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Clawfoot Tub Shower Curtain Rod
Make a Curtain Rod
for a Clawfoot Tub

A Simple Solution for Clawfoot Tub Shower Curtains

Turning a clawfoot tub into a functional shower can be tricky. You may find a shower curtain rod you like only to realize that it's the wrong size, or too expensive, or both. Instead of buying a ready-made shower curtain rod for your clawfoot tub consider making one yourself. That's what I did.

Though I didn't have a clawfoot tub, my ordinary tub was enclosed by two walls only, leaving the other two walls open. I needed an "L" shaped curtain rod, one made for clawfoot tubs, but I couldn't find one in the right size, or one that I could afford.

In the picture you can see the solution I came up with. It was inexpensive and beautiful, and the size was flexible. So here are the details for making a shower curtain rod for your clawfoot tub.

Shower Curtain Rod for a Clawfoot Tub: Step #1. Hardware

This easy to make shower curtain rod for a clawfoot tub is actually made from ordinary metal curtain rods, ornate metal rod endings, and matching metal curtain tie-backs. The amount of hardware will vary depending on how many curtain sides you wish to have around your clawfoot tub.

* To surround your clawfoot tub on 2 sides: you will need 3 curtain tie-backs, 2 curtain rods and four ornate curtain endings.

* To Surround your clawfoot tub on 3 sides: you will need 4 curtain tie-backs, 3 curtain rods, and 6 ornate rod endings.

* To surround your clawfoot tub on 4 sides: you will need 4 curtain tie-backs, 4 curtain rods and 8 ornate rod endings.

Be sure to buy curtain endings that curl or twist in a way that will allow each rod to connect to the next as in the picture accompanying this article.

Shower Curtain Rod for a Clawfoot Tub: Step #2. Construction

You will be attaching the curtain tie-backs on the ceiling, and using the tie-back section to hang your rod on. Therefore, position the tie-backs on the ceiling so the loop is in the right position to support the shower curtain rod parallel to the tub. It’s best to hang the shower curtain rod a few inches outside the tub, so the curtain hangs out of the way.

Begin by attaching two curtain tie-backs from the ceiling over one side of the tub, one at each end. Slip the rod into the tie-backs and attach the ornate rod endings at both ends. This will complete the construction of one side of your shower curtain rod for a clawfoot tub.

Slip a second rod into one of the endings of the first, to form a right angle. Since you’ve chosen a curling rod end, the two rods can be twined into each other, thereby saving you the need to attach another curtain tie-back overhead to support this end of the rod. You will still need to attach one at the other end, of course, to keep the rod up. This will complete the construction of two sides of your shower curtain rod for a clawfoot tub.

If you need to install one or two more sides of curtain rod over your clawfoot tub, simply repeat the previous steps.

Shower Curtain Rod for a Clawfoot Tub: Step #3. Shower Curtain

One shower curtain will cover the length of your clawfoot tub, or two sides of the width. Buy as much shower curtain as your clawfoot tub requires, and be prepared to cut it down to size and hem along the edges if needed.

Shower Curtain Rod for a Clawfoot Tub: Step #4. Shower Curtain Hooks

Using curtain hooks to hang your shower curtain from your clawfoot tub rod. If your ceiling is very high, it will be impossible for you to hang the shower curtain directly from your shower curtain rod for a clawfoot tub, as the curtain will be absurdly high.

Therefore, rather than use curtain hooks, create curtain hooks yourself from a shower curtain. Just measure the distance from your shower curtain rod and where you would like your curtain to begin. Then cut a shower curtain into strips that are 2.5 times longer than this length. Leave fabric on the side for hemming. Then use these strips of fabric to create tied hooks that suspended your curtain at the appropriate level.
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