Shower Stalls USA


Design tips for Shower Stalls

We have five pages of expert guidance on Shower Stalls:

1. Introducing shower stalls

2. Choosing the right type of shower stall

3. Design tips for shower stalls (on this page)

4. Leading suppliers of shower stalls

5. Installing and maintaining shower stalls  



How much space?

The first question to ask yourself when designing a shower stall is how much space you intend to take up with it. If the bathroom is small, you will want to keep the shower stall to a minimum size. The normal size for a standard square shower stall is 36" by 36". It is possible to reduce this to a minimum of 30" by 30", but we would not recommend reducing the shower stall below 32" by 32".

For larger bathrooms, you can consider increasing the size of a square shower stall to as much as a generous 48" by 48". Shower stalls of this size are available. For an even more generous shower, and if space permits, consider rectangular shower stalls. The most common length for a rectangular shower stall is 60", with widths of between 30" and 42". Shorter rectangular shower stalls 54" long are also available.

Discreet or prominent?

Most shower stalls are discreetly tucked away in the bathroom, perhaps into a recess. You need to decide whether to adopt this discreet approach, or whether, if space permits, you would prefer to make a prominent feature of the shower stall. If you want to make it a prominent feature, you may want to consider a designer shower stall with the outer side of the base and glass screen being curved. This type of design sometimes does without a door at all, so that you can step freely into the screened shower area. It is of course important to ensure that the shower head is in the screened area.

Practical extras

When designing your shower stall, it's important to remember the practical extras, such as a conveniently placed storage shelf for soap and shampoo. You may also want to consider incorporating a seat within the shower stall; fold-up seats are available.

Decorative tips

There are decorative opportunities in the colour and pattern of tiling or wall panels within the shower stall, the pattern on the glass, and the choice of finish for the metal parts.

Our strong advice is to keep it simple in all these respects. All these things are difficult and expensive to change, and you can easily get bored with an unusual or striking design. We would urge that you keep the tiling and wall panels to a plain and simple colour such as white. Likewise we would advise that any patterning on the glass of the shower stall should be simple and geometric - not fancy or floral designs which may become outdated. And we would recommend a chrome or stainless steel finish on the metal parts rather than a brass or gold finish which is liable to look garish and will not age as well.


Please click below for our other guidance notes on shower stalls:

Introducing shower stalls

Choosing the right type of shower stall

Leading suppliers of shower stalls

Installing and maintaining shower stalls


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