When it comes to purchasing a bathroom shower curtain rod, (also known as a shower curtain rail in Europe), there are many types and sizes from which to choose. In reality, there is not really a standard measurement for all shower rods, which make finding the right fit a little more difficult for some people. You can find some longer shower curtain rods if you know where to look. Most people will do fine with a 72-inch shower curtain rod, but it is always necessary to measure your bath/shower from one wall to the other to determine the correct size that you will need for your particular bathroom. Fortunately, many shower curtain rod manufacturers have made more choices for customers, like you, that need a little more variety for their shower curtain rods and shower rails.
Assorted Shower Curtain Rods
and Shower Rails
In choosing the right shower curtain rod, one of these listed below, will probably be just the ticket you need. If not, then there is always the possibility of getting someone who makes custom shower curtain rods to make one especially for you or to use this fully customizable one. Hopefully, you won’t need to do that, as it is more expensive.
Below is the list of the most sought after shower curtain rods. We will take a look at each type individually.
- Curved Shower Curtain Rod
- Tension Shower Curtain Rod
- Corner Shower Curtain Rod / L Shaped Shower Curtain Rod
- Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain Rods
- Oval Shower Curtain Rod
- Circular Shower Curtain Rod / Rounded Shower Curtain Rod
- Double Shower Curtain Rod
Curved Shower Curtain Rod
When it comes to buying a curved shower curtain rod, there are a few things that you should consider.
- The Size of Your Bathroom
- Who is Using the Shower
Many people love having a curved shower curtain rod, but they may not always be practical. If, you are fortunate enough to have a larger size bathroom, then a shower curtain rod curved to the outside of the shower will definitely give you extra room to move.
This is especially handy if you are always being wrapped up in your shower curtain due to the “shower curtain blow in effect”. This happens when the cold air from outside of the shower meets with the hot air inside of the shower and causes the shower curtain to come closer to your body and stick to you. It’s not a pleasant experience fighting off a shower curtain when you are all wet. A curved shower curtain rod helps to keep the curtain a little further away from your body, allowing you more room to move as seen in the example below:
These curved shower curtain rods are great if you are having to shower in a small area, such as an RV. Many campers purchase them for this very reason. Problems may arise, if you have a very small bathroom that has the toilet bowl right next to the shower.
Because the curved shower curtain rod curves outward, it will give you a little less space in front of the toilet. If you are one of the unfortunate people who’s toilet is really close to the bathtub,and you practically step into the toilet when getting out of the shower, this may not be your best choice for a shower curtain rod.
Another thing to keep in mind, is the person who will be using the shower. Most people really do prefer a curved shower curtain rod due to that extra space that they get but, if they are elderly, or disabled, then it may cause a problem. Some elderly people have a problem with depth perception, and having the shower curtain further away from them may cause them to try to grab onto the shower rod for support when water or soap is in their eyes. The shower curtain rod, of course, will be further than they anticipate and this may cause a fall. Many seniors today enjoy the benefits of having a shower chair to sit on when they shower. This will help ensure their safety while giving them that extra room to shower in because the shower curtain rod is curved. It is always advisable to have a shower grab rail installed along the shower wall for extra stability when seniors are in the bath or shower.
Tension Shower Curtain Rods
There are many people who like to use a tension shower curtain rod. The main reason is because this type of shower curtain rod are adjustable and easy to install. This is especially handy for people living in apartments. If you move often, it is easy to bring your tension shower curtain rods with you, knowing there is a good chance you can use it at the new destination.
Shower curtain tensions rods come in a variety of styles and finishes and can match any decor quite easily. These are quick to assemble once you know how; simply follow the instructions that come with the product. The main thing is to make certain that you have these tension shower curtain rods on good and tight, especially if you have a heavy shower curtain.
These types of rods can be found in a good array of sizes. The one shown above come in four distinct sizes:
Corner Shower Curtain Rods
& L Shaped Shower Curtain Rods
Some people seem to have problems finding suitable shower curtain rods for more custom spaces such as corner baths. For corner baths, fitting a shower curtain on a rod for privacy purposes can be done, if you purchase a corner shower curtain rod. Some people call these L shaped shower curtain rods and these too can be found for a good price on Amazon. Most of these will need to be mounted from the ceiling so make sure that you use the proper screws and anchors as needed.
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Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain Rods
Ceiling mounted shower curtain rods are also used for Clawfoot Tubs. These are generally purchased as oval shower curtain rods, but some people may purchase circular shower curtain rods for this type of clawfoot bath.
Circular Shower Curtain Rods / Round Shower Curtain Rods
These circular shower curtain rods are round and are ceiling mounted shower curtain rods. Some people do use these for claw foot tubs but many others use them to enclose a specific area for privacy during showering or dressing.
Double Shower Curtain Rods
Double Shower Curtain Rods come in a variety of finishes and are mostly used by those people who prefer to have their shower curtains and shower curtain liners on separate rods.
Double Shower Curtain rods are necessary if you are wanting to install Double Swag Shower Curtains such as these:
A Double shower curtain rod is necessary so that the swags on the outside are untouched as you pull your shower curtain liner across from the inside. The liner is on the second rod to make this process easier.
If you don’t have Double Swag Curtains, it is also handy to have the Double Curtain Rods so that you can hang your Bath Towels when you’re not in the shower.