Consumer choices can be confusing. For something that’s usually taken for granted, like shower rods and curtains, you may not realize, until you go shopping, that there’s quite a dizzying variety of types available. Here is some help in Choosing and Using Shower Rods and Curtains.
Fixing a rod to the wall is most commonly done by spring-loaded pressure rather than drilled holes these days, and that’s much the best method, certainly for a tiled surface. It’s also an easier process for the DIYer, with less risk involved.
Measurements needn’t be precise, as the rods are nearly always adjustable. But obviously there are maximum and minimum limits to the adjustment, so you do have to know the approximate length you need.
The diameter of the rod might affect your choice of curtain or hanging fitment, so go for a standard one rather than something outsized for the widest range of curtain designs.
As to the material, it’s really a matter of taste. The rod won’t be the most prominent feature of your home, but it’s still better to go for something that seems well made and solid. A chrome finish usually looks good.
A straight curtain rod is suitable for an alcove. ‘L’ shaped works for a corner shower. A rod that’s rounded or curved around the shower makes for an elegant look, maximizing the available space.
Choosing your shower curtains is quite a pleasant task, since they are typically bright and cheerful. The main decisions will be about the pattern and material of the curtain. You also have to choose whether or not to opt for a lining curtain.
Shower curtains aren’t expensive, and they’re easily replaced, so there’s no need to be too cautious. Most people go for a colorful design, and often something a bit humorous, like cartoony images of rubber ducks or fish. But there are abstract designs too, as well as plain colored curtains. You shouldn’t make price a major factor, since the curtain will make a lot of difference to the look of your bathroom.
Practical considerations are how easy the curtain will be to keep clean, and whether it needs a lining curtain. Wipe-clean vinyl curtains are simple and practical and they are waterproof without needing a lining. But if you prefer a more luxurious look, then you can get fabric curtains and also hang a plain lining, maybe a mold-resistant one, to ensure waterproofing. The lining curtain is generally hung on the same hooks or rings as the main curtain, and has the advantage of being cheap to replace if it gets shabby-looking.
Curtains with reinforced eyelets are longer-lasting in theory but in practice they shouldn’t rip anyway, so it’s more a question of a neatly finished appearance.
Hooks and Rings
Finally, you probably need hooks and rings. Not all curtains need them, since some have holes in the curtain itself for threading the rod through. Otherwise, you have yet another choice to make!
It’s unlikely that anyone will pay much attention to your shower rings, unless they’re really unusual, and plain ones are fine for the job, either plastic or chrome. If you want to add a touch of luxury, you can get all sorts of fancy, beaded hooks. Just make sure that they are compatible with the rod size and that the fancy detail doesn’t prevent easy pulling.
Shower curtains and fixtures are among the more enjoyable household purchases you could make. There’s a wide choice of attractive and bright designs. Although several choices are involved, most are purely a matter of taste, so you should go for whatever look you like. If it really doesn’t work for you, it won’t break the bank to start again!
Guest Blog Post by Robert Paulson: Robert Paulson is involved in property maintenance and likes to share his DIY ideas and suggestions with an online audience. He is a regular writer for a number of lifestyle and property makeover websites.