Whether you have a walk-in shower with no doors or a regular bathtub, chances are you’ve been hit in the back or the sides by the shower curtain on numerous occasions.
Apparently, the temperature difference between your bathroom and the inside of the shower area creates an air pressure gradient strong enough to pull the curtain towards the water. Now, no one has probably ever been injured from receiving a shower curtain liver shot. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a pleasant thing to deal with, especially if you don’t have to.
In order to stop the common shower curtain blow-in, you can resort to various DIY quick fixes or use a number of aftermarket bathroom accessories.
Weigh It Down
There are various weighted shower curtains that you can buy. Small weights are added at equal distances along the base of the curtain.
This won’t prevent 100% of the blowback but it helps keep the curtain straight enough when taking hot showers, enough to not to blow into you, or to rise over the top of the bathtub and end up in the water. Sometimes this may happen even if you keep the curtain over the bathtub edge.
If you like your curtain that much and you don’t want to change it or add weights to it, you can always try to find a weighted liner. Inexpensive shower curtain liners are good at keeping moisture in the shower but they don’t prevent the curtain from blowing in.
Heavyweight liners should help with this. They use the same principle as weighted shower curtains, a few evenly spaced weights at the bottom, and they also feature heavier and thicker material. Therefore, even if the curtain was to blow in, it wouldn’t have enough force to push the liner.
Don’t forget that there are also plenty of ornamental weights that you can add to your existing curtain. They may cost a bit extra but some have elegant designs and work really well. Installing three or four evenly spaced weights should keep the curtain level with the edge of your bathtub.
At the same time, they’ll be pulling the curtain slightly towards the outside so that there’s enough resistance against the force caused by a difference in air pressure. The majority of aftermarket shower curtain weights are clip-ons, which means that they won’t damage the curtain if left on for days at a time.
It also means that they’re not permanent installations. Therefore, you can remove them when you want to put the shower curtain in the washing machine.
If you have a metal frame at the base of your shower stall or tub, you can use magnets to pin the curtain to the base. Home improvement stores should have strong magnets for you to use. This would also save you the trouble of having to go out and buy a new curtain. Not all weighted curtains look stylish.
Before attempting this, you might want to use a regular fridge magnet to check for metal components at the base of your shower. If there’s nothing to pin the strong magnets to, you will need a different method to pin the curtain.
Use Suction Cups
If you have problems with water leaks from the gap between the curtain and the shower walls, you might already be familiar with suction cups. They’re often used to pin the shower curtain in order to minimize the amount of water splashing to the outside. You can use suction cups to pin the entire curtain and stop it from blowing in. Use one or two cups at each side of the shower wall to hold the curtain.
You can also use clip binders if you’re not ok with fitting suction cups to your curtain. Stick the suction cups to the walls and use clip binders to hold the curtain and fix it to the suction cups.
Change Your Shower Rod
A standard straight shower rod or curtain rod is more likely to allow the curtain to blow in while showering. If you don’t mind making some minor adjustments, you can change your regular curtain rod to a curved curtain rod.
This may change the design of your bathroom slightly but it has the upside of keeping the curtain further away from the water and the heat. This means that it won’t get sucked in as easily.
Use Curtain Clips
If you don’t trust yourself with DIY projects, you can try buying a pair or two of curtain clips. These use a similar principle to suction cups.
The clips attach to the sides of the shower curtain, or liner, and then they can be affixed on the wall with a strong adhesive. If you think about it, curtain clips will look better than suction cups. And, they won’t require you to constantly put them on the wall and take them off.
Clips stick to the wall and you just fit in the curtain whenever you want to take a shower. Using at least one on each end of the shower curtain is mandatory if you’re looking for a good seal and a tightened curtain.
Leaving the back of the shower curtain unclipped may cause that end to blow in and stick to your back if you shower for long enough.
Don’t Dismiss a More Radical Solution
If you really don’t want to leave anything to chance, there’s always the alternative of replacing your curtain with shower doors.
Shower doors are not designed just for walk-in showers. You can also install them on a bathtub with the proper tools and framework. That would totally protect your bathroom floor from splashes and there’s no chance that anything will hit you in the back while you’re showering.
And you also have many options too. There are plastic doors, tempered glass doors, see-through or frosted glass, you name it. You don’t even have to wall-off your bathtub.
You can just pick a shower door design that’s two thirds the length of your bathtub. That should be enough to protect against the reach of your shower head.