Shower screens for small spaces
Is your bathroom or shower space on the small side? Struggling to find the right fixtures and fittings to make the most of your space but still look like a million dollars? You’re not the only one.
Bathrooms in general are shrinking in Australia, especially as more people live in apartments and build smaller houses. These days, we’re seeing 250m2 blocks with 3-4 bedroom homes and two bathrooms… the only way you can fit all that in is if they’re tiny!
But a small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality or design – it just means you’ve got to get a little bit creative and choose the right pieces.
First of all, some tips about small bathrooms…
I’ve installed shower screens in countless small bathrooms. Here are some of the key things I consider when recommending a shower screen or measuring up a space:
- Check the location of the vanity & toilet. You don’t want people having to squeeze in between them to get in and out of the shower.
- Avoid pivot shower doors – they’ll take up the most space and obstruct other furniture and fixtures in the room.
- Go for bright, clear, and reflective surfaces as much as possible (especially when it comes to your shower screen).
- Your goal should first be usability – making sure the shower has the appropriate access and screening. And secondly, aesthetics – trying to create the illusion that the space is larger, more open, and avoiding that “boxed in” feeling.
I’ve put together a list of my my commonly recommended shower screen styles for small spaces…
Fixed Panel Shower Screens
This style of shower screen has a fixed glass panel with an opening to walk straight in and out, instead of a door. It gives you a simple, minimalist look that maximises your space and allows you to see straight through to other features in the room, like your shower head and tiles. The only potential issue with fixed panel shower screens is that you might get more water splashing on the floor, depending on how your shower head is angled. Generally, though, I find they’re excellent for most small spaces.
Corner Shower Screens
If your shower is located in a corner (and in small bathrooms, they often are), a corner shower screen might be the best option. You can enclose the space around your shower without encroaching on the other furniture and doors in your bathroom.
Sliding Shower Screens
Sliding shower screens are one of the most popular options for small spaces because they’re compact, affordable, and don’t require any space to swing open and closed.
Frameless Shower Screens
A frameless shower screen is great for small spaces because there are no frames to draw the eye or create any barriers that might make the space feel even smaller. They’re definitely the most seamless option for your bathroom. If you’re interested in learning more, you might want to read our other blog, Why You’ll (Probably) Want a Frameless Glass Shower Screen.
Semi Frameless Shower Screens
If you like the look of a frameless shower screen, but you’re on a budget, a semi frameless shower screen is the next best thing – you still get clean, modern lines, without lots of frames to crowd your space. I wouldn’t usually recommend a fully framed shower screen for a small space because that’ll make the room feel even smaller, but a semi frameless shower screen is a great compromise.
Bonus Tip: Mirrors
Yes, this blog is about shower screens for small spaces… but it’s worth mentioning that a good bathroom mirror can help open up the space almost as much as the right shower screen. So don’t skimp on mirror style or size, and try to position it to capture as much light as possible. That way, your space will feel much bigger and more open than it really is (and you won’t have to fight your partner or kids for a spot in front of the mirror to get ready in the mornings).
See my case studies on shower screens for small spaces
I’ve worked on quite a few small bathrooms lately! Feel free to check out my case studies and video testimonials below:
Are you building or renovating a small bathroom? How are you maximising the space (other than the tips I mentioned above)? Let’s continue the discussion below.
And if you’re still wondering whether you’ve picked the right shower screen for your small space, feel free to pop a comment below or give me a call (08 6555 8370) and I’ll see if I can help.