Types of Shower Curtain Hooks (Different Shapes & Materials)

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Did you know that you can find more than a few types of shower curtain hooks? If you’re using any type of shower curtain (except hookless ones), you’ll need a durable and mold-resistant hook. Let’s take a look at the different types of shower curtain hooks available today.

Types of Shower Curtain Hooks 

C-Shaped Shower Curtain Hook

As the name implies, this curtain hook is shaped like the letter C. This is probably the oldest hook design, and one of the most commonly used in homes. Set up is pretty easy. You literally just have to insert the lower part of the hook through the curtain holes and then hang them on the rods. You can get different materials and colors for this type of hook. Most of them are made of rubber or plastic, but more material options are available as well.

One downside of this hook is the tendency to create some friction when gliding the curtain – a very minor issue.

Amazer 24 PCS Shower Curtain Rings Plastic Shower Curtain Hooks for Bathroom Shower Rod - Clear
Plastic C hooks (Amazon)

S-Shaped Shower Curtain Hooks

Shaped like the letter S, these hooks are often very durable. Unlike C-shaped hooks, these are typically made using high-quality materials that really last a long time. The top part of the hook hangs with the rod and is a bit bigger than the bottom part, which is where the curtain is hooked. Installation is pretty easy and straightforward. 

Just insert the curtain through the bottom part of the S, and the upper part hooks onto the shower curtain rod. Depending on the material used, this can be prone to corrosion.

iDesign Axis Metal Shower Curtain Hooks, Rust Resistant Shower Hooks Rings for Kid's Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Master Bathroom, Set of 12, Bronze
S Hook Shower Curtain Hooks (Amazon)

Circular Shower Curtain Hooks

As the name suggests, you’ll get a large ring with these hooks. They have clasps that open and close. You can get these in plastic, but we recommend getting more durable materials. To set it up, open the clasp, insert the curtain holes into the circular ring, and then hang it over the curtain rod. Clasp again to close.

Maytex Metal Circular Shower Ring, Chrome, Set of 12
Circular Shower Ring (Amazon)

Dual Shower Curtain Hooks

Dual shower curtain hooks let you hang both the main shower curtain and a liner at the same time. It looks like a question mark that has two platforms at the bottom, meant for both the curtain and the liner. These sometimes come with roller balls on the upper part, which is a good thing. Those with no roller balls are more prone to corrosion and damage (more on this below).

Maytex Metal Double Roller Glide Shower Curtain Ring/Hooks, Brushed Nickel, Set of 12
Metal Double Roller Glide Shower Curtain Ring (Amazon)


Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks Rings, Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings and Hooks for Bathroom Shower Rods Curtains-Set of 12, Matte Nickel
Steel Shower Curtain Rings and Hooks (Amazon)

Finally, we have rollerballs. These are probably a huge step forward when it comes to shower curtain hook design. Many consider them as the biggest innovation in the product. These are small, smooth balls added to the area of the hook where you hang it on the rod. The main purpose of these balls is to reduce the friction that happens when gliding the curtain. As a result, you get light and seamless gliding, protecting the shower curtain and rod in the process. 

This also prevents 99% of corrosion from happening. The good thing is that they are universally compatible with your shower curtain hooks. No matter the shape of the hook, these rollerballs will adapt and do their job.

Shower Curtain Hooks

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Curtain Clips (Amazon)

These metal clips are similar to a stronger pressure clip that you open by squeezing both metal levels. The shower curtain material is pinched between the metal teeth of the clip. They hang nicely and can easily be adjusted but the main downside is that they can easily come undone when pulling on the curtain, especially the first few on either end. 

Types of Shower Curtain Hook Material 

You can also base your shopping decisions on the type of material used, instead of form.


Ceramic hooks are cheaper and commonly available. You can find hooks with decorations and detailing, as well as various colors. This makes finding one that matches your current decor easy.

Carnation Home Fashions Color Rounds Ceramic Resin Shower Curtain Hook, Red
Ceramic Shower Curtain Hook, Red (Image: Amazon)


If you want a more vintage or rustic feel, wooden hooks are a good option. You can use these if you have a country or farmhouse motif going on. They’ll fit right in when used in cabins and other spa-like settings. They can really accentuate the design of your bathroom if used right. Note that they might look out of place if you choose to use them in a contemporary bathroom.

Since wood has organic properties, you would do well to ensure proper and adequate ventilation in your bathroom to avoid getting mold or mildew problems on the hooks. Excessive moisture and humidity can also cause some damage to the material. While most wooden products are “treated” with chemicals to deal with this problem, it is still a risk that you need to be aware of.



Sequoia Wood Shower Curtain Hooks 12 Pk
Sequoia Wood Shower Curtain Hooks (Image: Amazon)


Metal hooks are also quite common. You can get simple and plain ones that are steel or silver in color. If you want more, you can find hooks with embellishments in them. These will go flawlessly with either modern or classic bathrooms. A good thing about metal is that it is coated to withstand moisture, and is rust-proof.

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks Rings, Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings and Hooks for Bathroom Shower Rods Curtains-Set of 12, Polished Chrome
Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings (Amazon)


If you want a “glass look” without using actual glass (which is impractical in this case), you can go with acrylic. You can find different colors, styles, and shapes available, giving you space to be creative and match your decor as you please.

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks Rings, Acrylic Shower Curtain Rings Stainless Steel Rust-Resistant Shower Hook Ring for Bathroom Shower Rods Curtain and Liner, Purple, 12 PCS
Acrylic Shower Curtain Rings (Image: Amazon)


Resin is becoming more and more trendy these days because of the unique look that goes with its extreme durability. You can literally enjoy years and years of regular use without damaging it. Plus, there are so many colors and designs to choose from!

Zenna Home Seaside Serenity Shower Curtain Hooks, Coastal Beach Theme Bathroom Accessory
Zenna Home Seaside Serenity Shower Curtain Hooks, (Amazon)


Kenney Double Shower Curtain Hooks (Set of 12), Clear
Double Shower Curtain Hooks (Amazon)

Probably the most abundant type is plastic. It’s also the most basic one. If you don’t need or want much fuss in terms of embellishments, and if you don’t want to worry about corrosion or rust, plastic is a no-brainer. They’re quite sturdy for their price, which is on the lower end. They’re also pretty easy to use.

Which type of hook are you getting? Share your thoughts in the comments below!