Here’s our guide to types ofincluding popular design styles, doors, heads and materials.
Youris an essential part of your . After a long, hard day out of your home – be it for work or play – there is nothing better than stepping into the and letting the water wash your worries, cares, and the sweat of the day’s activities away.
The type ofyou choose will help you create the relaxing atmosphere you want from your ideal . You want a area that you can really relax and be comfortable in. Your should be a place of relaxing contemplation as a place that enhances the look of your home.
When choosing between the types of, you need to consider the different styles and designs. You can choose between custom and prefabricated . You will also have a choice of different shapes and even different types of doors and sidings. The type of you choose should fit the all around design of your and also fit your particular needs.
There are a lot of different types ofout there and it might be a little confusing as to which exactly is the right one for you. To help you make the best decision, we’ve identified five important questions you need to ask yourself and why they are important. Follow along and make the best decision on what type of is YOUR dream come true.
Quicklist: Types of
|Types of||Types ofDoors||CustomIdeas|
|Manual MixerSystem||Hinged Door||with Body Spray Jets|
|Tub andCombination||Glasswith Half Wall||Outdoor|
|Rectangular or Square||Doorless Walk-In||His and Her|
|& Bathtub Combination|
The first question to ask before you proceed is do I want to have a custom, or will a prefabricated do?
A customis one that will be built from scratch according to your exact specifications. This means that, each and every component of the – from the head to the flooring – will be picked out by you. A custom will be uniquely suited to your personal preferences.
Popular customdesign features include:
- Rainfall heads
- Dual heads
- bench seat
- LED lighting
- Digital temperature controls
- Built-in sound
We share additional pictures of customdesigns below.
By choosing a custom, you can be sure that your fits your space, needs, and idea of what your dream will look like. However, as a custom is built from scratch, it can be difficult and time consuming to create. Building a custom can also be quite expensive.
A prefabricated, on the other hand, comes already made. In most cases, it comes as a single piece you can install in your space. A prefabricated has all the necessary parts included in one unit. This includes the walls, floors, doors, head, fittings, and – depending on the unit you choose, a variety of fittings and accessories.
As a prefabricatedalready comes with everything you need, all you need to do is pick the unit that suits your tastes and needs and install the whole thing in one go. This saves you a lot of time, with the trade-off being the lack of all the personalized features you may want.
There are also many prefabricatedavailable out there with various features that you can choose from.
If you take your time and pick carefully, you will find one that can suit your needs and match your bathroom’s style and theme. This is actually the more budget-friendly option.
Prefabricatedkit with angled design
What type ofsystem do you want?
Whether you choose a customor a prefabricated , it is important to choose a system that will give you the experience you want.
Thesystem type you choose and install in your will allow you to control the temperature and pressure of the water that falls from your head. This allows you to determine how you want your experience to feel.
Manual Mixer Shower
This is the most basicsystem and the one that most people are used to finding in a .
A mixertakes its name from the system allowing you to mix hot and cold water to get the desired temperature. The basic part of a mixer is the head and one or two valves.
By turning thevalves you can control how much cold or hot water comes out of the head. This allows you to control the overall temperature of your .
These types ofsystems are common and popular because they are easy to use and also easy – and economical – to install.
As with a manual mixersystem, the defining feature of a thermostatic system is the fact that it allows you to control the temperature of the water coming out of your head.
The difference is, instead of manually controlling the temperature by manipulating thevalve, you program your ideal water temperature into a built in thermostat. This ensures that your system provides you automatically with a consistent water temperature.
(Thermostaticwith manual temperature control)
Many thermostaticsystems incorporate a digital control panel. When they do, these systems can also be called digital .
The advantage to this type ofsystem is the consistency of the water temperature. With this type of system there is no more standing to the side shivering or accidentally scalding yourself while trying to get the temperature just right.
Thermostaticsystems are ideal for households with young children or elderly persons. These individuals are less likely to scald or burn themselves while turning the on accidentally.
(Digital temperature controlhead)
With an electricsystem, you get a built-in heating unit that heats the cold water coming from your home water supply. This operates separately and independently from your home boiler or hot water system. The built-in heating unit takes cold water from your home supply and heats it before it then comes out of your head.
Because an electricsystem has its own heater, it can heat up the water quicker than a mixer or thermostatic system. Instead of combining cold and hot water to create the right temperature, it just heats the water straight.
This means you do not have to switch on your home’s hot water system and wait to provide hot water before a. All you have to do is jump in and turn on your heater.
