Shower bar...straight vs. curved...

brugloverZ9May 1, 2008

After my bathroom is painted tomorrow it will be time to add the finishing touches.

I purchased a curved shower bar by Moen for my 5' soaking/shower tub. I have been reading about them and found someone said that the curved area can be pulled down if the curtain is too heavy. Have any of you that have a curved rod found this to be true?

Would you suggest I stay with a straight rod instead or do the advantages of the curved rod out weigh the disadvantages of it?

Thank-you, Margie

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cindy_socal

We installed one last week - we love it. I have just a fabric liner hanging on it now (haven't found a pretty outer curtain that we agree on yet). It's very strong; I can't imagine a curtain pulling it down. You really do feel the extra elbow room.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 11:32PM
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brugloverZ9

Thank you Cindy...what brand did you get? Does it have the separate ends that mount on the wall and then the center rod?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 11:51PM
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astridh

Unless I had an extra-wide tub, I wouldn't even consider a straight shower curtain. We have a curved rod on the standard cheapie 30" wide Kohler Villager, and it actually doesn't feel claustrophobic. No icky curtain clinging to your elbow when you wash your hair. I think it makes a HUGE difference. I bought mine from Signature Hardware online for $127, including new shower curtain hooks, and worth every penny. Mine was oil rubbed bronze; chrome would be cheaper. We mounted it so that the ends were several inches inside the edge of the tub (the center bowed out several inches outside from the edge of the tub), and that also helps keep the water from splashing out onto the floor.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 1:09AM
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brugloverZ9

Sounds like it is a good idea to have...
astredt...is this the one that you got from signature? I see it comes in ORB which I also need.
Thank you

Here is a link that might be useful: signature curved rod

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 11:19AM
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mlraff53

We also bought a curved rod for my boys' bath (which is also used by my DH). They all love it and I even love how it looks from the outside. It actually gives some interest to the blah shower. It's heavy duty and I bought it a Lowes (or HD) for around $40.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 5:18PM
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cindy_socal

I bought ours at Bed Bath & Beyond -- I think it was $40, and of course I had a 20% coupon. I think they have ORB. It has separate brackets that screw into the tile. I splurged on fancy polished nickel hooks from Signature Hardware. I showered in there this morning, and the extra room is really nice.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 6:09PM
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robaudio

Just installed a 72" inch chrome curved shower bar over our new 72" tub. Love it. Makes a significant difference. Purchased from Signature Hardware for $60.52 including S/H. Can't think of any good reason not to get one.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 7:33PM
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astridh

Yes, that's the one that I got. I like it, and also like the shower rings with the little rollers. I think it will help prevent the rod from getting scratched.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 2:24AM
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brugloverZ9

After hearing all you and your positive thoughts about the curved rod, I have decided to stay with it. The one I bought is a Moen in ORB and also ORB hooks with the little balls. The hooks should be arriving tomorrow with my grab bar order from Grab bar specialists. The rod I purchased at Home Expo. We have one about 2 miles from home.
I will let you know how I like it!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 3:07PM
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aunt_kate

The curved shower rod is a stroke of genius. But we won't have a tub in an alcove with one (relatively) straight shower rod -- we're renovating to include a 1920's corner tub, with one of those L-shaped bars above it.

Is there a comparable way to get a touch of extra elbow room in this situation? We could size the L to be a little BIGGER than the tub dimensions and then make sure the curtain stays inside the tub, but that feels as though it would be asking for trouble.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 5:19PM
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don_chuwish

Funny, I just picked up two Crescent Rod curved bars at BB&B - 39.99 minus a 20% off coupon on each. Then I come here looking for threads on them and there's one on the first page! Glad to see everyone agrees on the benefits. I was surprised how much the little roller hooks go for tho - $19 for chrome, $11 for any other finish. Then I found another style for $12 and went with that. I'll probably get around to installing next weekend.

- D

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 9:36PM
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brugloverZ9

What confuses me alittle bit is the photo that I saw on placement of the curved rod...The photo I have shows the curve of the rod and the edges in a few inches on a squarish type tub...
Is this how you all are placing your rods? I am just wondering how the outside decorative curtain can stay outside the tub then the curtain is closed?
Any help would be appreciated.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 9:51PM
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astridh

I have the two ends of the curved rod mounted 3 1/2 " inside of the outer edge of the tub. The center of the curved rod is 3 1/2" outside the outer edge of the tub. I think that gives a few more inches of elbow room than what you have sketched above. The outside decorative curtain stays outside the tub just fine.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 1:14AM
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caralann

This may be a dumb question, but . . . I've always had a vinyl type liner that stayed inside the tub with the decorative liner on the outside of the tub. With the curved shower rod, do you use a liner and a curtain? And if the curtain is on the outside of the tub, does the water splash out onto the floor? I want a curved rod, but I still do not get how it will work. Please help! Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:12PM
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astridh

Yes, I have a plastic/vinyl liner that stays inside the tub and a pretty cloth shower curtain that stays outside the tub. A curved shower rod actually prevents the water from splashing out better than a straight one does because with a curved rod the liner follows the inside curve of the tub so the water doesn't escape out of the corner like it would with a straight liner. I have my edges of my curved rods 3 1/2 inches inside the outer edge of the tub.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:49PM
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caralann

Thank you, I'm going to try one !

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 5:11PM
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robaudio

My curved 72" rod is mounted centered over the tub edge. It's mounted at a height that allows both a 72 or 78 inch long curtain to stay inside the tub. Currently using a 94.5 x 78 polyester curtain purchased from Vita Futura without a liner. It looks great.

Here is a link that might be useful: oversized shower curtains

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 6:29PM
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cassie225

My daughter has the curved rod in her bath-since we are having bath remodel I had to use her shower last night-I really like that curve-It gave so much room-I was surprised. I think I will purchase one. Is there anyway to install besides drilling into tile

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 10:07AM
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brugloverZ9

First the good part...I decided to go with curved rod...thank you all...it was installed this morning and I was able to try it out and love it. It really does give so much more room.
Now the bad part, while they were drilling the hole for the support the tile cracked. They left it up for the week-end, as I am having family over for Mothers day and then on Mon. will take it down and replace the tile.
Two steps forward and one step back! Luckily our GC is very, very good about fixing things that get damaged. Thank God for that!
I just noticed Cassies question above...good question but I do not know the answer. Good luck if drilling into the tile! Mine is porcelian if that makes any difference.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 7:30PM
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brugloverZ9

Follow-up on above post...when the shower bar was taken down it was found not to have been the drilling that caused the tile to crack, but the tightening of the screws in the plactic anchors.
The tile has been replaced and re-grouted and the new bar installed.
I am very happy with the curved shower bar!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 10:16PM
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