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Absolutely Stunning Walk-In Showers for Small Baths

Be space-savvy in a small bathroom.

Expand a small bathroom’s utility by designing a walk-in shower that provides a solid wall or walls for placing vanities or tubs. Seemingly an extension of the bathroom's board-clad walls, this knee wall accommodates a shallow vanity with a mirrored door. White painted walls, the shower’s glass enclosure and tiled walls and reflective surfaces encourage light to move around the space, causing the small bathroom to appear roomier.

Capture a corner for a shower.

Set a glass-enclosed walk-in shower into a small bathroom’s corner, but expand the showering area by opting for a neo-angled base that steps into the main bath area. This walk-in shower’s design expanded the shower’s square footage, giving the homeowners space to add a built-in bench.

Delight the eye with good design.

Even the smallest bathroom can accommodate bounteous style. Though diminutive in dimension, this walk-in shower makes an impact thanks to its marble door frame and tiled interior, which are highlighted by charcoal walls. Bathroom floor tiles repeat inside the shower to visually link the two areas.

Omit the tub to make room.

If showering is your go-to bathing option, forget about adding a tub. Instead, use what would have been the tub wall to create a spacious walk-in shower. Stretching across a bathroom’s rear wall, this walk-in shower provides plenty of pampering without overwhelming the small bathroom. 

Raise see-through walls.

Enclose a walk-in shower with a seamless glass enclosure. The transparent barriers take up little visual space and let natural light flow between the bathroom and shower, which in turn makes a small bathroom live larger than its dimensions. This bathroom’s neutral tiled walls continue into the walk-in shower to further the space-stretching illusion.

Double up your tub and shower.

When bathroom space is at a premium, consider placing bathing and showering stations within one enclosure. The homeowners tucked a small soaking tub inside the walk-in shower to maximize a minimal amount of floor space. Advantageously, the two-in-one design keeps splashing water and wet footprints away from the commode and vanity areas.

Get creative with design.

Design a walk-in shower that takes advantage of your small bathroom’s architectural oddities. Tucking a shower beneath an eave allowed these homeowners to fit a walk-in shower near light-inviting windows in their small bathroom. Another advantage: adding the shower created an interior wall that accommodates a second vanity.

Tailor your shower to suit.

Consider other bathroom amenities when making way for a walk-in shower. Dressed with a simple glass door, this walk-in shower provides a solid wall for showcasing a freestanding tub. A transom window works with the door to carry light from nearby windows into the shower’s interior.

Adapt and adjust to your space.

Furnish your small bathroom with downsized vanities or pedestal sinks to open up space for a walk-in shower. This shower is framed by shallow walls that create niche-like recesses that house two vanities. The shower’s frosted-glass door, which stops a few feet below the ceiling, provides privacy without blocking light.

Fashion a focal point.

This shower stands out in a simply furnished bath, thanks to its distinctively tiled walls and river-rock-tiled floor that are easily seen through a frameless glass shower enclosure. The glass enclosure stair-steps up a marble frame, highlighting the shower bench and a toiletry shelf that aligns with the beaded-board wainscoting’s upper trim.

Simplify your fixtures.

Accommodate your getting-ready needs with downsized fixtures that don’t take up too much floor space. This handsomely profiled pedestal sink and narrow toiletry ledge stylishly take the place of a more cumbersome vanity. The marble-tiled walls and ceiling elegantly elevate the simply furnished bathroom.

Invite in light.

Position your walk-in shower near a window or beneath a skylight so you can bask in sunbeams or gaze upon twinkling stars. This walk-in shower boasts a clerestory window and a glass door that allow natural light to flow in and out of the shower. Thanks to its placement, the shower becomes a separate room that doesn’t clutter up the small bathroom’s sight lines or impede traffic flow.

Article brought to courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

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