Rotator Rod by Colleen O'Connell

Design Showcase 2010

Design: Rotator Rod - The Space Saving Shower Rod
Materials: Stainless steel rod, Chrome or Brushed Nickel Plating, Molded Plastic/Nylon
Designer: Colleen O'Connell

"Small bathrooms just got bigger! They say necessity is the mother of invention and this was true for the Rotator Rod. When I downsized and found myself wrestling with the shower curtain every morning, so I installed a curved shower curtain rod, like the ones I had seen hotels."

"It worked great and my shower space felt bigger and brighter! BUT, the curve came out so far that it cramped the rest of the bathroom. So I set out to solve the problem - with Gatorade caps nailed to the wall and using lots of glue and wire, I created one that would move out of the way when it wasn’t in use. The first Rotator Rod was born. It’s come a long way since then, but now, anyone can expand space in or out of the shower with a simple ‘flip’ of the rod – no glue required. Oh, and this may be the best part – now, when wet towels or bathing suits are hung over the shower rod, they drip into the tub, and not on the floor.

I have more/different pics of the rod and of me, if necessary."

Designer: Colleen O'Connell
Location: Sarasota, FL




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