Should You Install A Walk-In Shower?

Bathroom Reconstruction: Should You Install A Walk-In Shower?

Bathroom reconstruction means looking at the current space—or thinking about a new one—and implementing changes to improve the experience. One addition that can change your routine is installing a walk-in shower instead of a shower stall. But what’s the difference?

How It Works

A “walk-in shower” is a very different beast from what most people are used to. Showers usually come as either a showerhead mounted on the wall that flows into an existing bathtub or a single “shower stall” like a cubicle or phone booth, but for cleaning yourself up.

A walk-in shower is completely exposed. There are no barriers between the water and the rest of the bathroom, except for the bathroom’s walls. There is no raised floor to step into. Instead, the walk-in shower floor is often flush with the rest of the bathroom flooring.

Why It Works With Your Bathroom Reconstruction

Walk-in showers initially seem like they might cause a bigger mess since the water isn’t being caught by walls, shower curtains, or even a raised floor. However, the opposite is true in most cases, and a walk-in shower is easier to clean.

Another significant point is that walk-ins are a great idea when space is at a premium. Because They don’t require installing an additional tub or even stall, a walk-in shower takes up less space in a bathroom. This makes it a good option for half-bath implementation.

Finally, walk-ins are also more accessible. If you have a senior resident, someone who uses a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair, taking a shower in a bathtub is difficult or impossible without outside assistance. Even a regular shower stall presents challenges for people with mobility issues.

A walk-in, however, can easily be entered and exited, making them a great choice in these situations. Think about it when you’re planning your next bathroom reconstruction project, and see whether it can improve your experience and make things more convenient.