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When it comes to renovating your bathroom, the decision on a shower may seem irrelevant to the whole project, but just think - the shower often gives the most significant impression in the bathroom. What will be important to you when installing a shower is the drain in it, since there are many shapes and designs available today, so we will try to help you choose the right one.
First of all, it's important to clarify that there are more shower drains available than you can imagine, but they all fall into two types - point drains and linear drains. Point drains are the most common and they are what we are used to seeing in showers; those are located in the middle of the tub floor, and the floor slopes from all directions towards the drain. On the other hand, it is a good idea to look for a square drain grid. The tiles are square, so your floor shower will look better with a square drain, and it will be easier for anyone installing this sink than having to make round cuts on the tile.
Linear drainage is, as you might assume, long and narrow. They look very modern and stylish and have become very popular lately. Most often they are placed along one wall of the shower, although they may be in the middle, this is more practical and beautiful. The design and installation of these drains imply that the entire floor shower moves slightly and evenly towards the drain and that there is no more funnel.
Both types of the drain lead to the same efficiency, but, in most cases, the point drain will cost less than the linear drain.
The most significant change or rather an advantage of choosing a linear drain rather than point drainage is that you can use larger tiles on the floor (of course, if you so desire) because the floor is evenly tilted in one direction. This option is great because you can use the same tile on the shower floor as in the rest of the bathroom, thus visually enlarging the space.
The last step in installing any drain is to choose the style and finish of the grid as this is the part of the drain that is seen that should look nice and match the rest of the bathroom in style. If your faucets and showerhead are chrome plated, then the grid should be as well. So is it with other materials?
Another great option is to use a grid called ’a tile’. This is the same tile used on the shower floor; it is glued to a solid surface at the top of the grid, and water drains around the edges of the tiled grid. The grille area blends seamlessly with the rest of the shower floor and becomes 'invisible'.
We have some suggestions for you that can inspire yours when setting up your own drain:
Here is an example of linear drain grids with very interesting details. This type of drain looks so clean, nice and elegant that you'll want to have it in your bathroom right away. With a linear drain, you have a gentle slope to one edge of the shower. Let's admit, a shower floor looks much better without a drain as a focal point.
We believe you never thought that a drain can be 'artistic'. These square drains are made with so many different designs that you will be able to want and get exactly that.
And here's the 'tile' of the drain we mentioned. You will notice how elegantly the entire bathroom looks when the tiles blend together to create unity inside and outside the shower.
Here are more examples of linear drains and its striking variations.
You have to admit - with ideas like this, the option of making the bathroom look bad does not exist.
You have to opt for the drain as part of the design phase as this can affect the location of the plumbing, which will definitely be affected by the shape and appearance of the grid. Once the plumbing is set up, the number of options decreases, so make sure you plan ahead.