Design

A Trick for Small Spaces

Quiet Town Transparent Shower Curtains

One way to make a small bathroom feel bigger and brighter is to use a shower curtain liner, instead of a shower curtain. You can get a clear liner at the drugstore, but Quiet Town just came out with transparent shower curtains, made from non-chlorinated EVA vinyl that’s hand-stitched in Brooklyn. So cool, right?

Quiet Town Transparent Shower Curtains

Quiet Town Transparent Shower Curtains

Any other tricks for small spaces? I also really like the tip of replacing closet doors with a curtain, so you don’t have to worry about swinging the door into the room.

P.S. 15 genius tips for living in small spaces, and a tiny Manhattan apartment.

  1. Getting tips for my small house. Clearly was doing it wrong

  2. J says...

    I prefer sliding doors personally, feel like a space looks messier when you have to look at everything all the time.

  3. grace s says...

    I’m about to start year 2 in a 450 square foot apartment with my husband, our dog, and a cat. Our solution? A THIRD CLOSET. Aka we are getting a 5′ x 5′ storage locker. Thank god.

  4. Yes! A clear vinyl shower curtain is a must for any tiny New York bathroom. I’ve used one in mine for years and I love how much bigger it makes the room feel. Whenever I go into a friend’s bathroom with an opaque shower curtain, I feel cramped.

    Love the pink curtain liners!

    http://cityambition.com

  5. Becca Lloyd says...

    Any ideas about where one might find that awesome shower curtain rod/sculpture? I love it!

  6. Anna Kleinfeld says...

    The colorblock one is great!

  7. Having only one bathroom in the apartment to share for our family of four, a transparent shower curtain is most definitely out of the question. Absolutely not a good idea.

  8. Hanna says...

    Ha! I did this for the first couple of years I had my claw foot tub. I really liked it because my tub is beside two 6-foot tall windows, and I could look out over the fields to the state forest while showering. Unfortunately, every single guest who stayed with us was seriously freaked out by how exposed they felt in our shower. I never could convince anyone that the deer and bears don’t mind seeing naked people, and I eventually put up cloth curtains.

  9. Living in a studio I completely understand the struggle with space. This is a fantastic idea–definitely going to try it. *Currently online googling transparent shower curtains*.

    Thanks for the tip!

  10. We have pocket doors and discovered a hidden benefit – because the wall has to accommodate a door, it is thicker and therefore especially sound proof! We also have captains beds – drawers in the bed mean there’s no need for a dresser. Invest in a high quality one – you’ll be using those drawers a LOT, and if they become warped and won’t stay shut you’re in for a lot of bruised shins. Also, avoid high furniture – it’s tempting to stack your books to the ceiling, but it can make a small room feel a bit stifling. Keep it low and even though you’re not gaining any floor space, the room will feel more open. Finally, hooks and shelves keep stuff off the floor – find wall space that doesn’t see a lot of traffic, and put in some pretty wooden hooks or shelves the same color as the wall.

  11. Always hang your curtains right up almost at the ceiling as opposed to right above the top of the window- adds so much height to a room!

  12. Love it! My apartment has a sliding glass door shower – and I didn’t realize how much I would MISS shower curtains!

    http://objectsicantafford.com

  13. Diana says...

    Can you tell me where I can get the floor mat? They are so cute! Thanks.

  14. J says...

    These are cute, but not for me. I want privacy and sanctuary during my shower time. We have a glass stall shower now in the house, and sometimes I miss the privacy of my little apartment tub with white waffle knit shower curtain.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      white waffle knit sounds beautiful!

  15. Alli says...

    How do you keep the clear curtain from getting water water marks on it? We have a clear liner also made with EVA vinyl, but the water and soap scum make it gross, so I prefer to cover it with a white curtain (we live in San Francisco, where I don’t believe the water is particularly hard/soft).

    • Andrea says...

      You can throw the thicker ones in the wash machine periodically.

    • Alli says...

      Andrea: I do thrown them in the wash! But they don’t seem to come out. Maybe I have extra durable soap scum? ;)

    • Sarah says...

      Try dish soap and or shampoo to remove the scum. It’s well matched to the body fat that’s part of the scum. Sorry if that grossed anyone out.

  16. I’m about to move into a new and much smaller apartment sight unseen (that is some major trust in placing in my fiancé, haha) and depending on the bathroom layout this might be a trick we’ll be using! Our current shower feels like a sad and dark closet, probably because it essentially is once you close our dark shower curtain. A major plus is finding a good non-toxic plastic for those steamy baths too!

  17. We did this for several months before I could choose or spend money on a shower curtain. The light in our small bathroom was certainly nice, but it feels more finished with a cloth curtain for sure. Also, our walls are all tile and although it’s pretty, the curtain was the only way to add color or character. Plus the clear starts to look gross super fast! Target has $5 EVA ones, too ?

  18. Audra says...

    How about the shower rod? I can’t seem to find a beautiful L shaped one, was anyone?
    Thanks!

  19. Lauren E. says...

    I’ve never in my life figured out how to keep my shower clean 24/7 (even with weekly scrub downs) so I prefer to keep the layer of soap scum hidden from guests :)

  20. Andrea says...

    We have a small NYC bathroom and what’s hard to find are small bath mats! Most of them are made for ginormous McMansions! When I find 2×3 mats, I buy a few.

    • laura says...

      Ikea has tons!

  21. Yes! I have been doing this for seven years and it works wonders in our tiny studio (320 square feet!) with an even tinier bathroom.

  22. Tara says...

    Thanks!

