Shower controls are not just one more piece of the shower puzzle. They’re one of the most important parts. Most of us will focus on whether we like the design of the shower or its other elements, like the tile or shower head. In the midst of a bathroom renovation, most people spend more time thinking about whether they want a steam shower, a jacuzzi bathtub or both than on exactly what kind of shower control they want.
But, think about it for a moment. The shower control and where it’s located is one of the most important keys to achieving a soothing, stress-free shower experience.
Steam showers have become a very popular addition to many bathrooms because they’re so good at bringing the spa experience into your very own home for a reasonable price. So, whether you’re looking at installing a steam shower or a regular shower, consider what kind of shower controls are most comfortable for you to use and where they’re best placed.
no more cold showers
Typical shower controls force you to move through the cold spray before reaching those perfect warm to hot temperatures that make for a great shower. Usually, that perfect temperature is situated right in the middle of the dial. It’s not a big deal if you turn the spray on before you step into the shower. But, if you happen to already be in there, that jolt of cold is anything but ideal.
Consider also where those controls are placed. Near the entryway is usually the best place. Ideally, you’ll want to place them where they can be easily reached … without having to get wet. If your shower features a seating area, then placing the controls there.
multiple shower heads, multiple confusion
Sometimes, you just don’t have a choice. Because of heating ducts, existing plumbing, doorways and anything else that might get in the way, placing controls so that they’re easy to reach and easy to figure out isn’t always an option. If you can, though, arrange the controls in close proximity to the shower heads they control. For guests, especially, it makes using your shower that much more comfortable. There’s probably little worse than turning a knob and expecting the spray to come from overhead only to feel it jab you in your lower back.
Hand-held shower heads have lots of advantages. But, in some ways, they are the ones that require the most consideration. If your shower is built for one person only or is simply on the small size, you’re definitely going to want to consider the nature of the cord that attaches to the hand-held. How long will it be? Will it drag on the shower floor perhaps causing a tripping hazard? Hand-held cords are made to be flexible, but even they have limitations. Many of these cords will want to naturally bend at about 8 inches from the shower head. Consider whether that bend will interfere with how you move in the shower.
Once you’ve decided on the kind of shower control you want, the next decision you’ll have to make is what kind of finish do you want that shower control to be made out of. As with many bathroom elements now, the options are nearly endless. You can choose nickel, stainless steel, bronze, brass and probably a host of other unique finishes. Before you make the choice of finish for the shower, consider whether you’re going to be replacing all the fixtures in the bathroom. If you’re interested in doing that, then you’ll have to match the sink and bathtub fixtures, as well as any other existing fixtures, like towel racks. If that’s just too big a job for you at the present time, or you just simply really like the look of your existing fixtures, make sure you choose shower controls that match.
Over to you: Which shower controls would you want in your dream bathroom?