A doorless shower is all the rage right now. And why wouldn’t they be? They take up less space, are easy to clean, and have the ability to make a regular bathroom feel like a high-priced spa. But the design and installation process for doorless showers is a little different than it is for showers with doors. To help you out, we consulted our experts and came up with a list of the five most important things to know and decisions to make before you start your doorless shower remodel.
- You can’t DIY a doorless shower.
Doorless showers are best when they’re custom designed to fit your space and your needs. But you can’t DIY the most important aspects of the doorless shower—the plumbing and structural issues that will need to be addressed to create the shower of your dreams.
Expect that your shower will require custom tile work and partitions, in addition to the installation of any accessories. And get excited! Working with a professional will streamline an otherwise very frustrating, difficult process, and the end product will be stunning because of it.
- Know the advantages and disadvantages before you start.
There are a ton of advantages to doorless showers. They provide excellent accessibility for individuals with disabilities; they’re easy to maintain; they’re streamlined and space-efficient; and if you make sure to install the threshold level to the floor, there’s very little chance someone will trip and fall.
Disadvantages can primarily be avoided by making good choices about the items on the rest of this list. For instance, without a door, there’s a higher chance that the water will splash outside the shower area—but this is easily prevented.
- Consider the location of the shower and the placement of the showerhead.
Typically, doorless showers work best in corners; these are a natural placement and then will only require you to build one or two partition walls. More important is the placement of the showerhead. You want to be sure that the water won’t spray on lighting, electrical plugs, or any other bathroom fixtures. Oftentimes, people who design doorless showers opt for rain showers, or showerheads installed in the ceiling that mimic the feeling of being caught in a rainstorm. Because the water falls straight down, there is less need to worry about the spray.
- Decide what kind of base look you want.
The primary consideration you’ll need to keep in mind is this: What height would you like the threshold? A doorless shower doesn’t just drain onto a regular bathroom floor. You’ll still need a shower base. Your base can lie flat in line with your bathroom floor, but it will require a sloped floor in the shower stall to help the water drain properly. (You can also use shower pans with curbs of up to four inches.)
- Decide what accessories your shower will need, and where they should go.
If you’re designing your shower with accessibility in mind, be sure you know before starting what kind of accessories you’ll need. Whether it’s a shower bench, a rail, or just an in-wall soap holder, it’s smart to finalize these decisions before the design process begins.
Are you ready to stop taking tentative steps and start striding confidently into your shower? Head over to Crystal Bath & Shower Company’s Wilmington showroom to start improving your bathroom today.