Shower Sizes: Your Guide to Designing the Perfect Shower

If you are remodeling or building a new bathroom, you are most likely considering installing a standard size shower. There are many shower sizes to consider. New showers are not something you shop for everyday; in fact, this might be the only time that you ever build one. A shower can be just about anything that sprays water to get you clean, from a multi-head enclosure to a primitive overhead shower.

Showers differ by construction, size, materials used and configuration. If you are working with a generous budget, then the world of options is open to you. Here are a few tips that will guide you when you decide to remodel your bathroom.

Shower Sizes: Your Guide to Designing the Perfect Shower

Standard Shower Sizes

When thinking of a new bathroom, the first thing you’ll need to take into account is your overall room size and what standard shower sizes are available. Bathrooms that are too small tend to make you feel claustrophobic. During remodeling, it’s a good idea to stand with your arms outstretched and then turn in a circle. This should provide a good idea of the size available and if you will be comfortable.  Most common widths (in order): 36, 32 and 60. Lengths will vary.  While you can see standard shower sizes as small as 32″ x 32″, most people would feel comfortable in a 48″ x 36″ size shower.    If your home has a little more space available, a very common recommendation is to have a shower with minimum dimensions of 60’’ x 36’’.  For further reference, here’s a list of the most typical shower sizes:

  • 32″ x 32″

  • 34″ x 34″

  • 36″ x 36″

  • 42′ x 36″

  • 48″ x 36″ 

  • 48″ x 48″

  • 60″ x 36″ 

From here, you can decide whether you want the shower to be bigger or if the standard shower sizes are okay for your home. Opt for a larger size shower if you would like your contractor to add things such as a bench or other features. It’s best first to decide whether or not you want a regular enclosure, walk-in, wet room, or a shower/bath. Other things to consider:

  • Is it for an ensuite?
  • Would it be for a main bathroom or a separate room?

If you want to include steam; maximum ceiling height should be 8 feet. Some common steam shower dimensions (L x W x H) are:

  • 42″ x 42″ x 82″

  • 54″ x 35″ x 89″

  • 60″ x 48″ x 96″

  • 66″ x 66″ x 90″

  • 71″ x 47″ x 88″

Shower Sizes: Your Guide to Designing the Perfect Shower


Where would you like it to be placed? Will it be in the corner, center of the room, or in a separate enclosed area? For remodeling, it’s best to put your new shower in same position as your old one as this will require less plumbing work.

Shower Sizes: Your Guide to Designing the Perfect Shower

Type of Glass

There are varieties of doors one can select from. Some key things to consider are:

  • The most common glass type is 3/8″ or 10mm glass. It is durable, safe, long-lasting, and cost-effective.
  • Usually an upgrade, you may occasionally see 12mm or 1/2″ glass width. The thought is showers with this glass thickness will have a more opulent look.  However, it isn’t any safer than the 3/8″ or 10mm glass.  Plus it will add substantial weight and cost.
  • Keep in mind that thicker glass needs more support due to the extra weight and could also affect hardware costs.

NOTE: Glass doors without edge protectors on their framing can get chipped and broken. It’s best to look out for glass doors with sturdy aluminum framing as this will support glass and keep it well protected.