10 Shower Curtains That Are Pretty Enough to Be Actual Window Treatments

updated Jul 20, 2020
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Last week, we published an article on how to use shower curtains as window curtains, and to be honest I’m still thinking about it. Not only is it likely that you’ll save money this way, but you’ll also open yourself up to way more options. I remember when I started looking for curtains for my first apartment, I was disappointed by what I was finding. Not only were individual panels expensive, but many of them weren’t exactly pretty—especially the budget ones. Shower curtains tend to be less expensive and less, well, boring, and many of them come in great colors, patterns, and designs. Once I started researching shower curtains that could be repurposed as regular curtains, I was sold. Below are just 10 options I found that can fit any style and budget.

Chilka Shower Curtain

OK, yes, this shower curtain is wildly expensive, but isn’t it lovely? Each one is made by a team of 32 master weavers in India using a technique called fil coupé, so you know it’s high quality and built to last. Honestly, it’s maybe too nice to be stuck in your bathroom, and deserves a place of honor in your living area. It comes in two colors: the light blue version above, and a more traditional cream color.

Buy: Chilka Shower Curtain, $125 from The Citizenry

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H&M Shower Curtain

On the other hand, if you’re really on a tight budget, then look no further than this polyester curtain from H&M. Available in both white and gray, it’s a simple, breezy option that’s perfect if you don’t want to block out too much sun. For comparison, their curtain panels start at $24.99 for a 2-pack, and the least expensive ones aren’t available in white.

Buy: Shower Curtain, $12.99 from H&M

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Blue Hypnotic Shower Curtain

If you’re a maximalist who wants bold curtains, you’ve probably realized how difficult that is to find. Enter Jungalow, which doesn’t yet sell window treatments but does sell some eclectic shower curtains. This one features eye-catching motifs, darker colors, and tons of personality—perfect for those who want to use their windows to make a statement.

Buy: Blue Hypnotic Shower Curtain, $62 from Jungalow

The Boho Home Co. Mud Cloth Shower Curtain

And of course, you can’t forget about browsing Etsy. The Boho Home Co. sells a fantastic range of boho-inspired shower curtains in four sizes, including this mud cloth-patterned option that’s available in both white and black. It’s a solid choice for those who want a white curtain panel that still has some visual detail.

Buy: The Boho Home Co. Mud Cloth Shower Curtain, $68 from Etsy

Sabrina Fringed Shower Curtain

Similar to Jungalow, Urban Outfitters has a nice selection of patterned and colorful shower curtains that stand out from your standard fare. This pink option has a chevron pattern and fringed ends, perfect for completing your boho space. It’s similar in price to UO’s window curtains, but the construction is less gauzy and more substantial in feel.

Buy: Sabrina Fringed Shower Curtain, $39 from Urban Outfitters

Westwind Shower Curtain

Love the look of toile? This shower curtain from Serena & Lily gives toile a beachy upgrade, sailboats, and other motifs reminiscent of the California coast. It’s made of a linen-cotton blend, so it’s extra soft and breezy, and is guaranteed to fit in very nicely with a coastal-inspired living room or bedroom. Serena & Lily doesn’t sell window treatments, but their selection of shower curtains more than makes up for it.

Buy: Westwind Shower Curtain, $88 from Serena & Lily

Omo Shower Curtain

Yes, this shower curtain is over $200, so it’s certainly not accessible to most people. With that said, you’d be hard-pressed to find something this special elsewhere. Handwoven in Ethiopia and made from 100 percent Ethiopian cotton, this shower curtain perfectly balances neutral and vibrant colors for a one-of-a-kind piece that definitely deserves to be shown off.

Buy: Omo Shower Curtain, $205 from Bolé Road Textiles

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Brooklinen Linen Shower Curtain

If you’re like me and believe that linen is a superior fabric, linen curtains are probably at the top of your wish list. Unfortunately, linen is expensive, and linen window treatments are no exception. Enter this shower curtain from Brooklinen, which is made from the same material as their popular linen sheets. It comes in both white and navy blue, and comes with a liner and set of 12 hooks—two good things to have even if you don’t use the curtain itself in your bathroom.

Buy: Linen Shower Curtain, $68 from Brooklinen

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Organic Mid-Century Geo Shower Curtain

Organic cotton also runs pretty expensive, but this geo-patterned shower curtain from West Elm is actually a pretty good price. It’s GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified, and has that soft, drapey feel you want in a curtain. If you browse West Elm’s extensive curtain collection, you’ll see that their full-priced curtains start at $60 (and that this fun pattern is nowhere in sight).

Buy: Organic Mid-Century Geo Shower Curtain, $40 from West Elm

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Hampton Stripe Shower Curtain

There’s nothing like chunky stripes to add coastal vibes to your space, and this shower curtain from Kassatex will look just as good in your living room as it will in your bathroom. Made of 100 percent cotton, it has a lightweight yet substantial feel, and has a laidback, casual vibe that’s ideal for creating an inviting space.

Buy: Hampton Stripe Shower Curtain, $35 from Kassatex