Condo Blues: How to Keep a Shower Curtain Rod from Falling

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How to Keep a Shower Curtain Rod from Falling

Scene: Night. The Condo residents are nestled all snug in their beds.

SFX:Silence except for Blitzkrieg, the 12 pound Pekingese who is snoring louder than a 300 pound man in desperate need of adenoid surgery.


Thumpa! Thumpa!”

Bow-rowr- -rowr- -rowr- -rowr- -rowr- -rowr-!”

"Plink! Plink! Plink!”

Groggily I shuffle to the bathroom. The supposed stay up spring loaded shower curtain rod fell down. I raise my hands to the heavens and wonder how I pissed off the home improvement gods this time? Why must these things always happen in the middle of the night? Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep?


I though I took care of this problem months ago. Once I realized that the el cheapo nontension plastic shower curtain rod that came with the house was held up with nothing more than good intentions, I replaced it with a metal tension shower curtain rod like this one (aff link) with grippy rubber tips that are supposed to stay in place no matter what.

Apparently I was wrong about the long term stay uppidness. Time to break out the power tools.

How I Made a Sturdy Stay Up Shower Curtain Rod

I went to the home improvement store and bought two closet rod brackets like these (aff link.) I painted them the wall color with leftover paint. I screwed the brackets into the wall and placed the tension shower curtain rod into the closet rod brackets. Instant sturdy stay up shower curtain rod!


Since I screwed the closet rod brackets into drywall I didn’t need any special equipment other than a regular drill bit on Mommy's Little Helper my cordless electric drill. (aff link) If need to install your brackets on tile, you can purchase a tile drill bit for a few dollars at any home improvement store.

After this little quick fix, I got an unintentional add-on. The wooden closet rod brackets make my curtain rod much more stable when I use it to line dry laundry on hangers during the winter. Bonus.

Blitzkrieg says hi.


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