Do you need to replace that old shower curtain in your RV, but you’re not sure how to choose the right one? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Campers and RVs typically feature small stall showers. You’ve probably already realized that the shower space is much more narrow than your standard shower at home.
That being said, they require a different-sized curtain. Sure, you could hang a standard-sized shower curtain in your RV, but let me warn you, you’re likely going to find mildew creeping up the curtain sooner than later.
A standard-sized shower curtain has to be bunched up to fit the camper’s shower space, which leads to creeping mildew.
But that’s far from everything you should consider when choosing a shower curtain for your RV. Let’s have a look at some of them, shall we? 🙂
7 things to consider when choosing a shower curtain for your RV
There are really only a few main aspects to consider when trying to find the right shower curtain for your home away from home. If you’re into “dry camping,” you may need to invest in an outdoor shower and shower curtain; but that’s another topic in itself. Let’s look at some things to consider.
One prime consideration when choosing the right shower curtain for your RV is the material it’s made of and whether you’ll need a liner. Many shower curtains are plastic; however, others are made from washable polyester. While attractive aesthetics might seem like a good tradeoff when choosing a material, let’s think functional. We don’t want mildew in the shower with us, do we? Try to stick to plastic or a washable fabric!
If you search for “camper” shower curtains, you’ll find they often feature additional details revolving around practicality. Things like weighted or magnetized hems help keep the curtain hanging where it should and prevent billowing. Yeah, I didn’t ever consider shower curtains billowing either. Some manufacturers even add a magnet on the side of the curtain’s hem to help keep the curtain closed. No more water all over the floor; unless you have kids, then there will always be a small puddle (I joke).
The space in a camper or RV can be limited, leaving you little elbow room. RV shower curtains sometimes include pockets for shampoo and soap. Having the slightest amount of additional space can be a blessing.
Bigger isn’t always better! As I mentioned above, an RV shower tends to be much smaller than a traditional shower in a home. A shower curtain for your RV will generally vary between 36 to 47 inches in width and has a standard 72-inch height. A standard shower curtain for a house is 72 inches by 72 inches.
If you try to use one, you’re going to have at least 25-inches of excess curtain, and it’s going to hold water leading to a funky curtain. Not only is there the risk of mildew, but if you choose a shower curtain that’s too long, it poses the threat of tripping while showering. You also don’t want your clean shower curtain dragging across the floor.
You have two options: buy an RV-specific shower curtain OR make the necessary alterations to a regular curtain to make it suitable. If you have a plastic curtain, you can size it and cut it, but when using fabric, you’ll need to hem it once it’s cut.
5. Design options
You have options! Some people prefer to keep it simple, while others want some style. Flash it up as much or as little as you want. More important than style is size and function.
Some people prefer to stick with clear or light colors when choosing a shower curtain for an RV. I have to say, I’ve been in some older model RVs, and the lighting in the bathroom had me feeling like I was in a 70s movie. You know, the poor lighting, dark walls, and all that jazz. If your RV is well-lit, you can choose a curtain as dark as you want to add privacy. However, if you’re rolling around in a retro that hasn’t been upgraded, you may want to stick to something clear!
Sometimes we have a budget we have to stick to. That being said, you can find a shower curtain for your RV for as low as $10 and up. The lower-end prices are typically transparent shower curtains and liners. You can even get customized shower curtains if that’s your thing!
4 eco-friendly shower curtain materials for your RV
Often, people who live an RV lifestyle are environmentally conscious. The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice released a document regarding PVC and plastic shower curtains releasing harmful chemicals into our homes, or in this case, RVs.
With that being said, let’s look at some eco-friendly shower curtain materials:
1. Hemp (wait, whaaaat?)
Hemp is an incredibly sustainable fabric. Hemp shower curtains can be challenging to find if you don’t know where to look. They’re a bit more expensive than your traditional curtains. Still, they’re biodegradable, free of toxic chemicals, and they are mold and bacteria-resistant.
Hemp shower curtains are pretty heavyweight, so you don’t need a liner. You can check out Bean Products, Amazon, and Etsy to find these curtains.
Life Kind offers organic cotton shower curtains that naturally repel water; again, there’s no need for a liner. They’re more expensive than plastic, but your health is worth it, right?
Yeah, I know. I was surprised too. This natural fiber is biodegradable and non-toxic. The one downfall might be that they are less water-repellent than the options listed above. However, after a shower, you can squeeze the curtain out to help it dry out. You could also hang it out to dry.
4. Non-toxic vinyl
Non-toxic vinyl is more affordable than the natural options I’ve listed. However, they’re not plastic-free, BUT they are safer than the plastic PVC options. PEVA is a type of vinyl that is biodegradable, machine washable, and lasts longer than the traditional shower curtains.
Choosing a shower curtain for your RV comes down to your personal preference and needs. You definitely have options to work with. It’s very similar to selecting a shower curtain for your home; only the size will vary.
You might also be interested in: RV Toilet Paper: What The Heck Is The Difference?