be twelve inches wider than the length of the bathtub. The curtain should be long enough to hang below the edge of the tub, so that water does not spill onto the floor. Conversely, the curtain should not drag or pool on the floor. Shower curtains that pool on the floor allow moisture to accumulate, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold and moisture can lead to damage and degradation of flooring, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs in the long-term. Most people opt for a shower curtain that hangs about two or three inches above the floor.
Depending on the schematics of your bathroom, you may have to stray from the standard size shower curtains. For shower stalls, you’ll need to find a narrower curtain, somewhere in the range of 36 and 54 inches. For larger showers, you may have to find a curtain that is wider than 72 inches. Many retailers carry curtains up to 78 inches, and you may be able to find even wider ones online.
Extra Long Shower Curtains
In some cases, a standard shower curtain isn’t going to fit the bathroom. This happen if you have a bathroom that was individually designed and has odd dimensions. For example, bathrooms with larger-than-normal sized tubs can require an extra long shower curtain. Additionally, large walk-in shower may require you to find a curtain that fits the odd dimensions of your bathroom.
With some searching you’ll be able to find curtains in a variety of uncommon sizes. Some retailers carry sizes as large as 72×84 inches or 78×78 inches. Because these are uncommon sizes, you’ll likely have to search on online retailers like Amazon or at stores such as Wayfair and Bed Bath and Beyond. While your options may be more limited, you’ll still likely find an extra long shower curtain that will fit the color scheme of your bathroom well.
Installing Shower Curtains
When you’re ready to install a shower curtain, you’ll just need to measure the curtain and find the size that fits your shower best. You can easily measure using the shower rod as a guide, if one has already been installed. If a shower rod has not been installed already, however, you can easily do this yourself. You’ll just want to measure on the wall mark the areas where you’ll be drilling. Try to align this with a wall stud, or you’ll have to use a bracket to keep the rod in place. This is a simple project, and you could figure out how to do it without too much trouble. Most people, however, would rather have a professional come in and install the rod themselves. This can save you time and hassle, ensuring that the job gets done the right way.
Once the rod is installed, you’ll be able to begin taking measurements to determine the dimensions of the curtain you’ll be purchasing. Use a tape measure to find the measurements for the length and width that you should use to purchase
If you’ve just moved in, or are simply redecorating, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Hopefully this article has eliminated one source of stress from the process. While we can’t tackle the rest of the decorating process, we hope that this article has helped you understand the task of choosing a shower curtain. The perfect shower curtain can pull your whole bathroom together, so you’re going to want to choose the one that fits your shower perfectly. Now that you know the standard shower curtain sizes and the sizes of extra long shower curtains, you’ll be able to install a curtain that makes your bathroom look amazing.