Whoever thought of the curved shower rod is a genius, because it expands the space in a typical 5-foot bathtub for taking a shower. We first noticed these space-expanding rods used in the small bathrooms of old motels. If you want to stretch the space in a bathtub for a more comfortable shower, this ingenious product eliminates the cave-like feeling in the small confines of a typical bathtub when showering.
The curved rods are sold at home centers and you’ll find them online by typing “curved shower curtain rod” in a search engine. The rod fits a standard 5-foot tub and is installed with mounting brackets and hardware. You’ll find them in a wide selection of styles and finishes, from a basic low profile to double rods that support a liner and curtain. The second rod does double duty as a place to hang wet towels to dry. The rod adjusts to fit an opening 54 inches to 72 inches wide and works with a standard size shower curtain.
You can hire a handyman for the job, which will cost $162 for labor and material to install a good quality chrome curved shower rod. If you have basic DIY skills and tools, you can buy the rod for $45, install it yourself and save 72%. To make the installation, you’ll need a drill, drill bits, a screwdriver and a carpenter’s level. Installation is straightforward; the only difference between this unit and a standard straight rod is the larger wall brackets needed to hold the rod in position. Wall anchors are usually supplied with the rod.
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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved
$162 — $45 — 0.3 — 1.3 — $117 — 72%