The Indispensable Shower Curtain Rod
The Shower Curtain Rod
In every bathroom where there is facility for a shower, there is a shower curtain rod. The
sole purpose of a shower curtain rod is a means of attaching a shower curtain. Out of control water streams in a
rain forest might be okay. But, in contemporary bathrooms where there is usually a tiled or carpeted floor,
unnecessary water and moisture can be a hazard. It's easy to imagine how the first shower curtain rod came to be.
It could have been "a privacy thing"; that is, the need to shower in a completely private area. The first shower
rod might have been as basic as a flexible tree limb with nothing more than a bit of fabric secured to it with
Today's Shower Curtain Rods
When people purchase shower rods, they look for a certain style that coordinates with the
rest of the bath. Fortunately, there are a number of styles in stainless, brass, polished brass, vinyl wood and
heavy-duty vinyl. Shower curtain rods, for the most part, are designed so they fit most any shower width.
Originally, shower rods were mounted and secured in 2 flanges. This type of installation is permanent and not
easily removable. Modern shower curtain rods may also be mounted with flanges for circular, corner and ceiling
mountings. The flanges are secured to a wall or ceiling with mounting screws for a more secure grip. Flanges are
best installed on untiled areas or areas without tub wall panels for maximum security. These rods may be straight,
curved or circular.
Tension Rods with Adjustability
For bathrooms with heavily tiled areas around showers, the answer to this is a shower
curtain rod with a spring loaded adjustable tension capability. The rod remains secured on either end of the wall
by simply rotating the extension section to create enough tension between rod and wall. The finishings on this type
of rod can be simple or ornate to match bath style.
Space Saving Shower Curtain Rods
In small bathrooms or for bathrooms with minimal shower and tub space, curved rods are the
answer. The curve in the rod prevents water from collecting at the tub or shower edges; thereby spilling onto the
floor and creating water damage over time.
Shower Curtain Rod Maintenance
Shower curtain rods are the most economical feature of any bathroom. High quality rods are
relatively inexpensive and require little maintenance. Unlike tempered glass shower doors that glide along tracks
and collect moisture and mildew, shower curtain rods provide a virtually maintenance-free answer for people on the