How To Determine The Size Of Shower And Bath Pipes?

It is not every day that you build or renovate your shower – and they differ more than you think. Most tub and shower faucets need a one-half inch diameter water supply pipe, but you might have a different need. Before going into the specifics like the material, lighting, and the kind of fixtures you want to use, know the size of your shower space.

Steps To Determining The Shower Size Right For You

So how do you determine the size of your shower space?

  • First, know how much room you have available for your shower. You don’t you’re your shower to seem claustrophobic. Check if there is enough space for you to move your arms around.
  • Have the shower far enough from a towel/clothes hanger, so that your clean clothes do not get wet while taking a shower.
  • Your shower size will also depend on the kind of shower you have in mind – a walk-in one, a steam shower, or just a regular enclosure.
  • Have some extra space for faucets and shampoo and soap shelves you want to keep close to the shower.

What Shower Sizes Are There?

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In the United States, 14.40% of people prefer a shower-in-bathtub combination to save space. If you are looking to build a shower-bathtub unit, ensure that the enclosure is not too cramped up. Freestanding or drop-in bathtubs are not ideal for this setup.  

Normally, you see a 2-inch drainpipe and a P-trap in a shower-in bathtub.

Some standard shower sizes are:

  • 32″ x 32″
  • 34″ x 34″
  • 36″ x 36″
  • 42′ x 36″

When building a shower that is of a relatively bigger size, you can opt for these sizes:

  • 48″ x 36″
  • 48″ x 48″
  • 60″ x 36”

The standard size of a shower-in-bathtub is 60-inch (length) x 30 or 36 inch (width) and a 60-72 inch (wall width).

These kinds of bathtub shower combos are usually seen in the 3-wall alcove type bathtub. Surrounded by walls on three sides, it gives the illusion of proper shower space.

Why Do You Need The Right Size Of Your Shower And Bathtub Pipe?

These pipes are connected with the home’s overall system. If they are too small, excess water that cannot pass through the small drainage pipe of your tub can come out of your toilet, sink and bathtub. Finding out potential plumbing issues can help you save money later.

How Do You Determine The Size Of Your Bathtub Pipes?

Most bathtub drainage pipes are around 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. To know the length of the pipe in your bathroom, use a measuring tape. Then, measure the length from the point at which the drain is placed on the tub to the center of the overflow in a straight line. All bathtubs have an L shaped drain-overflow system to prevent flooding in case excess water goes in.

Finding the right shower and bathtub pipe size can be simple with these tips. Get in touch with our team today if you want to find out more.