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How To Plan Successful Walk In Showers Without Doors

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Showers without doors are not an option if you simply can’t afford a door. Walk in showers are designed specifically without doors to create an open space without glass or walls so as to have a wet room or spa feeling in a larger bathroom where a splash here or there is not of importance. However, you must take 5 things into account when planning successful walk in showers that will not have doors.

  1. Showers without doors must have good engineering in two main aspects, the placement of the shower head(s) and the drainage. A flat floor that does not funnel the water to a central drain below the shower area will end up causing a flood every time someone showers. Likewise, if the showerhead is placed directly across from furniture, fixtures or items that should not get sopping wet, such walk in showers will not be successful. The pluming and placement of fixtures and drainage are essential to a bathroom shower that will not have doors.
  2. Walk in showers without doors are considered wet rooms in general and therefore the walls and floor must be covered with tile, stone, teak wood or some waterproof paint or sealant and protector that will keep the moisture from penetrating the walls and floor. It goes without staying that such wet rooms will not be carpeted. Tile is the best, stone is good too, wood is great but must be treated or be teak or all weather that is specific for spas and wet rooms.
  3. Bathrooms with door-less showers usually have two other elements that typical showers don’t have. One is that they are usually larger spaces that are open, and two, they are often designed in a minimalist or rustic spa style because the usual cabinets or towel racks or personal effects are best isolated from the wet room area. So consider if you have enough space to pull off practical and comfortable walk in showers designs in the area you have.
  4. Since showers of this type need careful planning and plumbing and sometimes engineering, they are usually more expensive. The absence of a door may save you money on one piece of glass but the overall design will have to be custom built by someone who understands good drainage and wet room engineering. So count the cost of walk in showers with doors that may be prefabricated and affordable to the cost of a bespoke shower design.
  5. If you want the best possible functionality for the elderly and children, you can choose a shower without a door for ease of access, but don’t make the mistake of creating an elevated floor or adding a floor tray under the shower in order to save design and engineering and plumbing costs. If you’re going to use a tray, the idea of an open wet room with no doors is spoilt!