How do I Choose the Best Shower Curtain Rod?

K. Gierok
K. Gierok
Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

For best results when choosing a shower curtain rod, it is important to first determine the correct size of curtain rod needed. Next, decide if you need a straight or curved rod. Typically, curved rods are chosen for small showers or tubs, as they can easily create a more spacious look. In addition, those who are purchasing a new shower curtain rod should choose between a metal or plastic materials. While plastic rods may be less expensive and available in more colors, they usually are not as durable as their metal counterparts.

One of the most important first steps when choosing a new shower curtain rod is to look for a rod that is of the right length. Carefully measure the area where the rod will be placed, and remember that, while it is often possible to make a rod that is too large smaller, it is almost impossible to make a rod that is too small larger.

Next, determine what style of curtain rod you want and which is best for the bathroom. The two most common types are standard, straight rods, and curved rods. Usually, curved rods are used by individuals who have relatively small tubs or showers, and who are looking for a way to make the area seem roomier. Individuals who are interested in a more standard, traditional tub or shower often prefer the straight rod.

Another important step is determining what type of material the rod should be made from. Most are made from either plastic or metal. While metal is typically much more durable than plastic, it can sometimes be difficult to find one in the appropriate color or finish. In addition, metal rods can be quite expensive, depending on the specific type of material used. In contrast, plastic rods are usually relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Plastic curtain rods may not be as durable as their metal counterparts, however, and may need to be replaced more often.

You might also Like

Readers Also Love

Discussion Comments


Tension rods are too flimsy. I bought a brass one that I could screw to the wall with a ceiling support.


@heavanet- I have used a tension shower curtain rod, and you are correct about this type of rod being simple to install. It is very nice to buy one and put it into place with your shower curtain on it. Just like that, you have a shower curtain rod and curtain in place that are ready to use.

However, as it often is with anything that is so simple to use, there are some potential problems than can occur with this type of curtain rod. The most obvious issue is that a curtain rod that operates with tension can just as easily fall down. When I used a tension shower curtain rod, it often fell if I tried to use a shower curtain that was too heavy, or would put clothing or towels over it.

Another problem with a tension shower curtain rod is that you can't use it on certain types of wall surfaces. For example, this type of rod works best on a porcelain or fiberglass shower stall walls. On the other hand, if your shower walls are made of drywall, a rod that is held up by tension can easily punch a hole in the wall. This happened to me several times when I used a tension shower curtain rod.


I have a friend who has a tension shower curtain rod in her bathroom. I like the fact that it is easy to use, and doesn't require any installation of hardware to put it into place. Are there any downsides to using a tension shower curtain rod?

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • Woman holding a book
      Woman holding a book