Types of Walk-in Shower Styles and Designs
The term walk-in shower refers to any type of shower space that you can walk into. While small cubicle showers are technically walk-in showers, the term is more commonly used to refer to large, luxurious showers that allow you to move around freely. Many walk-in units feature doorless or curbless designs that make entering and exiting the shower easier and safer, especially for people with mobility problems. In addition to safety and convenience, a walk-in shower can lend any bathroom a sense of spaciousness due to its streamlined look, particularly when the shower replaces a large bathtub.
Walk-in showers, like the best traditional shower systems, come with a range of options for wall designs and colors, as well as functional accessories like storage units and showerheads. It all depends on which features best suit your bathroom’s aesthetic and your needs. As you shop around and consider your options, use this guide as a handy reference to keep you focused and your bathroom remodeling project on track.
Best for small bathrooms, corner showers are smaller than other types of walk-in showers but still provide plenty of room for bathing. Many corner showers feature a tiled-wall surround and a glass door, but corner showers with glass walls are also popular. The latter type of walk-in shower tends to be more varied in size than tiled-wall showers.
Whether you call it a shower stall or shower room depends on the size, but the functionality and style potential remain the same. Walk-in shower rooms and stalls are often square, rectangular, or hexagonal—although a curved wall isn’t unheard of. Some shower rooms are as big as entire bathrooms, but in areas of limited space, doorless shower stalls are usually favored for their space efficiency.
Walk-In Shower Design
The materials, shower products, and design options you select play a big role in creating the atmosphere and look that you want. As you plan and visualize your project, play around with different tile color combinations, showerhead possibilities, and such. Go as bold in style as you want, and keep this mind: A walk-in shower can also serve as a bathroom’s centerpiece, which means event your simplest choices can combine to create stunning visual impact. Here are a few other features to think about as you design your walk-in shower:
There are three primary types of doors you can choose for walk-in showers:
- Pivot doors – Most pivot doors are frameless. They open on pivot points that are usually supported by cylindrical steel beams.
- Hinged doors – Framed shower doors are often connected with hinges. Unlike a pivot door, a hinged door opens all the way.
- Sliding doors – As the name suggests, these doors slide open and close and are best if you’re short on bathroom space.
In designing your walk-in shower, consider different types of showerheads. A showerhead, perhaps more than any other shower system component, can dramatically enhance your bathing experience. Consider:
- Detachable showerhead – Attached to the wall by hooks, a detachable showerhead can serve as your main showerhead or as a supplement to a wall-mounted unit.
- Rainfall showerhead – Ceiling-mounted, this showerhead can serve as an excellent addition to wall-mounted and detachable units and is the widest showerhead available.
Your Dream Walk-In Shower Awaits
At Dreamstyle Remodeling, we offer and install walk-in showers that be customized in myriad ways to provide the fresh new look and functionality you need, from stylish wall surrounds and accent panels to modern showerheads and innovative storage fixtures. Contact Dreamstyle today for more information. We offer free, no-obligation consultations.