How to Design a Two-Person Shower
A two-person shower is romantic and speaks of relaxation and luxury. To design this type of shower, there needs to be enough room for two people to stand comfortably and to enjoy the spray and use of separate shower heads and body sprays. This often requires plumbing on two opposite walls, taller glass enclosure panels and a more central shower entrance. In addition, it is important to consider storage space inside the shower for two sets of grooming products. This can often be achieved by symmetrical niches on the shared shower wall.
Designing A Two-Person Shower
Measure the dimensions of the bathroom where the two-person shower will be built. Transfer the measurements to graph paper at a scale of one-quarter inch equals one foot. Be sure to include the location of all doors and windows and to note the location of any fixtures that will remain in the same position during the remodel.
Measure adjacent rooms if the new shower remodel will borrow space from those rooms. Draw enough of the adjacent rooms to show how the rooms relate to each other. Try to note any known plumbing or electrical utility locations in the walls.
Place tracing paper over the graph paper and redraw the new bathroom shape with the shower included. A two-person shower should be at least four feet wide and six feet long. A slightly longer shower is even better although there is a point where a shower becomes too big and begins to feel cold instead of luxurious. The sense of intimacy between two people showering should be retained.
Mark the placement of each shower head and body wash system. In general, these fittings should conform to a center line on the wall where they will be used. Mark the center line on the tracing paper.
Use a new sheet of graph paper and draw each wall of the new shower. Draw the full height of the space and include any vaulting or windows. Draw a center line on each wall unless there is a strong vault that forces the shower into asymmetry. With an asymmetrical wall, the taller section of wall space is often utilized for niches or shelving. With symmetrical walls the niches should be evenly spaced and similarly shaped.
Design the glass wall enclosure side so that the entry into the shower is centrally located if possible. This provides for the best protection from overspray. Alternative shower designs may place both shower heads on the back wall with a side entry. Try to avoid entering a shower close to a spray area.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- 1/4-inch scale graph paper
- Tracing paper
- Mechanical pencil
- Straight edge
- Construction ruler
- A two-person shower should be designed so that either person can use either shower with equal enjoyment. For persons with very different heights, the installation of adjustable height shower heads is a good idea and even if each person favors a side, the shower can be adjusted for new owners without additional cost.
- Large showers should not be selected if this choice removes a tub. Resale values are higher with a full bathroom vs. a three-quarters bathroom.