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Install a Curved Shower Curtain Rod to Instantly Create More Space in the Shower

Updated on September 10, 2014

Is your shower too small? Try using a curved shower curtain rod!

By installing a curved shower curtain rod, you can dramatically increase the amount of room in your shower.

A curved curtain rod is a simple piece of hardware that can be installed without much difficulty.

This is obviously a much simpler endeavor than remodeling the bathroom, and it provides instant results!

The shower curtain bows away from your body, giving you more room
The shower curtain bows away from your body, giving you more room

Exactly What Does a Curved Shower Curtain Rod Do?

The curved shower curtain rod curves away from the bathtub, drawing the shower curtain back, rather than allowing it to drop straight down or even a bit inward the way a standard straight curtain rod does.

The result is that the "wall" created by the shower curtain moves outward approximately 6-10 inches, depending on the exact design of the particular curtain rod you choose.

The difference inside the shower is remarkable! With a curved shower curtain rod, the shower no longer feels tight and cramped. You can easily stick out your elbows and move around without constantly bumping into the shower curtain. If feels much more spacious and pleasant.

I was personally amazed by the difference after installing a curved curtain rod in the shower, and mine only provides an additional 6 inches of space!

It was a vast improvement for a very modest investment of time and money. Good quality curved shower curtain rods sell for $20-$50, and it took about a half-hour or 45 minutes to install, from taking out the tools to cleaning everything up.

The curved shower curtain rod

is a simple, inexpensive way

to increase the amount

of room in the shower!

The Zenith Adjustable Length Shower Curtain Rod

Zenith 72" Chrome Adjustable Curved Shower Rod
Zenith 72" Chrome Adjustable Curved Shower Rod

This shower curtain rod is adjustable, so you can customize the length to fit the space available.

As with other curtain rods, it installs fairly quickly and easily, using screws to attach it to the wall.

This model comes in several different finishes to match your decor. The curved shower curtain rod dramatically improved the shower in my home! It is a very simple piece of hardware that makes a big difference in the shower.

The curved shower curtain rod increases space in the shower
The curved shower curtain rod increases space in the shower

How to Install a Curved Shower Curtain Rod

Installation is pretty simple and straightforward. First, remove the old curtain rod using a screwdriver. A putty knife or other strong, slender object may be necessary to pry the old curtain rod away from the wall.

The new curved shower curtain rod then goes into the walls using screws. You'll have to drill holes in order to screw the curtain rod to the wall. (See below for a helpful video about using a drill to make these holes.) The holes will be drilled either into studs in the wall or into drywall using anchors. All hardware, including anchors, are typically - but not always - included in the packaging.

It is definitely easier to have a second person to help with installation. The curtain rod isn't heavy, but it is rather long and needs to be held in place until firmly attached to the wall.

Tips for Drilling

If there's a stud in the wall where the curtain rod will be attached, drill holes that are a bit smaller than the size of the screws, then attach the curtain rod. Wood screws are best for this job.

If you're drilling into drywall and using anchors to support the weight of the curtain rod, then the holes should be the size of the anchors or perhaps slightly larger. You'll need medium- or heavy-weight anchors to support the curtain rod. Three kinds of anchors to consider are nylon toggle, metal toggle bolt, and expandable metal. The curtain rod may well include anchors in the packaging.

How to Drill a Hole into Your Wall

Put Up the Shower Curtain, and You're Set

Once the curved shower curtain rod is securely in place, attach the hooks and shower curtain.

I recommend an eco-friendly curtain and liner, both of which can be easily cleaned in a washing machine and will last for years.

You can use the same size curtain and liner that fit the old straight rod. They won't come down as far into the shower tub, but they will certainly rest low enough in the tub to do their job with room to spare.

Fabric Shower Curtain and Liner

Linen Shower Curtain - (72"L x 72"W)
Linen Shower Curtain - (72"L x 72"W)

Fabric shower curtains and liners are better for the environment than plastic.

These can last many years and are cleaned in the washing machine.

Don't forget to pick up a set of rings to go with it!


Is your shower too small?

Feeling cramped?

Try using a curved

shower curtain rod

to create more space!

What do you think? - Your comments are welcome here

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    • Valerie Bloom profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Bloom 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @adammuller003 lm: I'm glad you found this inspiring! You're going to love it!

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      adammuller003 lm 

      6 years ago


      I love your lens!

      SO many times after staying at a nice hotel, I've come home and thought of ways to improve bathroom décor, etc. This hits the nail on the head. Great job!

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      Valerie Bloom 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @hntrssthmpsn: I'm sure you'll enjoy the "extra space" once you install it! Thanks for stopping by!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      Simpler than a remodel, indeed! Our bathroom is teeny-tiny, and we are not. A curved shower curtain sounds pretty ideal!

    • Rosaquid profile image


      6 years ago

      I just stayed with friends who live in a tiny home. The little guest bath had a curved shower curtain rod, and it really did make a difference! Taking a shower was a "spacious" experience.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, that is a very deep artice. Nice to tell all those details in stead of just putting in obvious stuff. Diet

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great idea! I had never thought of the advantages of having a curved shower curtain rod, but I love the way yours looks, and admire your ingenuity and skill in installing it so well.

