With the cost of living continuing to rise, it is not uncommon to find multiple generations living under the same roof. With this new reality it is important to have a bathroom that is functional for all members of your clan. A standard 4.5” shower curb may be simple for a younger person to step over but may be impossible for a grandparent or older adult to tackle.
There are several advantages and disadvantages to think about when considering this change for an existing bathroom or choosing this type of shower in a new home. Read below for a few things to consider.
Curbless showers are easier to clean than a standard shower. Eliminating the curb in a shower space opens up the entire bathroom making it one seamless space and much easier to clean.
Maximize your space. By eliminating the obstacle of the shower enclosure you will be able to more effectively use
every inch of your space, especially in smaller bathrooms.
Creates a streamlined look. The curbs on showers tend to stand out and can be an eye sore. By removing the curb you create a sleek, spa like look.
Functionality for everyone. This change will make your bathroom an “equal opportunity” space. This makes it easier and safer for older generations to utilize the shower.
With every decision there are typically advantages, we well as disadvantages. Read below for a few unfavorable things to consider before making this change.
Too little privacy. Since the shower will be open it does not offer as much privacy as a shower enclosure would. This can be reduced by using obscure glass, glass blocks, a half wall or curtains.
The shower will be colder as the heat will escape without an enclosure to keep it in. You can reduce this by having a heated floor installed.
With this to think about what is your take on having a curbless shower in your home?