Shower Screen Standards

If you’re considering renovating your bathroom in 2022, you probably fall into one of two camps.

There are those that want to leave virtually every detail to a project manager and simply admire the end result.

While there are those that want to know every single detail, right down to the thickness of the glass in their shower screens.

 So, if you do fall into the second camp, this post is aimed at you. It’s all about what are the standards in bathrooms in Australia.

Standard shower sizes, standard thicknesses of glass shower screens and much more. It’s going to be riveting!

Is there a standard shower size in Australia

When it comes to shower size, there really is no standard. However, most experts agree that you need a minimum shower size of 900mm X 900mm and preferably a bit more.

It’s fair to say that when space allows, most showers are larger than this and with the trend towards wet spaces and even wet rooms (i.e. glass shower screens around the bath and shower, and no shower screens respectively), the size is only limited by the space you have to play with.

If you’re looking for a walk-in shower, you’ll want a space of at least 1800mm X 1000mm and a double shower a minimum of 1600mm X 1000mm. For those with accessibility issues, and particularly wheelchair access, you’ll want a shower of around 2000mm X 2200mm.

Glass shower screens

The thickness of glass shower screens is actually regulated by the Building Code of Australia. The minimum thickness of glass used in framed shower screens is 4mm. For semi-frameless and frameless it’s 6mm.

Glass used must be toughened safety glass, which is four to five times stronger than ordinary glass. If broken, the glass shatters into small granules to reduce the chances of serious injuries.

Always make sure your supplier uses glass shower screens that comply with the Australian Standards. Cutting corners with your shower screens is definitely not a good idea.

Other standards

Allow at least 200mm between a free-standing bath and any walls. This is mainly to allow cleaning of the tiles behind and on the sides – and retrieving your kids bath toys!

For vanities, the main concern for units with doors is to ensure there’s enough space to allow the doors to be fully opened. Vanity doors smacking into glass shower screens or vice-a-versa is not good planning.

For toilets, try to allow at least 750mm on the sides and 1200mm in front.

If your vanity basin mixer is going to be a wall mixer, they’re usually placed 150mm above the basin.

If your mixer is going to be mounted on the vanity, remember to choose your basin first. With above-vanity basins becoming more popular, you’ll need a mixer that’s tall enough to do the job.

Smaller bathrooms

 If your bathroom is short on space, you’re probably going to need to compromise. It’s better, for example, to have no bath than trying to cram everything in and then discovering that you’re hitting your elbows every time you have a shower or go to the toilet.

Other ideas to consider are a smaller vanity, a single space for your shower and bath behind glass shower screens, and moving the toilet to another space.

Adelaide Shower Screens for your shower screens

If you’re looking to install a new shower screen supplier in your bathroom give Adelaide Shower Screens a call on (08) 711 0000.

We are experienced and qualified shower screen professionals.