by Jess Buskirk
If your shower is feeling cramped, installing a curved shower rod is an easy way to add more room without any renovations. A curved shower rod extends the liner and curtain out into the bathroom, giving you more space as you shower. Installing a curved shower rod is not much different from installing a standard straight rod, but there a few tips that will help you make sure your rod will stay in place without taking up too much space.
Assemble the rod. Assemble the shower rod following the manufacturer's instructions. Curved shower rods are typically very simple in design, and your assembly kit likely contains two pieces that must be attached to form the rod.
Find a place for the mounting brackets. A curved shower rod should be mounted approximately 3 inches closer to the opposite shower wall than brackets for a standard rod would be mounted. If you don't compensate for the rod's curve, you won't be able to tuck the ends of the liner into the tub. How high you mount the rod is mostly a matter of personal preference, but if you don't want your shower curtain to pool on the floor, make sure the rod is at least as high as the length of your curtain plus three inches for curtain rings or hooks.
Make marks. Mark on the wall where you will be mounting the brackets, specifically indicating where you will be placing the screws. Use a measuring tape to make sure both mounting brackets are at the same height and in the same respective locations.
Drill pilot holes. Drill pilot holes where you'll be placing the screws when you mount the brackets. If you're installing the curtain rod in drywall, sink wall anchors into the pilot holes. Wall anchors aren't necessary if you're mounting the brackets onto studs.
Mount the brackets. Most shower-rod assembly kits will include the mounting hardware, but it's generally a good idea to upgrade to stronger screws.
Install the rod. Follow the manufacturer's directions for installing the shower rod onto the mounting brackets.
Hang the liner. Hang the shower liner and curtain. Check for any sagging near the middle. If you see sagging, install a support bracket from the ceiling to hold the center of the rod. Some curved shower rods use only ceiling-mounted brackets. The process for installing them is the same as with wall-mounted brackets.