How to choose the right shower for you and your home

Struggling to know what shower is best for you and your family's needs? Read our guide on choosing the right shower.

By Becca Green | 20 September 2019

Whether it’s over the bath or walk-in luxury, make sure your shower is the best it can be.

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At the most basic level, a shower must provide an effortless and constant flow of water at the right temperature and in a space that allows you to move around freely without feeling hemmed in on all sides. For lots of us, it’s our only opportunity to take 10 minutes for ourselves within a day, so it’s important to choose a shower that works perfectly for you.

The planning process

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Whether you are renovating or building from scratch, following a well-thought-out planning process is your best route to creating a great bathroom with shower or dedicated shower room.

Start by drawing up your wish list of features, whether that’s an overhead rain-effect drenching, massage jets, a sleek digital design or a steam enclosure, and your style preference: Edwardian, Art Deco or modern for example.

The next step is to assess whether you have sufficient space for everything on your list, and that fittings will work with your home’s water pressure. It’s worth seeking advice from an architect or bathroom designer.

You won’t need planning permission unless the room is part of a big new extension. But check with your local authority to be certain that you are complying with rules.