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Walk-In Showers Design Pictures & Ideas Pros and Cons 2023

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Walk-In Showers Design Pictures & Ideas Pros and Cons 2023

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Walk-in showers are designed without curbs or very low curbs to step over, so you can practically walk right into them. Walk-in showers without doors are easy to clean and give bathrooms an airy, spacious look. Use this guide to find inspiring walk-in shower ideas.

Lisa was excited to tell me when she was on vacation; she experienced the neatest thing in the bathroom or her contemporary hotel room. It was a curbless, doorless walk-in shower.

It didn’t have a flimsy shower door to clean (like her tired bathroom at home). It was safer for her husband Bill to walk into (even though he won’t admit that he’s gained a few pounds since his football days of years gone by. His mobility isn’t ‘quite’ the same). Lisa went on to say this shower would be perfect if her Mom and Dad – who are beginning to show their age – need to move in down the road.

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Walk-In Shower Design Pictures & Ideas Pros and Cons 2023

Friends Lisa – was excited to explore a walk-in shower for the bath remodel she and Bill are planning to do later this year. Lisa said that when she shared her excitement with friends, neighbours, family, and even a few contractors, they started raining on her parade. They became the ‘Mr. And Mrs Doubt-Fires – throwing doubt and rain on her fire and passion for this shower. Here are some of the comments she heard:

  • You’ll get too much water on the bathroom floor with a walk-in shower.
  • You’ll be cold in there without a full glass enclosure or shower curtains.
  • You don’t have enough room for a walk-in shower.
  • Are you sure you can even do a walk-in shower since your main bathroom is on the 2nd floor?

She asked me, “Mike, should I continue to explore this idea or blow it up before I get in too deep?”

I went on to tell Lisa I wish I could say to her all the doubts and fears her friends, neighbours, family members and even contractors told her was a bunch of crap. However, I’ve seen my share of walk-in shower blunders. I know the following equation is one she wouldn’t want to be associated with her job:

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(A poorly designed and built walk-in showers) = (A bad walk-in shower)

I then offered to share with Lisa the 7 biggest blunders (and misconceptions) I’ve seen with walk-in showers. I didn’t want her to repeat.

Since Lisa liked these ideas, I thought I’d share them with you. I hope they clarify if a walk-in shower is suitable for your project.

Blunder #1 – You assume you don’t have enough room for a walk-in shower, so you blow off the idea

This blunder occurs way too often. You listen to lousy information from others who tell you’ve got to have a BIG bathroom to make a walk-in shower work. It simply isn’t the case.

You can have a walk-in shower in the tiniest bathrooms IF you’re willing to have a 100% open design without any doors. Since, in the United States at least, this isn’t what most people want, I told Lisa we often supply walk-in showers converted from tub spaces. These spaces are 60″ wide x 32″ to 34″ deep.

If you use a shower screen or a curved (thinner sized) glass block shower wall, you can take out your tub, still have glass keeping you warm, and enjoy a doorless shower.

Blunder #2 – You use the wrong shower head, place it in the wrong spot, and water gushes out. 

In a walk-in shower, the type of shower head is very (or very, as Trump would say) necessary. It doesn’t take an engineer to figure out that you will get water on the bathroom floor if you use a stationary showerhead directed at the opening of a walk-in shower.

If you’re designing a short walk-in shower, I’d recommend using a rain head which is, by design, directed down at your head (not blasting full force at your body). It will reduce the chance of water flowing out onto the bathroom floor.

Blunder #3 – There will be too much of ‘you’ showing than you’d like with a walk-in shower

For some people, right after installing a beautiful clear-glass walk-in shower, they stand back and think it’s perfect.

It’s perfect until their little kids barge in and see them in their birthday suits.

It’s perfect until their husband comes in and wants to have a conversation when they hope and pray for a few minutes of privacy in the shower.

A walk-in shower doesn’t have to ‘put you on display for everyone in your family who wants your attention RIGHT NOW! It would help if you designed a more brilliant walk-in shower that gives you the personal space (and showering privacy) you crave.

Instead of going with clear glass with a big opening – size it down with a shower screen (mentioned in blunder #1) with a twist. Use obscure glass vs. clear glass.

Another strategy is to use an obscure wave pattern of glass blocks for your wall. It can create a private yet open shower for you.

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Blunder #4 – Your walk-in shower creates puddles on the bathroom floor 

Nobody wants puddles on their bathroom floor, which reminds you of the ones you jump over because of uneven asphalt in your work parking lot. When one level shower and bathroom floors aren’t levelled right, this can also happen in your bathroom.

An even more significant concern with pooling water is if it leaks onto the floor (or God-forbid) furniture below. That can be a disaster!

There is a simple solution to eliminate this problem. Ensure your shower base (or shower floor) has been built with a system (not done by hand by some dude who could be having a bad day) that is pre-sloped and waterproofed. Here are two ways to make this happen.

