At one time or another you are probably going to have to replace a shower rod in your home because over time they wear out, become less productive and rust from wear and tear. One of the most popular styles of shower rods are curved shower rods.
Deciding whether a curved shower rod is a good choice will come down to a few pros and cons as well as personal style and taste. Most people install curved shower rods for basic reasons. Curved shower rods are in a semi-circle shape and because of that they intentionally push the curtain away from the tub itself. This adds a few more inches around the entire width of the shower and also gives the overall illusion that the shower space is larger. This is great for those who do not like a closed in area or feeling. Additionally, more room means you are less apt to get tangled within the curtain which can cause accidents, particularly with those who may have handicaps.
On the con side, many people utilize the shower curtain as a guide when in the shower. The curvature of this type of rod will affect one trying to reach out and do so. This could be a problem for those with less than stellar eye sight or younger kids who often relay on the curtain as their guide.
If your bathroom is close quarters, a curved shower rod may not make for the best choice as your space is already limited and the wide rod will take up much of it. Most likely it will end up using too much free space and you will regret your decision. Take into consideration how large or small your tub is. If you own a smaller tub, there are smaller curved shower rods that may still work in a small space. A good way to gauge this is to add at least two inches around all side of the tub, past where the tub ends. Then examine realistically how much space is left over. If the amount of space is something you can feasibly live with and your heart is set on this style, go for it.
Curved shower rods literally are sold in hundreds of different styles and with each one will come with different attaching hardware. Most people tend to migrate towards shower rods made of metal, generally nickel plated, brass or chrome, but they do also come in wood. Wooden shower rods may not have the life span of one made of metal, but if you don’t mind replacing them every so often, they can add elegance or a modern look to a bathroom. Also keep in mind that metal curtain rods are easier to keep clean.
Curved shower rods will all vary in price depending on the material they are made from. Double crescent rods will run you a bit more, but offer the luxury of two rods; one to hold the shower inline curtain and the second to hold the decorative outer curtain should you choose to have one. Amazon.com has hundreds of sleek and chic styles available for as low as $20.00 and upwards of $50.00. They have a few selections that are also more expensive.