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What's the best curtain for a clawfoot tub?

The old house we just bought has a clawfoot tub. Are two plastic shower curtains the only way to encase it or is there a better, less cheap-looking option?

I have to say it: Plastic shower curtains are just so unsanitary and nasty. Wherever possible, I avoid them. It is difficult to do so, of course, when you want a cloth shower curtain because you need to protect the fabric. One alternative to curtains is cordoning off the tub with a glass door that hinges to the wall and can move out of the way when not in use. If budget is of no concern, you can also install a retractable Nana Wall glass system that folds into a hidden wall cavity or build some stone walls to the same level as the top of the tub and incorporate fixed glass panels on the slab tops. Short of this, heat all walls and floors in the bathroom so that water evaporates quickly.

Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is the president of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in Toronto. Have a design question? E-mail

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