Standard shower size. What are the best shower dimensions for your bathroom?

The variety of walk-in showers available means that you can find one that meets your needs and budget. Perhaps you wish to switch the measuring to a renovation contractor, but it is only up to you what would be the layout of your bathroom, the type of shower and the overall design. Just take your time to make a proper layout when it's time to plan a bathroom renovation. The end result will be well worth the effort.

When choosing the right shower, there are a few things to consider. One of the most important factors is the available space. If the shower area is small, then a smaller size corner shower will be the best choice. However, if you have more room, you can get a larger rectangular shower. Let's consider all the options.

Shower enclosure types

Shower enclosure types

When it comes to shower enclosure shapes and sizes, you have a few different options:

  1. Corner enclosure shower

    The most common corner shower size is 32" by 32". Be sure to measure the width, depth and height of the shower stall to ensure that it fits within the space. The smallest showers are available in 30x30" sizes, but you should consider the comfortability beside the space available before making a final decision.

    Corner showers are great for small spaces because they take up less space than traditional showers. They also can be larger than a standard-sized shower and can be more aesthetically pleasing.

  2. Tub-and-shower combination

    A tub and shower combo offers homeowners the ability to have two bathing options in a relatively small bathroom. The minimum sizes start from 32 x 48" or 36 x 48". It can be also 60 inches long and separated with glass or a curtain and be equipped with under-tub storage space. On the plus side, the combination makes it easy to bathe young children. However, the combination may be less convenient for those with limited mobility.

    A combined shower and bathtub are not much adaptive when it comes to plumbing services. At the same time, a bathtub and shower combination is easy to maintain and clean. Most of these units are made of high-quality acrylic that can be easily wiped clean. This feature helps prevent the growth of mould and mildew on the unit.

  3. Rectangular walk-in shower

    Typically, the standard size ranges are a good balance between comfort, space efficiency, and affordability. They also provide highly usable designs.

    A walk-in shower mostly has a square form. A 36-inch square shower is ideal for a normal-height adult. However, a 30 by 36-inch shower with a glass enclosure should fit in an average-sized bathroom. The height of a walk-in shower is up to you.

  4. Shower room
    If you don't want a door in your shower, you should make sure to check the dimensions of your shower area. A doorless shower needs to be about 72 square feet, so make sure to make sure your space is large enough for the shower area. Doorless showers are typically associated with luxurious bathrooms, but they can also be installed in smaller spaces.

Before relying on a contractor, try to understand which way you want to use a shower and what kind of space you have available. This will help you talk more specifically with the renovation service you hire.

A shower door size

A standard shower door is usually between 22 and 36 inches wide. However, if your shower opening is wider than that, you will need to order a custom door.  Those with a handicapped entrance may want a shower with a wider door.

While most doors are hinged, there are also sliding options. When choosing between the two, consider the location of your door, as well as how it will fit in the room. Materials for shower doors and enclosers are available in tempered glass or acrylic. A glass for a walk-in shower must be toughened, this is required by safety regulations.

Installing a frameless shower door can enhance the beauty and value of your bathroom. Its smooth, seamless appearance makes it a luxurious choice that can be expensive, however. They are made of thicker glass and require expertise for installation. A frameless glass shower door can break if it is not properly installed even though most are made of tempered glass. For this reason, you should take seriously the choice of a renovation team that will finish your bathroom.

What is the standard size of a shower?

Standard shower size

Another important consideration when choosing a shower is the shower stall size. Depending on the dimensions of your bathroom, you can choose a rectangular or square shower. The 36 x 36-inch shower is perfectly comfortable for most people.

Standard sizes of a shower
type inches size cm size category
Minimum stand-up shower 30 x 30 76 x 76 small
Small corner walk-in 32 x 32 81 x 81 small
Standard corner shower  36 x 36 91 x 91 standard
Standard rectangular shower  36 x 42 91 x 106 standard
Shower (wet) room 48 x 60 121 x 152 comfort
Large shower room 60 x 72 152 x 182 comfort

How to choose the size of a stand-up shower?

When you plan to install a new shower, you will want to decide the size. It is best to choose a size that is large enough to accommodate the basic movements you do when you take a shower. You also want to consider whether you'll need extra room for additional amenities, such as shelving or a bench. 

Before you make a decision about the size of your shower, you should consider all options:

  • Who is most likely to use this shower?
  • What accommodations do you need?
  • Where can accessories like shelves or sits be installed?
  • Can I customize my shower according to my requirements?

When you're making this decision, remember that it's a long-term investment!

Stand up shower size

Take a look at shower placement

The space available will dictate the type of shower you choose. Because of its size and shape, a walk-in shower offers more flexibility. For example, an angled ceiling in your bathroom can be used to create an inviting shower environment. You should also consider accessibility enhancements to make the shower more accessible for anyone who may need it.

Measure the space you have

The standard measurements for a shower are only for interior space. The measurements should be exact to ensure that the installation is completed in the correct space. When measuring, start at the top of the threshold. Then measure outward along the two walls of the shower enclosure to determine the width and depth of the shower. If there is a difference, use the highest measurement, leaving little room for error. 

Don’t forget about the door. A single-panel shower door will fit in a space under 36 inches, but if the space is wider than this, you will need to install a sliding or bifold door. Check it the shower faucet does not interfere door opening.

Custom shower vs prefabricated shower

There are several benefits to having a custom shower built rather than a prefabricated one. You can choose from a frameless or curbless enclosure or add a shower chair. While prefabricated showers are made of durable plastic, they often come in a limited selection of materials and shapes that must suit your space. Custom-made showers can be made of any material you prefer, and they can be custom-shaped to your specifications. Here are the main features:

  1. Custom showers are generally more expensive than prefabricated ones. 
  2. They can be installed by tiling contractors with moderate-to-advanced skills. 
  3. A prefabricated shower can be installed by a handyman in a day, while a custom-tiled shower may take a week or more to complete.
  4. Prefabricated showers are easier to clean, but are not as unique as custom-made ones.
  5. Another significant difference is the style. A custom shower can be made with a variety of colours, patterns, and textures.

Custom showers can be made from a variety of materials, including tile, glass, and natural stone. Some of these materials can be more expensive than others, but they are also more durable. Tile comes in a variety of sizes, colours, and textures, making it easier to match any decor scheme.

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