Could this inflatable shower curtain scare you into saving water?

July 28, 2015 | By | Comments (3)
Meet "Spiky"—the shower curtain that inflates after 4 minutes of shower time, taking #droughtshaming to a whole new level. (Photo by Elisabeth Buecher.)

Meet “Spiky,” the shower curtain that inflates after 4 minutes of shower time—taking #droughtshaming to a whole new level.
(Photos by Elisabeth Buecher.)


Okay, so you stopped watering your lawn. You recycle water in the kitchen. Maybe you no longer wash your car. Now are you ready to take shorter showers? With this funky new shower curtain, you won’t have a choice.

The curtain is lined with soft spikes that inflate after four minutes of shower time, gently pushing you out of the shower.

The stages of Spiky.

The stages of Spiky.


Brilliant? Scary?

Maybe a bit of both.

We reached out to Spiky’s inventor—French-born, London, U.K.-based artist Elisabeth Buecher—to find out more.

Sunset: We can’t help but wonder: Was the scary shower scene in Psycho your inspiration?
Buecher: I do believe that it is very hard to do things that feel uncomfortable, even if it is for our own good (like saving water). We need a little help to force us to do it. I see my curtains like alarm clocks: You don’t want to get up in the morning, but you have to and the alarm clock helps you to do it. The spikes idea comes from a movie by Tim Burton where he was featuring a medieval torture instrument using metal spikes (Sleepy Hollow).

Sunset: So how exactly does it work?
Buecher: The tap has a sensor and after four minutes of running water, the sensor triggers the inflation of the spikes via an air inflator.

Sunset: Where can we buy the curtains?
Buecher: At the moment, it is not a commercial product but an educational art installation. I would love to develop it into a commercial product, but I would need to find a business partner.


Any takers? For now, we suggest putting that alarm clock to double use.



  1. Katherine Hart

    Cute! If you are looking to cut your kids showering times you can try a product called the
    Shower Manager. It has eliminated fights over the shower and saved us hundreds on our water bill over the past year.

    October 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm
  2. In Bel-Air, one homeowner is using enough water to sustain 90 households | A blog by Sunset

    […] us have buckets strewn around the house to collect extra water, are converting to gray water,  are timing our showers, and doing everything we can to conserve water in the garden and even when we cook, it’s […]

    October 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  3. Water and Power: Changing the landscape of California – Los Angeles Times | Waterzz

    […] Time yourself: Californians know one way to save water is to take shorter showers. If you don’t want to keep a timer in the bathroom, you may want to consider a new shower curtain that will let you know when your four minutes are up. It does so by inflating pointy spikes that will practically force you out of the shower. […]

    August 4, 2015 at 6:37 am

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