Showers have always been good time-savers, don't you agree? One can just turn on the shower and have a quick bath in no time! They are more convenient compared to bathtubs, when time is of essence. Besides, they occupy very little space, which allows compact bathrooms to look spacious and appear well-designed.
Selecting the Shower Stall
- Firstly, read through the instruction manual that comes with the kit very carefully.
- Cut through the tiles and wall to access the water lines.
- Position the shower pan as you want. Sketch the outline of the shower unit and make a mark to where the shower drain is.
- Cut through the floor following the outline you had previously drawn. (If the installation kit instructs the use of foam insulation before installation, do not skip it)
- Install the pipeline and drain as instructed on the kit manual (You may have to use concrete for connecting the drain gasket to the main water line). If you need both hot and cold water connection for the shower unit, you may have to cut through both pipelines using a copper tube cutter.
- Carefully place the shower unit in the dug-up floor so that attached plumbing matches with the pre-installed water lines and with the drain gasket you have installed.
- Attach shower head and operating valves. Connect operating valves to the hot and cold water lines. These valves contain knobs which will have to be set in sync with hot and cold water openings.
- The shower head may be screwed to the wall/ceiling or held to the wall using a Teflon tape.
- Do not forget to put the silicon shower caulk around the shower head as well as the knobs. Seal the point where the shower stall floor and the shower pan meet, by using the silicon caulk. Your corner shower stall installation is almost complete.
- Complete the main unit installation by attaching the door, if required. (Some units, these days, come with pre attached folding or sliding doors)
- Remember, in case of any doubt, if needed, refer to the kit's instruction manual for help. If you are not completely sure of how to go about doing the installation, then it is better to go in for professional help.
Enhancing the Shower
Getting a floating shelf hammered in the shower stall can help you organize your bath vanities such as shampoos, body wash, bath salts, etc. These shelves can be of glass, marble or even wood.
While these caddies are available in many builds, the stainless steel ones are more used. Avoid using plastic caddies, since they are usually fragile and cannot last long.
If you do not want too much clutter in you shower stall, just use a soap basket, which occupies very little space, but serves the most basic and necessary purpose - give the soap a place of its own. You can also get a shower seat installed in your corner stall for comfort.
Corner shower stalls are the latest fad, and now you know why. If you have figured out which one suits your bathroom, go for it!