If you have a longish bathroom or a corner shower without a enclosure, find the right size shower rod is always going to be tricky issue. The best solution in most of these cases is to get what is called a l shaped shower rod. This is essentially a shower rod that has a 90 degree bend, so it doesn’t have to span the entire length of the room, but can instead span only the length that is needed for the curtains to cover the shower area.
However, not all of these rods are created equal, so how do you go about picking the ideal one? First, we are going to talk about the different kinds of models you get, then having a look at some of the top rated models you can get. You can skip to the recommended models section using the table below, otherwise keep reading to find out what you should be looking for.
What Kind Of Models Do You Get?
When you are picking out these kinds of l shaped curtain rods, there are a few different options you will need to consider. Now the first and most important choice you will need to think about is whether or not you want a model with a ceiling support, or one without.
These two models are quite different, and the unsupported models tend to be much cheaper. The unsupported models are attached to the wall on either end of the rod, and these types of units tend to be ok for smaller square shaped showers where you don’t need a lengthy shower rod.
If you plan on using these with a bath type shower however, you must be careful to make sure they are well supported on either end, otherwise the rod tend to sag and get lower over time due to the lack of support. The sagging normally occurs near the bend of the rod, as this is where the lack of support is. It also depends on the weight of the curtains. If you have some lightweight plastic curtains, then you should be able to get away with using unsupported l shaped shower rails. However if you have some hefty vinyl shower curtains, then we would suggest you consider a rod with a ceiling support.
Ceiling Supported Rods
A l shaped shower curtain rod with ceiling support is the best choice in our opinion, as they does not suffer from any of these flaws. These kinds of shower rails are attached to the room on two walls, whilst there is also a third support which attaches to the ceiling. The ceiling support ensures that the shower rod never sags down, so it is quite easy to see why this is the preferred option.
Of course the obvious question most people have is how can the shower curtain pull past this ceiling support if it runs up to the ceiling? The answer lies in how they are designed. There are two different kinds of l shaped shower curtain rails with supports – the restricted variety where the shower rod is pushed through the ceiling support, thus preventing the shower curtain moving past the ceiling support. And the unrestricted variety – these models have a track built into the bottom of the shower rod, which the curtain hooks clip into.
This means the curtain can freely move past the ceiling support without the hooks getting caught there. These models tend to vary quite a bit in price, although the quality unrestricted models tend to cost the most. Make sure you you double check to confirm what type it is before purchasing one.
Can You Fix A Unsupported Shower Rod That Has Started To Sag?
If you already have a unsupported rod installed which is starting to sag, then you can buy a separate ceiling support. These kinds of supports have a hole at the bottom which you can slide a rod through, but you will need to double check the diameter of your current l shaped curtain rod to ensure it will go through. If you do this then you need to keep in mind that your shower curtain will not be able to move past the new ceiling support, which is why a new ceiling supported rod with a built in track below is often the ideal solution.
Now lets take a look at some of the better rods you can currently get.
Zenna Home Unsupported Shower Rod
ShowerAuthority Shower Rod with Ceiling Support
Barclay Chrome Shower Rod with Ceiling Support
So that is a look at what your options are when picking out one of these l shaped shower rods, and some of the better models you can currently get. Make sure you measure the dimensions you require before going out and buying one. Also make sure you have a tile drill bit if you need to drill through tiles, and some backup wall plugs for the installation. Hopefully this will help you make the most out of your new rod.