Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

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There are two things to take into consideration when looking for your clawfoot tub shower rod; the shape and the mounting style.  I will include images at the bottom of this so that you can have some examples.

Clawfoot tub shower rods come in many shapes and sizes but unlike ordinary shower rods their size is not as easily adjusted. If you order the wrong size, you will either have to cut the rod down to size with a hack saw (yikes!) or return it, so let’s make sure we get this right.

First, let’s go over the different shapes available:

  • Rectangular rods – These are perfect for a tub that is right next to a wall.
  • D shaped rods – Again, these are great for tubs that are against a wall.
  • Oval rods – Oval is by far my favorite shower rod shape.  It will provide a much more roomy feel inside your clawfoot tub shower.
  • Round rods – If you have any fear of tight spaces forget this one. Only those who are committed enough to recreating a period would even consider one of these.  You can still find them but I wouldn’t suggest it.

There are also different types of mounts:

  • Ceiling mounts – This mounting type is usually attached at the foot and head of the tub but sometimes there are 3 mounting points.  I think that additional mounting point makes a big difference in stability so I suggest trying to find one that offers this.  It’s also worth noting that ceiling mounted shower rods are manufactured at 36 inches long so if you have a high ceiling… take that into consideration.
  • Wall mounts - Perfect for those tubs that are right up against a wall.  You will usually find a secondary less substantial mounting point on the opposite side.
  • A combination of both – This is what you will see most of on the market today as it is the most versatile. If you can find one similar to the picture on the bottom right then go for it as that additional bar will add more stability.

oval ceiling mount clawfoot tub shower rod

Oval Ceiling Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

Oval Wall Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

Oval Wall Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

D-Shape Wall Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

D-Shape Wall Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

Rectangle Combination Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

Rectangle Combination Mount Clawfoot Tub Shower Rod

Shower Curtain of Doom

round clawfoot tub shower rod

It's enough to make anyone want to scream!

13 Comments

  1. Heather

    Is there some type of extender for extra high ceilings? We purchased a rectangular kit from Home Depot and it looks great except the ceiling mounted rod at the foot of the tub is too short so the rod at the foot tilts up. So now the whole rod is slanted…any suggestions? Help!

    • The Clawfoot Hunter

      What brand kit did you purchase? My first approach would be to contact the manufacturer and explain your situation to them and see if they would mail you an extender. Often times these companies will do things like this for free. Maybe you could send a picture of your situation to me as well. I send my email address to you privately.

  2. Jacob Thomas

    I am trying to purchase a shower rod for my clawfoot tub, want to get a rectangular combination mount like the picture above. What I need help with is determing the length I need. My tub is 30″W x 60″L, I see they come in 42″, 48″, and 54″ options. What would you suggest? Do I need to buy 2 shower curtains or one for this type of rod? what manufacturers would you suggest, I laso need it in Brushed Nickel.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jacob

  3. Geoff

    I am looking to purchase a 54″ L x 30″ W clawfoot tub and would like a recommendation on the size of the oval ceiling mounted curtain frame. Would a frame of 54″ L x 30″ W be the right size, or should I go smaller or bigger?

    • The Clawfoot Hunter

      Hi Geoff, my advice is to always go a little bigger and just let the curtain drape inside the tub. It will give you a little more room, which you will appreciate over time.

  4. Rob

    I can’t find an oval ceiling mount rail in Australia anywhere for under 800 bucks!

    Do you know of one?

    Cheers

    Rob.

    • The Clawfoot Hunter

      Sorry Rob, I’m not familiar with the Australian market but I would think that even if you were to have a so-so shower rod shipped from the US that it would be less than that total. Check with vintage tub for starters.

    • siegi

      So did you find one in Australia? – I am looking too… thanks

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