How to Ceiling-Mount a Shower Rod

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How to Ceiling-Mount a Shower Rod
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Converting a claw-foot tub to a tub and shower or installing a corner tub and shower will require a way to utilise a shower curtain to contain water. Oftentimes, installing a ceiling-mount shower rod or ring is the best solution. Installing such devices isn't particularly complicated.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Determine the size of the shower curtain rod or ring to install by measuring the interior of the tub. The ceiling mount rod or ring should be smaller than the overall size of the tub, and located near the shower head to effectively contain water.

  2. 2

    Locate the ceiling joists above the tub area. Most ceiling-mount shower rings will include up to three ceiling supports, which are placed according to the location of the ceiling joists.

  3. 3

    Mark off at least two, and for large shower rings, three ceiling joists at an even distance from the centre of the shower rod to balance the ring.

  4. 4

    Cut the ceiling rods to the desired length. The shower curtain will, by code, need to be hung at least 72 inches off the finished floor; higher is also acceptable. Cut the ceiling rods down with a metal saw for lower ceilings.

  5. 5

    Screw the ceiling flanges of the shower rod supports into the previously marked ceiling joists, and screw the support pipe into the flange.

  6. 6

    Open the rings at the bottom of the ceiling supports and insert the shower rod or ring. Tighten the rings to support the rod, and double-check that all connections are tight and secure.

Tips and warnings

  • If the ceiling is extremely textured, and the joist or stud finder is unable to find them, try placing a thin piece of cardboard against the ceiling and running the stud finder over the cardboard. The smoother surface should help the stud finder accurately find the ceiling joists.

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