Shower curtains and bath guards

The space within a bathroom cannot always accommodate a bath and separate shower.  If a property has only one bathroom, combining a bath and shower is an excellent compromise.  Creating a shower over a bath can be as simple as a shower attachment from the bath taps and installing a shower curtain.  However, a glass bath screen or full over-bath shower enclosure can create a practical and luxurious showering area in even the smallest bathroom.

Shower curtains are the simplest and most cost effective way of creating a shower within a bath. A simple shower rail attached to the walls at either end of the bath will allow a curtain to be drawn along its length and act as a water deflector. Modern shower curtains are colourful in design and the materials used often have some degree of mould resistance and are machine washable. Curved shower rails, often with a central support bar that attaches to the ceiling, facilitate the use of a shower curtain in a corner bath.

There are, however, some limitations on the use of shower curtains that should be considered. If the shower head is at one end of the bath, which is often the case, water reflected from your body can gather around the taps or on the flat top surface of the bath. The curtain cannot prevent this water from running off the top of the bath and onto the floor. Water may also pass through the gap where the shower curtain meets the wall. One simple solution to this problem may be to fit a bath guard.

A bath shower guard is a slim fixed glass screen which sits on top of the bath and attaches to the wall next to the shower head. The shower curtain hangs in front of the bath guard deflecting water into the bath while the bath guard creates a sealed barrier to water that accumulates around the taps or that might escape from the gap between the shower curtain and tiled wall. A bath guard will be approximately 1500mm in height and between 150 and 350mm in width.




Costs

A shower curtain can be purchased for as little as £10 and a straight shower rail can also be bought for £10 - £15.  Corner shower rail kits start at around £25 - £30.  A shower curtain can easily be fitted by anyone with even the most basic DIY skills and some straight rails do not even require the walls to be drilled.  Bath guards are available from many of the recognised shower brands and prices range from around £75 for a simple fixed glass screen to over £300 for a larger screen including an integrated shower rail and curtain.


  • Easy – a simple to fit and cost effective way of creating a shower enclosure over a bath.
  • Colourful – modern prints and materials can add colour and interest to your bathroom.
  • Replaceable – cheap to replace if the curtain becomes mouldy or you simply want to freshen up your bathroom.

  • Water leaks – a shower curtain is only a deflector of water and can leak where it meet walls and around the taps on top of the bath.
  • Power showers – not normally suitable for use with power or pumped shower systems.
  • Mould – can become mouldy and cause unpleasant damp aromas in the bathroom.