Curved Shower Rod, Why Bother?
Ever wrestle with an expensive, hard-to-install curved shower curtain rod?
Eesh! Why bother? Curvi™ delivers the same space... at a fraction of the price with no remodeling effort and no hard "bar" crowding outside. And Curvi™ fits any standard 1" shower rod: straight tension rod, L-shaped rod, oval shower rod ... even a curved rod!
Where did these twisted monsters come from?
Increased shower space delivers such a feeling of luxury and personal freedom that starting in 2004, millions of US hotel rooms and residences underwent expensive refurbishment to bolt-in curved shower rods. But curved shower rods are not an ideal consumer item. Firstly, they are bulky metal contraptions whose material weight and toxic chroming process are quite eco-unfriendly. Hence the hefty price tag: $50 on average.
But seriously, why bother?
Secondly, they require a complex installation procedure that involves drilling, bolts or high-tension springs. That makes them prone to improper installation. That is why most US residential showers still have standard (straight) shower rods and as such, remain with cling-prone curtains that continue to fly freely. Curvi™ will also prevent leaks better than anything on the market today: by keeping the curtain snug up against the tub and wall, Curvi™ closes the gaps that cause messy leaks. Whereas curved rods, even if they are the slightest bit mis-installed -- which is often -- will tend to "sag" and in so doing, will cause the curtain to bunch up toward the middle of the rod, thus creating a large gap between the curtain and wall: which can cause a big leaky mess.
Buyer's Remorse: Graveyard of Curved Shower Rods
Below are actual listings of people trying to re-sell their curved shower rods on Craigslist. This explains why curved rods are so cheap now. The market is flooded with them, both pricey name brands and cheap imitators.
Our best guess is they bought a curved shower rod and either:
- expected a handyman to install it
- handyman couldn't muster courage to install it (so it stayed in the garage)
- handyman mustered the courage, but still couldn't install it (so it went back to the garage)
- handyman improperly installed it (which led to either leaks or domestic disharmony, or both)
- buyer felt remorse about the ecological wastefulness of throwing out a perfectly good straight shower rod
- the ugly markings left on the wall by the original straight shower rod became visible and were not in the same spot as where the new curved rod is supposed to go.
- it just didn't fit
- it fit, but the "bulge" interfered or obstructed some other feature of the bathroom (door, cabinet, window, toilet or mirror)
- it fit and worked, until it began to "sag" because tight fit or bolted fixtures gave out.