How to Keep a Shower Curtain Rod Up on Tile Walls

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

  • Duct tape

  • Adjustable-speed drill

  • Carbide-tipped masonry drill bit

  • Cutting oil

  • Shower rod kit

Many bathrooms have shower curtains.

There are two ways that showers are enclosed: a door or a shower curtain. Generally, doors are used on shower stalls, while curtains are used on bathtubs equipped with a shower head. When installing the curtain rod to hold the shower curtain in position, chances are that you need to drill into ceramic tile. Drilling into ceramic tile is done a little differently than drilling into wood or drywall because if you do not drill properly, you can crack the tile.


Step 1

Make marks on the wall where you will connect the shower curtain rod. When hung, the bottom of the curtain should fall four to six inches below the top edge of the tub. This ensures that the water that hits the shower curtain drains into the tub and not onto the floor.

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Step 2

Place a piece of duct tape on the tile where you are installing the curtain. The duct tape protects the tile from being scratched if the drill slips.

Step 3

Mark the locations where you will drill on the duct tape.

Step 4

Drill into the tile at the spots you marked on the duct tape, using a carbide-tipped masonry drill bit. Drill at a slow speed (100 to 200 RPMs) with an adjustable-speed drill and dip the drill bit into cutting oil every 15 to 30 seconds. Do not apply too much pressure to the drill; let the drill bit do the work.


Step 5

Remove the duct tape from the tiles.

Step 6

Install the anchors from a curtain rod kit into the holes.

Step 7

Slide the brackets that came with the kit over the ends of the curtain rod.

Step 8

Lift the curtain rod into position with the help of an assistant and screw the brackets into the wall anchors.


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