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What's a good size for a shower

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Hello all,


I am getting ready to rebuild my master bath shower, and I am making it 59" wide  to accomodate the shower doors I bought, and I am wondering what is good depth? I  am thinking of making the depth 36" to the shower door centerline. Is this considered a good depth or should I try to make it deeper? I don't want to go too deep because of reducing walkway space from the whirlpool tub across the shower, but I don't want to wish I just made it a couple inches deeper once all done.


Also, when shower sizes are measured, is it usually to the shower door centerline or is it to the inside of the curb?


Thanks much,


Anthony

(post #80687, reply #1 of 55)

36" is a nice depth.


My shower is 36 x 48. When I'm somewhere else, and have to shower in a tub, or smaller shower, I feel cramped anymore. That extra 4-6" of width over a tub makes a huge difference.

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Yeah, 36x48 is what ours is, and it's a good size.


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It all depends on how many people will be partying in there.

Yours would be too big for my tastes.

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98941.1 

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DW and I DID make ours big enough for the dog - where else ya' gonna wash a Golden in the winter? 


42 x 66", two shower heads and controls, plus a third telephone set (low) for the dog - and now for the kids.


Forrest

(post #80687, reply #12 of 55)

Was it a stretch to come up with the $50k?

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages?msg=98941.1

(post #80687, reply #13 of 55)

Rented out the kids for medical experiments.


Forrest

(post #80687, reply #14 of 55)

I was thinking it woulda' cost you a kidney or something. We didn't think, we should have rented ours out instead of selling them! We coulda' made more in the long term. Impressed with how you planned ahead!

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So was this one about you and dw?


 


http://forums.taunton.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=tp-breaktime&msg=98941.1


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(post #80687, reply #20 of 55)

Actually, it was DW who caused the trouble, finding me in the shower with a 25-yr old woman.  Dog had nothing to do with it.


Forrest - gettin' old

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WHAT?!  You, DW and a 25yo woman taking showers together?!  Dang, you are offically now my hero.


 


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(post #80687, reply #5 of 55)

   Well, let's see .... my shower is just under 36x36", and I find it a bit cramped. That my entry path is also obstructed doesn't help.


   Oh, I have room to shower. Yet, a careless turn will result in my bumping into the wall, or knocking the shampoo off the shelf .... and I'm lacking that space I want, when I want to step out of the spray for a moment. Or, I wish there were room for a small bench, to set my foot upon.


   For me, the perfect shower would probably be about the size of a shipping pallet - 40x48". (I've used 60" long showers, and they felt 'too' long, with lots of dead space). You would enter on the 'long' side, the spray would be at one end, and a bench at the other. Shelves would be set into the wall - no projections into the shower - at about the 5 ft. level. Entry would be curbless. Finally, there would be a heat lamp that shone on the floor, just outside the shower, or (better yet) a radiant slab.


   

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You say entry would be curbless.  Can you have a curbless entry in a shower only 4 feet long?  Don't you need to have a minimum drop to the drain of at least an inch oer something and if the slope is only 1/4 inch per foot you can't get there from here.


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   Sorry for the delay in responding ... I'm on vacation, and the computer is shared.


   I have used curbless showers that were quite small. I think the term 'curbless' is a little bit misleading.


   As I see it, in a 'curbless' shower, the entire floor of the room is the 'pan.' The entire floor slopes toward the shower .... or, at least, the entire floor as far as any shower spray will ever go. This - to my eye- is an area extending about 5 ft. from the shower head, in all directions. Nor need the slope be much; many I have seen have no noticeable slope (unless you put a straightedge across it).


    This is but a variation of the floors in packinghouses, etc ... where the entire floor needs to be washed down regularly, yet still needs to be reasonably flat for the movement of pallets, carts, etc.

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Well, I honeymooned on a small island with small bugalows and small showers, probably not much over 24  x 24 certainly not 30 x 30.  It was very cozy in there, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'm SAY'N.  So if you are ten years in to most marriages 60 x 36 will be fine.

