Options for fitting a small bathroom shower
What do you do if you want to install a shower but you only have a very small bathroom?
While I do love my bathtub when I get the opportunity to use it for a long and relaxing soak, I wouldn’t give up my shower without a fight. I find that showers are quick, refreshing and much more economical than bathing. When I was redesigning my small bathroom I took the opportunity to replace the shower that was installed above the bathtub at that time.
The first thing to point out is that there usually is a way to solve problems like this and you mustn’t give up before you’ve really had a chance to think the problem through. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have much room to play with put you off from searching for the solution.
So what are the options?
Remove the bathtub and dump it
Discarding the bathtub should give you more than enough room to fit in a sizeable shower enclosure. The problem is that you won’t have a bath anymore. While this might suit your current lifestyle you might want to think about what you might need a few years in the future and when you come to move out and sell your property.
When you sell a property you must have a bathroom with a bathtub even if it has a great shower instead. People expect to find a bath in the bathroom and the lack of one can seriously depress the value of your property.
Put your shower in your bathtub
If you really have no other option then you can install a showerhead above your bathtub and use a shower curtain or splashguard to keep the rest of the bathroom dry. This will probably be your easiest solution/best bathroom faucets/, as it will take up no extra floor space. Personally I don’t like this option and would prefer a separate shower.
The Wet Room approach
Turning your whole bathroom into a wet room could be the most difficult and ambitious solution to putting a shower in your bathroom. It will most likely require extensive modifications and will probably be very expensive. It will however enable you to put your shower almost anywhere you like and even the very smallest bathrooms should have enough space. On the other hand, everything and I mean everything, in the room will get wet when you take a shower. This is an option to be considered but you should think seriously before going this route.
Add a shower cubicle with a curved quadrant base
The option that I like best for any bathroom is to install a separate shower enclosure either free standing in the room or in a corner of the bathroom. This is a great solution if you can find the space to accommodate the shower enclosure.
Even the smallest of shower enclosure is better than none at all in my opinion so you should check out the available sizes and determine the smallest size of enclosure that you would be happy with. You can always go up a size if you manage to design enough free space into your makeover.
To make the space available you should consider the whole small bathroom design. Find a smaller toilet and washbasin and even a smaller bathtub if you have to. Use squared paper and cut out shapes to try many different ways of arranging everything.
If a square or rectangular shower cubicle looks as if it might be just that little bit too big like it did in my small bathroom then think about using a curved quadrant shower enclosure. This might be a little more expensive but it made all the difference to my bathroom and I love it.