There are many common mistakes that people can make when purchasing a new shower curtain, and this is often due to people not fully understanding their requirements before ordering. This article will hopefully address a number of these potential issues so that you can avoid making these mistakes.
First and foremost, be careful when shopping around online, as just by looking at pictures on a website it can be very difficult to distinguish certain features, such as if the curtain is made from polyester or cotton, and the size may not be exact in the picture.
The size of the curtain is a very important thing to consider. You should make sure firstly that it will be a sufficient length for where it will be fitted, and not leave any gaps where water may leak out or where privacy may be compromised. To give you an idea of the kind of sizes to look out for, a standard size curtain is usually 72 inches by 72 inches, although certain longer ones can come in greater lengths, from anywhere from 84 inches up to 120 inches. The size required of it should also be carefully measured if it is to be fitted in a handicapped shower, or on a rail that curves and is not straight.
This may be obvious, but the style of the curtain itself should be taken into consideration. When choosing colors and styles, take a look at what other décor is currently in the bathroom, and make sure that it will fit in appropriately.
Make sure your curtain comes with liners, and if not, budget this into total cost. Liners are a requirement for making sure that the curtain is fully waterproof, and for keeping the quality of it from rapidly deteriorating due to the frequent exposure to water. A good liner will ensure that the curtain is in good condition for year to come.
One more thing that would be good to look out for when shopping around is a weighted bottom. The purpose of this is to stop the curtain from swaying around when it should stay relatively still. This can be an annoyance because it may cause it to consistently sway into you and stick to you, and in some cases may create a gap that lets water leak onto the floor. Also note that a 'heavy thread' is not the same thing as a weighted bottom, and may still sway around. However, it may be preferable to have a non weighted bottom, since this makes it easier to wash.
Lastly, shower curtains all come with a set of care instructions that is specific to that model, and these should be read and followed in order to keep it in the best condition for as long as possible.