Adding a new shower or upgrading an old one is a smart investment that can
add value to your home as well as convenience and visual appeal. With a
wide variety of attractive styling, materials and comfort features to choose
from, shower walls and bases are a great solution for cost-effective bath
remodels that deliver the elegance, sparkle and updated look you want. The
Home Depot offers a wide selection of single- and multi-piece shower wall
surrounds and bases designed to fit easily in almost any bathroom. This buying
guide tells you about the materials, installation methods and features
available, so you can feel confident you’re getting the shower enclosure that
best meets your needs.
Shower walls may be single or multi-piece units and come in a variety of designs and shelving configurations. They may be purchased separately or as part of a complete shower kit, which provide all the coordinated elements you need to add a separate shower to a master bath, enhance the functionality of a second bathroom or include a shower as part of a basement remodel.
Whether single or multi-piece, shower wall surrounds accommodate common widths of 32”, 36”, 48” or 60” and heights of 59”, 72” or 96”.
Shower kits are ideal for renovations and remodels because they come as streamlined multi-piece units that can be maneuvered through doorways and up staircases, then fit together to form a watertight seal. Available in several standard designs, they share the common feature of fitting comfortably into existing spaces, such as corners and along walls, with various options for door configurations, including pivot, bi-fold and sliding. When making your selection, consider the shower base configuration and be sure it will fit in the allotted space.
Shower Wall Materials
Shower walls may be installed as a single U-shaped unit or as separate panels that fit together to provide a near seamless watertight surface in your shower alcove and require no grout. Most often made of sturdy composite materials finished with acrylic or a polyester coat, these attractive surfaces are easy to clean and maintain and resistant to chipping, cracking and peeling. You’ll find a wide variety of styling, textures and finishes to match virtually any décor requirements.
Shower bases, also known as pans or trays, protect the floor from moisture under your shower. The first step in selecting a shower base is knowing the size you need. Sizes are standardized for traditional showers ranging from 32”–48” and may be used with virtually any surround. They are available in rectangular, square or corner configurations with a pre-drilled hole for the drain.
For a more decorative look, select a Tile Redi® shower base. Create a designer
look in your bath by setting tile, marble or stone in Tile Redi one-piece
leakproof shower pans.
Avoid the need to replumb by selecting a shower base with a drain hole that
matches the location of the existing drain in your bath or shower. The drain
hole may be located in the center of the base or in a corner, providing fast
and easy alignment with existing drains.
Measuring Your Space
Before making your selection, you should measure the dimensions of the space to ensure the walls or base you select will fit the space.
Follow these steps to properly measure for your shower wall surrounds. Measure twice for accuracy.
Follow these steps to determine the dimensions for a shower pan. Measure twice for accuracy.
Shower wall panels may be installed in one of two ways. Some panels adhere to a prepared wall surface in a bath or shower area while others are designed to be attached directly to the studs behind the wall. Adhesive applied walls can help you achieve quick results while direct-to-stud shower walls have a more secure fit.
Shower pans are installed directly to wall studs prior to greenboard installation on the walls.