Let’s talk showers. Ever tried to shower in a 3′ 9″ mini-tub with a shower curtain that’s set too far in making you feel claustrophobic as it starts to drift further in and clinging to the side of your body? It’s pretty uncomfortable. The apartment that I just moved out of was handicapped accessible since it was on the 1st floor, so everything was extra large. I had a HUGE bathroom and a massive soaker tub. Now I’m lucky if I can get both legs in the tub at the same time without having to bend my knees out of the water. And that curtain…. well that had to be addressed.
The Mister’s last place had a curved shower rod and it was amazing how much more room you get. As in – you can have both hands in your hair elbows out and not have to be touching anything. It’s the little things, people. So, on a random lunchtime trip to Target, I picked up an extendable curved shower curtain rod (Moen® Inspirations 54-72in Adjustable Curved Shower Rod in Brushed Nickel) in the hope that we could make things a little more comfortable in there.
First I had to uninstall the existing rod. That was an unexpected pain. I assumed I’d unscrew the two wall flanges and the whole thing would just fall right down. Nope. Not that easy. They’d been painted into the wall so it was like big metal suction cups. I had to mimic the stance of a heavy lifter forcing up on the bar with all my might to loosen that thing off the wall – immediately regretting trying to tackle this the weekend the Mister is out of town. Typical.
Once it was down, it was obvious that it had just been painted around when the previous owners went through the whole house with a can of yellow paint. I’d exposed with dark Periwinkle that had graced the bathroom walls before. Gross. Speaking of gross…. my hands. That rod was nasty.
The new rod came with handy little templates to tape up on the wall, so using some always readily available in our house Frog Tape, I slapped those guys up on the walls. I used a laser level to make sure they were straight and even held the rod up just to confirm they were in the right place. I placed them a couple of inches further out than the previous rod had been installed so that adding that distance to the curve, we’d gain about 6″ more in there.
My only complaint about this is that the template was printed on the back of step 7… which I hadn’t made it to yet. So, make sure you read ahead otherwise you’ll have to be peaking behind your template trying to figure out what to do next. I drilled holes in the marked spots on the templates. I’m learning I don’t have a very steady hand when balancing on the edge of the tub with a camera in one hand and drill in my other.
Then I tapped the drywall anchors into the wall.
Then all I had to do was lift the rod into place and insert the screws. This is yet another moment when I wished I’d had a second pair of hands. I’d put the screws into one side loosely – just to hold it in place. Was standing there holding the other end and realized the other screws for that end were on the sink across the room. I’m only so flexible. I somehow managed to get both sides in and tightened them up with a screwdriver. Last step was to just pop the covers over the flanges and insert the sealer into the part where the two rods meet – it’s extendable so like a regular window curtain rod, one rod was inside the other. This actually worked perfectly for our space considering we didn’t have a standard size tub.
So. Much. Better. You’d hardly even notice the difference looking at it. It’s not like it sticks out really far into the bathroom, but my gosh do you have more wiggle room in that shower now! No more clinging curtain. And now that it’s a little closer to the old rusty light fixture (look for the post about replacing that soon), it’s even a little brighter in that little shower. And about the bright blurple (yeah that’s blue/purple) blobs on the wall – well we’re repainting soon…