22 Stunning Walk-In Shower Ideas for Small Bathrooms

walk in shower with marble tiles and wooden vanity
Photo: Tria Giovan

A walk-in shower can add function and a sense of luxury to your bathroom. Fortunately, you don't need a huge space to make it work. These small bathroom walk-in shower ideas demonstrate how to beautifully stretch a bathroom's footprint and amplify its good looks.

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Doorless Walk-In Shower Design

black white modern bathroom with plants
Adam Albright

Forego the door to make a small bathroom's walk-in shower feel even more spacious. A fixed glass panel separates this shower from the rest of the bathroom. The open door design allows users to come and go freely. To waterproof the shower stall, cover the surfaces with tile, then mount the showerhead and controls on the wall opposite the opening to limit splashing.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Idea with Curtains

wood beam and hanging curtains in tile cornered shower
Edmund Barr

Finish a walk-in shower in a simple, budget-friendly fashion with curtain panels rather than glass doors. This small bathroom walk-in shower design takes advantage of a wooden support beam for mounting curtain rods across the two open sides. A slightly raised step around the shower pan keeps water contained.

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Tiled Walk-In Shower

white tile bathroom yellow accent
Reed Davis

Furnish your small bathroom with a wall-mounted or pedestal sink to open up space for a walk-in shower. In this bathroom, a tiled partial wall separates the small walk-in shower from the sink area. Choosing a wall mounted sink instead of a full vanity allows space for a garbage can and small storage stool that can tuck behind the sink, as well as towel hooks or a towel bar (like this Better Homes & Gardens Cameron Towel Bar, $20, Walmart) just outside the shower door.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas

walk in shower with marble tiles and wooden vanity
Tria Giovan

Consider the other amenities you'll want when making space for a walk-in shower in a small bathroom. This small walk-in shower's simple glass door allows for wall space for showcasing a double vanity. A narrow glass panel on the wall adjacent to the door helps carry light from nearby windows into the shower's interior, while a cutout on the door allows steam to escape.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas with Window

blue-gray bathroom with red flowers
Anthony Masterson

Position your walk-in shower near a window or below a skylight, so that you can enjoy both sunlight and stars. This walk-in shower's clerestory window and glass door allow natural light to flow in and out of the bathroom. 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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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas for the Space-Savvy

cottage-style bathroom with blue-green shower tile
John Gruen

Expand a small bathroom's utility by designing a walk-in shower that provides wall space for placing vanities or tubs. Seemingly an extension of the bathroom's shiplap-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, along with reflective surfaces, encourage light to move around the space, causing the small bathroom to appear roomier.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas for a Bright Experience

modern bathroom with built-in cubbies and marble tile
Werner Straube

Walls painted white or a light color make a room feel larger. Create the illusion of space in your small bathroom design by choosing light paint and tile colors. If using all white tiles in your walk-in shower strikes you as too sterile, consider marble tiles, or add accent color tiles to offset the white. With limited wall space available, opt for a towel hook (similar to this Better Homes & Gardens Chandler Towel Hook, $17, Walmart) instead of a towel bar.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas Using Tiles

bathroom black white tiles
Werner Segarra

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

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Small Bathroom with Tub and Shower

Glass shower and white tub with bench and window
Werner Segarra

You don't have to sacrifice a bathtub to accommodate a walk-in shower in a small bathroom. Instead, opt for a small soaking tub that doesn't take up too much square footage. This spa-like small bathroom features a neutral color palette and natural textures, including a linen window treatment, faux wood floor tiles, and a muted river-rock shower wall. Glass enclosure walls keep the room open and airy.

