How can I install a shower curtain rod between a tile wall and a glass wall?

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Jake P asks:

Shower in question is a tub. The shower head and tile wall on the the left side and a five foot bulkhead is on the right side. We would like to install glass on the top of the bulkhead and then run a shower curtain from the vertical metal support to the tile wall. Have you every seen anything like this? Is this feasible for a few hundred dollars?
I am not sure if a tension rod would apply too much pressure on the glass. A tension rod would have to run from the tile to the glass. Would this still work?

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I use an expanding rod. You put it in place and then twist one end to expand it and basically wedge it into place. It works fine, doesn’t fall out or anything. No holes to drill, etc. The gym where I work out also uses this type of rod.

If the tension rod won’t work, there are other options.

One would be to use adhesive. You could try to find an epoxy that adheres to glass and tile. The glue that hold the rear view mirror to the windshield in your car might work.

Another method would be to drill the tile and glass and bolt the rod in place that way. It would take some care, but both the tile and glass can be drilled with carbide bits.

Another way would be to suspend the rod on hangers from the ceiling, independent of the walls. I don’t know if this would look acceptable in you bath.

6 thoughts on “How can I install a shower curtain rod between a tile wall and a glass wall?

  1. Why don’t you try installing a glass enclosure (sliding glass doors)? It might look better with your glass wall anyway.

    If you’re installing glass block then the pressure from a tension rod really shouldn’t affect it.

  2. Well, like you said, tension rods can apply too much pressure. Although I can’t exactly picture what you are trying to do – I have a sense of it. And I know that I’ve never seen anything like it.

    So, funny thing, no joke – just today I was looking for a custom shower curtain rod for a customer. Try Myson:
    http://www.mysoninc.com/Pages/towel_warmers/shwrrails.html

    I would suggest to you that perhaps a straight length of rod – one end attached to your tile (as that’s your plumbing wall too, less splashing) and the other end not attached to the glass, but instead using a ceiling stay (attaches the rail to the ceiling).

    Hope this helps!

  3. there is no need to alter a good tile job to install fixtures like a shower rod.

    there are very strong tension bars (sort of like a TP roll, but MUCH stronger) with rubber ends (like rubber feet on a stool) that hold fast to the wall, but don’t affect the tile AT ALL for sale. i had one in my last bathroom, and it never fell or even moved. it was a full inch in diameter and looked neat and tidy and very permanent with rings and a curtain.

    if you drill holes (a how to book on tiling could give you step by step instructions) you do risk breaking the tile, or allowing moisture to seep behind the tile. the screws may loosen over time, making the bar something you (or someone else) may need to replace in time.

    but for any kind of do it yourself problem see the site below

  4. Try a spring extention shower rod. Or use a special tile/glass drill bit to drill holes for screws, then use screw inserts in the holes to hold them. Then you can screw the curtain mounts to the walls.

  5. I cant quite picture what you intending to do but if you are looking to install a shower curtian rod I would suggest a tension spring rod as it will not damage and can be installed in virtually any space or surface as long as it flat.

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