How to Design an Open Shower


Eliminating the shower curtain or the sliding glass doors and opening a shower up directly to a bathroom can reduce the cleaning your bathroom requires. It can also make your shower more accessible and create an elegant bathroom design. Growing steadily in popularity, open shower designs can be convenient to use. But you have to be careful in your design so you really have an open shower instead of just a shower that's missing a curtain.

  • Design an open shower that doesn't allow shower water from pouring onto your bathroom floor. You'll need significantly more room than many other shower designs. Though you can work around limitations, some open showers designs need at least six and a half feet in both directions.

  • A long passageway from the bathroom into the shower area will contain moisture. But a turn around a wall will be more effective and use less space. An open shower design can wrap around the central shower chamber. Even one turn, though, will help keep the area outside the shower dry. Around a corner is a good area for drying off.

  • Slant the floors to ensure that water doesn't leave the shower. It will also keep it front sitting on the shower floor, where it could eventually damage the floor. A slight slant will help the water flow toward the drain.

  • Put in an extra drain. With water reaching further from the shower head, a second drain can be useful for collecting water. You might put on the floor of a drying off area. You might also consider a long trough drain between the main showering area and the extended are water could splash.

  • Design a bathroom that can withstand moisture. Without doors or a curtain, it's more likely that water will reach into your bathroom. Protect against damage this could do by designing floors and fixtures that can get wet occasionally without becoming damaged.


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