How do I Choose the Best Bathtub Screen?

Nick Mann

A bathtub screen is often a popular alternative to traditional shower curtains. This is mainly because it provides a bathroom with an elegant, sophisticated look, and is much easier to clean. When choosing a bathtub screen, the main options include a full screen, a folding screen or an oval screen. Other factors to consider are the size, style and price.

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Woman holding a book

Full bathtub screens have four sides and encompass the entire periphery of a bathtub. An advantage of this design is that it should prevent water from splashing outside of the bathtub. A full screen is usually best for tubs not surrounded by walls.

Folding bathtub screens are designed for bathtubs that do have three walls. They fit on the fourth, uncovered side. This type of screen relies on hinges to open and close the door. Most folding screens will prevent most, but not all, splashing of water onto the floor. For this reason, it's generally best to install a folding screen only in bathrooms with tile resistant to water damage.

An oval bathtub screen is another option that many people find stylish. Instead of covering the entire length of a bathtub, an oval screen only covers about half the length. This is unlikely to completely protect the bathroom floor from water and should again only be used where there is water-resistant tile. Basically, an oval screen is more about style than practicality.

Size is also an important consideration in making the right choice. It's usually a good idea to measure the dimensions of one's bathtub before shopping. In many circumstances, the bathtub's size will dictate the available options.

The style of bathtub screen is another important factor for most people. Screens come in a wide variety of styles and colors. There are also many designs and materials to choose from. The selection is ultimately up to the individual's personal taste and the bathroom's existing decor. It's usually best to work with the decor and choose a bathtub screen that meshes well with it.

Price can also be a determining factor when making a selection. Bathtub screens can differ significantly in price, primarily due to the size and the quality of materials used. A good rule of thumb is to have a set budget in mind before shopping, and to look at several stores or websites before making a final choice.

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