The bathroom may not seem like a substantial room in your home, but it’s a place you can go to relax and clear your mind after a long day, especially when you have a perfectly designed shower. If all you want to do is sit back and relax, there is nothing more frustrating than a bathroom with a poor layout or inadequate design. So instead of dreading setting foot in your master bathroom, follow these helpful tips for designing a relaxing spa-like shower.
1) Determine the ideal size and layout
Whether you are renovating an existing space or starting over, you need to take into consideration the configuration and size of the bathroom. How big is the square footage you are working with? Are there layout nuances that will dictate the size and placement of your shower?
If you are working with an existing space, the best option is to place your new designer shower in the same place where the previous one was. Moving the necessary plumbing to another area of the bathroom is an additional cost. Instead, you can use that budget elsewhere to shower your dreams.
Considering your bathroom space, you can opt for a standing shower or a tub, or a combination of the two. The most common shower widths are 32, 36, and 60 inches, typically achieving the look you want in your bathroom. However, if you’re working with a smaller space, you can install a high-end 32-by-32-inch shower. Whenever possible, opt for a larger, open shower that will truly make you feel like you’re spending the day in the spa and not at home.
Make sure you take into account all the other elements of your bathroom. While the shower you chose may be fine, it needs to fit the vanity, bathroom, and other elements. If the shower is too large for the space, you may run into problems with opening the shower door. Understanding how the different elements interact allows you to decide if you need to compromise on the size of the shower or sink.
2) Decide on the style of the shower
Close your eyes and imagine the bathroom oasis of your dreams. Are you imagining a curbless shower with a glass door entry? Maybe you are imagining a shower with a thin shower curb for ease of maintenance? You might also keep an eye out for a shower tub combo because of your love of bathrooms, but with limited square footage. With so many types of showers available, it’s important to choose the one that best suits your family’s needs.
Curve-free showers offer a seamless transition from bathroom floor to shower, sometimes even continuing the same floor! One of the main benefits of a curbless shower is that the lack of a shower ledge not only makes the shower accessible, but reduces the chance of tripping while climbing over the curb. These are some of the most aesthetically pleasing shower options on the market.
Another option is a shower curb, which has a slight edge that acts as a barrier between the bathroom floor and the shower. In addition to visually separating the two spaces, it creates a barrier that prevents shower water from leaking onto the bathroom floor. Thus, minimizing the risk of slipping and falling.
You may be dreaming of sinking into a hot, steamy bath before going to bed. But if you are tight on space, you may think you have to choose between a shower and a tub. Fortunately, you can install a shower-tub combo that gives you the best of both worlds. When you feel like a quick rinse, you can jump in the shower. If you have an hour free in a bubble bath, you can too!
3) Choose a door type
From shower curtains to glass doors, to the absence of doors: the options for setting up your shower are practically endless! The desired aesthetic and shower style you choose will likely determine the best type of shower door.
For a luxurious spa-like appearance, most homeowners opt for a glass enclosure that allows you to show off your high-end shower without even stepping into it. The door opens and closes on a hinge similar to a standard door and can swing in, out or in both directions depending on your preference. Glass doors are a great option for a larger bathroom, but they may have too large a swing radius in a cramped space – no one wants the glass door to be damaged by hitting the toilet, sink, or towel rail. If you are working with a limited square footage but crave the look of glass, you can opt for a sliding glass door instead. This allows you to get the look you want without having to worry about how far the bathroom door opens.
In some cases, you might even opt for the absence of the shower door for an open and airy shower experience. This is the perfect option for a modern space, which prevents the shower door from interrupting the flow of traffic to the bathroom and allows the room to feel more open and spacious.
4) Add spa-like elements
Whether you stand all day or work from a desk from 9am to 5pm, you may find yourself needing a space to relax every night. Instead of standing in the shower, consider adding functional seating that offers a place to sit, shave your legs, and store your toiletries. A shower bench is a perfect addition to take your shower from drab to fab.
Instead of storing toiletries on the shower bench, shower floor, or stand attached to the shower head, you can decide to add a niche. A niche is essentially a cutout in the shower wall that creates a ledge for storing any items you might need. The size of your shower will determine how large the niche you should install.
5) Choose the perfect Perfect shower head
Your bathroom shower head must be considered for both form and function – you can’t have one without the other! In addition to matching the colors of your fixtures and shower head to the rest of the bathroom hardware, you need to determine what type of shower head will bring your vision to life. Do you want the shower head mounted on the wall, like a normal shower head, or do you prefer it mounted on the ceiling?
Ultimately your choice depends on your preferences and how you like to rinse and wash your hair. In some cases, you might even choose to install two shower heads or jets in the wall for a fully customized high-end shower.
Frequently asked questions about shower design
What is a full size shower?
Showers come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect size for the specific size of your bathroom. In most cases, your shower should be at least 48 “x 36” for optimal comfort, but the lack of space may have you looking for smaller options. It is not recommended to install a shower smaller than 32 “x 32”. If you have a lot of square footage to work with, the best size to go with is 60 “x 36”.
Is it better to install a bathtub or a shower?
There is no right or wrong answer when determining whether you need to install a bathtub or a shower – in the end it comes down to how you plan to use the space! If you are looking to use your bathroom as a relaxing environment to relax and escape the hustle and bustle, you may prefer a bathroom. However, if your goal is to create a bathroom that promotes easy and affordable hygiene, a shower is your best bet.
Does a bath or shower add more value?
In most cases, a high-end shower redesign will automatically increase the value of your home, especially when you’ve designed it down to the smallest detail. However, if you live in a family-friendly neighborhood and think that future buyers of your home will raise the kids in the house, you might want to consider a shower-tub combo (if there isn’t already a tub in the house). A tub can be a major selling point for families during the home selling process. Overall, you can’t go wrong with installing a new shower or bathtub – the quality of the materials can have a bigger impact on value than the shower itself!
Is it possible to install a walk-in shower in a small bathroom?
When redesigning a small bathroom, you need to find ways to make the room appear larger than it is. An easy way to do this is to install a walk-in shower enclosed in glass. The glass door allows you to keep the look of the room open, preventing any area from feeling cut off, thus making the bathroom appear smaller. However, you will need to consider how much space you have to open the shower door. While a walk-in shower will work in a small bathroom, you may need to opt for a sliding door or no door to ensure you have room to move freely in the space.
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