Even though it takes up just a fraction of the space in your home, your shower enclosure is still an incredibly important place! If it’s not built with some careful planning and considerations, you might end up with a space you can’t stand! Or even worse, one that leaks and damages your home. 

After all, the shower is a place many people go to relax and unwind. And when it’s designed with your taste and needs in mind, you’ll enjoy it even more!

Tips for Planning Your New Shower Enclosure

We’ve put together some of our top tips you won’t want to miss if you’re planning a new shower enclosure. With these tips on hand, you’ll know what to look for and what to avoid. 

Shower Doors

Naturally, shower doors are one of the most critical components of a shower enclosure! 

It’s worth exploring all of your options rather than opting for a shower curtain because it seems easiest. The truth is, custom glass shower doors add incredible value to your home, and their benefits don’t stop there.

At the same time, they can make a small space look a lot bigger and they help keep water in the shower rather than leaking out onto the floor!

You’ll want to make sure you’re choosing the best kind of shower doors for your shower enclosure. Many of our clients opt for semi-frameless shower doors. Their glass doesn’t need to be as thick as it does for a frameless shower door so they tend to be less expensive to install. 

We also talk more about choosing the right shower door for your home in this post

Once you’ve designed the shower of your dreams complete with beautiful tile or stonework, it’s no wonder you want to show it off! And a frameless shower door is a great way to do this. 

They’re less obstructive, and the heavy glass provides a secure barrier between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. Conveniently, they’re also less prone to mold and mildew than some other shower doors. 

(Check out this post to learn how to care for and clean glass shower doors)

Planning a shower curb

We know many people like the look of a curbless shower enclosure where the bottom of the glass shower door is flush with the floor.

While this can look great, it isn’t the most practical option. 

Adding a small shower curb is a great idea because it plays a big part in preventing leakage. When you choose the stone or tile for the shower curb, you’ll want to opt for something relatively smooth and flat so there aren’t big gaps between it and the shower door.

But if you require a handicap-accessible shower, a curbless option could make the most sense. In that case, there are ways to position and design the tile to increase the slope from the bathroom floor to the shower and avoid as much leakage. 

Shower head

It takes some planning to position your shower head in the most ideal spot in your shower enclosure.

If it’s aimed directly at the shower door or any openings in the shower, you’re bound to deal with a wet bathroom floor on a daily basis!

Plan to have your shower head aiming toward the wall or a fixed glass shower panel. If none of these options work for you, installing a rainfall shower head might be ideal. 

More shower design ideas

We know what it takes to plan a beautiful and practical shower enclosure because we do it every day! Take a look at this gallery to see some of our work or get some ideas for your own space. 

In the meantime, here are three other posts full of shower design tips you don’t want to miss:

Ready to start planning your new shower enclosure?

We know just how overwhelming and daunting the remodelling process can be, but rest assured, Coastal Closets and Showers in Stuart, FL, is here to help!These tips will get you off to a good start and get your imagination flowing. But if you’d like to talk more about creating the perfect shower enclosure for your home, contact us today for a free consultation!


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