There are plenty of things to think about when you're renovating a bathroom, including the walk-in shower. Most walk-ins have a small divide to separate the shower floor from the rest of the bathroom. A curbless shower, also known as a 'zero-entry' shower, eliminates that divide – the floor is simply sloped to ensure water stays where it's supposed to.
Here are just three reasons you should go with a curbless shower during your bathroom renovations.
1. Makes Your Bathroom Look Larger
Whether you're living in a new build or a period home, bathrooms tend to be on the smaller side. That's good since you'd probably rather use that space for bedrooms and other living areas, but most people find themselves struggling to make a small bathroom look bigger. By adding a curbless shower, they can do just that. The traditional curb between shower floor and the rest of the bathroom divides up the room. Without it, the bathroom floor will be unbroken, seamlessly flowing from wall to wall. That helps make the room look much larger than it really is.
2. Provides Easy Access for Everyone
Curbless showers are often preferred in the homes of older adults who want to age in place. The couple of inches of you need to lift your leg to access a regular shower cubicle might seem fine now, but they can become a serious challenge and present a risk of falling as you grow older. With a curbless shower, there's no need to lift your leg and nothing to trip over. If you live with an elderly relative or expect to live in your current home as you enter old age, a curbless shower makes sense.
3. Improves Hygiene and Makes Cleaning a Piece of Cake
There's probably not a single person in Australia who really likes cleaning bathroom floors. Adding a curbless shower won't remove the need to clean entirely, but it will make cleaning easier. Since there's no divide, grime and mould have one less place to develop. If you look at your current shower cubicle, you'll probably notice the edges of the shower lip look dirtier than the rest of the room. That's partly because it's an easy place for grime to collect and partly because cleaning that area is tough. With a curbless shower, you remove a place where grime likes to build up and make cleaning easier. Instead of scrubbing around small gaps, you simply run a mop over the whole area.