  • First, if you want a ‘flat’ (or one level shower and bathroom floor), use a shower base former and waterproofing kit. These kits waterproof the rain and the bathroom floor as well.

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  • Second, if you want to use a low-profile shower pan (and slope the shower area), don’t pick up the cheapest one at a big-box store. Another excellent option is a reinforced acrylic shower pan – also known as a ‘Flexpan.’ The bottom of this acrylic pan is built on a sturdy MDF sub-core, so it won’t bend when you’re walking on it or crack down the road.

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Blunder #5 – You see a lovely walk-in shower built with teeny-tiny mosaic shower floor tiles, which are now brown, dirty and mouldy

Tile showers are beautiful the day they’re installed.

Tile showers don’t stay beautiful as you and your family use them. Dirt, grime, and mould become their middle names. Cleaning tile showers is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. It’s disgusting. You’ve got better things to do with your life. You KNOW you don’t want a walk-in shower if you’ll become a slave to cleaning tiny grout joints.

Here are 2 ideas to work around this dilemma.

  • Idea #1 – Use a linear drain. Linear drains allow you to use large format tiles. While they don’t blow up joints altogether, they cut them down to a manageable size.

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  • Idea #2 – Use a non-grouted one level wet room system. When I saw this system at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, I was very excited (maybe you’re saying right now, ‘Mike, YOU NEED to get out more often).’ However, there is now a non-grouted wet room system (in modern matte white and matte black finishes). This system gives you the one-floor look and ZERO (yes – you heard that right – ZERO) grout joints. It comes in a 63″ x 35 ½” size, which can also be cut to fit smaller sizes.

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Blunder #6 – You didn’t design your walk-in shower to keep you warm

The good thing about a full glass enclosure is it keeps the water and steam enclosed. You stay toasty warm (especially if the hot water turned up full blast). That’s how I like it.

By the nature of its design, a walk-in shower has an openness. A complete shower enclosure does not. This openness allows heat to escape. How can you have an open plan and a warm shower with the’ best-of-both-worlds?

Here are a couple of ways to get these 2 benefits.

First, add a heated floor. They’ll keep you warm (even in the harsh, cruel winters those of us in the Midwest and East are hoping are done once and for all this year).

Second, you can go ‘halfway’ with your open shower system. Incorporate a pivoting shower screen, which takes up half the opening. It keeps more steam inside. It’s truly a best of both worlds’ idea. 

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Blunder #7 – You assume you have to build a tile shower (which will be a maintenance hassle) since you need a custom size

Since most walk-in showers aren’t an ‘out-of-the-box’ rectangular unit you can grab at the big-box store, most people assume their custom design requires using high maintenance grouted tiles for a luxury look.

It simply isn’t the case anymore. Here are 3 better (and low maintenance) options:

Option 1 – Laminated shower wall panels

There is a no-hassle option if you want a custom tile or stone look (and the ability to chuck your poor, unwanted tile scrub brush). This option is laminated shower wall panels. These 2′ x 8′ x 3/8″ units click, lock and seal together. You get low maintenance. You win the battle over the scrub brush.

Option 2 – High-style modern glossy wall panels

A fun option is bright high gloss wall panels if you want your wall to pop (without your knee joints popping from scrubbing tile). These 39″ x 96″ and 60″ x 96″ panels are fun shiny and add pop and excitement to your bathroom or shower walls. They’re also simple to cut.

Option 3 – Decorative faux stone wall panels

These digitally printed, ¼” thick panels give you the classic look of marble and stone with a super-simple installation process. Your friends and neighbours will THINK you spent big bucks on your shower. It can be your little secret you didn’t (and it was simple to install it yourself).


So now that you’ve read the 7 biggest blunders of walk-in showers (and how to avoid them) are you ready to push ahead despite the FEARS (False Evidence Appearing Real) from the ‘Mr./Mrs. Doubt-Fires who wanted to cool your passion for a walk-in shower in your life?

Do you have any specific questions about a walk-in shower for your home you want advice on? Call me (or a member of my team) to get technical advice and factory-direct pricing on one level of wet room systems, glass walk-in showers, or curved glass block walls. We’re looking forward to helping you.

How much does it cost to put in a walk-in shower?

However, conversion from a tub to a walk-in shower is mainly motivated by the lack of enough space and the urge to make the bathroom more sophisticated. Typically, the installation cost of a walk-in shower goes between $2500 and $15000.

The Average Cost of Converting a Tub Into a Walk-In Shower

The installation costs of converting a tub into a walk-in shower range between $5,997 and $11,950, with the average coming in. Although it may seem like a wide range for a simple project, many other factors contribute to the total cost.

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Will Medicare pay for a walk-in shower?

Generally speaking, Original Medicare is not considered “durable medical equipment” by walk-in bathtubs or showers. The plan will not pay to remove your tub and install a walk-in.

Can you take a bath in a walk-in shower?

Replacing your tub for a walk-in shower would open up space in your bathroom. Everyone’s doing it

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