Glass-panel walk-in showers are beautiful, and are the highlight of bathroom redesign showrooms. Most are featured in large, spacious bathrooms, but this doesn't mean you're out of luck if you have a small bathrooms. Installing a glass-panel shower in a small bathroom is absolutely possible, and can even make your bathroom look a little larger. You may be more limited in your design options, but glass-panel showers come with a host of advantages and creative possibilities.
Remove Your Tub
A comfortable bath is nice, but removing your bathtub can give you plenty of extra space to work with when deciding where to put a glass-panel shower. Consider how often you use your tub and if the cost of losing it would outweigh the benefits of a walk-in shower. Also consider why you'd want to keep your tub. For example, if you like a place to sit down and shave, you can always add a bench inside the shower; remember that you'll be gaining floor space since the angular walls of a shower can go straight down the bathroom wall rather than taking up extra space to hold water at the bottom.
Glass walk-in showers also have other advantages, like being safer for the elderly and disabled, being easier to clean, and letting you install luxury features like underfloor heating. Consider how much you really use and want to keep your tub versus the advantages you'd gain from removing it.
Explore Creative Installation Options
At its core, the design of a glass-panel shower is simple, which gives you plenty of creative options as to where you want to put it. For example, you could install your shower in a corner so that you are only using two walls rather than three. Or you could install it directly next to another bathroom feature, like a toilet, and have a single glass panel separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom.
If you're up for getting creative with plumbing as well, you can get even more freedom by installing a floor drain and angling your bathroom tile toward the drain so you can install an open shower. This gives you even more floor space and also offers a more modern, minimalist look by using a single pane to separate your shower from the rest of your bathroom without closing it off completely. Talk with a contractor and see just how much you can do within your budget.
Go Frameless or Semi-Frameless
Frameless glass can run a little more expensive than framed glass, but from a design aspect, frameless and semi-frameless glass works better in small bathrooms due to the illusion of space it creates. These options offer a more unobstructed view of your tile and the entire bathroom without any metal frames getting in the way. Frameless glass does need to be a little thicker than framed glass, because it doesn't have the frames necessary to attach hinges and other supports to, but the difference isn't big enough to take away any space from your new design. What you end up using depends on the design of your new shower. For example, if you want a more open shower without a door, you don't need to worry about support for hinges.
For more information about your options for glass doors, contact a local company like Superior Frameless Showers.