Shower Room Ideas & Small Shower Room Layout

23 July 2019

There's now so much choice when it comes to shower rooms, from the type of shower best suited to the room, to all the fixtures and fittings. It’s important that you understand all of your options. We've compiled the key considerations you should think about before beginning your design journey.

Shower Room Ideas

As a minimum, shower rooms should include a shower and a basin. That’s whether it’s a bathroom-to-shower room conversion, or the renovation of an en-suite. With regards to shower room ideas, this is heavily dependent on the size and shape of the existing space, as this will dictate the design and dictate which shower solution will work best for you and your needs, whether that's:

  • A Shower Enclosure
  • A Wet Room
  • A Walk-In Shower

Shower Enclosures

Shower enclosures are extremely versatile, with numerous design options and various tray sizes offered.

Your options for shower enclosures are split into the following categories:

  1. Quadrant
  2. Square
  3. Rectangle shower enclosures

Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Quadrant shower enclosures are shaped to represent a quarter section of a circle. As a result, they have two equal sides and a curved arch. However, an offset quadrant shower enclosure is possible when one side is longer than it is wider. In any case, it also encompasses the curved arch.

Typically no smaller than 760mm, options for quadrant shower enclosure sizes are available in the following dimensions:

  • 760mm
  • 800mm
  • 900mm
  • 1000mm

When it comes to offsetting quadrant shower enclosures, there are limitations when choosing your minimum width and maximum length. The smallest offset quadrant shower enclosure typically measures 900mm x 760mm whereas the largest measures 1400mm x 800mm.

Square Shower Enclosures

Square shower enclosures are the original shower enclosure design. The most popular option for many years, square shower enclosures are great if you’re wanting to occupy an awkward space, such as an alcove.

Complimented by an array of door opening designs, which equally lend themselves to difficult spaces, your options for tray size range from 700mm to 1000mm.


Rectangle Shower Enclosures

An enclosed take on the walk-in shower design, rectangle shower enclosures are a larger and more luxurious shower room idea. With the largest selection of size variations available, rectangle shower enclosure dimensions range from a combination of 800mm to 2000mm in length and 700mm to 1000mm in width.

Find out more about shower enclosures and cubicles here.

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are typically purpose-built, making them an ideal shower room solution where space is limited. Designed to meet your individual wants, needs and requirements they can be made to fit your available space, however small or awkward.

What is a Wet Room Shower?

As the name would suggest, a wet room is when your entire room becomes your shower. Often only separated by a glass screen or curtain to keep water concealed, although this isn’t essential. Similar to other shower room ideas, a wet room, in most instances, would also feature a basin as a minimum and a WC.


Walk-In Showers

Rectangular in shape, walk-in showers are large and luxurious, adding that statement ‘wow’ factor to any bathroom or shower room. Built on an anti-slip and antibacterial tray, the height of these trays range from 25mm to 35mm. Therefore, these require a small step up into the wet area.

Enclosed by a straight or wraparound glass screen, a walk-in shower is typically open-ended which in turn creates the ‘walk-in’ feature, hence the name. Similarly, there is a variety of tray sizes to choose from with walk-in shower dimensions ranging from a combination of 900mm to 2000mm in length and 700mm x 1000mm in width.

Find out more about the ideal dimensions of walk-in showers here.


Small Shower Room Ideas

Now that we've addressed the various types of shower rooms and covered the different styles, shapes and sizes available, you should be in a much better position to understand what will work best for you.

This is especially the case if you’re looking for ideas for your small shower room or small en-suite shower room.

Based on the above, if you’re wanting to renovate or create a small shower room or small en-suite shower room, then we'd suggest limiting your shower options to a wet room, or a square shower enclosure.

As discussed previously, wet rooms are ideal for small spaces as they are custom-built and designed to meet your exact needs and requirements. For that reason, they can be made to fit your available space, however small or awkward.

Similarly, square shower enclosures are perfect if you’ve got an awkward, small, space you’re wanting to utilise or occupy. With a variety of tray sizes and door opening designs, we're sure you’ll be able to find a square shower enclosure to fit your small shower room or small en-suite shower room.

Small Shower Room Layout

The average size of a small shower room is approximately 1200 mm wide x 2100 mm long. However, it’s also possible, with careful planning and design, to make a functional shower room in a much smaller space. Let's take a look at how to make that work.

Small Square Shower Enclosure Layout

In order to make the most of your small shower room space, you ideally want to be looking at installing a square shower cubicle, either 700 x 700mm or 800 x 800mm in size. This should be complemented by a compact WC and basin. Also, you ideally want the sanitary ware fixtures to be wall hung, which would open up the floor area, creating more space.

In this particular scenario, as illustrated in the design below, you could comfortably fit a three-piece shower room in a space sized 700mm wide x 1900mm long. The door opens outward and is immediately greeted by the basin unit, which is usually the focal point of any bathroom.


Small Wet Room Layout

If you’re wanting to put a wet room in your small or en-suite shower room, then the design and minimum sizing or dimension requirements will need further consideration.

Due to the nature of a wet room, you would need to move the door further away from the shower area to ensure no escaping water. The problem with this design, however, would mean that the door would open outward to showcase the WC, which is not ideal from an access, privacy or aesthetics point of view.


More Bathrooms, part of the Passmore Group, is Yorkshires only 5* rated bathroom design and installation company. Making dream bathrooms, shower rooms, en-suites and cloakrooms a reality we are extremely proud of the exceptional service we continuously deliver from design right through to installation and after care.

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