The Best Height to Put a Shower Head

Building codes do not specify a particular height for a shower head. However, there are standard heights for shower heads that builders use when installing bathtubs, showers and the necessary plumbing.

Installing a shower head at the right height makes it convenient for use.
Installing a shower head at the right height makes it convenient for use. (Image: mercedes rancaAo/iStock/Getty Images)

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Standard Height

Standard height for a shower head is 61 inches from the tub or shower pan floor. This height makes it convenient for most users.

Standard height for a shower head is 61 inches from the floor.
Standard height for a shower head is 61 inches from the floor. (Image: Byjeng/iStock/Getty Images)

Individual Preference

No specific rules apply to shower head height. Optimal shower head heights might range from 54 inches for a 5-foot-tall person to 78 inches for someone 6 1/2 feet or taller.

Optimal shower heights will vary based on height and personal preference.
Optimal shower heights will vary based on height and personal preference. (Image: Şafak Oğuz/iStock/Getty Images)

Accessible Heights

Accessible showers must provide a shower head on a flexible hose that is at least 60 inches long and usable as either a fixed or hand-held shower head. Some ADA compliant showers have a vertical bar that allows the fixed height to be set as desired and others include an additional shower head set at 60 inches.

Accessible showers must provide a shower head on a flexible hose that is at least 60 inches long.
Accessible showers must provide a shower head on a flexible hose that is at least 60 inches long. (Image: iDymax/iStock/Getty Images)

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