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How High to Hang a Shower Curtain Rod? What You Need To Know!

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The shower curtain can enhance your bathroom’s decor and style. However, you must first hang the rod to install your favorite shower curtain and liner. Since the average shower curtain is around 72 inches long, most people install the shower curtain rod approximately 75 to 77 inches from the floor, which keeps your curtain a couple of inches off the floor, and the liner stays in the tub while you’re showering.

However, the length can vary depending on the brand and style you choose. Whichever shower curtain you choose, remember that you always want it at least a couple of inches off the floor so it doesn’t collect dust and get stained.

divider 7 Hanging a Shower Curtain: Higher vs. Lower

If you have an older tub or tiles you’re trying to cover with a lovely curtain, hanging it lower is a better option if you keep it an inch or two off the floor. However, if you have no reason to cover the tub, there is a benefit to hanging the shower curtain rod higher.

When the curtain rod is higher, it makes the curtain expose more of the tub. This, in turn, creates the illusion of more space in the bathroom. It can be especially helpful in making the space more inviting in a smaller bathroom.

When using a higher curtain rod, ensure that it remains low enough to allow the shower liner to remain on the inside of the tub so that water doesn’t go everywhere when you’re showering.

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Shower Pan or Walk-In Shower

If your shower does not have a tub, it limits your options. In the case of a shower pan or walk-in shower, the curtain needs to be as close to the floor as possible. In some cases, your curtain will have to be on the ground.

In this situation, use your judgment on the ideal height. Before you hang the shower curtain rod, make sure you have measured your shower curtain, especially if the curtain rod is wall-mounted instead of tension-mounted.

Shower Curtain Rod Height Considerations

If you want to install the shower curtain rod based on practical reasons rather than just looks, here are a few things to consider before putting the rod up.

  • User height: You need to install the rod at least a couple of inches higher than the tallest user of the shower, or they will hit their heads on the rod when they enter or exit the shower if they’re not paying attention.
  • Kid-friendly: If you have kids that use the bath, it’s best to keep the curtain lower so they can splash to their heart’s content. When your curtain is hung too high, it’s easy for water to fall underneath the liner and end up on the floor. We can 100% confirm lower is better when splashing kiddies are involved!

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If you don’t want to overthink the curtain rod placement, stick with an average of 75 to 77 inches for the height. On the other hand, feel free to adjust the height to whatever will work for your particular situation. Just remember to keep the curtain off the floor and the liner below the tub’s edge. With these two principles in mind, you shouldn’t have any issues with water pooling on the floor.

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