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How much room is needed for a walk-in shower?

Updated April 17, 2017

Walk-in showers are a popular feature of contemporary bathrooms. Designed to make the most of the space available, they eliminate the need to step in and out of a bulky shower cubicle or bath, which makes them ideal for those with restricted mobility. Don't worry if you feel as though you haven't got the space in your bathroom for a walk-in shower. You have plenty of options, from a small, simple enclosure to a large, luxurious wet room.

Standard dimensions

Walk-in showers needn't take up any more space than traditional shower cubicles. Shower tray sizes can vary and typically range from 760 x 760mm to 1700 x 900mm. Other shower tray shapes include pentagon and quadrant, which are both designed to fit into tight, awkward spaces. Remember your walk-in shower will take up less space than a prefabricated shower stall as it won't have thick sides.

Door space

If space is limited, consider opting for a walk-in shower without a door. If you have a door fitted, you'll need to take the door clearance into account when working out how much space you need. If you want some privacy for your shower, fit a curtain instead of a door. This won't require as much space.

Wet room

The most luxurious type of walk-in shower is a wet room or rain room, which is normally doorless and has an overhead shower head. With plenty of room to move around, space for additional fixtures such as massage jets, storage space for toiletries and a bench to sit on, your wet room can be as large as you like.

Limited mobility

If the walk-in shower is for a person with limited mobility, additional factors should be taken into account. The shower enclosure must be big enough for the person to move around in comfortably, and for a second person to assist them if necessary. If wheelchair access if required, the shower door must be large enough for the wheelchair to move in and out with ease. Hand rails and a mobile shower chair or fixed shower seat will also make the showering process easier.

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C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."