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      Dianeyp LM 

      6 years ago

      This is a brilliant tip. I had seen them in hotels, but would like one at home, it gets hard to turn around in the shower!

    • Valerie Bloom profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Bloom 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @suzy-t: Terrific! Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      I saw these in a hotel and always wanted to install one at home. You've given me the incentive to finally get one. Thank you.

    • poorwendy lm profile image

      poorwendy lm 

      7 years ago

      This is a great tip. I can see how it will create more spaces when taking a shower.

    • CanvasArtPrint LM profile image

      CanvasArtPrint LM 

      7 years ago

      The simple ideas are the best!

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! We have a small bathroom so I may try it :)

    • xriotdotbiz lm profile image

      xriotdotbiz lm 

      7 years ago

      Almost all of the hotels I stay at have them now. Great to enjoy the extra room when I do.

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      7 years ago

      I've seen these curved rods for clawfoot tubs but never a basic shower before but it makes sense since I hate standard sizes of showers.

    • AbbysDad profile image


      7 years ago

      I had never even heard of a curved shower curtain rod! Thanks for a great lens ... about something I am now going to have to invest in!

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      7 years ago

      I spotted a curved shower rail for the first time back in January when I was staying at the Amsterdam Hilton. I've got to say it really does make a massive difference giving you a real sense of having a lot more space when in the shower - you don't feel as though you're sandwiched in to a tight space. Right there & then I decided that I'll be installing one at home.

    • MerandaJade profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice! Interesting way to create more space!

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      Mark Shearman 

      7 years ago from Alicante Spain

      Great lens, didn't know curved once existed so thanks for sharing the knowledge.

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      7 years ago

      The shower curtains are very beautiful!

    • ViJuvenate profile image


      7 years ago

      I love these. I have also, in the past, simply places my shower curtain road further out from the wall to get extra space. If your walls are waterproof far enough out and you get curtains with little suction cups you can add lots of room to a tiny tub.

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      7 years ago

      amazing lens.. very informative

    • marisun profile image


      7 years ago

      wow great

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a great idea to increase the elbow room in the shower.

    • RebaC profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. This is a great idea for a small bathroom.

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      Erin Hardison 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      I've experienced how much more room there can be with a curved shower curtain rod. Big difference! Belated congrats on LOTD!

    • journey103 profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      When we remodeled our bathroom, my husband insisted we get a curved shower rod and it really does make a big difference in the shower. We love it. Thanks for sharing...great info!

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      7 years ago

      Very useful article about Installing a shower curtain!

    • RachelDillin profile image


      7 years ago

      What a fabulous idea! Thank you.

    • greg2biz2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Lens. I like the idea.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens~ :D

    • GlendaStringer profile image


      7 years ago

      very cool, easy, and inexpensive way to increase the space in a small shower! great lense!

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      Sher Ritchie 

      7 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens! Thankyou for giving such clear instructions, and photographs, and the YouTube video is great! Congratulations on being LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      I'd love to try this. My bathroom is all tile. I wonder if they make a curved rod that adheres some way other than screwing into the wall (tile)? I'm off to check it out. Thanks. d

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on your LotD. I would have never known that the curved shower rod existed. Thanks for the info.

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      7 years ago

      excellent lens! thumbs up!

    • vetochemicals profile image


      7 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      I've seen these used often in hotel bathrooms and now I know why they do it! Great explanation with your smart and easy steps and congrats on LOTD for it. xoxo

    • hotbrain profile image


      7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Well done lens... I really liked the video about how to drill! Thanks for including it for us novices :)

    • Ahdilarum profile image


      7 years ago

      Very useful tips for taking nice shower with much space..

    • LynetteBell profile image


      7 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Congrats on LOTD! What you say makes perfect sense about the feeling of space. I hate it when the curtain just wants to cling to you somehow...static or something.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      7 years ago from Maryland

      I have one of these in my master it! :) Congrats on LotD!

    • JessyGene profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day!

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Nice. I never thought about installing a curved shower rod in my home, but I have stayed in hotel rooms that had them. They were really nice. Blessings.!

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      I have friends who have installed curved shower curtain rods in all the bathrooms of their home and absolutely LOVE them! Now that I've read your encouraging words on the subject, I am definitely going to have to check them out! Thanks for such a great job on this article! Kudos!!

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      7 years ago

      Grats on getting lense of the day! Learnt something new today :)

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      7 years ago

      Great idea and your Lens is well deserving of LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      We stay at a Victorian Bed & Breakfast in Maryland. The bathroom had a classic old curved tub was equipped with a shower. It had a curved curtain rod also. It's true that it did give more room. I liked your lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great Idea and your Lens is well deserved of LOTD!

    • arcarmi profile image


      7 years ago

      Creative idea! Nice job on the lens!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent idea. Congratulations on getting LOTD!

    • mowug1776 profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens, congratulations on LOTD

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      7 years ago

      While staying at a refurbished hotel originally built in the 60's, I was thrilled to experience one of these curved shower rods first hand. I'll keep you lens in mind if I move and need to install one. Great lens. Thanks! PS: I love your my bio, " I believe in striving to live in peace and with true integrity." Me too!

