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Walk-In Shower Options

By: Karine Dutemple


5 min read

Walk-In Shower Options

By: Karine Dutemple

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Many homeowners who wish to renovate their bathroom are currently considering the possibility of opting for a walk-in shower to modernize the space.

Of all the shower models available on the market, the walk-in shower is certainly one of the most popular for many reasons: elegance, accessibility and transparency. However, you’ll have to choose between several options in order to enjoy a shower that meets your practical and aesthetic needs.

The walk-in shower: the options available

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Walk-in shower: with or without a wall

When it comes to choosing a walk-in shower, you’ll need to decide whether you’d like the shower to have walls or not. While some may wish to avoid installing walls for aesthetic reasons, we should note that their absence isn’t always desirable. Indeed, even if your bathroom is large enough to install a walk-in shower, this room may not be spacious enough that the toilet, sink and cabinets avoid being splashed with water from your shower.

If for practical reasons the wall installation turns out to be the best choice for you, several options are available: solid walls, glass walls or glass brick walls. In the case of solid walls, the border will be visible and can help define the style of the room: black borders are perfect for modern decor, while metallic borders will be ideal for contemporary decor. For their part, glass walls provide a perfectly refined decor and allow the shower to blend into the decor discreetly.

While glass brick walls may not appeal to everyone, their look is perfect for lovers of retro decor. Consider that they offer the best of both worlds by letting in natural light while creating a visual break that provides privacy.

Finally, note that a walk-in shower can have a solid wall as a border, whether it rises to the ceiling or not. This option will ensure maximum privacy for those who want it while allowing everyone in the room to go about their respective tasks in peace.

Are you unsure of your next shower choice? See our article 6 steps to follow to choose your shower.

The receiver: how to choose it

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When building a walk-in shower, it’ll be necessary to carefully choose the type of shower that’ll be installed. Here’s an overview of the different options available to you:

  • the recessed shower tray: This provides a floor-level look, quite perfect for the design of a walk-in shower. Note that its installation requires your floor to be perfectly waterproof ;
  • the extra-flat tray: The extra-flat tray is characterized by a reduced height (approximately 15 cm). Note that most of it will be concealed, with only 5 cm being visible ;
  • the masonry shower tray: A masonry shower tray is an option often chosen by those who wish to benefit from a shower without walls and without tiling ;
  • the tile tray: This type of tray is placed on the ground and offers a slope suited to the flow of water.

Materials available

Most walk-in showers have tile or mosaic tiles. Why is this? Quite simply because tiles are easy to maintain, in addition to being resistant and non-slip (if you’ve taken care to select a non-slip tile).

However, there are many other possibilities. Some may opt for a concrete shower, as this will provide a modern and industrial look. This material stands out from the others because of its resistance and its non-slip finish. It’s also possible to choose marble, which gives a look as prestigious as it is elegant.

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Although this possibility is not chosen often, we should mention that it’s also possible to use wood for your walk-in shower, straight out of a spa. If you wish, a pebble floor can also add a unique touch to your bathroom decor! This option works well in more natural settings, bringing a bit of the outdoors into the interior. This still requires a certain skill to obtain results that meet your expectations!

Natural stone is a possibility that may appeal to many! Indeed, this material ensures a perfect seal, in addition to having the advantage of offering a non-slip and antibacterial surface. Its appearance offers a calm and soothing atmosphere, which is a definite winner in a bathroom.

What about acrylic? If your budget is limited, know that this is the best choice available for you. However, it’s a fragile material, and this is a weak point. Therefore, its durability is not comparable to that of concrete or ceramic.

Do you need more information on installing a walk-in shower? Take a look at our article The walk-in shower: 6 things to know about its installation.

A door or not?

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A door or not?

Note that a walk-in shower can be fitted with pivoting, sliding, or hinged doors. Also, it’s important to note that a hinged door with an opening of at least 90 cm will facilitate entry into the shower for people with reduced mobility.

A gutter or a central drain?

In order to evacuate the collection of water, you’ll have to install a gutter or a central drain. To choose between one and the other, it’s necessary to assess their respective advantages and disadvantages.

