Wall vs. Screen: The Pros and Cons of Each Option for Your Walk-In Shower

A walk-in shower can make a luxurious addition to any bathroom. However, you'll still have a few decisions that you need to make before you have yours installed. One of the most important is whether you're going to build a small dividing wall or use a glass shower screen in order to create your walk-in shower, and here are the pros and cons of each option to help you reach a decision.

The Pros and Cons of Building a Wall

The most obvious drawback that comes with having a dividing wall built to separate the showering area from the rest of the bathroom is that doing so is going to be both more expensive and more inconvenient. You'll probably need to hire in professionals, and the work is a lot more invasive and time-consuming. Add in the fact that the raw materials cost more to see just how easily the bills can add up.

However, that isn't to say that walled walk-in showers don't come with their fair share of advantages. Perhaps most importantly, you'll be provided with a level of privacy that even tinted glass cannot match. If you dislike the idea of your partner seeing you as you shower, a glass screen makes a poor choice.

Additionally, walls can be made with shelves and nooks for taking your bathroom products, and they are a lot more resistant to damage than glass screens.

The Pros and Cons of a Glass Screen

You'll still probably need to call in professionals to install a shower screen for your wet room, but the costs will be much lower, and the work won't be as invasive or time-consuming. However, the benefits of using a glass screen go beyond cost and convenience.

Glass shower screens will make a room feel a lot larger and lighter since they don't break up the available space. This can be particularly advantageous in a smaller bathroom. In fact, shower screens really do make a room larger since they don't need to be nearly as thick as a wall. If you want to change the bathroom around in the future, perhaps adding a bath where the walk-in shower used to be, you'll find it easier to make the switch.

Even with those advantages, it's important to consider the drawbacks of using a glass screen. Since they are transparent, marks will show up more clearly, meaning you'll have to clean more frequently. Additionally, shower screens can be damaged more easily than a solid wall.