Should You Get a Shower Curtain or a Shower Door?

February 19, 2021 2:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Building a home or remodeling your bathroom? Choosing between a shower curtain and a shower door makes a huge difference in looks as well as functionality, convenience and cleaning. Both options are great choices for your bathroom, but glass doors are more popular for a reason. Here’s how to choose between bathroom shower curtains or a glass shower door in Santa Fe, NM.

Design and aesthetic

If you have a neutral bathroom and you love changing the look with accessories, a shower curtain is probably the best choice for you. Bathroom shower curtains are relatively inexpensive, and can become an entire “statement piece” for your space.

On the other hand, glass shower doors can lend an ultra-modern look to your bathroom. Frameless shower doors put the focus on the tilework, stone or other shower materials. If you choose a glass shower door, your shower itself can become the focal point. (Of course, you’ll have to keep it sparkling clean at all times.)

If you don’t want your shower to be the focal point of your bathroom, you can always use frosted glass. It’ll still let natural light in (both in the shower and the bathroom, depending on where your windows are located) but won’t require as much upkeep.


Naturally, the upfront cost of glass shower doors versus bathroom shower curtains in Santa Fe, NM is quite a big one. Most midrange shower curtains are under $50 for the curtain, and tension rods are easily purchased for $25 and under. In contrast, framed shower doors range from $300 to $500, and frameless doors are usually around $900 to $1,300. That’s a huge difference—but you might find that the other factors make up for it.

Ease of use

Everyone has had the unfortunate experience of being “grabbed” by a cold, clammy shower curtain. It’s not exactly relaxing—although you can mitigate the chances of that happening with weighted or magnetic shower curtain liners.

Glass shower doors, on the other hand, are easy to use: just open the door to get in and out. If you want to avoid close encounters of the curtain kind, this is the way to go.


Your glass shower door will obviously last a lot longer than a shower curtain, which is prone to moisture-related damage from stains, mold and mildew. Glass shower doors are treated so they last decades with no visible wear and tear. They might cost more, but they’ll also last a lot longer.

Home value

Finally, if you want to increase your home’s value, installing a glass shower door can do the trick. Shower curtains won’t lower your home value (unless you’re getting rid of an existing glass door for a curtain), but they won’t increase it, either.

Overall, a glass shower door is a great investment for your Santa Fe, NM home. If you’re interested in getting your own, call Santa Fe Glass & Mirror today. We offer custom glass for residential, commercial and industrial buildings, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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