Here we share the most popular shower curtain sizes for showers & tubs, how to get the proper measurements and where to hang the curtain rod.
Finding the right shower curtain means more than finding one that matches your decor. If the shower curtain is incorrectly sized, you’ll have problems ranging from aesthetics to coverage and even issues related to moisture build-up.
The good news is that finding the right shower curtain size for your bathroom isn’t difficult. These easy tips will help you find the right-sized shower curtain for your bathroom with no problem.
Standard Shower Curtain Size
Shower curtains come in a variety of sizes just like many other items in your home. However, there are some standard sizes that most tubs and shower designs accommodate. Even still, it’s important to make sure that you measure your own tub or shower to check the size shower curtain that you need before assuming a standard shower curtain will fit your needs.
Sizes that are considered “standard” for shower curtains are based on standard-sized tubs and showers. This includes covering a 60” tub properly. In addition, it includes up to 12” so that when the curtain is closed, it isn’t pulled tight. Rather, it offers the appearance of folds even when the curtain is completely shut across the tub. These measurements include the following:
● 70” x 70”
● 70” x 72”
● 72” x 72” – Most Popular Standard Size
As for tub style, these measurements work best for the average in-set tub. These won’t necessarily work for a freestanding tub that needs a curtain to wrap all the way around it. We’ll take a look at how to account for these shower and tub styles later.
For walk in showers you will most likely need an extra long curtain. These are generally around 78″ in length.
What Size Shower Curtain Do You Need?
The shower curtain you’ll need depends heavily on the size of your tub or shower. However, the measurements of the dimensions of your shower will not exactly match the measurements of your shower curtain. Instead, there are a couple of factors that you’ll want to take into account.
In the following sections, we’ll discuss how to use the measurements from various tub and shower types and even go over a handy table to help you find the shower curtain size that you need.
How to Measure Shower Curtain Sizes
When you’re measuring the width for a shower curtain, you’ll want to start by measuring the width of your shower from wall to wall. As we mentioned earlier, you don’t want to purchase a shower curtain that reaches wall to wall when pulled taut.
Instead, you want to add 12” to the measurement you took so the shower curtain has enough space to create folds even if the curtain is fully closed. This is the appearance that most homeowners prefer and it’s much easier to fully cover the shower when you have this fail safe of an extra foot of fabric.
Measuring height is a little different because you don’t want to measure from the ceiling to the floor. You also don’t want to leave a lot of extra space because you don’t want the shower curtain to drape onto the floor or, even worse, pool at the bottom. This invites moisture-related problems such as mold and mildew.
Instead, take a measurement from the curtain rod to the floor. To ensure that the shower curtain doesn’t drape onto the floor and account for the rings that you’ll hang the shower curtain off of, subtract about 10” from your initial measurement.
Measuring Shower Curtain Size for a Freestanding Shower/Tub
Freestanding tubs and shower stalls are slightly different to measure for than a standard tub or shower. Yet, they aren’t difficult to measure for either. Typically, you want to use the same measurements for the height of the shower curtain. After all, you still don’t want the shower curtain to hang onto the floor or for the curtain to be too short for the tub.
Adjusting the width is easy to do. Instead of measuring from one wall to another, you instead want to measure around the exposed sides of the tub or stall that your shower curtain will cover. Don’t forget – you still want to add an extra 12” to the length of your shower curtain so that the curtain is large enough to still fold nicely when it’s pulled shut and fits the tub or stall completely.
Shower Curtain Size Chart
Since the formula for finding your shower curtain size proportional to the measurement from your tub is so easy, it’s easy to create an estimation for you. You’ll still want to make sure to double-check your tub or shower stall measurements but you can use this table to make your job a little easier in the long run.
Measurements are Width by Length:
- 72” x 72” – Most Popular Standard Shower Size
- 84″ x 74″ – Extra Wide Bathtub
- 54″ x 78″ Shower Stall
- 70″ x 84″ Extra Tall
- 72″ x 96″ Floor to Ceiling Shower
Where to Hang a Shower Curtain Rod
If you don’t know where to hang your curtain rod, the instructions we’ve given for finding the height of your shower curtain might be more than a little confusing. Luckily, there is a way to find out where to hang your shower curtain rod if you already know your shower curtain’s length.
Start with the length of the shower curtain you want to hang. Remember, you don’t want this curtain to hang at a height that it will drag or pool on the floor. As such, you’ll want to account for this by adding an extra 2” onto the pre-existing height of the shower curtain. Then, measure the size of the hooks you’ll be using to see how far down from the curtain rod the shower curtain will hang. When you add these three measurements together, you have the height of your shower rod. In short, the equation looks like this:
2” + [Shower curtain length] + [Hook size] = [Shower rod height]
For example, if you have a 70” to 72” tall shower curtain, your shower curtain rod height will likely sit at around 75” to 77”.
When you’re choosing a shower curtain, you shouldn’t just consider the design of the curtain. Even the most beautiful curtain will look off in a bathroom if it isn’t sized to fit your tub or shower. You can use the tips we’ve looked at here to ensure you choose a shower curtain that’s correctly sized for your bathroom.
If you would like to upgrade the look of your bathroom you may also consider installing shower doors. For more related information check out our article on shower doors here.