Is there anything more luxurious than a double shower? Double showers are becoming very popular choices for bathroom remodels. You may have seen them on home design shows, at high-end hotels, or at luxe spas. They are also becoming increasingly trendy for master bathrooms. The defining feature of a double shower is the fact that it has two shower heads instead of one. But double showers may also include:
A ceiling shower head
Body sprayers or jets
A sit-down bench
It is important to note that a double shower is not the same as a dual showerhead – which is simply two shower heads coming from the same source. Typically, in a double shower, the shower heads are on opposite ends of the shower and face one another. This allows for two partners to shower at the same time, without having to share one shower head.
If you have thought about installing a double shower for your shower remodel, there are a few things to consider. Just like any other home improvement project, there are pros and cons, as well as important cost considerations, to explore before getting started.
Benefits of Double Showers
Two shower heads. With two shower heads, you get better water flow. You also get the added convenience of allowing two people to shower at the same time. Make sure you adjust the water pressure to your liking!
Double the water. With double the water, you may notice you are taking shorter showers, since you get more coverage. With water coming from two different directions, it is easier to clean yourself off.
Adjustable height. Most double showers have fixtures that can be adjusted, both in terms of height and water pressure. Each member of your home who uses the shower can adjust the fixtures to their preferences.
Additional space. Whether you shower alone or with a partner, there is more room for you while you shower. No more tight turns as you clean yourself off.
Shower accessibility. Double showers are great for home accessibility and homeowners with disabilities. Because they are often walk-in and spacious, double showers can be especially accommodating and comfortable for homeowners who use wheelchairs. A bench seat is also safer and more comfortable for those with mobility issues.
Note that double showers are not always the same as walk-in showers, as some double showers do not allow homeowners to easily “walk in.” If you are looking for a double shower that accommodates home accessibility needs, make sure to ask your contractor to ensure the double shower is also a walk-in.
Potential Disadvantages of Double Showers
Energy-efficiency. You might save money by having two people shower together. But if you and your partner both plan to shower solo, while using both shower heads, the added water usage may add to your energy bills. The same is true if you are also using a ceiling shower head.
Space savings. It seems obvious, but it is important to know that double showers can take up twice the amount of space, or more, than a traditional shower (which is on average 3’x5’ or 4’x6’ feet). Think about how much space you have in your bathroom before taking on this project. You do not want to give yourself lots of shower space, while leaving little room around your sink and toilet.
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few designs you can use as inspiration for your double shower. Typically, double showers have shower heads installed on opposite walls. You may also opt to have them on the same wall, but spaced out enough to allow for two people to comfortably shower side by side. There are also double showers with bench seating, rainfall shower heads on the ceiling, and other luxe additions.
There also is not one set size of double showers. While many are quite spacious, you can build a double shower in a smaller bathroom to achieve a similar goal.
Open showers. Some homeowners who have the extra space will opt for an open shower, which means there are no doors to walk in and out of. Sometimes, there may be a wall that only goes halfway up to provide some privacy. On the other hand, an enclosed shower is one with doors, usually glass. For an open shower, you will need some extra space, as to prevent water from getting into the rest of your bathroom. An open shower may also be appealing to homeowners who have a family member who has difficulty getting in and out of showers or uses a wheelchair.
Enclosed showers. Double showers can also be enclosed – meaning that there are doors or glass that span from floor to ceiling. In other words, enclosed showers are not “walk-in,” and you must open and close the door to access the shower. An enclosed shower can give you a sense of privacy, even with glass doors, as well as giving you space to store your toiletries.
There are no wrong answers when choosing an open or enclosed shower. Your bathroom remodeler can guide you on which type of double shower will suit your existing bathroom best.
The cost of a double shower installation depends on a few things. For instance, are you demoing the bathroom and starting from scratch? Or do you have a large single shower that you want to renovate into a double shower?
The cost of remodeling a shower can be anywhere from $800 to $5,000, depending on what you want. This is a good conversation to have with a contractor to have a better understanding of what your options are and the costs associated with each.
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