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Corner Shower Installation

Average cost range:

$1,400 - $3,300

 

The average cost to install a standard size 42 x 42 corner shower is typically between $1,400 and $3,300. This includes the price of materials, including the glass shower door, wall and floor materials, and professional labor. The price for the project can exceed $3,300 if you add more customizations and features, or you prefer a larger corner shower stall.

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Have you ever looked at a sizable half-bath and wondered if you could fit a shower in there? If you did, how would that work? Or perhaps you’ve been amazed by a friend’s small bathroom that somehow managed to fit a shower into the mix, even though the floor space seemed impossibly tight. Corner shower stalls are designed for space-saving in small bathrooms. They can easily transform that half-bath into a full bathroom. Here’s what you need to know about installing a corner shower in your small bathroom.

What is a Corner Shower?

A corner shower is exactly what it sounds like: a shower that is installed in the corner of the bathroom. The most common kind of corner shower is tucked into the corner of two walls with a curved door making up the third wall. They can be incredibly small, as tiny as 32 inches by 32 inches for a typical home, but they might go even smaller for a tiny home or RV.

Corner Showers

Small shower enclosures meant to save space in smaller bathrooms

  • Designed to make smaller spaces look bigger

  • Customizable features, such as tiles or built-in shelves

  • Can be added to half bathrooms to create a new full bathroom

Benefits of Corner Showers

In addition to the obvious benefit of having a shower in the bathroom, there are benefits of this type of shower itself. 

Space Saving

Corner showers are known to save floor space in a bathroom. This way, you have room in the bathroom for a vanity, extra storage, or other features. 

Corner showers have glass on at least one side, which can help “open up” the space and make it seem larger. If the bathroom is extremely small, you can even opt for a door that slides rather than swings open, thus allowing for more clearance. A neo-angle corner shower door pivots on a 45-degree angle, so that’s another space-saving option.

If you have a bit more space, a rectangular-shaped corner shower can work well, especially if you don’t have a door. You can simply slip into the entrance at the back. This might work better for those who have a larger body shape or feel claustrophobic in a tiny corner shower stall.

Increase Home Value

In addition to the convenience of a corner shower, there is the value it can add to your home by remodeling that half-bath into a full bath. This makes a big difference when buyers are looking at homes on the market. The move to a full bath can add more in resale value than the cost of installing the corner shower itself, which is always a huge boon to the seller. In fact, you might see a boost of anywhere from 10% to 20% on your resale value if you can list a full bath instead of a half bath on your realty listing.

Types of Corner Showers

Corner showers use the two existing walls in the bathroom as their sides, and then have a curved or angled front. Sometimes corner showers are available in one-piece installations, but these are usually only used during new construction or serious bathroom remodels. 

Framed Corner Showers

To install a corner shower in a small bathroom, you might want to use a framed option. This means framing hardware holds the shower door and attaches the shower itself to the existing walls.

Homeowners looking for a sleek, ultra-modern look for their corner shower may not prefer the framed shower option. However, today there are unique options for shower frames and hardware – such as matte black that matches other bathroom fixtures. Framed corner showers also tend to be the most affordable choice, which can help you cut remodeling costs.

Semi-frameless Corner Showers

Semi-frameless showers use minimal hardware to frame the shower and hold doors in place. Usually the frames are at the sides of the door of the shower. This can allow you to show off more of the shower’s glass and open the room up a little bit more than a framed shower allows. Semi-frameless corner showers are usually just a bit more expensive than a framed shower.

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Frameless Corner Showers

A frameless shower is a more expensive option but much more attractive. This corner shower option allows for a more open and airy look and feel, since metal hardware is absent and you can look straight into the shower area to visualize tiles, accents, and fixtures. While this option can get pricey, it will certainly modernize your bathroom and can boost your home’s value.

Walk-in Corner Shower

Finally, the walk-in corner shower is good for bathrooms that have a bit of a larger area, especially those that can handle a very small alcove shower and tub combo.

walk in corner shower

By installing the corner shower as a rectangular shower along three walls instead of two, it can allow a walk-in opening at the end of the longer side. Keep in mind that this walk-in shower variety is not one that works well for those who need a walk-in shower for home accessibility purposes. It simply works well for those who want a shower that keeps the space feeling as open as possible.

