Zenith Tension Shower Rod Instructions

Installing a tension shower rod is a simple way to add privacy to any shower area without screwing into walls or potentially damaging tile. Because a tension rod works through the pressure of springs to hold it in place, you can safely use a tension rod on any wall surface. A Zenith tension shower rod is especially effortless to use because it’s available in a variety of finishes and can be found at most home improvement stores.

A Zenith tension shower rod will keep water inside the shower area.

Step 1

Measure the width of your shower from one wall to the other. Purchase a Zenith tension rod that will fit the width needed for your shower's size. An average Zenith rod will fit a shower anywhere from 42 to 72 inches long, but there are rods available in smaller sizes.

Step 2

Hold one end of the tension rod while twisting the other in a clockwise direction to lengthen it to fit in between your walls above the side of your bathtub. Position one end of the Zenith rod where you want it above the tub and hold the other end of the rod at a downward angle.

Step 3

Give the rod a clockwise twist to lengthen it by a quarter- to a half-turn. Raise the lowered end and use some light pressure to gently squeeze the rod into place. Adjust both ends as needed to make sure the rod is as level as possible. Give the rod an extra quarter-turn to hold it securely.

Step 4

Add shower curtains and a liner to the rod using the curtain rings of your choice. If the curtains touch the floor, adjust the rod farther up the wall and recheck that it is level so the curtains run no closer than an inch above the floor.

Step 5

Check the rod by tugging on the curtains. The rod should be straight and snug between the walls, but it should not bow out. Adjust the folds of the curtain as desired to leave it open or closed, with an even amount of ruffle throughout for the most attractive appearance.


  • Don’t force the tension rod into the shower space, or you may buckle and bend the metal. If the rod appears to be under too much pressure, simply twist the rod counterclockwise to loosen it a quarter-turn at a time.
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