Shower Curtain vs Shower Door – Which is Ideal for You?

Last Updated: August 26, 2022 | By JULIAN GILL

Are you used to seeing people on both sides of the debate about whether or not a shower curtain or shower door is better?  Here’s your go-to guide that will help you figure out once and for all what is going to be the best choice.

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Is it better to have a shower curtain or door?

Choosing between a shower curtain or a door depends on what you feel is most important for your space and how you use it.  Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Draft or no draft?

No matter how well you attach your shower curtain with a magnet or a suction cup, there will be the occasional draft that sneaks in.  A door will prevent any drafts at all.

Subtle or obvious?

A shower door is intended to blend in with the rest of the shower design.   It often is transparent and subtle.  A shower curtain is obvious and can be any color under the sun!

The cost factor

A shower curtain could be as cheap as $2 and go to $100 if you get a really high-end one.  A shower door often starts at $500 and can go well past $2 000 depending on size, weight, and other features.

Shower Curtain vs Shower Door - Which Is Better

Can you put a shower curtain over shower doors?

Technically, you can put a shower curtain over a shower door.  This means your shower door will take all of the water and keep your shower curtain dry, more or less.  It will act more like a curtain would over a window.

This is a great idea for those who want the best of both.  This will keep your shower hidden from view, but you won’t need to worry about drafts.  It also will give the beautiful effect of the shower curtain!

Are shower curtains obsolete?

Many people will choose a shower door over a curtain, but shower curtains are not obsolete. There are still many modern homeowners who will prefer the curtain because they can simply replace it with a new one when it gets grungy.

Shower doors are very expensive and can only work with a few types of designs.  They take a lot of extra cleaning and can be costly to replace.

However, it comes down to what you feel is most important.

Are shower doors safe for seniors?

Yes, shower doors are safe for everyone, including: children, those with physical disabilities, adults, and senior citizens.  The modern doors are designed on assisted rollers so that they are easy to open and close without adding too much weight.

Shower curtains are still going to be lighter than a shower door, however.  If you are someone who is especially weak or physically disabled, a shower curtain may be the better choice.

Are shower curtains supposed to touch the floor?

For the way it looks as well as the way that it works, a shower curtain should touch the floor.  This will keep the water inside of your shower or bathtub instead of on your bathroom floor!  Having a shower curtain that doesn’t touch the food will often look like when someone is wearing pants that are too short.

There’s a lot more to the choice between the shower curtain or the shower door than meets the eye!  Now you know all of the details to help you make an informed choice.

author of julian gill pictureJulian Gill

Julian Gill is a mechanical engineer and Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) and worked as a plumbing engineer for ten years. Besides this, he is interested in home improvement and currently works as a writer. @JulianGillPro

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