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1.  Can shower tracks be cut?

Design Concepts will cut the ceiling shower rods (tracks) to any dimensions you give us.  If you are not sure of the length you need, the track can easily be cut with a hack saw, and a new hole for the mounting screw drilled using the end cap as a guide. 

2.  What shapes can the ceiling shower rod come in?

The Custom Shower Rods page shows  the most popular shapes, e.g. L-shaped, Oval, Neo-angle, however many shapes can be made combining straight sections, 90- and/or 45-degree corners.  Connectors are used to connect corner and straight sections.  All corners have a 12-inch radius.  The connector must be a minimum of 15 inches from a 90-degree corner and 9 inches from a 45-degree corner.  For example, the two long sides of an Oval-shaped ceiling rod must be 30 inches apart, i.e. the connector 15 inches from each corner.    

3.  How does the ceiling shower rod attach to the ceiling?  Does it need to be attached to studs?

It is screwed directly into drywall anchors inserted into the ceiling drywall.  It does not need to be attached at stud locations.  The screw and anchors come with the track.  However, if desired, the track can be recessed in the drywall and then attached to studs with the screws.   Detailed installation instructions come with an order. 

4.  What comes with my shower rod purchase?

The package will have:

  • Ceiling shower rod cut to your dimensions.
  • Roller carriers with hooks for hanging the shower curtain.
  • 2 End-caps
  • Connectors if the track comes in two or more sections.
  • Screws and Drywall Anchors
  • Installation Instructions.
5.  Where should the ceiling shower rod be mounted?

The track should be placed above the outside edge of a bathtub or over the center of the curb on a stand- alone shower  so that the shower curtain slants slightly into the tub or shower when in use.  When slanted slightly in, the weighted curtain will rest against the tub or shower curb and minimize 'sucking in' of the curtain when the shower is turned on.  

6.  What is the shower track made of and what is it's size?

The track is an extruded aluminum alloy and available in either a satin anodized aluminum (Brushed Aluminum which looks much like brushed nickel) finish or a white acrylic electrostatic applied paint finish.  The tracking measures 1 3/8 inches wide by 3/4 inches deep.  The Carriers are constructed of nylon rollers and stainless steel bead chain and hard aluminum hooks.  The carriers glide with ease.




1.  What are the shower curtains made of?

The curtains have a water barrier protection on nylon fabric.  They are similar to a 'good quality' hotel fabric shower curtain.  The shower curtains can be used as a stand alone shower curtain or as a liner.  

2.  What colors are shower curtains available in?

We have curtains in stock in white, white with micromesh insert, parchment and champagne.  The parchment and champagne colors cannot be ordered with the micromesh.  Other colors are available as special order, however, they take 5 weeks or more to get.  Call if you want to discuss other colors. 

3.  What are the advantages of the micromesh insert?  What is it made of?

The mesh insert allows for light and more air circulation in the shower.  The micromesh has a woven pattern and is 100% polyester. 

4.  In what sizes are curtains available?

The length and width can be adjusted to your specifications.  You may either tell us the exact size of the shower curtain you need; or when using our shower tracks, and with the ceiling height measurement, we will calculate the recommended dimensions of the shower curtain. 

5.  How is the shower curtain constructed?

Shower curtains have a reinforced triple fold header and side seams are double fold hems.  They have aluminum rust proof grommets for hanging the curtain and have a heavy metal chain weight covered with a mildew resistant material in the bottom hem.  

6.  Are curtains washable?

The shower curtains clean easily with soap and water.  They can be machine washed in warm or cool water using mild detergent and no bleach.  They can be tumble dried on a low setting or line dried.  If desired, the shower curtain can be ironed on a low perm-press setting.  Care directions are on a tag sewn into the top hem.   




1.  What measurements are needed for a ceiling shower rod??

The measurements needed are illustrated below.  

L shaped ceiling shower rod diagram     oval ceiling shower rod diagram    neo angle ceiling shower rod diagram

We need the length and width, or in the case of the neo-angle track, the length of each leg starting on the left and moving to the right when looking at the track from outside the shower.   For the L-shaped track we  need to know which side the corner is on, left or right.  All corners are made with a 12-inch radius.  The dimensions shown above are examples.  We can make the tracks to whatever dimensions you need.  

2.  What measurements are needed for a shower curtain?

When we adjust the length of a curtain for use with one of our tracks, we need to know whether the curtain will hang into a bathtub or be used with a stand alone shower, and the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the tub or shower pan. With this information we will calculate the correct length of the curtain.  

If the curtain will be used in an application not using our ceiling shower rods, please specify the actual desired width and length.  




1.  Can I get Drapery Panels in my own selected fabric?

We no longer make special  order drapery panels.  However we offer a pattern that you can sew yourself or take to a local window treatment store and have them made for you.  

2.  Will Drapery Panels sold at retail stores work for these applications?

You may use readymade panels for windows as long as they have a gathered 2-inch header.  You need to order them the length of your ceiling to floor.  




1.  How long does it take to receive my order?

We ship within two business days from when we receive an order.  We are located in California, so shipping time to the East Coast is about one week.  The closer you are to California, the less time it will take.  We will inform you if shipping will be delayed and estimate when the order will be shipped.  

2.  What method do you use for shipping?

Most orders are shipped UPS Ground.  We often ship curtains when ordered alone by U.S. Priority Mail.  We can also send larger packages with tracks U.S. Priority Mail for an extra cost of $5 to $10.  U.S. Priority mail usually takes 2 to 3 days anywhere in the United States.  

3.  Will my entire order be shipped together?

Both the track and shower curtain and any other items are shipped together in one box.  If you order a shower curtain alone, it may be shipped in an envelope.  




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