How to make a walk-in shower with glass bricks

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How to make a walk-in shower with glass bricks
Build a glass block shower enclosure. (glass blocks image by Stephen Orsillo from

A walk-in shower is the ultimate in at-home shower enclosures. The lack of a bathtub, shower curtains or doors leaves a large footprint for the shower, giving you tons of extra room. A walk-in shower has space for dual shower heads, a shower seat and shelves for shampoos and soaps. One of the easiest ways to create a walk-in shower is with glass bricks or glass block. Glass brick comes in simple squares that can be assembled together to create walls of any shape or size.

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Things you need

  • Glass bricks
  • Mortar
  • Panel anchors
  • Reinforcing wire
  • Jointer
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Create a design for your glass block shower enclosure. Lay out the first row of brick to create the foundation for your wall. Rearrange the design until you like the layout. Start your glass brick enclosure at one wall of the shower. Remove the bricks.

  2. 2

    Spread mortar along the bottom and sides of the first glass block. Set it firmly against the wall and the bathroom floor.

  3. 3

    Apply mortar to and set a second brick next to the first and continue until you have set the first row. Twist off the spacer tabs when you set each block into place. Set three courses, or rows, of bricks.

  4. 4

    Insert a panel anchor in the mortar at the top of the third course. Run reinforcing wire along the top of the third course. Set a course of brick on top. Install panel anchors and reinforcing wire every third row. Continue until all the bricks are set.

  5. 5

    Run a jointer along the mortar lines to create a smooth indentation. Start at the top and move the jointer down each row of mortar.

  6. 6

    Saturate a sponge with water and wipe the bricks clean. Let the mortar set overnight.

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