How to install a shower curtain

How to install a shower curtain

Michel, Soudeur professionnel passionné, Vendée

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Michel, Soudeur professionnel passionné, Vendée

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Installed above a shower or bath, shower curtains are a quick and easy solution to protect your bathroom from splashing water. Depending on the type of curtain rail you choose, you may have to drill some holes into your walls. From telescopic to fixed rails, read on to learn how to install a shower curtain.

Important features

  • Taking measurements
  • Preparing the rail and shower curtain
  • Installing the rail and shower curtain
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Shower curtains: privacy and protection


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Whether used to shield your modesty or protect your bathroom from water, shower curtains are quick to install and inexpensive. Shower curtains, along with the curtain rail, can be put up in a matter of minutes and don't necessarily require tools or any particular skills to install.

Required skills

In order to install a shower curtain, you will have to know how to take accurate measurements. If you have to install a curtain rail, you may to be able to use a hammer drill to fit the correct wall plugs for your surface.

Time required

Approx. 30 mins

Number of people required

1 person

Steps

  1. Taking measurements
  2. Preparing the rail and shower curtain
  3. Installing the rail and shower curtain

Tools and equipment

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Pencils and chalk

Installing a shower curtain in 3 steps

1. Take measurements


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You'll have to start by taking a few measurements.

Start with the height of the curtain rail: ideally, this should be above the level of the shower head. Be sure to pay attention to the height of your shower curtain. Most shower curtains measure around 200 cm in length. In order to effectively prevent splashes, the shower curtain should sit in your shower tray with about 2 cm to spare. Take your measurements from the shower tray or bath.

The length of the curtain rail: measure the width between the two points where your curtain rail will sit. This gap will represent the length of your rail. If you plan on installing a telescopic curtain rail, add 2 cm to your measurements. On the other hand, if you're installing a fixed rail, subtract 1 to 1.5 cm from your measurements to account for the space taken up by the fixings on each side. No matter which option you choose, your shower curtain must overhang your shower curtain or bath by around 5 to 10 cm.

2. Prepare the rail and shower curtain

Telescopic rail


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Adjust the curtain rail to your desired length (+2 cm). Fit your shower curtain with the eyelets and feed them onto the rail. Finally, press down on the suction cups or pads at each end of the rail.

Fixed rail 


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Mark the wall at your chosen height using the measurements taken in the previous step. This will be where you will make your holes for the fixings. Next, drill the holes. If you are drilling into tile, do not use hammer mode and, if possible, drill between the tiles. Insert the wall plugs. Fit the shower curtain with the eyelets and feed them onto the rail.

3. Install the rail and shower curtain

Telescopic rail


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Compress the rail spring and place the rail at your chosen height before releasing the spring to put the suction cups or pads into contact with the walls. Check that the rail is secure and that the curtain is overhanging the shower tray on both sides.

Fixed rail


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Insert the rail into the fixings. Make sure that everything is fixed and secure.

Check that the shower curtain overhangs the shower by a few centimetres on each side.

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Guide written by:

Michel, Soudeur professionnel passionné, Vendée, 184 guides

Michel, Soudeur professionnel passionné, Vendée

J’ai acquis une formation de tôlier, de tuyauteur/soudeur et après avoir parcouru pendant trente cinq ans les chantiers de France et du Benelux, je suis devenu responsable d’une chaudronnerie puis projeteur, ingénieur de projets pour finir chef d’établissement ingénierie. Retraité, j’ai aménagé et équipé un atelier où je réalise des sculptures métalliques : j’ai réussi à combiner et aménager un coin de paradis ou j’aime laisser libre cours à mon imagination. Les casses et les vide-greniers n’ont plus de secrets pour moi. J’y trouve des objets insolites et des vieux outils que je collectionne ou que je transforme en objet d’art.J’aime aussi la décoration, la peinture sur toile et le jardinage. Je suis l’évolution des nouvelles technologies concernant les outils. Faire partager ma passion et vous conseiller humblement dans vos choix de matériel est un réel plaisir.

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