Doorless Shower Designs Teach You How To Go With The Flow

You may have noticed a trend over the past few years of doorless, or walk-in, showers becoming more common. Although it’s been around for centuries in one form or another, this type of shower has increased in popularity recently because it is as functional as it is beautiful.

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The doorless shower may or may not be for you, though. If you are trying to make this choice (“To door, or not to door? That is the question.”), this article will provide information aimed to help inform your decision: doorless shower definition, advantages, disadvantages, tips from professionals, and style ideas.

WHAT IS A DOORLESS SHOWER?

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A doorless shower, also known as a walk-in shower, a Roman shower, or a roll-in shower, among other names, is a shower architecturally designed to not require a door or a curtain.

ADVANTAGES OF GOING DOORLESS

Can be multi-functional.

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A doorless shower can actually do double-duty: walkway by day, shower by night. Obviously, anything in the home that can inherently and stylishly perform two tasks, making the function of a home expand while the actual size stays constant, is a design that begs respect.

Create an open, spacious feel.

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As the shower itself becomes visible (because it is no longer closed off from view by a shower door), that square footage is visually added to the entire bathroom, often doubling the perceived bathroom size.{found on artdesignbuild}.

Lend themselves to universal design.

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The aesthetic flow of the bathroom is not interrupted when a doorless shower is involved. In fact, the seamless entry and movement provided by a doorless shower is the epitome of accessibility and universal design.{found on lda-architects}.

Less war on water spots on the shower door.

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Hard water spots, streaks, and weird build-up are all part of a shower door’s life cycle. A doorless shower, by its very nature, immediately eliminates those struggles. Less time spent with a squeegee in hand = more time for sleeping in. And that’s a very good thing.

Spa-like luxury.

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The modern look and feel of a doorless shower gives the entire bathroom a sense of high-end luxury. Who wouldn’t like feeling as though they’ve entered a spa every time they step into their shower?

DISADVANTAGES OF DOORLESS SHOWERS

Limited privacy.

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Of course, without a door, shower privacy will be limited. It might even mean, depending on the tenant situation, that only one person can use the bathroom at a time. Those who lean toward incorporating a doorless shower into their bathroom will need to be comfortable with that.

Potential for water splashes into bathroom.

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In some spaces and doorless shower designs, there is a potential for water to splash into the rest of the bathroom. Careful planning, as well as having a big enough bathroom to begin with, are required to minimize this.

Drafty and/or chilly.

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Let’s be honest – any space involving water and moving air (e.g., through the doorless doorway) runs a high risk of being chilly. Combat this by installing a heat lamp or radiant heated flooring.

Damage from escaped water droplets and steam.

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No matter how careful the design, water will manage to escape the doorless shower, in some form or another, and infiltrate the rest of your bathroom. Minimize the damage by choosing proactive bathroom materials throughout the entire space – stone, porcelain/glass, metal, and engineered quartz to name a few.

TIPS FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

Opt for a corner location.

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If at all possible, the corner doorless shower is much less invasive and much more space-efficient than a non-corner, simply because you can utilize the two existing walls to your advantage and aim the walkway away from other bathroom fixtures.

Choose a strategic showerhead.

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Rain-mount shower heads or other shower heads that aim straight downward (as opposed to the angled shower heads of traditional showers) are less likely to soak the entire room.

Select Non-Slippery Flooring.

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Although the doorless shower is essentially integrated into the bathroom, it needn’t share the same flooring. In fact, for safety purposes, it should have its own non-skid flooring if the rest of the bathroom doesn’t.

Build a half-wall to protect against splashing.

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Particularly in tighter quarters, a half-wall can go far in minimizing the splashing throughout the rest of the bathroom. It can be a good design choice because a half-wall is not nearly as visually invasive as a full wall, with its eye-level line-of-vision intact.

Slope the shower floor to the drain.

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Whether your shower is doorless or not, you’ll want to be sure the shower floor slopes toward wherever the drain is located, be it in the middle of the shower or off-center toward the back wall.

STYLE TIPS

Keep it simple.

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For some reason, a doorless shower seems like a grand, sophisticated thing. Perhaps this is true in some designs, but it needn’t be the rule. If your style is more down-to-earth, keep the design of your doorless shower consistent with that. A cheerful red bucket adds a bit of color and fun to a contemporary shower with white walls, simple windows, and a concrete floor.{found on chadbournedoss}.

Let the rest of the bathroom design flow into the shower.

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Because the boundaries of a doorless shower can be somewhat arbitrary, and because the doorless shower is pretty exposed visually, it is important to choose materials that smoothly transition from the rest of the bathroom to the doorless shower.{found on debrayates}.

Use similar but slightly different materials for the shower.

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A doorless shower can be the standout feature in a contemporary bathroom, so play it up even more with some subtle yet strategic design choices. Choose a surround that works with the rest of your bathroom but is distinct. Opt for shower fixtures in matte metallic to coordinate with the earthy wood tones elsewhere. Have fun with making this a focal point!