Mar 302012

If you are racking your brain by wondering if a shower curtain or a shower door would be a more suitable fixture for your bathroom, here are a few tips to help you make your decision:

Shower curtains are actually very versatile because they are available in almost all department stores, they come in different colors and designs so you have a vast assortment of choices, they are very affordable and easy to replace.

Shower curtains can even be custom made according to your taste. They come in vinyl, cloth and hemp. If you want to hide your bathtub, you can always close up your shower curtain, expand it and let its beautiful design liven up your bathroom. However, if you want to show off your attractive porcelain bathtub, you can also open it up and neatly affix it to the side. If your bathroom features a corner shower stall, you can easily achieve a more spacious look.

The downside to shower curtains however is that they need to be constantly cleaned because the easily get infested with molds and mildew. Moreover, when they are left to hang outside the bathtub after bathing, shower curtains can leave of puddle of water on the floor, thus making your bathroom look messy. Another recent discovery is that some vinyl shower curtains can cause health and environmental problems. New vinyl curtains release volatile organic compounds and organics into the air. These toxins are suspected to be carcinogenic and can cause headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.

InterDesign Fabric Shower Curtain, Gray Leaves
So, if you want to have a shower curtain for your bathroom, it would be better to choose fabric or hemp ones instead. A better option might be using frameless shower doors. Although frameless shower doors aren’t as common and as accessible as shower curtains, they also come in varied designs and they are much more sturdy than bathroom curtains. Although they are also notorious for attracting molds and mildew as well as collecting soap and water stains, so long as you are able to keep your frameless shower door dry after bathing, you should not experience much difficulty keeping them clean and pretty.

A frameless shower door versus a shower curtain shouldn’t be a difficult decision for you. Look at the overall theme of your bathroom and picture out a shower curtain and shower door. Then, decide what would best suit it.

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