How to keep a shower curtain on the wall

Updated April 17, 2017

The shower is most often a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. However, it is quite the contrary when in the midst of enjoying the hot water and steam, the shower curtain and rod fall down, creating a loud noise and large distraction. A slipping shower rod is a common occurrence among those with shower areas that are without doors and use curtains for privacy and water containment. A variety of factors cause the slipping, including moisture and humidity. Keeping the rod in place, however, is quite simple with the help of a kitchen tool.

Measure the length of your shower from wall to wall. Purchase a shower curtain rod that will fit this measurement. Use a tension curtain rod, if possible, as it uses a spring inside to apply force between the rod ends to keep the curtain rod tight and in place.

Place one end of the shower curtain against your wall. Slip a rubber jar opener behind the end grip so that it is resting between the wall and shower curtain rod. Rubber jar openers are designed to tightly grip objects -- even when the objects are wet -- which is why they work so well with opening jars. The jar opener will likely keep the rod in place and prevent it from slipping off of the wall.

Hold the end of the rod that is against the wall in place as you pull open the tension curtain rod to reach the other side of the wall. Place another rubber jar opener behind that end. Fit the curtain rod as tightly as you can between the two walls. The tighter the fit, the lower the chances are of the rod falling.

Hang lightweight shower curtains and hooks from the rod. Heavy curtains are more likely to cause the rod to fall than light curtains are. Go for the lightest curtains you can find that will still fulfil your needs.


Tension curtain rods and rubber jar openers are available at many home goods stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Tension shower curtain rod
  • Two rubber jar openers
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