Maybe you have just moved into a new home or are renovating your bathroom and now you are torn between choosing a shower curtain or a glass door for your shower. The best choice will depend largely on the space and style of your bathroom. It also doesn’t hurt to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Choosing between a shower curtain and a glass door goes beyond the appearance of your bathroom. You also must consider their function. Take into consideration your long-term plans, budget and maintenance as well.
Pros and cons of a shower curtain
For a tight space, a shower curtain is preferred because it promotes better accessibility. It is especially better for families with children because it is easier to access the shower and you can just pull it to one side. It also offers an appealing and simple look.
A shower curtain is easier to clean. You just take it down and wash it. You can also change it from time to time, with different designs, to give your bathroom a new look and feel.
If you have guests visiting your home, you can close the curtain to hide the shower or you can open it all the way to show how spotless and gleaming your shower is. When it comes to privacy, it is also an advantage because you cannot see what’s inside unless you open it. It is also cheaper than a glass enclosure.
However, a shower curtain needs to be maintained because it can be a breeding ground for mould and mildew. It can also make a mess and drip on the floor when it is carelessly opened or closed. Some shower curtains are made with PVC which can be risky for human health.
Pros and cons of a glass shower door
A glass shower enclosure can be installed with a laminated or tempered glass door to keep it looking new for years and make it much easier to clean. When you enter a bathroom, the shower door can be one of the most prominent parts you see. It also doesn’t cause puddles on the floor, which can be messy.
With a glass door, all surfaces are exposed which makes it easier to clean with warm soapy water. Cleaning it with a squeegee is recommended. It also doesn’t contain harmful substances such as PVC, which is dangerous to human health.
However, if you want total privacy while taking a shower, a glass door is not for you. It can also be quite expensive and if you do not have the budget for it, stick to the cheaper alternatives. There is also a possibility that it can shatter, although it happens rarely.
A shower curtain or a glass door? It’s up to you to decide!