What is a Double Shower?
Is there anything more luxurious than a double shower? They 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
- Handheld sprayers
- Body sprayers or jets
- A sit-down bench
- Marble walls
- Double doors
- And more
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.
How Much Do Double Showers Cost?
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?
Remodel your shower by adding double shower heads within one shower unit
Accommodates two people at once
The cost of remodeling a shower can be anywhere from $800 to $5,000, depending on what you want. You have various options for fixtures, floor and wall materials, hardware, shower heads, and more.
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.
Types of Double Showers
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 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. When planning your shower remodel, something to consider is how you want to enclose the shower.
Open double showers
Some homeowners who have the extra space will opt for an open shower. This 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 double showers
These showers can also be enclosed. This means 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 shower will suit your existing bathroom best.
Benefits of Double Showers
There is plenty to love about the double shower. Below, we encourage you to explore the many benefits these showers can provide to you and you home.
Other Notes to Consider
While there are tons of advantages of installing a shower with dual shower heads, there are some additional things to be aware of.
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.
It seems obvious, but it is important to know that these 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. If you are working with a smaller bathroom, shower options like a shower/tub combo or small freestanding walk-in shower may be a better bet.