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7 Bathroom Shower Ideas for Small Bathrooms


By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Small Bathroom Shower IdeasSmall bathrooms don’t have to feel cramped and they don’t have to be dingy. A little creativity and style can do wonders to make that space feel larger. In addition, using the right shower can have a huge impact on not just the design and feel of your bathroom, but on the amount of usable space you have available. Not sure what you can achieve in the way of showers for small bathrooms? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Get rid of the tub

Yes, there’s something appealing about being able to soak in the tub after a long day, but if your bathroom is cramped, you might do better to omit the tub completely. A standing shower can take up less than half the space of the tub (depending on the design you choose), and can be just as (or more) luxurious as any tub you can think of.

Glass-enclosed showers

Glass is elegant, and surprisingly cost effective when you realize that it will outlast fiberglass by a long shot. Glass-enclosed showers can add both a sense of space and a touch of elegance to a small bathroom. Depending on the amount of room available, you can opt for a high-end glass shower that can provide room for two, or just ample room for a single person to move around while bathing.

Corner showers work well

Another idea is to put your shower in the corner, rather than against one wall. This allows you to maximize the space in the shower, while freeing up room within the bathroom itself. You’ll also be surprised at the amount of space a shower corner offers to bathers, particularly if you go with a triangular base/shape, rather than the more conventional square or rectangular shower.

Blend it in

If you’re looking to design a bathroom that feels much larger than its actual physical dimensions, you can create a shower that blends into the background. Glass walls for the enclosure are the best option here since they’re clear. You’ll also need to carry the design of the bathroom walls into the shower. This is most easily done with tile. The carryover from the walls outside the shower into the shower itself help to expand the room’s size to the viewer.

Use the longest wall

If the idea of a corner shower doesn’t appeal, or there’s no way to make that work in your small bathroom, install a shower on the longest wall rather than putting it on a short wall. This helps to make the room feel longer, and with the right design for the shower, can increase the sense of overall space, as well.

Go with a compact shower

 If your bathroom is particularly small and you have minimal needs in the way of space inside the shower, you can find enclosed stand up showers that are very compact. They’re often just large enough for a single person to bathe, while taking up no more space than a linen closet.

Use a frameless shower

Shower frames take up a surprising amount of space. You can use a frameless design to free up some room, and also increase the sense of space in your bathroom. Note that these are generally modern and minimalist in design, so they may not work with your bathroom design in some cases.

With a little bit of creativity and a willingness to work with the space you have available, you can do a great deal with showers in small bathrooms.

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