However, with L shaped curtain rod, you can install it in a spacious bathroom or the small one, as long as the shower or bathtub that you want to be curtained is placed near the wall because it needs to be installed by attaching each end of the rod to the wall. The materials that people usually use for their L shaped curtain rod is metal, however, you can also use iron or steel. It depends on the overall décor of the bathroom. Metal curtain rod that is finished with white color is good for more minimalist type of bathroom. Architecture.