4 Tips for Choosing a Shower Curtain for Your Clawfoot Tub

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Purchasing a shower curtain for a clawfoot tub is not as easy as it should be. A clawfoot tub is a classic, and there aren't many shower curtains for them, which limits the choices. There are several choices you can pick from the limited selection as well as modifying shower curtains for standard tubs. The information you'll find below will share with you several tips on selecting and using a shower curtain for a clawfoot tub.


A clawfoot tub is difficult to get a shower curtain for because its dimensions differ a great deal from the standard tubs now available. They are not round, and they are not square or rectangular. A clawfoot tub is oval and oblong with the sides slanted toward the center of the tub. A shower curtain for a clawfoot tub will look gathered when placed inside of the tub, which is not a nice look. To prevent this gathering of the shower curtain, use a measuring tape to measure the length of the clawfoot tub from inside the tub and slightly below the lip. Repeat with the width. Doing so will help you purchase a curtain that will not gather too much and will, instead, rest comfortably inside.

The Track

The most important thing about the clawfoot tub is the track that you use. A shower curtain on a clawfoot tub requires a track that goes completely around the tub. Unlike standard tubs today, the clawfoot tub does not rest against a wall. This means you not only need a complete circular rack but a shower curtain that completely goes around the clawfoot tub. If you do not, then you will wind up with water behind the tub, in front, or along the sides. The track should be attached to the end where the faucets are not located and attached to the base. The track that the shower curtain uses is smaller and fits inside the confines of the tub. This is where the measurements come into play.

Vinyl or Cloth

Buying a shower curtain for the clawfoot tub certainly is not that cut and dry. What you find today is mainly vinyl or other forms of plastic or cloth. Cloth shower curtains are very old school. Both of the materials can attract mildew and mold. Vinyl is a versatile material that will last longer than cloth. If you want a shower curtain that is as classic as the clawfoot tub, then a cloth shower curtain treated with a sealer is a solid choice.

Inner and Outer Shower Curtains

Standard shower curtains have an inner curtain that rests inside the tub and an outer one that is more decorative. This is not always possible when purchasing a shower curtain for a clawfoot tub. The dimensions of the tub make it difficult to have 2 pieces on the same track. Purchasing a decorative plastic curtain is a simpler choice to the 2 layers of curtains.