How to Deal With Windows in a Shower

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Having a window in the shower may seem like a problem, but the solution to dealing with it forces you to be creative and come up with a way to protect both the window and your privacy. If you own the home, you can always tear it out and close in the space, finishing the outside to match your house. If you're unable to artfully enclose the window, try a few creative ideas to make your shower more comfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray-on frost paint
  • Small shower curtain
  • Shower curtain rod
  • Shutters or cabinet doors (optional)
  • Exterior paint
  • Boat varnish
  • Glass block
  • Caulk
  • Tiles
  • Marble or granite trim

Renters

  • Spray the window with a frost spray to give the glass a cloudy appearance. Apply several light coats of spray to make it almost opaque, and no one will be able to see through it in either direction.

  • Hang a shower curtain across the window to keep water off the sill. Choose something decorative and a fancy curtain rod to match your decor.

  • Construct a pair of shutters to put on the inside, using old house shutters or old cabinet doors. Paint them with exterior paint and put several layers of boat varnish on them to make them waterproof.

Owners

  • Remove the windowpanes and install glass block in their place. This provides privacy and you can seal the block with waterproof caulk to protect the surrounding seams and prevent leaks.

  • Tile the inside wall of the shower up to the edge of the window and caulk to prevent leaks.

  • Add a marble or granite frame and windowsill to prevent rot from forming on wood.

  • Finish around the outside of the window with whatever materials you have on the exterior of the house. Seal with waterproof materials to keep water from coming into the walls.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe down the windowsill and check for mildew weekly. If you stay on top of it, you can keep any mildew or rot from building up on or around the window.
  • If you're replacing a window in a home that you own, consider a window with frosted louvers or install something you can open slightly to allow steam to escape.
  • If you have a window in your shower, use extra care when taking a shower. If you're unstable on your feet or lose your balance easily, consider adding a grab bar so that if you lose your balance, you have something to hold to prevent you from falling into the window.

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