How to Install a Clawfoot Tub Shower Curtain Rod

clawfoot tub
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-250
What You'll Need
Power drill
Claw foot tub shower rod
Tube cutter

Installing a clawfoot tub shower rod adds aesthetic value to a bathroom. The shower rod can hold a nice curtain, adding both privacy and style. Since the claw foot tub shower is usually away from the wall, the claw foot shower rod can encompass the whole area of the shower tub. A shower rod can help the curtain slide around the bath tub. Remember that the claw foot tub shower rod needs to match the shape of your claw foot tub since it covers up the tub.

Step 1 - Measuring the Space

Measure from the ceiling to the floor. This measurement will determine the size of the clawfoot tube shower rod and the length of the tubes of the shower rod. Most clawfoot tub shower rods come cut to size. Once you have these dimensions, write them down. The curtain might be a little bigger than the shower tub, but it should never be smaller.

Step 2- Determining Where to Mount It

The shower rod should be supported by 3 points. These 3 support points will keep the clawfoot tub shower rod from being tripped over or sliding off. Next you will need brackets to connect the shower rod to the rest of the bathtub components such as the tub plumbing, ceiling, and walls.

Step 3 - Cutting the Clawfoot Tub Rod

Use the measurements you took to cut your clawfoot tub rod to size in order for the claw foot tub rod to fit into that space. Use the tube cutter, and remember that you must cut only the female ends of the tub. The male ends of the rod should be left connected. The support rods need to be measured also. They connect the curtain to the mounting brackets.

Step 4 - Hanging the Shower Rod

For this step you need the help of another person. While the other person is standing inside the clawfoot tub, ask them to hold the rod while you attach the brackets. Attach the brackets to the point anchors to provide support.

Step 5 - Attaching the Shower Curtain

Once you have installed the clawfoot shower rod, hang the curtains in order for them to envelope the whole clawfoot shower tub. Remember that it is best to use the shower with the curtain hanging inside the tub, rather than out, so that the water doesn't leak all over the bathroom floor.