Design Duel: Shower Curtain Open or Closed?

Design Duel: Shower Curtain Open or Closed?

Carrie McBride
May 9, 2015
(Image credit: Carolyn Purnell/Bethany Nauert)

Whether he knows it or not, my husband and I have been in a long-standing (mostly unspoken) standoff about whether the shower curtain should remain open or closed when no one is showering. A typical morning in our household: he showers and leaves the curtain open. I come in 5 minutes later to brush my teeth and close it. He comes in 5 minutes later to brush his teeth and opens it. And on and on... So, who's right?

Here are my arguments for a CLOSED shower curtain:

  • I was always taught that mildew was more likely to grow in the folds of a closed up shower curtain (I'm referring to the plastic liner.) and that bunching it up was "bad".
  • Even after the shower liner dries, I like to close it because our shower/tub area is just not pretty and, frankly, could use more attention from our housekeeper. (Mental note: hire housekeeper.)

In the interest of at least appearing open-minded, I just chatted my husband and asked why he likes to keep the shower curtain OPEN:

  • Because it makes the room feel less claustrophobic. [I can attest that we have a teeny bathroom.]
  • Sometimes I sit on the edge of the tub to help the kids do stuff at the sink.
  • The curtain is there to keep the water in the shower, which isn't an issue when the water isn't running.

Would I be more in favor of leaving the curtain open if my shower looked like this?

Yes, yes I would. You got me there.

Argue your case in the comments!

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