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Functional Shower Designs

The shower is one of the most important parts of the home. It’s where we clean ourselves, where we relax and unwind after a long day, and where we do a lot of our thinking!

It’s no surprise that many people spend a lot of time in their shower, so when designing a bathroom or renovating an existing one, it’s important to consider the function of your shower.

Functional design in showers can include:

  • A large shower space that allows for easy movement and access for all ages,
  • A ledge, bench, or stool for sitting down while you shampoo your hair or shave your legs,
  •  A niche or storage space for shampoo, conditioner, body wash and other personal hygiene products is very important to have,
  • A grab bar that's ADA approved for those who are ageing in their home,
  • Easy to see non slippery tile designs,
  • Easy to clean shower wall surfaces and flooring,
  • Good drainage for the shower floor, and others.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, then you may be wondering what the best way is to go about it. If you have an idea of what you want your bathroom to look like, then it should be easy enough for you to find a contractor and get started on the project. However, if you have no idea where to start or what design elements are important for your shower, then we can help guide you through the process.

Functional Design in Showers

The main purpose of a shower is to give you a place to clean up. You don’t want to spend all day in there, so it needs to be functional as well as beautiful. The best functional design element is a shower door that opens up into the rest of the bathroom so that water doesn’t get everywhere when it comes through the shower head. Also, a way to turn the water on without getting wet! Who wants to get hit with cold water every time we turn on the water?!? This will also keep you from having to mop up water after every shower and makes cleaning up after each use much easier.

Glass Enclosure

Glass enclosures serve a dual function in the shower; not only they protect the rest of the space from water getting everywhere, but they create a continuous unobstructed look for a modern functional shower design. It’s easy to clean the glass with a cloth or squeegee.

Handheld Shower

The best way to create functional design in showers is by using common sense and planning ahead. Handheld showers heads have been used for a long time. They are very convenient for showering yourself, assisting in showering kids and elderly, pets, but also cleaning that beautiful tile all around the shower walls.

Shower Niche

Before you begin remodeling your bathroom, consider the things that are important to you — such as water temperature, lighting levels and additional features like towel racks, shampoo niches, or benches. You may consider creating a contrast with the mosaic tile for the shower niche and add a little color to your space.

Make sure you have enough space for everything you need inside the shower area. This includes shampoo, soap, shaving accessories, scrub, etc. With many options for shower tile, shower niches became one of the most requested design elements. They create dimension in the shower itself when you combine different shapes and sizes of tile. You can run the niche across the whole width of the shower if you would like. Just make sure the planning of shower niche happens before your contractor starts laying tile.

Tile Combinations

Try to avoid having too many different types of tiles in one shower area as this can make it look cluttered and messy if not done properly by an expert designer who knows what he's doing! You have many options for shower tile that are slip-resistant and still have a modern look. We have many options of ceramic or porcelain tiles available.


Arizona Tile Flash Shower Install


Arizona Tile Flash 3x12 Ceramic Wall Tile

You might consider using glass tiles instead of ceramic or porcelain ones as they look much cleaner when used as decorative pieces throughout your bathroom including in your shower area if possible! Glass tiles are also easier to clean than other types of tiles so they're great for people with sensitive skin or allergies because they won't scratch easily or leave behind stains like other types.

Arizona Tile Islandia

Arizona Tile Islandia Glass Subway Tile

Shower Bench

Shower benches are very popular functional pieces for ageing households. It's convenient and affordable to install one during renovation. Shower benches can be made out or stone, or tile, or teak. The shower benches that are pre installed are much safer that a traditional chair.

Heated Shower Floor

Showers can be functional and have a beautiful design. Many people want to have a cozy comfortable space when showering, so heated floors are an excellent choice for a luxurious feel on the inside or outside of the shower. The heating can be used in the bathroom flooring and showers. They are sealed and have adjustable controls that allow you to adjust the temperature prior to using the shower.

Walk In or Curbless Showers

Use a walk-in or curbless shower rather than a tub/shower combination unit in your master bathroom if possible. This can possibly give you more room for storage around the shower itself without taking up additional floor space in your bathroom. Walk-in showers also allow for more water pressure than other types of showers because there aren't any curves.

Shower design can be a challenge. You need the shower to be functional, but you also want it to look great. With so many different options of large format tiles, mosaics, subway tile, and glass tiles. Large format tiles not only look beautiful but they are so easy to clean because they don't trap dirt or soap scum inside the grout lines between each tile. We have a great variety of looks for you to pick from when it comes to large format shower tile!

Schluter Curbless Shower
As always, contact a Floorzz representative with any of your shower design questions! (833)FLOORZZ or INFO@FLOORZZ.COM