As a device located inside the shower tray (center), the drain is covered with a small perforated cover that allows water to drain out and not collect on your floor. Note that this is very easy to clean and that it’s also easily replaced. Moreover, its price is lower than that of a gutter. The main disadvantage lies in its flow rate, which is slower than that of the gutter.

Meanwhile, the gutter consists of a gully embedded inside the shower tray or installed near it (sloping). Among its advantages, it should be noted that it’s possible to integrate it into a variety of materials, which facilitates its integration with the rest of the shower visually. In addition, the channel has a faster flow than the central drain.

Secondly, it’s important to mention that the gutter is covered with a small screen to allow solid elements (hair in particular) to not pass through the drain. In terms of its disadvantage, it appears to be more expensive than our first option.

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They can hold toiletries, towels, candles, or even house plants to add a hint of greenery. Furthermore, you can always treat yourself regarding materials and design: there’s a wide range of aesthetics, from rustic wood to industrial metal or elegant glass. Mirror Cabinets A mirror is a must-have in a bathroom; when space is limited, it can also serve as a storage space. Mirrors with built-in storage cabinets are a great and practical way to blend functionality and aesthetics. You can choose mirrors with small hidden storage compartments or shelves. That way, you can store all your toiletries, such as your toothbrushes, toothpaste, perfumes, and other beauty or skincare products. Some models even have drawers or panels for heightened discretion. Courtesy of said feature, you can forget about big linen cabinets that take up all of the floor space and maintain a minimalist aesthetic in your bathroom. To better optimize your wet room, you can also hire interior decorators. Their skills and expertise can make all the difference, going from a small, cluttered space to a serene and efficient wet room. Find Clever Storage Solutions to Create a Practical Décor Source: Canva Storage Baskets and Containers In small spaces, you really can’t hold back when it comes to multiplying clever storage solutions. If chosen wisely, they could bring an aesthetic touch to your interior décor. Woven baskets made with natural materials or unique and elegantly designed containers can transform your ordinary space into a pleasant and functional room. Based on your small bathroom’s style and personal preferences, you can, for example, choose wicker baskets that add a charming touch to the space as a whole. Additional storage can hold your clean towels, bath and shower products, and other items. Are you looking for experts for your bathroom project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Over-the-Door Organizer An over-the-door organizer is a legitimate storage solution when figuring out the layout of a small room where every centimetre square matters. This item can be hung on the back of the door or linen cabinet door. To ensure the space you’re designing is cohesive, choose a material that will match or blend in with the style of your bathroom. Not only does an over-the-door organizer provide additional storage that can free up your counter space, but it can also transform an often overlooked corner into a truly and perfectly optimized space. Your towels and bathrobe will fit right in; no need to worry! Choose a Sink Suited for a Small Bathroom Décor Source: Canva Wall-Mounted Bathroom Vanities A wall-mounted vanity is an elegant and modern way to optimize a small bathroom. This type of sink benefits from being wall-mounted, meaning it frees up floor space. As such, you’ll be able to walk around more freely, making the room appear bigger. Furthermore, this type of sink will simplify your floor cleaning process and facilitate integrating a toilet and a linen closet. A wall-mounted vanity adds to a minimalist setting and is particularly appreciated in contemporary or Scandinavian-inspired décors. Small Vanities Choosing a small bathroom sink vanity is a wise decision to optimize the space available. Unlike traditional vanities that may be bigger, small vanities are designed for tighter spaces but still provide enough storage space for all essentials. It often features drawers and shelves, allowing you to store your toiletries and towels meticulously without using much floor space. Furthermore, they’re often elegantly designed, giving off a sense of space. Moreover, small vanities are typically straightforward to install and adapted to various decorative styles. Opt for Light Colours Source: Canva Opting for light and soft colours is an essential decoration strategy to create the illusion of space in a small bathroom. Shades such as white, beige, or light grey reflect the natural light streaming in and any artificial light in the bathroom, thereby contributing to the airy and bright atmosphere. These colour options can be applied to walls, tiling, furniture, and accessories like towels and bath mats. Moreover, light colours create a neutral background, allowing you to use colourful or textured decorative elements without visually cluttering the space. Wrap it Up with Strategically Placed Lighting Source: Canva Strategically placed lighting can further solicit a space’s functionality and enhance its aesthetic appeal. Avoid adding too many task lights or strong lighting, which may create a lot of shadows. Instead, choose a good, soft source of light. A mirror with built-in lighting can work wonders in such a space. Also, consider wall scones or recessed lighting to light specific areas without taking up much floor or storage space. Turn Your Small Bathroom into an Optimal Space Following our detailed decoration tips, you can maximize every square inch of your tiny bathroom. These creative tips and tricks are, first and foremost, to prove that with just a bit of thoughtful consideration and creativity, even the tiniest of spaces can be turned into a stylish, cozy oasis. As such, size shouldn’t be an obstacle when designing an elegant and practical bathroom that meets your daily needs while mirroring your style.