Corner Shower Dimensions

The recommended size for a corner shower is 42 by 42 inches. If you can possibly fit this size shower into your space, you’re in luck!

You can go smaller than that, with showers that are 38, 36, or even 34 inches in width without getting into the “tiny shower” zone that you might expect in a true tiny home or RV living.

Anything smaller than 24 by 24 inches is getting into a space far too tight for anyone to use comfortably, no matter how small you might be. Keep in mind that the smaller the shower space, the more likely you will be to bump against the walls or door. This can make for a less-than-pleasant experience.

The height of a corner shower is usually standard at 74 inches high. However, this can be modified based on the size of the space you want to use. This can be helpful if you are installing a shower in a slanted alcove, such as in a converted and remodeled attic or basement.

Remember, a corner shower doesn’t have to mean “small.” A corner shower can be much larger and can accommodate a walk-in style, where the user walks into an open area at the back. This is usually possible only with a larger, rectangular shower that can fit into an alcove to prevent water from splashing too far toward the back.

How Much Do Corner Showers Cost?

The cost of a corner shower can be different depending on the type of shower you go with. There is a significant price difference in professional installation of a corner shower and the use of a corner shower kit. A prefabricated shower unit that includes neo-angle doors – the three-sided front – can run between $400 and $1,000. Corner shower kits are the easiest to install and many homeowners look to them for a do-it-yourself price. If you want to go with a curved corner shower kit, expect to pay more for the unit itself, up to $2,000 or more.

A professionally installed custom corner shower can run between $1,400 and $3,300 depending on the size, features, and materials. Going with a professional means more customizable options for your corner shower. Rather than using a prefabricated unit, you can opt for tiling the shower walls or using a variety of glass door types that are tough to install as a do-it-yourself project. 

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The contractor can also look into the option of going with a larger shower remodel by cutting into an adjacent room, closet, or other space to expand the room you have for a shower. This kind of remodeling work can bring the total project cost to anywhere from $3,000 to over $25,000, depending upon how elaborate you want to get.

If you are choosing a prefab unit, you will likely have the choice of acrylic or fiberglass, with a glass front and door. If you choose to go with a custom corner shower that is professionally installed, you have the opportunity to mix things up for more style, such as having tiled walls or those covered in natural stone. The floor of the shower will typically be acrylic or non-slip tile.

Though an acrylic shower is much easier to maintain in terms of cleaning, tile often has more visual appeal and thus might be worth the extra time to clean. The same is true of natural stone.

Features for Corner Showers

A corner shower is typically too small for extravagant bells and whistles. However, you do have some great options to make the corner shower feel customized to your preferences!

Corner Shower Bench

A corner shower bench can be added to many corner showers, depending on the size. One of the best options for a corner shower bench is a fold-down seat that tucks up against the wall when the shower is not in use. This allows users to use the full shower without the seat, or allows for those who need the extra support to put the seat down while they are in the shower.

Built-in Shelves and Storage

Built-in shelves can become crucial if the corner shower is very tiny, as bottles and other shower supplies at your feet can be a trip hazard. Hooks on the wall of the shower can help immensely when it comes to holding loofahs and other things necessary for the shower. Stainless steel corner baskets attached with suction cups can work well and be moved whenever you please.

Showerheads

Finally, consider the fixtures and showerhead. The showerhead will be above you so just about any option – large or small – will do. However, you might want to choose a detachable wand, as this will make it easier to rinse off in a very tight space. The fixtures that control the water should be as low profile as possible to maximize the space. You do not want to keep bumping into them while you move around!

Finding a Local Shower Installer

When it comes time to start your corner shower installation, Modernize always recommends using a professional. A shower installer will work with you to customize your shower to your preferences and needs, helping you choose tiles, fixtures, and more. Professional installation also ensures you are getting the project done correctly – avoiding DIY nightmares – and in a way that will improve your home’s value.

Use our Contractor Checklist to learn what to ask a contractor when it comes time for your first appointment. Modernize has a network of professional shower installers in your area that can get the job done the way you envision.