Why choose a walk in shower enclosure?

Walk in shower enclosures are slightly more unusual than the shower trays more commonly used in today’s bathrooms, so what makes them different, and why do some people choose to walk into their showers while others like to step in?
Well, firstly because the walk in shower does not have an actual ‘tray’ to hold the water in, it often means that the overall flooring of a bathroom with a walk in shower has to be waterproof. Many more people these days are choosing to have tiled or laminate floors anyway, so this is often not a problem. However, the inner part of the shower is sloped downwards so that the water flows down the drain rather than sitting in puddles on the surface of the floor.
While your first thought may be that the walk in shower would cause a slippery floor, in actual fact many elderly people choose to have walk in showers as they are actually less slippery and dangerous than step-in shower trays. Waterproof flooring can be made with a special non-slip surface, and this can be used for the floor of the actual shower area itself. It is easier to get in to a walk in shower, of course, as there is no stepping up required, and they are often more spacious inside which allows for easier movement and for the installation of shower seats. For the same reason, it can be more convenient and safer to have a walk in shower if you have young children.
However, walk in showers do tend to take up more room than shower enclosures. When there is no ‘edge’ to keep the water in, it tends to spread out further and take longer to swirl down to the drain. Practically, this means that the overall area of the shower cubicle has to be larger even though the floor itself is waterproof. There also has to be a certain area to allow for the gentle sloping of the floor to the drain. This is why people with small bathrooms most often opt for the shower tray option rather than the walk in shower.
Contemporary homes these days are being designed with bigger bathrooms than ever before. While once rooms like the kitchen and bathroom were relegated to secondary status, and fitted into whatever cupboard space was left after the main rooms of the house were accounted for, nowadays they are both being seen as social and family spaces and are being given space accordingly. The bathroom is not just a place for one person to use at a time; it is often a place for parents to wash their children, children to bathe together, and couples to perform their nightly routine together. Because of this increase in bathroom size, features like walk in shower enclosures, freestanding baths, bathroom cabinets and storage are being utilised more and more often.
With this change in attitude towards the bathroom, I predict that many more people with choose to have larger bathrooms installed, perhaps even sacrificing some space from other rooms, and larger bathroom features such as the walk in shower will take prominence.

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