Walk-in showers are showers designed with almost no curb or at least a very low curb to allow easier access. They are a great alternative to bath-shower combinations that are present in many homes because they remove the necessity to climb over the bath sidewall to get in and out for bathing. Walk-in showers may feature sliding doors with reinforced handles, or may just include a single glass barrier with opening at the end. The shower may also feature a seat inside for those who can’t stand.
What Do Walk-In Showers Look Like?
When one pictures a walk-in shower, they might be thinking of a square cubicle style with diagonal doors covering 2 sides. They may also think of a longer wall in glass, half of which is a sliding door. Alternatively, it could be one big glass panel with an open end and the shower on the inside. The fact is that all of these things are possible. In addition, some walk-in showers have seating installed or placed to help those who can’t stand.
Who Uses Walk-In Showers?
Walk-in showers are an ideal solution for those who either can no longer comfortably or safely use a regular bath for bathing, or who currently shower in a bath-shower setup but can no longer safely negotiate the bath sidewall to access the shower.
Furthermore, walk-in showers are ideal for those who are living in limited-size accommodation and either have no room for a full bath or who want to save bathroom space by installing a walk-in shower instead.
It should be noted that a walk-in shower, unlike a walk-in bath, is not marketed mainly as a tool for elderly or those of limited mobility to use. They are suitable for anyone who wants to enjoy the many benefits that a walk-in shower brings.
Benefits of Walk-In Showers
Walk-in showers help all kinds of people in different ways. First let’s look at how they help people with limited mobility.
For People with Limited Mobility
The elderly, disabled and others who struggle with entering and exiting regular baths have much to gain from walk-in showers.
1. Helps people retain independence
Having their own walk-in shower means they won’t be dependent on others to help during bathing time, allowing them to keep their privacy and independence. It can be difficult for those who are forced to give this up due to limited mobility or old age. Most walk-in showers have either no curb or a very low curb, making access easy and safe. It’s also very simple to install additional wall bars if necessary.
2. Greatly reduces risk of slips and falls
Not having to climb over the sidewall of a bath and having a level floor makes the walk-in shower a much safer option. It’s also possible to install secure seating like a wall bench for those who need it in the shower, further reducing the risks of slips and falls, and making ingress and egress easier.
For General Users
There are further benefits that both average people and those with limited mobility can also enjoy.
1. Walk-in showers can save water
A typical walk-in shower only uses a maximum of about 40 gallons of water even when the showering time is long and waterflow from the showerhead is very fast and heavy. Most walk-in showers only use about 23-25 gallons of water each time. A typical bath will use at least 42 gallons, and even more if the tub is larger.
This helps to cut down on utility costs, and also allows us to stop wasting water, which benefits our local and the wider environment.
2. They save space
It’s not just water that walk-in showers can save, they also are fantastic space savers. For those who live in small flats where a bath takes up half the room, or where a bath can’t be installed at all, a walk-in shower is the perfect solution. Beyond saving physical space, some styles of shower also make the bathroom look more open, and airy.
3. They’re so versatile
There is seemingly no end to the style, design and look of a walk-in shower. You can choose different colours, patterns, door styles, glass styles and more. You can also choose from a huge selection of shower heads, or even have multiple shower heads like a rainfall shower overhead with a smaller handheld shower head you can switch to in a moment.
You can also get very premium showers with side jets, steam, and other fantastic features to make shower time much more enjoyable. It was common thinking that baths were always more relaxing and enjoyable than showers, but 21st century walk-in showers are helping to prove that wrong.
4. You get a consistent temperature
With a bath, it’s quite tricky to maintain a constant temperature as you have to partially let water out while you add more warm water. In a walk-in shower, you can enjoy a steady stream of warm water throughout. You can also cool and heat the water as and when you need to avoid drying out your skin, or to cool off on a hot day.
5. They save time
A final benefit that all can enjoy is the timesaving element. The time it takes to run a bath, bathe, and then drain the water out is all time you could be using doing other things. A shower is instant, quick and doesn’t eat up great chunks of your valuable time on a busy day.
Walk-In Showers: A Great Addition to the Home
A walk-in shower is often viewed as a very positive addition to any flat or house. Many people now prefer a walk-in shower to a bath-shower setup regardless of their age or physical health. The shower experience has improved and people enjoy the convenience and safety of a walk-in shower. What’s more, they can choose to upgrade and augment their shower experience very easily if they want to.