An electricaltends to be more economical regarding water usage. However, as it is electrical and draws from your home’s power supply, it will have an effect on your electricity bill. They are also a little bulkier looking than mixer , so it might not suit everyone’s vision of what their ideal looks like.
(Electric Amazon)with digital temperature gauge – See at
The term, concealedrefers to hiding the pipes, and in some case the controls completely out of sight. Concealed maximize space with their low-profile design, and offer a contemporary style.
They are sometimes referred to as a recessed, and can be installed with any type of plumbing system.
A fully concealedis a minimalist design where all of the pipes and controls are hidden from view.
This custom design provides a streamlined look that works well in modern or naturaldesigns where you don’t want to be surrounded by natural elements.
Types of Shower Heads
What type ofhead should I choose? After deciding how you want to control the water temperature, the next step will be to decide how you want your water spray to hit you. This depends on the type of head you decide to have.
There are three basic types ofheads depending on how and where they are mounted in your area.
This is the most traditional type of-head. They are mounted on the wall of the and often feature an adjustable head to direct the water spray. Fixed heads come in a variety of styles such as Victorian, rain fall, extending arm and multiple jet.
(Handwith flexible hose)
Thishead is also mounted on the wall but features a flexible hose that allows you to take it down from the wall in order to better direct the spray to where you want it.
(Handwith flexible hose)
Ceiling Mounted Shower
This type ofhead is mounted on the ceiling of your . Also known as rain drop heads, they work well with medium or low water pressure. This is because, the positioning of the head allows gravity to work on the water and allow it to “rain down” on you as you stand underneath it
Another way to classify the different types ofheads is according to how and if you can control the water pressure levels and the spray that comes out.
Thein the picture above features a ceiling mounted rainfall head, as well as a wall mounted head and a traditional wand sprayer.
Single Setting Head
As the name suggests, this type ofhead only has a single, unchangeable setting. The flow of water from this head is consistent and steady.
You can get theseheads in a variety of spray patterns, but once you choose this head, that will be it.
For a relaxing, cleansing, a single setting head is more than adequate. It is also the more budget-friendly option.
But if you want a more varied, spa-like experience when you, you should look into the next type of head on this list.
Multi Setting Head
With a multiple settinghead, you can change the spray settings of your head to enable you to craft a experience that suits your needs and wants.
Some common types of adjustable spray patterns that you can get with a multi settinghead is the full body spray, the massage spray, the misting spray and the water saving spray.
Many multi settingheads also allow you to control the size of the stream that is coming from the head.
For a truly luxurious experience, you might also want to look into one of the two followingheads: The rainfall and the tower.
We mentioned the rainfallor rain drop head earlier when we were discussing the different types of heads according to how they are mounted.
As we mentioned, thishead is mounted on the ceiling and uses gravity to direct the spray so that it falls around and on you like raindrops.
The rainfallis usually a single setting but that one single setting is one of the most popular types of settings.
The rainfallgives you a soothing and luxurious experience. The gentle pressure of the spray, and the soft “rain-like:” tinkle of the drops falling is soothing and perfect for washing the days cares away.
Thetower is a uniquely designed head that adds an interesting an luxurious touch to any .
Instead of just one nozzle, thetower has several nozzles to direct the spray on your body.
Your basictower is a vertical strip studded with nozzles that are usually adjustable to enable it to spray water on you from several different directions.
Mosttowers have adjustable nozzles and multiple settings to enable you to truly control the sprays and craft your own spa-like experience. It’s like being in a jacuzzi, except you’re standing up.
(tower with multiple sprayers)
Here’s an illustration of the most popular types ofheads available
Beyond the basic shower head styles available there are also some with varying functionality. For instance high pressure, low pressure, water filter attachments and built-in LED lighting to create an exciting ambiance.
Bathroom Shower Dimensions
When considering a shower size, there is an effective way to help you find the right one for you.remodel there is not a one size fits all standard
To find a good size for you, try standing with your arms extended and turn in a circle. This should offer as a guideline for the amount of space you would feel comfortable in without feeling too claustrophobic.
Most people would feel comfortable with a standardsize of 48″ x 36″. However, depending on your space and budget this may not be possible.
For a smallerremodel the smallest standard size you would likely find is 32″ x 32″. For those with a larger remodel layout a good size would have the minimum dimensions of 60’’ x 36’’. A larger size is especially welcome if you will be adding custom design features such as a bench or dual heads.
To help you with your design layouts there are an assortment of bathroom remodel software available. These types of programs are extremely useful for selecting materials and planning the room layout without needing to first hire an architect.
