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Bathroom Shower Ideas You Can Use
To help generate bathroom shower ideas, one thing to do is decide which type of shower you want. Basically, showers are divided between tiled and prefabricated units.
Created from scratch by tile installers. Your own imagination is the limit. The pan (or floor) is also tile.
- Pros: Capable of being fashioned into any kind of unique design you wish.
- Cons: An expensive option, as pricey labor is involved.
Tile With Pan
Because tile pans are difficult to create, DIY tilers often use... one-piece prefabricated tile pans. This also keeps the angle of drainage consistent.
- Pros: Better at preventing leakage.
- Cons: Less attractive than the all-tile shower.
Prefabricated Shower Units: Single-Piece
Expensive, but seams are reduced or eliminated altogether. Keep in mind that single-piece units may be difficult to get into an older home with limited access.
- Pros: Continuous surface with no (or few) seams is less prone to leaks.
- Cons: Difficult to move into small spaces.
Prefabricated Shower Units: Multi-Piece
Coming in 3 or 4 separate pieces, these showers are easy to get through doors and up stairs. Once inside the bathroom, they reassemble to form a single unit.
- Pros: Inexpensive. Easy to move because each section is relatively light.
- Cons: Less desirable than single-piece units.
Prefabricated Shower Units: Corner Multi-Piece
Relatively inexpensive units which have two walls of glass and allow for maximum light. You can either pair up the glass walls with two tiled walls or use prefab wall unit panels.
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- Pros: Plenty of natural light flows into corner glass units.
- Cons: Require an available corner, which many small bathrooms do not have.
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Tumbled Stone Gives This Shower a Rustic Look
This your basic Type #1 shower, made all of tile: walls and pan. Tile is Tumbled Stone Azteca 6" x 6" travertine tile from American Olean.
One benefit of all-tile is that you can create just about anything since you're doing it from scratch. Here, the tilers created a built-in seat and added basketweave borders.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Unusual Combination Bathtub and Shower "Suite"
This bathroom has a tub. This bathroom also has a shower. You're thinking: No big deal, I've seen this before.
No, you haven't. From Aquatic, this is a bathtub and shower two-piece suite, as they call it.
The 60” x 42” bathtub and the 40" x 40" shower are shipped separately, but upon installation combine to form a single unit. Model is called The Darsey. The surface is gel-coated, the material acrylic.
Now, how cool is that?Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Comes Through the Door In Pieces, Reassembles in Bathroom
Yes, the doors are removed, but only to let you see the inside of this 4-piece acrylic gelcoat surface shower, part of Aquatic's Remodeline Sectionals line.
In case anyone is keeping score, this would be a Type 5 shower.
Best thing of all, Aquatic designates this a one dollar sign ($) product, meaning it's their lowest-cost product.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Yes, This is a Shower (Who Says You Can't Do This?)
This is not a common shower stall, but I love it. One limiting factor for an arched ceiling in your shower stall is ceiling height: a 10' ceiling or higher is right for this.
Located in Scottsdale, AZ: Tile & Stone by Villagio.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Tumbled Stone Bathroom Shower Idea
Great picture of a shower laid with tumbled stone. The top half is 8" tumbled stone laid on a diagonal. A cornice separates it from another set of tile laid parallel to the shower floor.
Definitely check out Villagio's site, as many of their pictures (like the one displayed here) include helpful annotations.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Bathroom Shower Ideas: Cobblestone Pattern
My best guess for this style of shower tile pattern is cobblestone (anyone feel free to correct me).
Besides Scottsdale (AZ), Villagio ships to other parts of Arizona and the states of Colorado, Texas, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Corner Multipiece Prefab Showers
Corner shower units have one distinct advantage over other types of showers: they maximize light inside the shower. Two sides are exposed, rather than one.
The downside is that even modestly-sized corner shower units--like the one shown, at 32 In. x 32 In. x 72 In--can be difficult to shoehorn into linear (or corridor-style) bathroom layouts. Also, you're increasing the area of glass that you will need to clean. Yes, shower walls and glass get equally dirty, but the spots and gunk show up... more prominently on the glass.
Compare Prices: Sterling Plumbing Economy Corner Entry Shower KitContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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Tiled Shower Walls With Acrylic Base/Pan
One of the smartest bathroom shower ideas is to pair a sturdy acrylic, one-piece shower pan with tiled walls. You have the beauty of tile, with none of the unreliability of a tiled shower pan.
I have seen a lot of ugly shower bases out there, so these bases from Lasco Bathware come like a breath of fresh air. They come in either impact-resistant acrylic or Lascoat gelcoat, and have a dazzlingly high sheen.
Note: Since the time of this writing, Lasco Bathware site has merged with Aquatic Bathware... and now goes under the Aquatic name.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Single-Piece Prefab Units
To get a sense of this bathroom shower idea, we return to our friends at Aquatic Bathware.
A single-piece molded prefab shower unit is usually made of acrylic. Single-piece molded units are admittedly not truly all one piece since you do need to install doors.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Interlocking Multi-Piece Prefab Shower
Multi-piece prefab shower/tub combinations are surprisingly easy to ship, due to the fact that most of the pieces are flat.
Compare Prices: Veritek Tub Wall Kit
Note that wall systems such as the Veritek Kit shown here typically do not come with the tub or shower pan--it's assumed that you already have one. These shower wall kits will have a long back panel, two corner panels, molded shelves for soap and shampoo, and side panels.