Linear Shower Drains

linear shower drains

The linear shower drain is a gorgeous streamlined option for an instantly unique bathroom.  This type of drain has many names, trench drains, linear drains or even slot drains.  Whichever name you choose, they are all beautiful.  As a designer, I hope that this option is something you’ll look into on your next bathroom remodeling project.  There are many advantages to incorporating a trench drain, and one of the most important is that it is barrier free design!  Barrier free means that able-bodied and handicapped people can easily use the space.  If you or a loved one is bound to a wheelchair, this is a great implementation to add to the shower.  The one-slope construction alleviates the need for the shower step, which means that a wheelchair can roll right into the shower.  (Besides, I’m unsure how often I’ve stubbed my toes on that thing!)

Water is guided to the trench drain via a single slope, preventing water from spilling all over the floor.  Many homeowners like to think to the future, designing for when they have aged and may not have the mobility they do now.  Often, these homeowners will finish their basement or retrofit one floor to house all the rooms needed to live, erasing the need for going up or down stairs that have become difficult or impossible to climb.  This type of drain is a great design decision if this is your goal.  The shower step can be a trip hazard to the elderly and difficult to lift legs over after you’ve aged.

Trench drains are very low-maintenance!  They are easy to clean and require less silicone in their installation, meaning fewer areas for mold to grow.  The sloped floor guides all water into the drain, drying the floor by gravity and reducing the chance of mold.  Installing is a bit of a challenge for these drains, so make sure you have someone with experience with these drains.  If you’re retrofitting, you may need to move your existing drain, and that does not sound like a DIY project to me!  Laying tile is a breeze with this drain type, as the need for cutting a round hole is gone.  There are very few tile cuts, if any, and that saves you money by not wasting tiles!

This type of drain could allow you to turn your bathroom into an open shower wetroom, and many people love this for saunas or pool areas.  Because the floor slopes the water away from the room’s interior, there is no need for a barrier in the opening of the shower.  If you have heating in your bathroom, this could also be a seamless modern design technique, but it would be quite chilly if you didn’t have this amenity.

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