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The pros and cons of open and closed showers

by MyProperty.phPublished: June 8, 2017Updated: June 27, 2017

Which kind of shower will you be more comfortable living with for a long time?

Open and closed shower pros and cons for bathroom remodeling

Open showers have become a huge trend in recent years because of how they create an airy and spacious feeling. Showers are separated from tubs to increase space in the bathroom as well. Though not as popular as open ones, enclosed showers are still the preferred option by those who are looking for more privacy while taking a shower. If you are building a new home or are considering remodeling your bathroom, here are the main advantages and disadvantages of both options.



If you are looking for a more private experience, you should pick walk in shower enclosures. Depending on how much privacy you are looking for, you can choose among transparent, semi-transparent, or etched glass for you shower walls. Closed showers create versatility without feeling cluttered.

If you are not a neat freak and would rather not have to clean shower walls regularly, you should go with the open shower. Enclosed showers require more cleaning because the door gets wet every time you take a shower, which might create mold, mildew, and dirt build-up if not cleaned often. As a compromise, you can install a half-wall that will protect your walls from splashes and also get a certain level of privacy.

Closed showers will not give you the sense of luxury that a spa-inspired bathroom can provide, and walls and doors are actually dividers that can make a small bathroom look and feel even smaller than it is.


Open and closed shower pros and cons for bathroom remodeling



The first thing you notice when walking into a bathroom with an open shower is the feeling of a big space. The illusion of space offers a feeling of a luxury home, a spa, or even a high-class hotel. Open showers are also easier to access; all you do is open the main bathroom door and walk in. It’s a great solution for older people and those with mobility issues.

Open showers are also easier to maintain. Since an open shower is usually made solely of glass and no other materials, you will not need other special cleaning products or methods.

Another pro is that these open model showers are more durable than average showers. They are made of materials that can last for a long period of time without incurring problems. They are also made out of fewer parts, and that means fewer chances of anything breaking, which can lead to additional costs.

As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for more privacy, an open shower model is not for you. Another disadvantage is probably that because you will not have anything to hold on to when getting in and out of the shower, safety is a major issue. If you are not careful enough, you can slip and get hurt while coming out of the shower.

If you add up all the expenses, the main con is the cost. In the end it all adds up to a big amount of money as these showers are far from cheap.

One more important thing about open showers is that they don’t have a ceiling. The hot air circulates around the bathroom. It can create a warm, relaxing atmosphere but it can also cause mold and create humidity within the whole space.


Before you decide which option you like the most, it’s highly recommended that you see examples of what each bathroom type will look like first. Check online home improvement websites to start, then visit home décor stores to see them in person.

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