Absolutely Stunning Walk-In Showers for Small Baths

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Find design inspiration in 18 walk-in showers that beautifully stretch a small bathroom's footprint, increase its functionality, and amplify its good looks.

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 walk-in shower's glass enclosure and tiled walls, and reflective surfaces encourage light to move around the space, causing the small bathroom to appear roomier.

Keep it Bright

Walls painted white or a light color make a room feel larger. Create the illusion of space in your small bathroom design by choosing intentional paint and tile colors. If all-white tiles in walk-in shower designs look too sterile for you, consider marble tile or add tiles with accent colors within shower niches.

Add Pattern

A glass shower wall is a great way to make a small bathroom feel large. This bathroom takes it a step further by continuing a black and white striped tile pattern from the walls into the shower. This technique eliminates the shower/bathroom barrier to make it feel like one big space. 

Feeling Blue

Yes, even a smaller bathroom can have a separate tub and shower. Utilizing a tight corner, this small walk-in shower made room for a small stand-alone tub. The blue tile on the shower floor and recessed shelf bring a touch of color to the white bathroom. 

Capture a Corner

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

Delight the Eye

Even the smallest bathroom designs with a shower 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.

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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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.

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.

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 bathroom arrangement that left the opposite wall open for other fittings. A shared palette of colors and materials furthers the connection between the shower and tub.

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.

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.

Double Up

When space for a walk-in shower 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.

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.

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 small bathroom.

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.

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.

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.

Watch the quickest ways to transform your bathroom from drab to fab. These easy changes are impactful to the eye, but not on the wallet, proving that a decorating a bathroom can be done well for less.

Bonus! Easy Small-Bath Updates

Take your small bathroom from drab to fab with these easy, affordable updates. We hung a shelving unit for additional storage and installed new flooring for an inexpensive design fix. Walk-in shower designs for small bathrooms like this can be done in a weekend. 


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