After you know the size of yourlayout its important to carefully consider the material you want to use for your walls.
When selecting the best materials for yourwall its important to consider several factors to ensure you select the best type for your design.
- It must be water resistant.
- It must be easy to clean
- It must look stylish
- It must be long lasting
The most common types ofmaterials are those that fit the four criteria above. Here are some of the most popular types of wall options currently being used today.
Both ceramic and porcelain tile are constructed from clay making them quite similar. Overall ceramic and porcelain tile are both great for a. However, for overall durability porcelain wins. In fact porcelain tile is more durable and less porous than ceramic tile making it ideal for the .
Having real natural stone tiles in thesuch as marble, travertine, granite and slate is luxurious and looks amazing. The downside are natural stone materials can require a good amount of maintenance such as sealing and cleaning to keep looking their best.
Some natural minerals such as marble have a large amount of iron which can cause discoloration issues to develop over time if not properly sealed.
The picture above features a travertine shower with a stone pebble inlay and flooring. A white marble vanity with double sinks provides an attractive contrast to the beige of the natural stone .
Engineered Quartz/Cultured Marble/Solid Surface Materials
There are several man made materials that are frequently used indesign with great results. Some of the most common are cultured marble, engineered quartz and solid surface materials such as Corian.
Both cultured marble and engineered quartz are created from a blend of natural ground stone particles and combined with a resin to create a natural looking product. They both have a wide variety of colors and realistic patterns to match your design.
Corian is the brand name for solid surface material created by the Dupont company. Their product also mixes natural materials with a combination of an acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. There are several distinct advantages of solid surface materials like Corian over tile such as maintenance and lifespan of the product.
Fiberglass One Piece Shower Kits
A fiberglasskit is a good option for those looking for an affordable and simple to install option. These kits generally are constructed with fiberglass with a glossy acrylic finish to keep it stain resistant and make it easier to clean.
What type ofshape should you install? When crafting a unique and relaxing experience, we can’t neglect the aesthetic and practical importance of choosing the right shape.
The rightshape can make or break your entire as a that doesn’t “fit” can ruin your space’s overall theme and look. An ill-fitting will also detract from your experience as, if you’re not comfortable, you might get clean but you will not be relaxed or soothed.
The shape of yourstall depends on the shape of your enclosure or stall. Your basic enclosure includes the walls and floor. Simply put, it is where you stand to take your .
According to the shape of thestall, there are five basic types of shapes that you can choose from:
Rectangular or Square Shower Enclosure
This is the most basic shape that acan come in. Just like the name says, it is composed of four sides that enclose a rectangular or square space.
The reason for the popularity of the rectangular or squareenclosure it it’s versatility. A enclosure in this shape can fit almost any area and will suit almost any design style. You can find many prefabricated enclosures in this shape in almost any size.
With regards to yourexperience, a rectangular enclosure provides ample room for your activities so it’s a good choice that will work with almost any system and head.
This is a particularly goodshape to have if you have limited space. This type of is designed to fit in the corner of your .
Many corner enclosurecome in a rectangular, angled, or square shape, but they many also be curved.
The curvedenclosure is basically an enclosure that has three sides to the rectangular enclosures four. Like the corner enclosure , it is also build to fit into the corner of your area.
Also known as a quadrantenclosure, the curved enclosure wall basically encloses an area the shape of a pizza slice.
Two straight walls form an angle while the third wall, often the entrance or door to the, bridges that angle but in the corner enclosure , it is a curved line. The curve of the third wall creates more space then a plain straight line would.
As its name implies, the roundenclosure is shaped like a circle. While it can make an interesting feature, you’ll need a lot of space if you’re going to incorporate this shape into your design.
It is a free-standing circularshape, meaning it will not use the corners of your room and must be placed in the middle.
Neo Angle Shower
Rather than use walls that have 90° corners, a neo-angledesign has walls that feature 135° angles, and most have a shortened 45° outer corner.
This space-saving modern design adds interesting visual flair to the space and can be modified to the layout of thefloorplan. The average size of a neo-angled design is 36″ by 36″; however, many different models exist.
The primary advantage of this design is that its minimal construction provides little room for mold and mildew to accumulate and thus makes cleaning and maintenance easier to perform.
Most neo-angleare sold as all-in-one-packages. The kit includes the pan, three wall pieces (two flat panel and a corner shelf connector unit), and the glass panels and frames for the door. – Chris Peterson, Black and Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms Updated 6th Edition
Tub and Shower Combination
As the name implies, this means that you combine twofeatures in one. The tub and the . A tub combo is a installed over a bathtub, so the tub is the base or floor of the .
