Absolutely Stunning Walk-In Showers for Small Baths

Find design inspiration in 15 walk-in showers that beautifully stretch a small bathroom's footprint, increase its functionality, and amplify its good looks.

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  • Be Space-Savvy

    Expand a small bathroom's utility by designing a walk-in shower that provides a solid wall or walls for placing vanities or tubs. Seemingly an extension of the bathroom's board-clad walls, this knee wall accommodates a shallow vanity with a mirrored door. White painted walls, the shower's glass enclosure and tiled walls, and reflective surfaces encourage light to move around the space, causing the small bathroom to appear roomier.

  • Capture a Corner

    Set a walk-in shower into a small bathroom's corner, but expand the showering area by opting for a neoangled base and glass enclosure that step into the main bath area. This walk-in shower's neoangled design expanded the shower's square footage, giving the homeowners space for adding a built-in bench.

  • Delight the Eye

    Even the smallest bathroom can accommodate bounteous style. Though diminutive in dimension, this walk-in shower makes an impact thanks to its marble door frame and tiled interior, which are highlighted by charcoal walls. Bathroom floor tiles repeat inside the shower to visually link the two areas.

  • Omit the Tub

    If showering is your go-to bathing option, forget about adding a tub. Instead, use what would have been the tub wall to create a spacious walk-in shower. Stretching across a bathroom's rear (and shortest wall), this walk-in shower provides plenty of pampering without overwhelming the small bathroom. Continuing the bathroom's marble walls and tiled flooring into the shower composes a cohesive scene that creates the perception of a larger space.

  • Raise See-Through Walls

    Enclose a walk-in shower with a seamless glass enclosure. The transparent barriers take up little visual space and let natural light flow between the bathroom and shower, which in turn makes a small bathroom live larger than its dimensions. This bathroom's neutral tiled walls continue into the walk-in shower to further the space-stretching illusion.

  • Double Up

    When bathroom space is at a premium, consider placing bathing and showering stations within one enclosure. The homeowners tucked a small soaking tub inside the walk-in shower to maximize a minimal amount of floor space. Advantageously, the two-in-one design keeps splashing water and wet footprints away from commode and vanity areas.

  • Reach Beneath

    Design a walk-in shower that takes advantage of your small bathroom's architectural oddities. Tucking a shower beneath an eave allowed these homeowners to fit a walk-in shower near light-inviting windows in their small bathroom. Another advantage: Adding the shower created an interior wall that accommodates a second vanity.

  • Tailor to Suit

    Consider other bathroom amenities when making way for a walk-in shower. Dressed with a simple glass door, this walk-in shower provides a solid wall for showcasing a freestanding tub. A transom window works with the door to carry light from nearby windows into the shower's interior.

  • Adapt and Adjust

    Furnish your small bathroom with downsized vanities or pedestal sinks to open up space for a walk-in shower. This shower is framed by shallow walls that create nichelike recesses that house two vanities. The shower's frosted-glass door, which stops a few feet below the ceiling, provides privacy without blocking light.

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    Get Creative

    Rethink available bathroom space until you are able to fit in every one of your desired amenities. This small bathroom design tucks a bathtub between the windowed wall and a compact walk-in shower; the bath stretches behind the shower to supply a full-out bathing experience. The tub, shower, and vanity share the natural light streaming through the undressed window.

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    Fashion a Focal Point

    Add a walk-in shower that enhances a small bathroom's usefulness and beauty. This shower stands out in a simply furnished bath, thanks to its distinctively tiled walls and river-rock-tiled floor that are easily seen through a frameless glass shower enclosure. The glass enclosure stair-steps up a marble frame, highlighting the shower bench and a toiletry shelf that aligns with the beaded-board wainscoting's upper trim.

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    Blur the Lines

    Design a walk-in shower that blends into the background. Though this shower's seamless glass enclosure is visible, it fades in importance, thanks to brightly hued wainscoting that wraps the bathroom's lower walls. Without solid walls, the shower appears at one with its surroundings rather than as a separate room.

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    Go Long

    Align bathing and showering stations on a small bathroom's longest wall. By placing the tub against the walk-in shower's knee wall, the homeowners created a compact arrangement that left the opposite wall open for other bathroom fittings. A shared palette of colors and materials furthers the connection between the shower and tub.

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    Simplify Forms

    Accommodate your getting-ready needs with downsized fixtures that don't take up too much floor space. This handsomely profiled pedestal sink and narrow toiletry ledge stylishly take the place of a more cumbersome vanity. The marble-tiled walls and ceiling elegantly elevate the simply furnished bathroom.

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    Invite in Light

    Position your walk-in shower near a window or beneath a skylight so you can bask in sunbeams or gaze upon twinkling stars. This walk-in shower boasts a clerestory window and a glass door that allow natural light to flow in and out of the shower. Thanks to its placement, the shower becomes a separate room that doesn't clutter up the small bathroom's sight lines or impede traffic flow.

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    15 Stylish Seats for Walk-In Showers

    A shower seat, whether it is a built-in bench or a teak stool, expand a walk-in shower's purpose. Seats in walk-in showers keep toiletries at hand, provide a footrest for leg-shaving endeavors, and supply perches within reach of rejuvenating sprays. Take your furnishing cue from these 15 walk-in showers with stylish seats that invite bathers to sit down and unwind.
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