What Is Standard Shower Size and Shower Head Height?
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Building a bathroom from scratch, even if it’s just a complete remodel, gives the homeowner complete control over every dimension and feature of the room. In fact, there are no building codes common to the entire country that mandate a specific shower height or shower head placement. While the International Building code does mandate a minimum ceiling height for shower enclosures, the shower head can be placed higher or lower according to the homeowner’s desires. Consider the common placement to decide what will work best for each shower enclosure.
Common Standard Heights
The most common standard height for a shower stall is around 84 inches. This ensures there’s a small amount of tile or acrylic surround above the shower head, which is commonly installed at a height of 80 inches. Eighty inches for the shower head is generally enough for people of most heights to comfortably fit under the flow. With the adjustments capable with most shower heads, this placement is ideal for the widest range of users. However, it’s perfectly possible to install the fixture higher or lower as desired, as long as the plumbing is altered first.
Variations for Taller and Shorter Users
Ninety-six inches is a common height for taller shower stalls to accommodate a 90 to 92-inch shower head placement. This should allow even the tallest users to comfortably stretch out while showering without worrying about bumping their heads. If 80 inches seems too high and makes it hard for shorter users to adjust the spray, try a height of 78 to 74 inches instead. These lower placements will still accommodate most people under 6’ 0” in height, especially if a hand shower head is added for taller users.
Should Unusual Shower Dimensions Be Renovated?
If a higher or lower shower head is working for everyone that uses it, don’t feel compelled to remodel just to change it to a standard measurement. However, a home that is up for sale may benefit from being reset to an 80-inch measurement to ensure that future owners will find the placement ideal as well.
Find a New Shower Head at Kingston Brass
It’s usually best to pick the shower head before choosing the right height for it. Curved or angled shower heads may need higher than usual placement to create more head space underneath the fixture. On the other end of the spectrum, short and simple shower heads can usually be placed lower than usual due to their reduced clearance. Consider these questions when shopping for shower heads from Kingston Brass.