Thinking about updating your shower? It’s not as expensive or time-consuming as you might think. In fact, you can dramatically improve your shower without spending a lot or even touching the behind-the-wall plumbing. Even better, there are plenty of options for every budget and style of bathroom. Here are three easy ways to get started.
Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than simply replacing an old, inefficient showerhead. Showerheads generally don’t require a pro to install, are relatively inexpensive and can dramatically improve your shower experience.
It’s easy to find a showerhead to suit your needs. You can keep it simple with a single-function showerhead, or up your spray options with a multifunction model that delivers a variety of sprays, from vigorous massage to gentle mist. “Upgrading to a multifunction showerhead can make a world of difference, particularly if your current showerhead is an older, single-spray model,” says Kohler Store designer Lynn Schrage.
For example, the Awaken™ line offers wide coverage, intense drenching or targeted sprays. You can even choose Moxie™, a showerhead with a pop-out speaker that lets you enjoy your tunes in the shower and then take them along with you.
A handshower is a relatively simple upgrade that can boost your shower’s functionality by leaps and bounds. Combine a handshower with a slidebar for quick and easy adjustments to accommodate every member of your family, from tall dads to tweens and kids–even couples of varying statures.
The HydroRail® shower column makes adding a handshower easy. Select models even let you convert a single-outlet shower into a two-outlet custom shower, so you can add a handshower and upgrade the showerhead in your existing shower or bath/shower.
Another high-impact, low-cost idea is to swap out your accessories–those tired old towel racks, tissue holders and soap dishes–for new ones that add functionality and better reflect your style. For example, adding shelving and storage not only beautifies your bath, it can help keep you organized. You can even gain space in the shower–a half foot of elbow room–simply by replacing your old shower rod with a curved model.
If your shower is powered by a KOHLER valve, you can update its look by simply replacing the trim. Valve trim is available in a wide variety of styles–from sleek contemporary to classically elegant–to complement any bathroom.
Until you’re ready to remodel, these enhancements can greatly improve the beauty, function and efficiency of your existing shower. What are you waiting for?