Walk-in showers - tips for planning

Open showers are on the increase. They look elegant, convey a generous sense of space and are suitable for barrier-free bathrooms. To make sure you can enjoy all the advantages of a walk-in shower, there are several things that have to be taken into consideration in the bathroom during planning.

What is a floor-even shower?

Floor-even shower with Geberit CleanLine shower channel

Floor-even, open, walk-in showers – all terms that refer to modern showers in which, unlike conventional shower cubicles, you do not have to step over a threshold or open a door to get in.

Floor-even showers ensure comfort and safety in the bathroom. They make it possible for you to get in the shower in the morning even if you are still drowsy without the risk of tripping. Furthermore, they represent particularly good solutions for barrier-free bathrooms.

Advantages of open showers

  • Greater freedom of movement while showering
  • Safer and more convenient to get in and out
  • Hygienic solution and simple cleaning: no hidden deposits
  • Elegant, timeless design that makes the room appear more spacious
  • Suitable for barrier-free bathrooms

Tips for planning floor-even showers

In the case of renovation, the installation of a floor-even shower is always a conversion measure. It is therefore important to check in advance whether the requirements for installation are actually met. A central issue here is the construction height of the floor, i.e. the overall build-up of the screed, which in addition to the flooring also includes other layers such as thermal insulation, pipes for underfloor heating, etc. Floor-even showers require a certain minimum height for the water seal. If the construction height of the floor is lower than the depth of the water seal, installation may not be possible or only possible with very complex and expensive conversion measures.

1. Room planning : the right size

In comfortable, convenient showers, access to the shower area is at least 80 centimetres wide and the shower area itself at least 90 x 90 centimetres. The larger, the more comfortable.

2. Don’t skimp on the walk-in shower panel

When you are showering, it is surprising just how far the water can splash out of the actual shower area. Particularly, if money was saved on the shower enclosure. You might enjoy your shower, but when you are finished you have to start drying the bathroom floor. This is why, in the case of walk-in showers without a door, it is sensible to make the walk-in shower panel as large as the space will allow. Because the wider the glass shower enclosure, the larger the area protected from splashes.

3. Shower surface or tiles?

In the case of walk-in showers, both shower surfaces and tiles are possible.

Shower surfaces or shower trays can be installed floor-even. They now come in various colours and materials. Shower surfaces made of solid surface materials, for example, feel pleasantly soft and warm unlike metal, glass or ceramic.

Tiled showers ensure a consistent design throughout. There are virtually no limits to how they can be customised and they offer great design freedom. In small bathrooms, walk-in showers can also serve as usable space. When it comes to the actual size of the tiles, large-format tiles are popular because they have fewer joints and are thus easy to clean.

4. Non-slip: on the safe side

When planning a floor-even shower, the condition of the floor and the positioning of the drain are of great importance. Anyone who has ever slipped in a shower knows how important it is to have a surface that provides secure footing even in soapy wet conditions. When buying, look for slip-resistant tiles or a shower surface with non-slip materials.

And since nobody likes standing on the drain in the shower, the drain should be positioned either on the floor as close to the wall as possible or as a wall drain in the wall.

Floor-even shower with niche

5. Niche creates storage space

Family bathrooms are notorious for the number of different shampoos and shower gels you’ll find there. A niche is a practical solution that provides storage space for the various bottles and tubes. And that means everything is out of the way – also for cleaning.

6. Floor-even shower in a barrier-free bathroom

For a barrier-free shower, the shower surface has to be at least 90 x 110 centimetres.

For older people or people with physical disabilities, handles and a folding seat or a shower bench make showering simpler. You also have to make sure that the taps and the shower head can be reached and adjusted from a sitting position.

Shower channels or wall drains are suitable solutions for draining in freestanding showers. To ensure optimal drainage, the slope should be a maximum 2%.

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