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What’s the Deal With Door-less Showers?

Instead of a door or a curtain, this shower has only a wall separating it from the rest of the room.

A strange new trend has taken over the world of bathroom design recently – showers without doors or curtains. Indeed, these showers resemble something similar to what you’d find in a gym, simply a nozzle inside a walled-off stall, open on one end with a sloped drain in the middle.

Despite what they may sound like, these doorless showers are actually quite the luxury option for homes. They have to be custom designed to the exact space, meaning they’re significantly more expensive than traditional showers, but it does add value to your home when you go to sell. Doorless showers, due to being custom spec and design, almost always have luxury tiles and backsplashes incorporated into the design, making them a gorgeous centerpiece to any master bathroom.

Okay, so they look nice and add good value, but do they actually work? Of course they do. The shower head is designed to spray to a maximum distance shorter than the length of the shower wall, and the floor is sloped ever so slightly to a drain to manage water. Doorless showers offer far more space than traditional showers as well. That isn’t to say that there aren’t a few drawbacks; notably, without a door or a curtain, showers can get a bit drafty and cold. There’s also the chance of overspray or getting water outside of your shower, but most bathrooms that have doorless showers have been designed specifically to accommodate the shower and therefore shouldn’t have any issues with a bit of water on the ground.

If you want one of these odd, luxurious doorless showers, your best bet is to buy a home that has one or buy a brand new build and work with your builders to add a custom doorless shower option. Whether or not you can build one in your existing bathroom depends on the plumbing and the layout, and would likely require a complete teardown of your bathroom, which can be both costly and inconvenient. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!

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