Combining a tub andin your is a practical, space-saving trick. That’s why this particular type of enclosure is popular in hotels. It also allows you to have some variety to your routine as you now have two ways to wash away the cares of the day.
However, there’s no denying that many tub andcombos are not very attractive. Think before you decide on this enclosure.
Types of Shower Doors
What type ofdoor should you choose? So now that you have decided on what type of enclosure and head you want, the last element that you have to decide on is what type of door you should choose.
Yourdoor is an important final component of your dream as it basically is how you ensure your is an aesthetically pleasing haven from the outside world.
When you step into yourenclosure and close the door behind you, you want to be able to block out the outside world and create a cozy soothing cocoon for you .
There is also the practical aspect to a gooddoor. You want to prevent the rest of your from getting wet while you are in the and avoid potential water damage from occurring.
You also want a types of shower doors available, including glass styles and variations.door to protect you from drafts, look stylish and allow you to enjoy your . Check out this page for even more ideas about the
There are basically three different common types ofdoors that you can choose from:
A slidingdoor is basically mounted on a frame at the entrance of your enclosure. You slide a panel open or closed to get in or out of your .
A good slidingdoor is full-length and waterproof and keeps the water from your from leaking out into the room. It also ensures that you are protected from any stray drafts or air currents.
This is an excellent type ofdoor to have if you have limited space, as it fits in the frame of your enclosure and doesn’t swing out. There is no need to have empty extra space around your where the door can fit.
This type ofdoor is recommended for those with children or elderly users since it’s easy to open and close. Their downside is that the grooves can trap water, leading to some hard-to-reach and clean areas within the track mechanism.
A hingeddoor is a door that is attached to the side of a enclosures entrance. The door rests on hinges, which means to open or shut the door; it swings out and away from the enclosure.
Example of a hingeddoor
Hingeddoors are recommended compared to sliding doors as they have fewer crevises where mold and mildew can accumulate. Another advantage is they tend to leak less overall than the sliding variety.
Example of a frameless hingeddoor
Care must be taken to ensure that a hingeddoor is attached securely and snuggly against the side of the entrance.
You don’t want water seeping out or drafts creeping in. You will also need to make sure that you leave enough space around yourto allow the door to swing out and open without hitting anything.
A pivot door is similar to a hinged door in that both are designed to be attached to the side of aentrance and swing open to let you into the .
The difference between a pivot door and a hinged door is the position of the hinges. A pivot door hinges are most often located at the top and bottom of theentrance. However, pivot doors can also be seen with one continuous hinge that reaches from top to bottom.
Pivotdoor with one hinge
Pivot doors are popular for the clean and modern look and feel having one of these gives to your. This is also a good option if you have a small space and don’t want a sliding door.
Frameless pivot shower door
Pivot doors swing open at a smaller arc then hinge doors, so you don’t have to worry as much about hitting otherfixtures.
Custom Shower Ideas
There are many ways to design a custom shower. Below we share some creative ways to inspire your ownideas.
Shower with Body Spray Jets
This beautifuldesign features a frameless glass shower with multiple shower heads and jet sprayers. Marble mosaic floor tile and marble vanity contrasts well against the darker central square feature tile. An extra large freestanding pedestal tub with a view offers a great spot to luxuriate.
Walk-in Shower with Bench
There are several great reasons to install a bench in your walk in shower designs. Not only does it look stylish, a shower bench offers convenience, relaxation, storage and accessibility for those unsteady on their feet.
Carrara Marble Shower
Carrara marble is a popular choice for shower designs with costs that range anywhere from $125 to $300 a foot. Since marble is porous it is highly recommended to use a high quality sealer to help prevent discoloration of the natural stone.
Quartz is a great choice for the shower because it is a non porous stone that will not absorb water and will help make things easier while cleaning. Home owners also find quartz to be a very durable surface material that has a wide range of colors and graining to choose from.
If you’ve ever been to a health spa you might have run across a steam shower. This type of shower contains a moisture sealed enclosure so that one can command it to steam via digital controls to relax sore muscles as well as clear the skin and sinuses. Steam showers can be custom built or can be purchased as stand alone units.
Glass Shower with Half Wall
A shower with half wall provides some privacy for the bather. This type of shower is a good option for couples who want more modesty or have adesign that is open to the master bedroom..
