When space is at a premium, then you must put extra consideration into what type of shower you choose for your bathroom. There are many options to choose from, depending on your lifestyle, budget and aesthetic preferences.
Bathtub vs. Walk In Shower
One of the first decisions you must make is whether you need a bathtub. Bathtubs take up a lot of space in a bathroom, but some people really enjoy relaxing in the bath to unwind from the day. If you cannot give up having a bathtub, consider purchasing a tub that is slightly shorter than average. A walk in shower is much more space efficient than a tub, and it is still possible to build in a bench for seating.
Types of Shower Enclosures
Most shower enclosures feature glass panels. They can be circular, oval, square or rectangular shaped. If you have a small bathroom, the most efficient option is to install a neo angle shower. These enclosures feature three angled glass panels, one of which serves as the door. They panels are supported by a metal frame. A neo angle shower can be positioned into the corner of your bathroom, leaving open floor space for other uses.
Space Efficient Shower Doors
Not only should you consider what type of shower to purchase, but also think carefully about the type of doors it incorporates. Typical shower doors are two to three feet wide, and you must maintain at least that much space in front of the shower into which the door can swing. However, you can cut this space in half by installing a bi fold shower door. Each door is half the width of the opening, so they don’t need as much room for maneuvering. Most types of shower enclosures can be customized by adding a bi fold shower door.