Hang a Curtain Rod Around a Clawfoot Tub
Ceiling-mounted curtain rods are independent from the showerhead, and easy to install. Kits are available in brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, brass, and chrome finishes.
Measure tub length for the diameter of the circular or oval curtain ring. Measure length of the shower curtain and add 2 inches. For length of ceiling mounts, measure from floor to ceiling and subtract the curtain measurement (above) from it. If ceiling to floor is 108" inches and final curtain measurement is 86" inches (84" + 2"), then 108 – 86 = 22" for ceiling rods. Use couplers on rods to adjust lengths. If not adjustable, mark length and use a pipe cutter. Attach rods to ring; typically, three rods come in a kit, or four.
On a ladder (and with an assistant standing in the tub), hold the curtain ring up to the ceiling over the tub. Adjust rods as needed and then mark each screw hole on the curtain-rod flanges with a pencil. Lower curtain ring. Using a stud finder, check for ceiling joists under each pencil mark and drill a 1"-deep hole with a ¼ " drill bit. (Absent a stud, insert a hollow wall sleeve into the hole to support the screw.) Raise ring to ceiling. Using a power drill or screwdriver, attach it with screws provided. Add curtain hooks and hang curtain on rod.