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Small Bathroom Remodeling – A Space recovery Shower

October 14, 2012

Fitting a shower cubicle into a small bathroom

Possibly the neatest and most favorable way of adding a shower to your bathroom is to add a self-contained shower unit within an enclosure. The qoute with this is that most bathrooms are built with only a bathtub, toilet and washbasin and were not designed with the expanding of a shower in mind.

Bathroom Shower

Why do small bathrooms have so miniature spare space?

Small Bathroom Remodeling – A Space recovery Shower

Modern housing is generally built to a price and that dictates both the space allowed for the bathroom and the fixtures that go into it and when it’s a selection in the middle of a shower and a bathtub then the tub wins every time. Why? Because population think about showers as luxury extras rather than requisite items like bathtubs.

When a manufacturer designs a asset they develop it so that the bathroom fixtures are spread out to fill the ready space. This makes the bathroom look balanced and it will roughly nothing else but consequent in the cheapest design, which is often the main goal of the builder.

By using all the ready space in the bathroom the customary designer is able to use larger items if they wish. This can laid out quite a cost salvage on things like toilets where the space-saving models tend to be the most expensive. The manufacturer also saves money because there will be plenty of space nearby the fixtures to enable a fast installation.

How to make more space in the small bathroom

Now that we know why there seems to be so miniature space in the typical small bathroom we might be able to do something to heighten matters when remodeling. The customary designer probably chose the fixtures for cost rather than space so you can look for smaller items, which will do the same job and rearrange things to fit.


Small, slim-line toilets are ready that take up a lot less wall space. Using one of these can consequent in more ready room to add a shower.


If you can live with a smaller washbasin then look for one that is just the right size for your needs. You can get some very tiny models that will fit into the tightest of spaces.


You could opt for a smaller bathtub. I hardly ever use mine now that I have a shower unit but if you go this route try to get one that is deeper than normal. The extra depth can go some way to development up for the smaller length.

Radiator and towel rail

Move the radiator higher on the wall to save floor space. I put mine above the bath and chose a stainless steel product that looks good and doubles as a heated towel rail.

Rearrange the layout

Get yourself some squared paper and play with cut outs of the fixtures to see if you can develop a better fitting arrangement. The customary develop probably allowed plenty of free space so you might have more success than you imagine by doing this.

Use a space salvage curved quadrant shower enclosure

You may be thinking of fitting a stand-alone shower enclosure with a square or rectangular base. By applying the suggestions above to your new small bathroom develop you might well find that you consequent in freeing adequate space to fit one. This is great, if you can do that you’ve won, you will not regret it.

If you can fit a square or rectangular enclosure into your new develop then you know that you have done what you set out to do but you might still be a miniature involved about how cramped the bathroom is going to be with it installed. Now is the time to look at separate types of shower enclosure.

A curved quadrant shower enclosure has a base shaped like a square with two of the sides curved. My calculations show that this reduces the floor area required by the enclosure by roughly 14%, which can make a big difference. You can see my drawings and calculations in the record Small Bathroom Shower – A Space salvage Enclosure

I use a curved quadrant enclosure in my small bathroom and I don’t miss the space inside the enclosure but I am very thankful for the extra space in the rest of the bathroom.

Small Bathroom Remodeling – A Space recovery Shower

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