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House we just sold had a shower that I put in that was 36x60, and we loved the size. Controls and shower heads on each side.

(post #80687, reply #16 of 55)

abutcher,


 60x60, makes putting tile in pretty easy plus if you buy one of those oversized rain shower heads the water can still remain off the tiles..


 * note if you do use one of those oversized rain shower heads add a second shower on the side to allow a heavy spray pattern.  Set the head at her shoulder level and that way they can take a shower without getting their hair wet..

(post #80687, reply #34 of 55)

Rather than setting a single shower head on the wall, use a hand held that mounts to a sliding bar. You can get bars of various lengths, 24", 36" maybe even 48". We put in a 36". This lets you set it low if you don't want to get the hair wet, or set it at shoulder height if you want a shower message, or take it off and use it hand held on the dog.

One of the best shower decisions I made.

(post #80687, reply #35 of 55)

Bryan Sayer,


 I have one of those hand helds on my bathtub.  Using it is the reason I didn't put it in my shower.. but you know, the world is filled with differant people and we all like differant things..


  Me,  like Opera and clasical music.. you might like pop or country etc..  Sure doesn't make me right and you wrong..   (except from my perspective <grin>) 

(post #80687, reply #39 of 55)

Well a bathtub and a shower are two very different things! And note that a specifically said the type that slides up and down on a bar. This lets it be all things to all people.

And you're right - I hate opera!

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4 1/2' inside with two sliding bars. Shelves for the leg things, and hair things... along with a little ivey... any smaller and we'd be singing opera<G>

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Thanks everyone for you input! I'm gonna go with the 36x 60 then, and a corner seat/shelf. I have the delta shower with the 2 built in jets located where the handle is to install, and I'll put in a diverter valve for a standard shower head, a hand shower and a rain shower head.


Anthony

(post #80687, reply #17 of 55)

36 x 42 works pretty well, if the length of space is limited.


Here is what is going into every shower I build from now on.  A "toe tester."


About 6 inches off the floor on the showerhead wall, it is a junior version of the spout that is in a bathtub, with a pullstem top that shuts it off and routs the water mix to the showerhead (or heads).


When you reach inside and turn on the water and set the mix, your discharge is coming from the down-low spout.  You can get in right away, without having water from the showerhead flowing.  Use your toe to test for mix warmth, and only pull the button when she's warm.


The discharge from the toe tester is also used at dog bath time.

 

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(post #80687, reply #18 of 55)

"Toe tester" is a nice feature - I put them in now cuz, he!! the tub/shower sets clients seem to pick come with 'em, and they're easy to fill buckets with.


Forrest

(post #80687, reply #22 of 55)

If you have the room i'd go 48" deep. The one thing I hate about me current house is constantly banging into the shower curtain. I'd prefer a little room in there.


This would allow you to comfortably put in a corner seat and still have comfortable room.

 

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   Friends, just a lite note here ....


   I really hate having to wear a sweater when I shower. With some of the palatial showers described here so far, there is no way that the shower spray will warm up the enclosure. The result will be drafty showers and cold floors. That's another reason I consider 60" too big - in any direction. 48x50' would be the max I'd want to go.

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Absolutely!  Can't agree with you more.  In our case, given that we keep upstairs 54-58º, the shampoo turns to jelly, and you have to constantly rock back and forth to alternate shoulders under the spray.  Having both or three heads spraying helps.


It's also worse 'cuz we have a 'walk-in" shower with no door or curtain.


We do light a fire, though.


Forrest


 

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Absolutely!  Can't agree with you more.  In our case, given that we keep upstairs 54-58º, the shampoo turns to jelly, and you have to constantly rock back and forth to alternate shoulders under the spray.  Having both or three heads spraying helps.


Not to interfere with your fire making, but if the BA isn't too cavernous, you could get one of those electric oil-filled radiator heaters and put it on a timer.  That is my $30 fix for a cold bathroom.  I've got it set to come on an hour or so prior to the first visitor, so it is usually in the low-to-mid 70's while the rest of the house is 65ish that time in the morning.


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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." --Upton Sinclair

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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg