Moen recently sent us two of their unique curved shower rods to review. If you have a shower that uses boring straight shower rods, or worse yet, those rolling frosted glass enclosures from the 70’s, please read on. If, however, you have a spacious, frameless glass shower you could play volleyball in and that might be featured on MTV Cribs, we are jealous of you and you have no business reading this review.
First some additional pre-screening: Have you ever been showering and had your shower curtain glom onto you like a wet, possessed ghost? Do you have incredibly broad shoulders? Are you claustrophobic? Do you like to shower with friends? If any of these apply to you, or maybe you just want a stylish way to add a little more space in the shower, then the Moen Curved Shower Rod is for you!
The Moen Curved Shower Rods come in a fixed 5′ length (which can be cut down a bit to size), or telescoping “sets”, which adjust to fit shower enclosures between 54- and 72-inches with no cutting required. In my case, we installed the telescoping variety, in a oil rubbed bronze finish (which looks great if you’re into bronze). Moen’s term for this finish is actually “old world bronze.”
A few things to consider in terms of installation. Since the shower rod is curved, it can add space but also potentially remove some space at its ends, depending on how far in or out you install it. If you install the rod further out, you naturally get more space in the shower. The downside to installing further out, is you’ll lose some space in the actual bathroom (a factor to consider if your bathroom is small like ours). If you install too far out and the shower is in a tub, you run the risk of your shower curtain draping or falling outside the tub during use. If you install the the rod too far in, it will still look cool, but will defeat the purpose of the curved rod. For these reasons, I recommend you do a test fit with your curtain actually on the rod, to find the happy medium for where to mount the rod.
The rod can be installed on tile or drywall, but keep in mind tile installation will require that you use a tile drill bit. Moen includes a couple handy paper templates to mark out your holes (which vary depending on whether you install into studs vs install into drywall). I managed to install into studs, but I wound up using the anchors that Moen included on a different project (I’m cheap that way). My only minor complaint about the Moen curved shower rods is that the anchor screws that came with mine were poor quality (3 out of 6 of them failed to expand and became unusable). If you’re using anchors rather than going straight into studs, and you have problems with the included anchors, I’d recommend a trip to the hardware store for a more robust variety. Anchors aside, the installation process is easy if you’re at all handy.
Once installed, the curved shower rod looks great. A definite step up in style over boring big box store straight rods. The real pleasure with the curved shower rod is actually taking a shower. You and all your co-showering friends will feel like you remodeled your shower, making shower maneuvering and grabbing the soap that much less awkward! And no more wet attacks from the maniacal shower curtain ghost that used to love groping you so much. All in all, highly recommended.
The Moen Curved Shower Rods are available in chrome, brushed nickel and old world bronze. You can find Moen Curved Shower Rods for around $20-$50 (with higher prices for the adjustable length “sets”).