  23. Sarah says...

    Am I the only one who likes a little more privacy when I’m in the shower? To me this is weird. Even though I only live with my fiance who might hop in and join me, I prefer to have my “me” time in the shower and an opaque curtain helps with that.

    • Totally agree with you on this. I like my alone-time in the shower and a bit of privacy is good for the soul.

  24. Robin says...

    I have a clear curtain too! PVC free, purchased at Walmart for under $10. I had a hemp curtain (not from quiet town) and it got mildew and I couldn’t get it out and finally bleached it, and then it fell to pieces. I finally gave up and went with just the inexpensive liner and I have to say I’m really happy with it. Makes my tiny bathroom feel bigger, there was no off-gassing when I opened the package, and it doesn’t have to hang outside the tub and drip on the floor.

  25. Cait says...

    For some reason, $62 for a plastic shower curtain feels more expensive than for a cloth one.

  26. I absolutely love the pink. Pen x

  27. we have a walk-in shower (no tub), but we got clear glass walls on purpose because we have a super-small bathroom. (Also good motivation for keeping the shampoo and soap, etc. looking nice). And I keep as many things off the floor as possible to make it feel expansive – hang things on the wall instead. Final trick is mirrors! We have 2 biggish mirrors which lend spaciousness.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are great tips!

  28. Mel says...

    Little more expensive/permanent. Replacing swing doors with pocket doors has made our two small bathrooms seem bigger

  29. Stacy says...

    But if there is not a curtain, you’ll be able to see the murderer before they stab you. I’d prefer to not know.

    • Kim L says...

      LOL!! I so agree with this. I have never taken a shower in my life without thinking about Psycho.

    • neha says...

      Hahaha!!

      thanks!

    • Andrea says...

      I HONESTLY have had a clear shower curtain for two decades because of the whole murderer concern. I get very uncomfortable in showers when I can’t see out.

    • Jami says...

      SSDGM! :)

  30. Buy versatile furniture! The trick is to buy pieces you love, but not go all out on pieces that are likely only going to suit your current place. In our first apartment my husband and I bought a small dining table with extendable sides, and some shelf units that could be used either standing upright against the wall, or on their long side as a sideboard. These have been extremely handy after we moved to another small space, as their versatility allowed us to still style the room as we wanted, without having to buy new furniature!

  31. Sarah says...

    Ummm, why does a tub need a shower curtain? And if it’s an actual shower…where do you hide all your shampoo/conditioner/soap/shave cream etc?

    • Stephanie says...

      I like a curtain when I’m in the tub, otherwise water gets splashed everywhere! Especially if you’ve got a shower head and hose which extend, and use them to rinse off. A curtain keeps the water in and prevents the bathroom from being flooded.

  32. Jessia says...

    Do you have any idea what happened to Dana and her House Tweaking blog??

    • Brooke says...

      Was just (randomly) wondering this about an hour ago.

  33. Anna Kleinfeld says...

    These are beautiful!

  34. Callie says...

    I’ve been doing this for years!! I’m claustrophobic so I can’t stand a shower curtain!

  35. I love these! Just wish I had the claw foot tub to match! Sadly I also use my shower curtain to hide all the shampoo bottles, but I do have a translucent white curtain that manages to both hide my toiletries AND looks super glowy thanks to the window in my shower wall ☺

  36. Sacha says...

    My sister and her roommate taught me this trick! When I moved into their old apartment, I loved the extra light from the clear shower curtain (and felt a lot safer showering while home alone, haha), but I wanted a little something extra. I found a great curtain on Amazon with a modern lace print, which isn’t nearly as oxymoronic as it sounds. :)

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PXYDHMQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  37. I just moved into a very small studio, and boy, am I learning the art of organization! I don’t have a dedicated kitchen, so I spray painted an Ikea Vittsjo shelf in gold, and use it to display my pretty dishes, a few of my favorite books and knick knacks, and my little microwave fits in the bottom shelf (I don’t have ANY counter space)! Everything just needs to offer some storage. My TV credenza has drawers, which I use for underwear and socks. My coffee table has a second tier, and I threw some cute baskets in there to act as catch-alls for my shit. I luckily have huge windows (one is literally 120″ across) so I mounted my curtain rods 4″ from the ceiling and hung long white linen drapes to draw the eye up. I also kept everything (the big pieces like drapes, sofa, bedding, etc) in fairly neutral tones, since the eye just kinda glides over everything. But I also have a million plants which also adds height and color, haha. Ok, my ramble is over ?

    • Lauren E. says...

      Your place sounds beautiful!

  38. Mullica says...

    We use a clear shower liner in our bathroom too! When I moved in with my boyfriend it was the only thing we had to use at the moment and we got use to it and so we left it. Our bathroom isn’t super small but I like the light .

  39. Amy says...

    We have a translucent shower curtain with printed white leaves on it. Gives a bit of privacy (we only have one bathroom for five people, so there’s definitely more than one person in there half the time!) while still letting the light through to the shower and keeping the room looking bigger and brighter. And I’ve had very few problems with mildew despite living in a humid environment – I rinse it off occasionally and I replace it every 2-3 years. We let it dry “closed” (spread out) which helps a lot.

  40. I like the clear shower curtain tip but I have to say that almost every tiny bathroom I’ve ever had also had a bathtub/shower situation that left a lot to be desired. Hiding it with a pretty curtain was the easiest way to make it presentable.

  41. Loribeth says...

    I totally do this in my apartment! The lighting is so poor that you would never be able to see with an opaque shower curtain. Plus the bathroom somehow magically feels less cramped.

  42. Tara says...

    Where are those bath mats from? Love them.

    • brianna says...

      I found them on the Quiet Town website.