Shower with Natural Light
This gorgeousdesign provides an abundance of natural light for anyone enjoying the large glass shower. The room’s cathedral ceiling is installed with multiple glass panes to let in light and keep room feeling like a natural outdoor oasis.
An outdoor shower is ideal for those who live near the beach to spray off sand before entering the house. It also works well in a warm environment or for the more adventurous who like the idea of showering under the sun or stars. The addition of teak wood and lava rock helps to reinforce that natural feel throughout the space.
This impressive indoor/outdoor shower leaves nothing to the imagination. This custom shower design features a large glass window overlooking the private backyard garden. Multiple rain shower heads and sprayers provide ample room for a couple to bathe like they were standing in the outdoors.
Frosted Glass Privacy Shower
Adding a frosted glass privacy shower to youris suited for those who want a little more concealment. This Asian style with natural wood flooring is complimented by its large rounded tub and frosted windows and shower enclosure.
Wood Style Porcelain Tile Shower
This wood style shower is made from porcelain tile and creates an amazing looking wood design without all of the maintenance issues of wood in a wet environment. The light wood tones of the wood look porcelain tile above evoke a feeling of a rustic farmhouse while the other finishes bring in a more contemporary style.
An oversized rainfall shower can be a completely relaxing experience after a hard day at work. This spa sanctuary retreatgoes for a natural look with plenty of green plants and wood finishes to provide a place for total rejuvenation.
White Subway Tile Shower
White subway tile in the shower is a traditional design look still in style today. Thefeatured here provides an extra large subway tile matched together with a dark granite floor tile and marble bathtub top.
Shower and Bathtub Combination
A shower and bath combination is the perfect way for bathers to go effortlessly from tub to shower without getting cold or dropping water all over thefloor. This gorgeous design uses an assortment of finishes such as cultured marble for the vanity, porcelain tile floors & walls, glass tile backsplash and beige stone for the shower floor.
Private Spa Shower
An indoor spa shower can be achieved with the right ambiance. For a relaxing look this shower utilizes a variety of natural stone surfaces combined with a wood shower bench and green tropical plants for a soothing effect.
Modern Bathroom Shower
This moderndesign showcases a wood grain porcelain tile with a sprayer and wand shower head. Rather than having a wall cutout for soap and shampoo this shower opted for a small pedestal for necessary toiletries while bathing.
Multiple Shower Nozzles
A shower with multiple shower heads can be an advantage for those who like a variety of options. Some of the popular types include rainfall shower, pulsating sprayer, and wall jets. It’s also a great idea for couples who can’t agree on their favorite style of shower head.
Doorless Walk-In Shower
A doorless walk-in shower wet room bathroom design can be a stylish addition to a home. Probably the best reason for a doorless design is there is no shower door to keep clean.
Shower with Contoured Wall Tiles
The 3D wavy tile found in this shower is the perfect complement to a contemporary designedspace. The tile has a contoured look that stands out and creates a lot of visual interest.
Shower with Herringbone Pattern Tile
A herringbone pattern tile shower creates a stunning look that can really turn heads. This shower design features a rich brown porcelain tile with a frameless glass enclosure. Two types of shower heads is an added bonus to give it a spa-like ambiance.
Shower with Gold Finishes
Gold finishes are making a comeback. This contemporary shower offers a variety of gold to match harmoniously with white marble surfaces and a blue ceramic subway tile for the walls.
Shower with Pattern Tile
The beautiful cement pattern tiles in this shower really make a statement. Since these types of shower tiles are porous they do need to be sealed with a penetrating sealer to help prevent them from staining and maintain their looks.
River Rock Shower Floor
A shower with a river rock floor can look alluring and bring some of the natural environment indoors.These tiles are actually mosaics and typically come in 12 x 12 sheets from the store.
Be aware that using pebble river rock for a shower door can be challenging. When installing, the edges of the pieces are wavy, which can make it a time consuming process to line up. In addition, river rock need a lot of grout to install, and all of that grout needs a lot of maintenance to keep it clean and looking its best.
Shower with TV
Who wouldn’t want to watch their favorite show from the shower or bathtub? This contemporary shower design offers white marble walls with an assortment of shower heads for a true spa experience.
His and Her Shower
What’s more luxurious than having his and her showers? This expansive masterdesign showcases two identical twin showers with a center soaking tub. Each shower is equipped with a frameless glass enclosure and its own sitting bench.
Extra Large Shower
This extra large walk in shower features glazed porcelain tile with a wood grain style. Some of the custom features of this luxury shower besides how large it is includes a built-in bench, shampoo niches and river rock floor.