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Sometimes the simplest of accessories can make a huge difference in the feel of a space. For example, updating your shower curtain is a quick and effortless option to enliven the room and give it a refresh. There are a few things to consider when looking to update your shower curtain that if you address them before going shopping, will help you avoid headaches later on. We’ve outlined a helpful guide to choosing the standard shower curtain set for your space. 

Size of a Standard Shower Curtain

You may be surprised to learn that there is actually more than one size shower curtain that is considered to be standard size. While curtains come in many unique lengths, here are the most common standard shower curtain size you will find when shopping around:

  • 70×70 inches
  • 70×72 inches
  • 72×72 inches

These sizes are very close in measurement to one another. Typically any shower curtain you find will adequately fit your bathtub shower. However, it is always safe to measure rather than assume a shower curtain is the best fit for your space. It should always be a bit longer than the length of your bathtub to prevent a mess. 

How to Measure Your Shower

To determine whether a unique size option will be necessary for your shower curtain, take the time to measure your shower opening properly. Taking note of the height and width is the best strategy. 

In order to accurately determine the width, use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the two sides of your shower opening. If you have a tub, measure the width of the tub. Always add a bit more to the final measurement. This eliminates any potential gaps that could cause water to leak out. 

Next, to determine the height, once again use the measuring tape. Ideally, the shower curtain rod will already be installed at this point, providing for a more exact measurement. Measure from the location of the rod to the floor. However, instead of adding extra length like you did with the shower width, subtract a few inches. Subtracting will ensure there is not unnecessary curtain draping on the floor. Build up from the humidity caught in the extra curtain can lead to issues. Mildew and mold– two things you never want in your bathroom– can become issues if a curtain is too long. 

If there is no bathtub and you are measuring for a shower stall, only subtract a couple of inches. This allows the water to still be blocked from spilling out without having fabric gathered on the floor.

Lastly, consider your shower curtain hooks, or whatever method for hanging you are using. They could potentially add height variance to this equation. Hooks can easily add a couple of inches in height to the shower curtain.

Picking the Right Style

Now that you have properly measured your shower, you are ready to start hunting for the perfect shower curtain set to elevate your space. Consider both the current design of your bathroom and also the overall size. These two factors will help guide you in your search.

Shower curtains no longer only come in a few colors and patterns. If you have a smaller bathroom to decorate, a good rule of thumb is to not look for prints or colors that are too busy and have the potential to weigh down space. Find a proper fitting white shower curtain or one that is primarily white with a basic design. This is the best way to keep the feel of the room light and open. A white shower curtain has the added benefit of complimenting your current style. It provides a neutral appearance in your bathroom space.

If you want to add a little interest, look for shower curtains with a texture or additional fabric. A white shower curtain with ruffles or tassels adds a bit of drama and can be an eye-catching focal point. 

To add visual height to a small bathroom, look to hang your shower curtain rod higher off the ground. Make sure you do not forget to re-measure and purchase a shower curtain that is still the appropriate length. 

Choosing the right shower curtain for your space is not too difficult. Measuring to determine the right standard shower curtain size for your space is the first step. After, all that is left to do is shop around for the perfect shower curtain. To make the search easier for you, we have listed a few of Amazon’s top-rated white shower curtains.

Top Rated Shower Curtains

Reisen White Shower-Curtain Farmhouse Ruffle Fabric

The elegance of the ruffled style of this shower curtain makes it an attractive option. Add a little whimsy to your space, without losing functionality. 

Neasow Watercolor Floral Teal and White Shower Curtain

The subdued color of the beautiful flower pattern will add a little vibrance to your bathroom. This curtain is simple and will not overpower a smaller space. 

YoKii Tassel Fabric Shower Curtain, Black Grey White Boho

If your design style trends more bohemian then this is a great shower curtain option. The white tassel pompom trim and linear design are boho yet Scandinavian and sure to complement most color schemes.

mDesign Hotel Quality Fabric Shower Curtain with Waffle Weave

The classic waffle weave texture of this white shower curtain will add a spa-like feel to your shower experience. Another great feature is that it comes in a variety of heights. You can be sure you are getting the best fit for your shower.

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How to Choose the Right Shower Curtain for your Space