8 min read 21 Mar 2023

Designing the Ideal Narrow Bathroom Layout

Bathrooms typically have one thing in common: limited floor plans. However, by strategically designing the layout of your bathroom, you may realize that it’s bigger than you originally thought. Without further ado, here’s how you can work with the dimensions at hand, and successfully turn a somewhat restricted floor plan into a practical, narrow bathroom. What are the dimensions of a standard bathroom? Source: Canva The average bathroom measures 5.5 square metres. This space will have to house the necessary equipment for personal hygiene and basic comfort. Here they are: Vanity or pedestal sink Typically, a vanity is between 18 and 72 inches wide, 32 to 43 inches high, and 21 inches deep. To the above-mentioned measurements comes the minimal clearances to respect for one to move freely within the space: 21 in. in front of furniture; 30 in. on either side; 15 in. from the drain, meaning 30 in. from the double vessel sink. The pedestal sink adheres to the exact same guideline, measuring 24 inches wide, 33 inches high, and 22 inches deep. However, installing a vanity or pedestal sink requires a wall length of 51 to 61 inches. Shower or bathtub Source: Canva Whether it’s a standard or corner shower, it still needs at least 32 in. by 32 in. of space, with a 4-inch wide threshold (edge). However, you can discount the edging if you’re going for a walk-in shower. Whatever the case may be, the shower must have at least 24 inches of clearance so that one can safely enter the enclosure. Beyond that, a grab bar can be added roughly 33 inches off the floor for added comfort. Bathtubs are typically 60 in. x 32 in. (150 cm x 80 cm). It can be used in lieu of a shower. However, beyond its size, a bathtub still requires a 21-inch wide by 60-inch long clearance to get in and out, hassle-free. Here’s an article that can help you choose between a shower and a tub. Toilet A toilet, depending on the model, measures at least 30 inches high by 21 inches wide, and 25 inches deep. As for plumbing fixtures, a 12-inch clearance from the wall is needed. Around the toilet, there are other clearances to respect: 30 in. on either side; 21 in. in front; 4 in. from the wall. If you’ve added a grab bar for added comfort, note that it’ll likely be 12 inches away from the wall, and 42 inches long. Accessories Source: Canva There are 3 go-to accessories that are found in most bathrooms: towel bar; hooks; mirror. A standard towel bar is about 50 inches long, 20 inches wide, and, on average, 6 inches deep, with a 6-inch clearance on either side. For convenience, the mirror is placed above the sink. They’re available in all shapes and sizes, however, there’s a height guideline that must be respected. The middle point of the mirror must be eye-level, meaning 65 inches off the ground. The hooks on which bathrobes or clothes will most likely hang should be installed, on average, 66 inches high. Storage Should you want to install a linen cabinet in your bathroom, mainly to store towels, toiletry kits, or rolls of toilet paper, adhere to the following minimal dimensions: 18 in. wide; 84 in. high; 14 in. deep. Check out our bathroom storage guide. 6 Narrow Bathroom Layout Design Tips Source: Canva Contrary to popular belief, designing the layout for a narrow bathroom isn’t more difficult than doing so for a standard-shaped room. Why, you ask? Because the secret lies in the ergonomics of it all. 1- Position the shower or tub at the farthest end of the bathroom In a bathroom, the tub or shower is the most important element, but it’s also the one that takes up the most floor space. The only way to save space in a narrow bathroom, it’s to position the bathtub along the back wall. 2- Add furniture on one side only No matter the size of your bathroom, position the shower, sink, and toilet, along the same wall, and any cabinets along the opposite-facing wall. However, consider the space required for fully open cabinet drawers. 