11 March 2019

Design Dilemma: Pros and Cons of a Walk-in Shower

Planning to build a walk-in shower? There’s a lot of advantages and a few disadvantages that you should know about.
Design Dilemma: Pros and Cons of a Walk-in Shower

When designing bathrooms, we always ask our clients whether they want a walk-in shower or not. Most of them say yes, especially after showing them designs that we can do in the space available. In some cases, it’s the homeowner who gives us ideas, and we strive to deliver what they want.

Every design consultation is different, but one thing is for sure. Our designers never fail to explain the beauty of the design and how it makes the occupant’s life easier. Our team tells the pros and cons, plus what we can do to make the design better.

In this blog, let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a walk-in shower in your bathroom. If you’re planning to build one, we suggest that you read until the end. The knowledge you will get here can help you decide what’s best for your new bathroom.

What to love

Walk-in showers don’t have a full shower stall. Most designs feature frameless clear glass dividers. The glass doesn’t obstruct your vision, which makes the shower one with the entire bathroom. As you can see, the seamless, continuous connection visually enlarges the space. A design like this suits bathrooms of all sizes. It works best in small bathrooms, especially the long and narrow ones. Huge bathrooms with walk-in showers are enviable.  With proper planning, your bath will look like a private spa. READ: 6 Reminders When Designing Small Kitchens and Bathrooms

Walk-in showers are low-maintenance. It’s easy to clean. There are fewer corners where water, dirt, and grime can accumulate. Also, there are fewer chances of breaking anything. There are fewer tiles that will fall off the shower walls.

The challenges (and how to fix them)

One of the issues of having a walk-in shower is water pooling. When not planned well, the water might flow continuously to the rest of the bathroom. To avoid this, here are our suggestions:

  1. Create a shallow curb to keep the water from escaping the shower area. It’s like a shower tray. Do this when you’re willing to sacrifice the seamless floor look.
  2. Consider the wet-room-style floor. Here, the bathroom floor subtly slopes towards the drain. Gravity will do the rest of the work. Another issue that people have with walk-in showers is that they believe that it’s prone to accidents. They think it’s a slip hazard.

The truth is, walk-in showers are safe because you don’t need to step in and out of it. To make it safer for people with less mobility (kids, elderly, disabled, injured etc.), here are our suggestions:

  1. Use textured tiles on the floor, the ones that still have grip even when wet. You may use a shower rug inside the shower area as well.
  2. Install handrails inside the shower, so you have something to hold on to while bathing.
  3. Build a shower seat. It is beneficial to the elderly and to the injured members of your family. They don’t need to stand up while taking a bath.

There is also an issue of humidity. Most walk-in shower designs are open, so the steam from your hot shower tends to circulate inside the bathroom.

If you’re planning to build a walk-in shower, make sure that your shower vents and exhaust fans operate as you bathe. Afterwards, open your bathroom windows, so the moisture escapes the room. If you don’t have a bathroom window, just leave the door open for a few minutes.

Another thing you can do is place a portable or mini dehumidifier in your bathroom. You can also display humidity-loving plants like aloe vera, snake plant, spider plant, and Chinese bamboo. Finally, walk-in showers cool quickly. It’s great for people who want quick showers. But, if you like a long warm bath, you might get cold easily here.

One thing you can do is build a shower with heated floors. It’s a little expensive, but it eliminates any chilly consequence.

Do you want to build a walk-in shower?

Walk-in showers are very popular right now. A lot of homeowners love it and want it. It’s functional and has a lot of advantages, however, it also has a few disadvantages. But, as we discussed, there’s no problem that a great designer can’t fix! Liked this article? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Contact our Perth-based building designers for more info.



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