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10 things to think about Before you Buy a shower

AnA Rezende, Designer at ripples Bournemouth


Your LifestYLe


Your options


Your Water pressure


Your future

Before you jump straight in think about how you shower and who will be using the shower, these are questions that I ask my clients, so it’s important that you ask yourself them too.

You might like the look of an overhead shower (hotelinspired designs are big news after-all) but think about your options, maybe you might also want to incorporate a handheld shower too, perfect for those of you that don’t want to get your hair wet and is essential for rinsing out the shower afterwards.

Before you consider which shower you’re going to opt for, think about your water pressure. Do you have a gravity fed system, combination boiler or pressurised system? Also consider the size of your water tank, is it large enough to meet your water needs?

If this is your forever home then you certainly need to think about future-proofing the shower. You should be thinking about non-slip tiles, grab bars (which you might be shocked to hear can actually be surprisingly stylish) and maybe even a seat area in your shower. To give your seat a more luxurious feel, top with mosaics or stone.


Your space

Create the biggest shower you can out of the amount of space you have, it really is as simple as that. Whether that’s a walk-in shower or a shower enclosure, both can be designed to look exactly how you want them.


Your LaYout


Your approach

Think about the layout of the whole room, if you’re going for a walk-in shower then place furniture away from the shower so you minimize how wet items get.

To the shower, that is. If you can avoid it, try not to have a step into your shower instead go for a flush level floor, which can be achieved with a very shallow tray, or a tiled gradient floor.

Ripples Bournemouth, 34-36 Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9AS Tel: 01202 766886


Your heating


Your storage


Your Lighting

Think about adding under floor heating and wall heating (yes really) to dry up moisture, this will give off a low level heat and heat your tiles. Now when you step out of the shower you won’t fill a chill but thanks to heated floors and walls your room will remain warm. Luxury redefined.

Think about creating a shower recess to store your bottles that might normally clutter the floor of your shower. Stylish and practical.

At Ripples we offer customized lighting solutions for your shower, maybe you want lighting that changes at the click of a button, lighting placed on a timer or on a PIR sensor (so that when someone steps in the shower, it automatically comes on), these are all options.

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