3- Opt for wall-mounted furniture Source: Canva Wall-mounted furniture is especially worthwhile. These allow you to clear up your floor space while facilitating movement within the confines of the bathroom. One small caveat: these really aren’t ideal for people of small stature or suffering from shoulder pain. 4- Go for a walk-in shower As some may say, it’s the pinnacle of perfection in terms of space gain. The walk-in shower maintains the continuity of the tile flooring, preventing any disruption when it comes to the bathroom’s floor plan as it would be with an elevated shower base. 5- Play on patterns Source: Canva In a narrow bathroom, the wall treatments are of utmost importance. To lend a sense of volume, there really are but two options: Cold and neutral colours Striking patterns Cold or neutral colours are more often well-received than bold patterns. However, the latter will definitely break up the room’s angles. As such, it lends a sense of volume that’s much better achieved than that of subdued colours. 6- Make use of the ambient and task lighting No matter your design, a narrow, often cramped, bathroom needs lighting to quell any overwhelming feelings. Take full advantage of task lighting and its reflection in the bathroom mirror to achieve the desired results. Then, install a few ambience lights to brighten up your bathroom as best as possible. Are you looking for experts for your bathroom project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! 4 more tips should your bathroom dare be small and narrow… Source: Canva A small and narrow bathroom can present quite a challenge in terms of layout. Luckily, there are a few tips out there for you to use. 1- Either get rid of a furniture piece or aim high If you’re looking to install a linen cabinet or any sort of furniture piece in your narrow bathroom, you’ll most likely need to position it in front of the toilet, sink, or shower. One minor hitch: you risk not being able to move about with ease. As such, to retain a sense of comfort, even in a cramped bathroom, get rid of the furniture piece by, for instance, positioning it right outside the bathroom against the adjacent wall. Another option would be choosing a wall-mounted cabinet or simply hanging shelves. 2- Favour shallow-depth furniture Source: Canva If removing and positioning a cabinet outside of your bathroom doesn’t favour your home, fear not as there are other solutions. Opt for shallow-depth furniture that extends all the way to the ceiling. The minimal depth that you should be looking for is 14 inches, as it happens to be the minimal depth at which one can store folded towels. 3- Go for a wall-mounted toilet By opting for a wall-mounted toilet, you can simultaneously free up the floor space, making the narrow bathroom feel more spacious. This type of toilet has a modern design and also allows access to every nook and cranny of the room. 4- Install a sliding door Albeit rarely done, opting for a sliding door allows for a hefty space gain. Also, a pocket door adds an industrial-like vibe to the interior décor. For a more modern and elegant look, go for a sliding glass door model. Our Narrow Bathroom Layout Suggestions Source: Canva Designing the layout of a narrow bathroom can be complicated, but it can also mean creating a unique and functional space. Here are a few pointers tailored to the square footage of the space: For a 4 m2 bathroom There’s only one way to design a four-square-metre bathroom: keep it simple. Opt for small cabinets, and one of them has to be for the sink. Consider a walk-in shower and a freestanding towel rack. Choose light-coloured flooring and walls to create a sense of spaciousness within the room. For a 5 m2 bathroom Source: Canva This floor space can accommodate a corner bathtub, double sink vanity, as well as a towel warmer. For a 6 m2 bathroom This is the required square footage for both a shower and a tub in your bathroom. However, you’ll need to carefully consider the layout as one of them will have to be positioned at an angle, and a walk-in shower is a must. Freestanding cabinets and other furniture can also be rightfully positioned around the room. For a 7 m2 bathroom Source: Canva With this kind of square footage, you can have all the fittings: toilet, tub/shower, and vanity. No need for a walk-in shower, you can opt for a shower stall and a more elaborate towel warmer. With 7 square metres, you can even consider having a spot for a washer and dedicated storage space.

