If the purchase and installation costs of a ceiling mounted shower are overburdening in relation to your budget, fear not. A wall mounted waterfall shower negates the need for supply lines to be extended to the ceiling, all but guaranteeing a lower installation cost.
First things first – you need to select the right shower arm for your enclosure.
To begin with, measure the height of your existing shower arm, from the floor leading up to the arm’s center. And consider the height of the tallest person who’ll regularly use the waterfall shower.
Obviously, the rain shower head will need to be fitted a minimum of a few inches higher than the height of the tallest user.
So, assess the difference in height between the existing shower arm and where the new head would have to be comfortably positioned. That distance represents how far the new shower arm must be able to extend vertically.
Once this has been determined, think about where you tend to stand in your shower enclosure. And the angle at which you want the water to emerge.
For the most realistic waterfall shower experience, rain shower heads are designed to spray directly downwards from an overhead postiion. However, they can also operate with great effect at a 45° angle. Just make sure you opt for a shower arm that extends an adequate distance from the front wall.
The majority of waterfall showers provide either a smooth and voluminous stream of water, or a refined rainfall effect. In some instances, both. To enjoy each flow to their full potential, choosing the correct shower arm is imperative.
A relatively small shower arm, such as a 6-inch version for instance, would likely not offer a significant enough support to enable the waterfall shower head to work to maximum effect. Positioned at an angle, the rainfall shower might necessitate the user standing nearer to the head to enjoy the experience to the full extent.
That’s what makes it so important to select a shower arm long enough for all users to properly enjoy the waterfall deluge. In selecting a longer shower arm, you’ll be able to tilt the showerhead in a straighter fashion, and stand at a more comfortable distance away from the head and front wall.
Whilst there may be more initial considerations to make ahead of purchase, wall mounted waterfall shower installations require less invasive plumbing work usually. As a result, they tend to be cheaper to fit than their ceiling-mounted counterparts.