There’s no average cost for a walk-in shower. The price can differ based on several things, and it’s worthwhile being aware of these before you begin choosing the right walk-in shower for you. These features include:
- The style of the walk-in shower
- Features and extras that you want your walk-in shower to have
- How to integrate the walk-in shower with your current bathroom environment
Each of these factors can affect the overall price of the unit and the installation fees too. To clarify this subject, we’ve created a guide to explain the different types of walk-in showers and how various factors can alter the price. This way, you can head into your decision knowing all the facts so you can make a choice that suits your needs best.
- What is a walk-in Shower?
- Do you need a walk-in shower?
- What are the benefits of a walk-in shower?
- Cost of disabled walk-in showers
- Additional options for disability-friendly mobility showers
- Walk-in shower installation costs
- Are you eligible for VAT exemptions?
- Disability facilities grant
- Are you ready to choose your walk-in shower?
What is a walk-in shower?
A walk-in shower refers to any type of shower that you can walk into. Although average cubicle showers are technically walk-ins, a walk-in shower generally refers to larger shower spaces.
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These are regularly designed for those with mobility issues who want more independence and safety features or for those who simply want a larger and more luxurious showering space to enjoy.
There are a few different types of walk-in showers, and it’s worthwhile becoming aware of each one before making your decision.
Do you need a walk-in shower?
Before looking into styles and prices, it’s important to understand why you need a walk-in shower. Maybe you prefer a deluxe-style shower? Or are you struggling to shower in a traditional type of shower? With high sides and slippery floors, many hazards can make your showering experience unsafe, particularly for those with limited mobility.
Fortunately, many bathroom adaptations can be implemented to create a safe and comfortable bathroom environment. Choosing a walk-in shower designed for your specific requirements will provide a solution, such as direct wheelchair access.
What are the benefits of a walk-in shower?
You’re not just paying for your everyday showering experience when you pay for a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers bring several benefits, whether you have limited mobility or not.
First and foremost, the low threshold makes it easy for users to enter and exit the shower in a much easier and safer fashion. Walk-in showers with no threshold at all or without a partition or door are effectively wet rooms. These allow for straightforward wheelchair access, making it even easier to use.
Alongside this, there are other top benefits which include:
- Increased independence
- Safer showering experience
- Safety features such as handrails, non-slip flooring, and easy temperature control
- In-shower seating
- Soothes aches and pains
- Allows those with limited mobility to shower in comfort
Cost of disabled walk-in showers
So, how much does a walk-in shower cost? The price of your walk-in shower depends on the type of shower you want. How big will your shower be? Do you need a doorless shower? Or one with foldaway seats? Do you want a full-scale wet room? Are there any luxury features you would like to include? When working with a company that specialises in walk-in showers, there are many different options to consider.
In this section, we will be sharing information on the most common types of walk-in showers. But remember, the final cost will depend on your specific requirements. Here are some of the most common:
1. Traditional walk-in showers
These upright showering enclosures usually have a door or glass screen separating the shower space from the rest of the bathroom. Depending on the size and style you opt for, doors may be single or double and will be able to open out into the bathroom or slide for easy access.
Traditional walk-in showers can vary greatly by design. You may want something large and spacious, able to contain seating, shelving, and other luxury accessories or, you may want something more compact that’s easier to manage. The choice is your own based on your individual needs.
2. Corner showers
Walk-in corner showers are ideal for small bathrooms. Thanks to their compact design, they are smaller than most other types of walk-in showers but still provide the space and safety features to shower with ease.
More often than not, these types of walk-in showers are surrounded by three walls and one glass door. Or, in some cases, two walls and two glass doors. They can also vary in size, so you can choose the option that best suits your space.
3. Wet rooms
A wet room is a type of walk-in shower without any door or partition separating it from the rest of the bathroom. You may be worried that the floor of your bathroom will become slippery and unsafe but wet rooms are designed to drain water efficiently and effectively while providing easy access. Some wet rooms are as big as the full bathroom!
In some cases, users choose to place a single glass panel to prevent water from leaving the shower area, while tiled walls are a must-have to waterproof your space. However, if you want the roomiest – and some believe the most luxurious – showering experience, a doorless wet room is your best option.
If you want to find out whether a wet room is more suited to your specifications than a walk-in shower, read our recent blog on the topic: wet rooms vs walk-in showers: how are they different?
4. Shower pod
The shower pod is designed with safety at the forefront. This all-in-one showering solution maximises your independence offering one of the lowest thresholds and many other safety features. With toughened safety glass, grab rails, low access tray, easy-to-clean walls, folding seats, and split doors fitted as standard, you can rest easy knowing your showering experience is as safe as can be.
Alongside this, the compact nature of this walk-in shower design means it can be installed with minimal fuss and disruption in your home. Ideal for those who want a quick and cost-effective solution.
Additional options for disability-friendly mobility showers
How much does a walk-in shower cost with all the added extras? Again, this comes down to the size and type of walk-in shower you choose. While these features will add to the overall cost of your walk-in shower, they will also add to the comfort and, in many cases, the safety too.
Examples of additional options that it’s worthwhile being aware of include:
- Digital showers
- Non-slip flooring
- Easy temperature control
- Folding seat
- Ultra-low threshold
- Easy to clean showering area
- A stylish and modern design
Walk-in shower installation costs
When giving your bathroom a makeover, it will cost you extra to pay for installation alongside any extra work such as plumbing, plastering, and electrics. As such, it can be hard to estimate an accurate price due to multiple tradespeople working on the project, which is when unwanted costs can emerge.
That’s why we offer a service from start to finish – design through to installation. From a free no-obligation design and quote, technical survey, and a project-managed installation, all you must do is follow these three easy steps and let us do the rest:
- Decide if you want a shower tray, level access tray, or a wet room floor
- Choose your preferred colour and style of glass screens or doors
- Pick your wall and floor finishes, bathroom furniture, and finishing touches
Are you eligible for VAT exemptions?
If you’re living with a disability, lack of mobility, or a chronic illness that affects mobility, you could be eligible for VAT exemption. In other words, you could save up to 20 percent on your budget when purchasing and installing your walk-in shower. This could be a great help when budgeting for your new walk-in shower and what you can afford.
Disability facilities grant
Similarly, if you have a disability, you could also be eligible to receive Disabled Facilities Grants. In these cases, the council helps you make bathroom improvements, such as adapting bathroom features to make them easier to use or installing stairlifts for safer access. The size of the grant you could receive depends on the income of your household.
Are you ready to choose your walk-in shower?
As you’ll be able to tell, the prices of walk-in showers vary greatly depending on many interlinked factors. Here at Mobility Plus, we offer a wide range of easy access, walk-in showers, and wet rooms specifically designed for those with mobility issues, the elderly, or those wanting a more luxurious showering experience. Order your free brochure and design consultation by contacting us today.