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Stylish Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas

enclosed shower with marble door frame and gray walls
John Gruen

Even the smallest bathroom designs can achieve grand style with these walk-in shower ideas. Despite its small size, this shower makes an impact, thanks to its marble door frame and tiled interior, both of which are highlighted by charcoal walls. Bathroom floor tiles repeat inside the shower to visually link the two areas.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas Using Tile

black white bathroom sleek shower
Emily Followill

In this small bathroom, stone floor tile repeats throughout the shower and toilet area for a cohesive look. Classic white subway tile contrasts with a black tile accent wall for a bold look. A glass shower door and built-in niche for incidentals maintain the bathroom's modern clean lines.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas for Eaves

teal bathroom with white tile shower
Anthony Masterson

Design a doorless 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 into their small bathroom. Maximizing this tight space made room for a separate toilet compartment, a luxury usually reserved for larger bathrooms.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower with Bench

tiled shower with river-rock floor and glass door
Anthony Masterson

Add a walk-in shower that enhances a small bathroom's usefulness and beauty. This shower stands out in a simply furnished bathroom, thanks to its distinctively tiled walls and river rock tiled floor, both of which are easily seen through a frameless glass enclosure. The glass enclosure is fitted around the shower's marble tiled bench and small toiletry shelf, ending simply below the bathroom's beaded-board wainscoting.

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Small Bathroom with Tub and Shower Design

corner shower with glass doors and blue accent tile
Emily Followill

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 petite stand-alone tub. The blue tile on the shower floor and recessed shelf bring a touch of color to the white bathroom. Use a garden stool (like this Better Homes & Gardens Blue Teal Glazed Ceramic Garden Stool, $55, Walmart) as a petite perch near the tub.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas for Corners

angled corner shower with floor-to-ceiling aqua tile
Gordon Beall

Walk-in shower designs for small bathrooms require careful space planning. Set the shower into a corner, but expand its space by extending an angled base and glass enclosure into the main bathroom area. This walk-in shower's angled design enhanced the square footage, giving the homeowners space for adding a built-in bench.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Ideas

spacious walk-in shower with marble walls and warm tones
Michael Partenio

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 shortest wall, this shower provides plenty of room for pampering without overwhelming the small bathroom. Continuing the bathroom's marble walls and tiled flooring into the shower creates a cohesive scene with the perception of a larger space.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower with Glass Walls

angled glass shower in small bath with blue striped tile
Michael Partenio

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

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Small Bathroom with Tub and Shower

tiled knee wall separating shower and tub in small bath
Beth Singer

Align bathing and showering stations along 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 neutral colors and materials furthers the connection between the shower and tub.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Idea Using Glass

neutral tiled bathroom with glass-walled shower in corner
Stacey Branford

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.

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Small Bathroom Walk-In Shower Idea with Simplicity

pedestal sink under toiletry ledge next to marble shower
Jean Allsopp

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 replace a more cumbersome vanity in style. Marble-tiled walls and ceiling elevate this simply furnished small bathroom into elegance.

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Small Bathroom with Tub and Shower Combined

bath and shower enclosed in one space in contemporary bath
Stacey Branford

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

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Small Bathroom Tub and Shower Idea Using Glass and Tile

bathtub tucked between shower and window in small bath
Greg Scheidemann

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 window wall and a compact walk-in shower. The bath extends behind the shower to supply a full-out bathing experience. The tub, shower, and vanity share the natural light streaming through the undressed window. Use a single bath rug (Better Homes & Gardens Bath Rug, $11, Walmart) to serve both the shower and the tub.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the minimum space needed for a walk-in shower?

    Walk-in showers should be no less than 32x32 inches, but ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) recommendations suggest a minimum of 36x36 inches for a square-shaped shower and 60x30 for a rectangular shower. 

  • Can a walk-in shower devalue your home?

    In general, adding a walk-in shower will enhance the value of your home—unless adding one eliminates the only bathtub. Some buyers (particularly those with children) may prefer to have at least one bathtub in the home. 

  • Will water splash out of walk-in showers?

    While water can splash out of a walk-in shower, proper design and careful planning (like a sloped shower pan, a properly placed showerhead, and waterproof surroundings) can all but eliminate the issue. Of course, if you opt for a doorless shower, there is an increased chance of splashed water. For this reason, doorless showers are often designed with a designated “splash zone” (anywhere from 24 to 72 inches surrounding) where anything inside the area is likely to get wet. 

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