So you are installing a new shower over your bath and you are having to think about making that dreaded choice between a shower curtain and a glass door or enclosure. It is an easy decision to make, right? Shower curtains are always a no no if you want your bathroom to look sleek and modern and above all, clean and tidy. Isn’t that just an accepted fact?
Well, I am here to talk about the benefits of the humble shower curtain and to point out why an expensive glass partition or shower door may not be right for you.
The wrong bath
So maybe it is just as simple as the fact that you cannot get a door which will work well on your bath. Some baths have very rounded edges, they are unusual shapes or they are placed in the middle of the room and therefore the door cannot be fixed to the wall. In these cases, you may have no choice but to use a shower curtain.
A central showerhead
If your bath is double ended, you may have decided to install your shower in a central position, coming down from the ceiling. In this case you will stand in the middle of the bath and any shower door will need to extend most of the way along the bath edge. This can be intrusive and make it difficult to enter and leave the bath.
In this case you can install a circular rail, fitted to the wall or the ceiling which will entirely enclose you inside the tub. This gives you a cosy, shower enclosure feel and keeps the water well and truly where it should be.
Shower door and glass partitions look great when they are sparkling clean, but before too long you will develop patches of limescale on the glass which are difficult to remove – especially if you live in a hard water area. Keeping them clean will involve drying off the water after every shower, wiping the seals to prevent limescale build up and cleaning with a limescale cleaner on a regular basis. This is much more difficult than simply putting your shower curtain in the washing machine once a week.
Glass shower doors are expensive with the most basic system starting at more than £50. These are often partitions which do not move significantly or they pivot from the wall. However you can get a shower curtain and pole for around £10. Once this becomes used looking, you can replace the shower curtain for anything from around £5.
You may also have to consider the cost of installation if you choose to get a fitter to do it for you. This could cost around £40 -£60.
You have spent a fortune on your bathroom and your tiles are your pride and joy. Now you want to drill holes into them to install your bath shower enclosure? Wouldn’t it be easier to use a spring-loaded pole which is wedged between your walls above the bath and not need to make any holes at all? This leaves you flexibility for any future changes you might want to make to your bathroom.
They add interest
A shower curtain can come in a number of fabrics and colours. You can get a clear plastic curtain which will blend into your bathroom, a plain white one which looks crisp and clean, a bright coloured one to add interest to your bathroom or a patterned one to reflect your personality. Best of all you can change the shower curtain as often as you like to change how your bathroom feels and looks.
Hiding your sins
If you haven’t cleaned the bath and you have visitors coming, just pull the shower curtain all the way across and hide the evidence. Try doing that with a clear shower screen door!