How to Install a Shower Curtain Rod on a Tile Wall

When it comes to a tub/shower combo, there aren’t many options for a shower enclosure- glass or a curtain. After ripping out the disgusting old glass door we had, I wasn’t about to put in a new one! That left a shower curtain. I knew I wanted a stationary curtain rod so we wouldn’t have to worry about it falling down accidentally. The only thing was- we had tiled all the way to the ceiling. Luckily Josh is such a handy guy and didn’t even bat an eye. He got to work and I got to photographing!

I’ll also tell you before we get started- this is the shower rod that we bought, and I love it! The rounded edge gives a lot more room to the shower area itself so you’re not bumping into the curtain all the time. It’s a beautiful high quality matte black and you can buy it right on Amazon so it’ll get to you in just 2 days if you have a Prime account (if you don’t, click here and get a free 30 day trial!).

Without further ado… here’s how to install a shower rod in a tile wall!

What You’ll Need:

  1. A partner to help you (this is a 2 person job!)
  2. Power drill
  3. Mason drillbit (size will vary depending on the size of the wall anchors you’ll be using)
  4. Screws (likely will be supplied with the shower rod)
  5. Drillbit to fit the screw head
  6. Marker
  7. Measuring tape
  8. Safety glasses (they work best when you actually wear them over your eyes, unlike Josh in the photos below…haha!)

How to Install your Shower Rod

1. Choose and place a tiny mark in the spot you want the rod to be (on both walls). This is actually not as simple as it sounds- you have to keep in mind the height of the shower curtain, and also the distance the curtain will lie from the edge of the tub. A typical shower curtain is 72″ x 72″. We hung the rod at 78″ so the bottom of the curtain was 6″ off the ground.

2. Measure the correct height on one side and mark your spots to drill. Our curtain rod had multiple holes to choose from- we drilled 3 holes in each side of the rod.

3.  Drill the holes! You’ll need to make sure you have the right size drill bit for the wall anchors you’ll be using. The rod we bought supplied the screws and told us which size drill bit to use.

5. Hammer in the wall anchors.

6. With your partner holding the free end of the curtain rod, match up the holes in the side you’re installing to the wall anchor holes. Firmly hold the rod in place and drill in all three screws.  Then slide the cover in place to cover up the screw brackets.

7. Repeat steps 2-6 on the other side of the rod.

8. Hang curtain and enjoy!

I hope this inspired you to tackle your own shower curtain project!  Shop some rods, curtains, and hooks below to get started!

If you missed it- this little project was part of a much, much bigger one- our Hallway Bathroom Remodel! If you haven’t already, go take a peek and see what this room used to look like, and what the rest of it looks like now.

Author: Laura Sima

Hey there, I'm Laura- creator of Sima Spaces. I'm a home renovator, designer, and blogger based in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. When I'm not designing or renovating homes, you can find me working as a pediatric ICU RN, snuggling my dog or cat, skiing in CO, soaking up the sun on our boat, or enjoying a glass of wine on our patio!

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