Here's the situation. It's a fairly large shower enclosure -- 3' x 5', I think. There's a large Gothic arched opening, set slightly off-center. Ideally, I would have liked to just leave the opening completely open (the way you have them in a spa, for example), but I don't think the enclosure is quite big enough that we can get away with that without some spray landing in the main bathroom. And since the floors are hardwood, even if we put a little rug in front of the door (which I imagine we will, for wet feet), it's probably wiser to have some sort of way of closing off the shower. Yes?
Now, most people would put a glass door there. But I don't like glass doors on showers. I find them either cheesy-looking (the 80s versions with the gold-tone trim) or overly-modern for my tastes (the sleek frameless ones). So I'd rather have a shower curtain, which also lets me change it out periodically as my tastes change. (Sadly, the John Robshaw Stone one I showed you earlier is completely out of stock. Argh!!! Very frustrating. Will have to keep looking for the perfect shower curtain.)
I was just going to hang a fabric curtain on the outside of the shower and figure that would be enough to catch a small amount of spray. I'd planned on a long shower rod, that was hung above the point of the Gothic doorway, and which extended to the right, so that the shower curtain could be swept entirely away from the opening most of the time, because I think the opening onto the quartzite tile will be very pretty, and I'd like to be able to see it when I'm in the bathroom. But Kev is worried that a fabric curtain won't be enough -- I guess that there will be enough water that it'll get sodden and drip down onto that little rug sitting on that wood floor. So he suggested hanging a liner. (I don't like plastic ones, so it'd probably be nylon.)
Okay, well and good, but then the liner would be outside the shower (along with the fabric curtain), and if water does spray, it'll drip down very smoothly, back onto the little rug and the wood floor below. So it seems like the logical solution (which Kev came up with), is to hang two rods -- one inside the shower, for the liner, and one on the outside, for the fabric curtain.
That would work, but now I'm wondering whether it would be tedious to use -- would we be constantly pulling aside two curtains (one after another), and then pulling them back? I guess you'd only pull the liner one closed after you got in, for functionality, which means you'd only pull that one open when you got out, which means you'd probably end up with the fabric one just pulled open most of the time. (Which would have still been nice with the Stone curtain, because it was still very pretty bunched up rather than spread out. But most shower curtains are less interesting when bunched up.)
We could also just skip the fabric curtain at that point, figuring that we'll keep the liner swept out of sight when we're not actually taking a shower, so we'll just have the pretty view directly into the tiled shower. But I do like the aesthetics of a fabric curtain; it brings some textile softness into the room.
Anyway, thoughts? I don't think I've ever seen a shower enclosure with a curtain before, and certainly not curtains mounted both inside and outside. Which makes me think I'm being dumb here. Or perhaps inspired. But probably dumb. Help?
To be clear, the options are:
a) no shower curtain at all
b) nylon shower liner just on the inside
c) fabric shower curtain just on the outside (my preferred option, if it would be sufficient to keep the water in)
d) liner and curtain, two rods, one inside, one outside