    • Stress-Master profile image


      7 years ago

      Neat idea nice lens as well.

    • tricomanagement profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea to help 'enlarge a small crowded area like the shower - love it - I will look to installing one before too long! Thanks and congradulations on LOTD

    • RawBill1 profile image


      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. It is great to see a vegan member getting the award the day after a blender lens got it. Squidoo are treating me well this week! LOL What I do not understand is why in the USA showers are built into the baths and have those horrible shower curtains in the first place. Here in Australia, you rarely see a shower curtain anywhere as most showers have glass walls, which are much easier to clean and keep mold free. We had many of the curved ones in our hotels on a recent trip to the USA, so this lens reminds me of my wonderful trip. Thanks :-)

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Curved shower rods are the best. We first were exposed to the concept when we stayed at a hotel. So nice not to have the curtain touching you. When we got home we went hunting the hardware stores and finally found one. We would never go back to a traditional rod.

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      7 years ago

      We have talked about installing one of these, hubby and me, he likes glass doors, I'd like to be able to change out the curtains when they get old and it's a pain to keep the glass doors, runners, etc. clean...he likes the curved rod idea so I'll show him this. Only thing is we have a small bathroom and the towels hang on the handle on the glass he may have me there:-) We'll see. Great tips, thank you and congrats on the LOTD

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      7 years ago from Keller, Texas

      You have inspired me to make this improvement to my bathroom! Great lens and congrats on LOTD!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      I installed a curved shower rod and it made a big difference; ;much roomier.

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      7 years ago

      A surprisingly easy way to spruce up the bathroom. Nice lens!

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      Pastor Cher 

      7 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent idea. I can see from your photos how it does make a difference.

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      7 years ago

      I have seen the curved shower rod in hotels. This is a great idea for the house too.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the Lens of the Day! I knew I loved this lens!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      We have a curved shower curtain rod, and it's original to our 1926 home. We were going to build walls and add a glass door, but realized we would be forever hitting our arms on hard surfaces. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the advice on this. I'm might add this to one of my bathrooms.

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      7 years ago

      Practical,well done. I am going to install one or at least be the foreman of the job. Where's Tom? LOTD Yeah!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Congratulations on LOTD. Great idea!

    • Camden1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! We just put a curved shower rod in the kids' bathroom, and I'm amazed at how roomier the shower feels!

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      faye durham 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful idea! It makes perfect sense. Congrats on LOTD.

    • SoniaCarew profile image


      7 years ago

      Great! Congrats on LOTD.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on being lens of the day. Great lens. God bless!

    • peggygallyot profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea for a DIY

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      GoAceNate LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens idea. Looks like you covered everything.

    • fashionfajita profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day!! Great lens :)

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      7 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LotD! Great idea and lens. Curved shower rods are great, we love ours!

    • pcgamehardware profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea, thanks for this cool How-To and also congratulations on LOTD.

    • joykennel profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice job on the lens! I have seen these in hotels recently and like them, getting some great ideas from you for home!

      Congrats on LOTD!!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Congrats on a very nicely done Lotd! Gives me an idea for my smaller shower-thank you :>)

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      Nice and easy explaining :) Congrats on LOTD :)

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      7 years ago

      I have always looked at these, and used them in hotel rooms, and wondered if I could do this. I think you have convinced me!

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      Mishael A Witty 

      7 years ago

      This is a great idea. I just wish I'd seen this a couple of weeks ago before I installed my straight curtain rod! Oh well. Congrats on LoTD!

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! This helpful lens was selected as LOTD today. You can read all about it here:

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      bagskartIndia LM 

      7 years ago

      Wow Great idea..

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      7 years ago

      Not only do I congratulate you on your LOTD honors, I also LOVE these shower rods! ALSO, I applaud your statement..."striving to live in peace and with true integrity." You're my kind of gal. Bravo! *Blessed!* :) Kath

    • agoofyidea profile image


      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! We always have these since my husband is a big guy.

    • bechand profile image


      7 years ago

      I got one and completely love it - It makes a HUGE difference - litterally ! no more touching the curtain ! - I only wish the curtains were about 8 inches longer now... but I would never go back to straight !

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      7 years ago

      Nice idea thanks

    • CCTVwebmaster profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea!

    • Mariajomith profile image


      7 years ago

      we did, and i love it

    • gemmawild profile image


      7 years ago

      I just need the shower to go with it!

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      7 years ago

      Wow this is a great idea. Thanks for the tips

    • imThemis profile image


      7 years ago

      I've been looking for something like this for some time now Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this information, because I think the new house I'm moving to is going to have a lot smaller space than I'm used to, so I'm going to need to learn how to put in shower rods :) Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I just tried it. It really amazing. Great!

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      7 years ago

      Great idea!

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      7 years ago

      A brilliant idea !

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      7 years ago

      Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      I thought about doing this but I was afraid I wouldn't get it level. I think I'll give it a try though.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea. Who knew. I might have to get us one of these!!

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      randomthings lm 

      7 years ago

      That is a really cool idea...i'm going to think about buying one of those. Thanks.


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