Installing a Corner Shower OutdoorsContributed By: BAG Editors
If you are looking to install an outdoor shower, either because you have a pool, live near the beach or prefer to have the kids clean off from outdoor play before entering the house, you have a number of options. There are portable outdoor showers or permanent showers to choose from, and one of the most convenient ways to tuck some private shower space into the outdoors is to install a corner shower.
Corner showers work well outdoors because they are compact in size and can be worked into a corner space against the house, a garage, a shed, or any wall outdoors where you can run some water pipes. By using corner shower units, you can create your own little private alcove for showering without needing a whole lot of space in which to fit the unit. And because they sit up against two walls, they provide some added privacy.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to get your shower set up is by installing shower kits. The kits include just about everything you need to get your shower installed and functioning, other than the water supply and drain lines. For the most part, corner shower kits are almost the same for outdoor use as they are for indoor use, except that some types of materials might not be appropriate for use outside that you would use indoors.
When it comes to design and styles, you have multiple options for the shape of the shower, just like you would indoors. You can install a neo angle corner shower, a square corner shower, a rounded corner shower, or a neo rounded corner shower. All of these styles tuck in nicely to the corner of the exterior walls, but give you different options as to the actual shape and design of the front portion of the shower. This allows you to make your shower more decorative, just as you would do if you were looking for bathroom corner showers to install indoors and some styles will offer more space than others.
If you decide to install a corner shower outdoors, or any type of permanent shower for that matter, the first thing you need to plan is the water supply and drainage. Most often, installing this type of shower is best done near the side of the house, rather than in a location detached from the house, because it is easier to run the water lines. Many homes already have water lines set up to be accessible outdoors for garden houses or outdoor sinks, so you may be able to tap into those lines in order to supply water for your shower. The only thing you need to consider is how the water will be heated, unless you only plan on taking cold showers.
Another point to consider is how you will provide privacy for the two open sides of the shower. This can be done by installing doors or a curtain to cover the person showering from anyone located outside. You can install a corner shower enclosure that has frosted or patterned glass, plastic or acrylic so that it is not easy to see directly in the shower, or you can install a corner shower rod which can either be squared off or rounded and can hold an opaque shower curtain to offer privacy. Either way, you can get the privacy you need to shower outdoors. If you purchase a shower kit for your installation, it may already come with the enclosure, doors, or rod so you do not have to purchase anything separately.
Even if you prefer not to install a formal type of shower with walls, a base, or an enclosure, you can still install a more portable type of shower in a corner and take advantage of the privacy that the space offers. You may only need a shower head and something to hang a curtain, towel or sheet from in order to provide privacy on the open two sides, rather than a complete corner shower stall, but this is still a good way to take advantage of the added privacy you get when the shower is tucked into a corner.
A very important point to keep in mind when you plan out the installation of your shower is drainage, especially if you are not putting in an actual corner shower unit with a drain and pipes below to drain the water away. If you are just letting the water from the shower head fall onto the ground below, you should make sure that you have sufficient drainage to handle the extra water – this is especially important if the shower is located directly against the house. The last thing you need is water pooling against the house and causing flooding problems inside!
Installing a shower outdoors is a great way to clean off or cool down without the need to go inside. By installing a corner shower rather than one that sits out in the open, you can take advantage of the added privacy of tucking the shower into the corner space.