If you’re innovating your bathroom and you’re not sure how to hang a shower curtain, don’t worry. You’re not the only one this has happened to. Because there are so many different shower curtain and rod designs, putting one and one together might be confusing at times – especially if you have to replace everything.
Not all shower rods are intuitive in design which might throw off your measurements and assembly order. Here’s what you should know about shower curtains and curtain rods.
Choose the Right Height
Most shower curtains are up to 72” tall. This length should accommodate most bathtubs and ceilings. Your standard bathtub can have walls of up to 14” high.
Showerheads can be as high as 80” from the tub floor. This would leave up to 6” of shower curtain to cover the inside of the tub. You need to leave enough length so that you prevent moisture leaks as well as splashing water.
If you’re doing a custom job, it will all depend on the choices you make in your shower area. Are you making a shower stall or are you using a bathtub?
If you’re planning on using a bathtub, try installing the curtain rod 80” above the tub floor. If not, then install the curtain rod 80” above the bathroom floor.
What Type of Rod to Use
To avoid having to drill holes, it’s a good idea to look at a few tension rods or spring-loaded rods to hang your shower curtains from.
When choosing a tension rod, you should measure the distance between the walls where you want to mount it.
Then, look for models that are slightly longer or that can extend a few inches over that distance. After setting at one end you then have to apply some pressure to align the other end. Keep in mind that most bathtubs may not be longer than 60”. This means that most tension rods designed for bathtub shower will be 60” or slightly longer.
If you want a shower rod that also serves as an ornamental piece then you might want to consider a ceiling-mounted shower rod or a wall-to-wall rod with risers. Using something like this would add a bit more style to your bathroom décor.
And as far as functionality goes, all models are basically the same except the fixed rods will be a lot sturdier. No matter how well a tension rod can support the weight of a wet curtain and liner, it’ll lose its tension one of these days. You’ll just have to extend and push it up against the walls again, perhaps not a big deal for many people.
But for others, they might not mind fooling around with a power drill to install a proper shower curtain rod.
How to Hang the Curtain
Hanging a curtain can be done in many ways nowadays. The most recognized hanging method is by slipping the curtain openings into the rings hanging from the shower rod. (Needless to say, you’d have to install the rings first.)
But, you’ll find that there are easier and better ways to do this. If you use a hookless shower curtain, you won’t need any rings or hooks. This type of curtain comes with classic circular openings that also serve as rings. They can be pushed to the side so as to go around the tube and then snapped back in one piece. This will make it much easier to install and remove the curtain when it’s time to wash it.
Depending on the ring or hook design, you may be able to install the curtain rod first and worry about ring placement afterward. These types of setups are generally preferred because sometimes you may get more rings than the curtain has room for.
It also makes it easier for when you change your curtain and have to add or remove a couple of rings from the rod.
The Proper Setup for Curtain and Liner Combos
Not everyone uses both a shower curtain and a curtain liner. There are plenty of shower curtains that are made from some sort of plastic which makes them waterproof and eliminates the need for a liner.
That being said, if you want a gorgeous bathroom décor, using both a liner and a curtain is the better choice. The curtain should be installed on the outside. It should fall off out of the tub and not in it.
This way, the liner takes most of the water damage, soap scum, and everything else that’s nasty. The curtain maintains its appeal for longer and requires less maintenance.
And, because you’re using not one but two sheets of fabric, the potential for moisture leaks is greatly reduced.
Other Things to Look for When Trying to Minimize Splashing
Ok, so hanging a shower curtain is not exactly rocket science. Most attachment systems are highly intuitive and unless you have a custom-made shower with uneven walls or multiple walled-in features, you won’t need professional help to put up a rod and a curtain.
But, does having a curtain and a liner guarantee that no water leaks out when showering? Not all the time. You have to account for the water pressure and the dispersal pattern of your showerhead. You should also account for the positioning of the fixed and handheld shower heads.
Depending on where they shoot, water can still splash into the tiles with enough force that they bounce off between the wall and the curtain.
What you can do to minimize this is to find either a shower curtain or a liner which features a suction cup. This would allow you to stick the liner to the wall when showering and minimizing the gap between it and the wall.
A splash guard is also a good idea. You can place it on the tub or the wall or both to reduce the amount of water bouncing out or water slowly leaking out from the top of the tub.