8 min read 21 Mar 2023

Tiling Ideas for Small, Unusual Bathrooms

Lacking in the idea department when it comes to choosing tiles for your tiny bathroom? Good. That means you haven’t yet entered the realm of failing to turn your snug space into a genuinely spacious-looking room. Do you know what could turn your interior decorating adventure into a real flop? Overlooking the size of the room. In fact, when it comes to interior decoration, it appears size really does matter. Colours, shower and toilet types, furniture, and the room's square footage limit and shape your decisions, as does tiling! Tiling Your Bathroom Floor Source: Canva A bathroom floor must at least have the following three characteristics: Non-porous Rot-proof Waterproof As such, there are three main types of flooring that can be installed in a bathroom: Tile PVC Wood Next up, all things aesthetic. Tiles are second to none in the realm of interior decoration as they mimic all materials (leather, wood, textiles, stone, metal, etc.). Its main asset remains the wide array of colours to choose from. In a bathroom with a limited amount of floor space, colour can make or break it. Furthermore, there’s a range of finishes possible: glossy, satin, or pearl. What kind of tile should you pick to design a small, yet modern bathroom? Source: Canva Generally speaking, modern interior decorating relies on three materials: Metal Glass Cement Tiles have the added bonus of mimicking both cement and metal. In terms of limitations here, it’s very ingrained in colour choices. While tiles can mimic metals very well, they’re often dark. Therefore, that leaves you with glass and cement as viable options. Nevertheless, don’t allow yourself to be charmed by the near-unlimited possibilities when it comes to glass. Since it’s available in all shapes and colours, a poor glass tile choice can quickly put a damper on your idea of a spacious-looking bathroom. However, if you find yourself inspired and can hire a skilled expert, you can always add a beautiful mosaic to your small bathroom. A modern touch can make all the difference. Faux cement tiles are basically tailored-made for small bathrooms with a modern-inspired aesthetic. However, note that said type of tiling is often adorned with a chic or retro pattern. When it comes to a small bathroom floor, avoid them at all costs. Limit yourself to a plain, light-coloured tile. What tile colour works best in a small bathroom? The true magic of colours is that they can help you resize a room at will. To create a sense of openness in your bathroom, you have to use colours that are on the cool side of the spectrum: Green Purple Blue These colours will not only visually make your space feel bigger, but will also instill a sense of calmness to it. Result: a tranquil setting that invites relaxation. No doubt about it, bathrooms are meant for relaxing, and unwinding after a long day. There’s no secret about it. Your peepers are solely longing for solid colours with light tones and a glossy finish. Other than being pretty, a glossy finish is also meant to better reflect the sun’s rays or artificial light beam in your bathroom. To visually open up your space, it’s all about using subtle lighting techniques. If you’re of the mindset that cool colours can give your small bathroom a sense of being flooded with colour, you can always fall back on neutral colours. In that case, stick with cool neutrals: Taupe grey Spanish white Powder pink The goal here is to make your bathroom appear bigger without unnecessarily burdening it with colours and stuff. So you’ll need to find a balance between the tiling colour as well as that of the decorative items featured in your bathroom. How can you best choose bathroom colours? When starting from scratch, the best thing is to get yourself a colour chart. That way, you’ll be able to better visualize the colour you’d like to have in your bathroom. Nonetheless, you may find it difficult when it comes to pairing the right colours together to ensure a viable outcome. For that, you can always use an online colour generator. With it, you’ll be able to generate several colours, and when placed side by side, you’ll quickly know whether they’re a good match or not. Are you looking for experts for your bathroom project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Small Bathroom Tiling Tips Source: Canva Ideally, steer clear of patterned tile. Although they can be very appealing, and striking even, in a small bathroom, tiles with patterns are likely to overwhelm the space. In close quarters, you should limit your tiling ideas based on the following principles: a light and uniform colour; a glossy finish; rectangular-shaped tiles; tiles laid length-wise. We’ve yet to discuss the last two points, meaning the shape of the tiling and how they’re laid. These details are crucial when designing