How to Design a Walk-in Shower


The dark, cramped, elbow banging, walk-in showers of yesteryear were uncomfortable and inconvenient. They were designed for one thing and one thing only: get in, get clean, and get out. Boring and compact, the telephone-booth-sized shower was about as utilitarian as you could get.

Today’s Walk-In Shower

design a walk-in showerToday’s walk-in showers have changed all that. The showers of today are open, bright, and spacious. Even smaller showers can be designed to look and feel roomy. Using the space occupied by your bathtub is one of the most popular options for a walk-in shower.

Removing a wall or walls and a dropped-ceiling in an old shower is the first step to opening it up. Converting a four-wall shower into a two-wall shower with a clear glass shower enclosure will make the same space seem much larger.

Clear glass is often used to create an open look by eliminating visual barriers. Some larger showers are designed without a shower door, which makes the space seem even larger.

Comfort and Convenience

In addition to an open feel, comfort and convenience are trademarks of today’s walk-in showers.

Showerheads are available in many different spray configurations from basic to pulsating massage. Enjoy a spa-like experience with the shower spray pattern of your choice. Add a hand-held showerhead for even more flexibility and convenience. The hand-held can either be a part of the showerhead or a separate fixture and it works for short or tall whether seated or standing.

Seats, available in a variety of configurations, add a new level of comfort. A seat offers a comfy place to relax, to take a lazy shower, or to shave legs. When designing a seat for your shower, make sure the seat is installed at a comfortable height.

comfortable walk-in shower design

Today’s showers have plenty of room for soaps, shampoos, shower gels, shaving cream, and anything else you use to pamper yourself. The most popular options for storing shower products are a built-in niche or a corner shower caddy. Position a shelf handy to the seat.

Walk-in Shower Safety

The real beauty of today’s walk-in shower is that it can be designed for safety without looking institutional. It’s no secret that most accidents that occur in the home happen in the bathroom, mostly due to slips and falls. Safety is a concern for all ages.

Lower thresholds or no thresholds along with safety grab bars make getting in and out of the shower safer for those with limited mobility as well as those of us with full mobility. If you’ve ever broken a foot or a leg, you know the importance of safety grab bars and a seat.

safe walk-in shower design

Most people think of grab bars as institutional looking, but they come in a wide assortment of styles, finishes, and colors. Check out some of the most unique grab bars you’ve never seen.

A properly designed walk–in shower can allow seniors to live safely in their home longer. Aging in place has never been easier.

Luxury Walk-in Shower

design a walk-in showerFor the ultimate in luxury showering you can add rejuvenating body sprays with various pressures and spray patterns. Kohler offers a high-end digital water delivery system that controls shower heads and body sprays and includes music and ambient lighting.

For extreme and luxurious bathroom design ideas, HGTV and other TV programs are great resources for scouting ideas you may want to incorporate into your walk-in shower design.

See the Light

If your house construction allows, you could add a skylight or solar tube for a constant source of natural light. Nothing brightens up a room like natural light. Solar tubes offer a cost effective way to add natural light and can be installed in just a few hours.

design a walk-in shower skylight

Smart Walk-in Shower Design

design a walk-in showerIf a new walk-in shower is in your future and you’re not familiar with all the new products and design options, consult a professional who has the experience and knowledge to help you design a shower that will adapt to your and your families changing needs.

A well-designed shower can become an oasis where you can relax, let the cares of the day wash away, and become rejuvenated.

Enjoy your shower! Sing fun songs and let new ideas pop.


Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for DISH Network. She is a published journalist and blogger with an English degree and Political Science minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.