DIY: Converting A Regular Shower To A Steam Shower


july 13

So, you really want a steam shower, but you’d rather not go to the trouble and the expense of gutting your existing bathroom. Would you consider converting your regular shower to a steam shower? It really is possible.

What you’ll need

Even if you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you might want to consider hiring a contractor to at least help you with some of the decision-making as well as with some of the more complicated parts of the installation. You will be working with plumbing and electrical, so getting it right is of paramount importance.

Measure, measure, measure. If you don’t think your current shower is large enough to accommodate the steam shower model you want, consider turning a walk-in closet or a small, unused bedroom into your new bathroom.


Some of these supplies will come with the steam shower unit. If you’re not sure of exactly which items you’ll need to install your steam shower, give us a call.

  • 220-volt power
  • Heating element
  • Steam generator
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Supply pipe
  • Drain pipe
  • Steam head
  • Digital thermostat and control panel

More to consider

Ceiling height is very important. You’ll need clearance of about 7 or 8 feet. If your ceiling is higher than that, you can still install a steam shower, but some accommodations will have to be implemented.

Even floors and walls, as obvious as it might seem, are instrumental to proper functioning. You’ll need to make sure that the floor is 100% level and that the walls are true. Gaps are unsightly at best. But, if they’re large enough, they can create operational problems, too.

Let us know if you have specific questions about how to convert your existing shower to a steam shower.

Mila Hose (321 Posts)

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