a small bathroom. They’ll make the room appear even bigger, turning it into a vast space, at least visually speaking. According to Yanick Dupré, Dupré Carrelage Inc., it’s best to use 24-inch by 24-inch rectified ceramic tiles in a bathroom. Don’t try to create a contrasting effect between your bathroom floor and walls. The flooring guidelines in terms of colour equally apply to wall treatments: light and uniform colours; cool or neutral colours; glossy finish. Whites, creams, and pastels are all colours toward which you should turn to preserve the illusion of spaciousness within the room. Black and white tiling: Yay or nay? Yes, but only if you’re playing off the space’s visual dimensions. While white is by far the best colour to use in a small bathroom, black is quite the opposite. However, it can work wonders. The trick here is to know precisely where and how to use it. And there’s only one area where black is most suited, and that’s the far-end wall. If your small bathroom is rectangular in shape, lay light-coloured tiles along both side walls and dark tiling at either end. Here’s an alternative: Lay black tiles on a piece of furniture in a completely white space, or tile your entire walk-in shower with black tiles. Offsetting your shower space from the rest of the room can have a really satisfying outcome. How to Pick the Right Tile for a Windowless Bathroom Source: Canva To make up for the lack of natural lighting, the answer remains the same—opt for a light and uniform-coloured tile with a glossy finish. The secret to a brightly lit small bathroom is in the tiling’s glossiness. Shiny tiles reflect the ambient lighting’s glow in all directions. To fully benefit from artificial lighting, you can also use mirrors to your advantage. Light bounces off mirrors and can make a room feel bigger than it actually is. In a small bathroom, even a medium-sized mirror will appear staggering. If the mirror has built-in lighting that efficiently lights up the fixture, it’ll be even more vital in creating a visually spacious bathroom. Use Lighting to Visually Enhance the Space In a small bathroom, there are two types of lighting to consider: Task lighting Ambient lighting Task lighting is white, cold, and bright. True to its name, it’s designed to light up a workspace to better carry out specific tasks. When it comes to bathrooms specifically, it allows you to safely wax, shave, or do your skincare. Task lighting is thus positioned over the sink, typically in a flush mount fixture levelled above the mirror. As for ambient lighting, it really shouldn’t be overlooked. Avoid thinking about saving money by limiting yourself to task lighting only. This type of lighting won’t showcase the glossy aspect of your tiles. Ambient lighting consists of several light fixtures embedded into your ceiling. It lights up your shower area, toilet, and sink as well. Without ambient lighting, all the work you put into designing your bathroom to make it look bigger will go to waste. Final piece of advice to make your bathroom look bigger: Source: Canva Visually enhancing the space available in your small bathroom rests on, as mentioned above, the following elements: Light and uniform tiling on walls and floor Wall-mounted furniture One or more mirrors Task and ambient lighting Black accents, items or sections in the room, at will The size and installation technique of your tile are also important details to consider when wanting to create a sense of spaciousness in a small bathroom. But most importantly, you really don’t want to mess with the desired effect by misjudging the tile layout. Picture yourself standing in your bathroom’s doorway. Your eyes are focused on the beautiful, rectangular-shaped Spanish white tiles, the light is perfectly bouncing off of them. Its lengthwise installation coats your bathroom in such a way that it appears to stretch on for miles. That is, at least, until your eyes settle on the shower base, then your toilet, and the spell’s broken. Now you’re realizing that those two—indispensable—bathroom features have basically rendered your efforts futile. Rest assured, all is not lost. To create a sense of spaciousness in a small bathroom, you really don’t have much of a choice other than to play off continuity. To do so, elements in your bathroom shouldn’t disrupt the visual flow. A walk-in shower is the first answer to this pursuit of visual spaciousness. By tiling the shower base with the same tile as the rest of the bathroom, you’re using the space to your as efficiently as possible. The same concept applies to your toilet and other furniture. Choose them according to their installation method. If you happen to have them all wall-mounted, you’ll have achieved the basics: maintaining a sense of space in a confined and often enclosed environment.

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