How To Reduce Splashing When You Have a Shower Screen

An issue many people face after getting a shower screen installed is splashing with some water ending up outside the shower stall. This is understandably annoying. But it doesn't have to happen, especially if you get to plan your shower stall layout, such as when you're remodelling your home. There are ways to reduce and even eliminate splashing by planning well and determining the cause of any splashing you've dealt with in the past.

You Need a Longer Screen

First, make sure the screen you install is long enough. If you are experiencing a lot of water getting outside the shower, you might need a longer screen. Remember, there's no requirement that the shower stall has a short screen or a screen that covers no more than half of the length of the stall. You can have a long shower screen.

Also, try to design a rectangular shower stall if possible, with the shower head at one short end and the opening near or at the other short end. Sometimes the shower head is placed in a spot that is just too close to the opening of the stall.

Add an Infill or Hinged Return Panel

What can you do if you already have a shower screen and it is too short? You don't have to go back to using shower curtains, which can blow inward, nor do you have to resign yourself to a lifetime of mopping up water after your shower. Two types of add-on panels can help contain the water and still let you have your screened walk-in shower.

An infill panel acts as a straight extension of the screen. These are narrow panels that attach to the end of the screen or to shower doors that are too narrow for the stall and extend the screen by several centimetres. These stay in one place. A hinged return panel is a narrow panel that attaches to the end of the screen with hinges but that does not block the opening to the stall like a door would. You can leave the panel extended and use it as a screen extension, or you can fold the panel into the stall to form a corner, with an angle of up to 90 degrees, that blocks the water spray from escaping the stall.

Keep in mind that sometimes your own behavior can cause splashing, such as not being careful where you aim a handheld shower head. If that's the cause of the splashing, you'll need to address that, too. But in general, if you are concerned about water splashing out of your shower stall past a shower screen, speak with installers about longer screens, better placement, and added panels. It is possible to use a shower screen and keep the rest of your bathroom dry.