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How to Fit a Shower Rail

Updated on August 29, 2010

For a better solution, take the time to properly fit your shower curtain rail. Most rails come as part of a kit with all the fittings you need and instructions for fitting the rail. You may need to cut the shower rail down to size depending on the size and shape of your shower or bath. It is helpful to have another person to help when you are positioning the rail to ensure it is even. Mark where the ends of the rail should join the wall or ceiling with a pencil and then drill holes for the fittings.

Fitting a shower rail is one of the easiest jobs you can do in a bathroom and you’ll be glad you took the additional time to install a fixed rail rather than a tension rail which will frequently fall down.

If you have an over bath shower or a shower unit without an attached screen, it is important to use a shower curtain to prevent excess splashes of water onto the floor and any un-tiled surfaces of your bathroom. This can make surfaces dangerously slippery and also cause potential water damage, particularly if excess water can leak through your bathroom floor to the ceiling below. In order to use a shower curtain, you’ll first need to install a shower rail above your bath or shower unit.

Shower rails come in several different types and you need to choose one that will suit your bathroom. You can buy the straight types for attaching a curtain in a straight line, a curved shower rail for corner baths and shower units, or a circular shower rail or an oval shower rail to enclose a freestanding bath tub. Shower curtain rails also have different fittings. The two main types are rails that attach to the walls and rails that attach to the ceiling.

Shower Rail Types

You first need to decide what type of shower rail you need to enclose your bath or shower and then decide what type of fitting you need to by to best suit the style of your bathroom. If your ceilings are sloped, a rail that fits to the walls will be better but this is only suitable for small areas. If you need a wide curtain, a ceiling fitted shower rail may be better. Circular shower rails and oval shower rails can only be fitted to the ceiling due to their design. If you need to fit a rail around an awkward space then it is possible to buy flexible shower rails that can be bent into the shape required before fitting.

The simplest type of wall mounted rail is a straight rail that simply has spring loaded rubber tipped ends that you literally wedge in between two walls. This is a quick and easy way of putting up a shower curtain but it only works in small bathrooms and you need to get one that will fit the space between your walls. It is also easily dislodged when opening and closing the curtain if not tightly jammed in place which can be very annoying.

Fitting a Shower Rail


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