A shower curtain rod might not be one of the design decisions at the forefront of your mind when you're decorating a bathroom, but it's worth your consideration.
There are many shower curtain rod styles available that can give your bathroom a fresh new look. The material, color, and shape of your shower curtain rod can have a significant impact on your bathroom's aesthetic. For example, choosing a curved shower rod over a straight one can make your shower space feel larger. For ideas on selecting a shower curtain rod for your home, visit Foter.com.
When it comes to installing a shower rod, you'll want to make sure it's done correctly to avoid it crashing down while you're in the middle of a relaxing shower. Follow these simple tips to have your shower rod up in no time.
Tools For Installation
Before you begin, assemble all the necessary materials for a successful installation. These may vary depending on the type of rod you've selected. But for most installations, the basics remain the same.
- Stud finder
- Tape Measure
- Level Meter
- Shower Curtain
- Shower Curtain Rings
- Tension Rod or Fixed Rod with Hardware (including two brackets and at least eight screws)
- Drywall Anchors
Fixed Shower Curtain Rod Installation
A fixed shower curtain rod is the most common style that needs installation, and it requires several tools and a bit of time to do this properly.
Bring the shower curtain up to the appropriate height and mark this location on the wall with a pencil. You need to install the rod roughly 6" higher than the length of the shower curtain.
This allows for 2" between the floor and the bottom of the curtain to prevent the curtain from collecting excess moisture and dirt.
If you have a shower over your bathtub, the shower curtain should hang approximately 5" below the edge of the tub.
Use the stud finder to determine if there are studs behind the area you marked on the wall. If there is no stud in that location, you'll have to add the additional support yourself.
Hold the rod up to the points you've marked and place a level on top of it. Ensure that the rod will be level if you install drywall anchors or secure the rod at these points.
If the points are not level, adjust accordingly, and create new markings on the wall.
Step 4 (If no stud was present)
Pre-drill holes for drywall anchors.
Screw drywall anchors into the holes and fasten the mounting hardware into the wall anchors with screws. If you are installing a mounted shower curtain rod, you should have two brackets and at least eight screws available to secure the brackets to the wall.
Place the shower rings onto the rod. Most standard shower curtains come with twelve rings that are available in ring or hook form.
If you've chosen rings or hooks with a unique size or style, ensure they will fit the shower curtain and rod you've selected before installation.
Insert the rod into the holes and attach your curtain to the rings. Ensure that the curtain's wet side faces in, and the decorative side is facing out.