The Standard Shower Head Height from the Floor
Author: Omar Alonso | Editor: Omar Alonso
Review & Research: Jen Worst & Chris Miller
An extremely short or tall shower head height can be a real nuisance. If it's too short, it can cause discomfort or splash water all over the bathroom floor. If it's too tall, you may have difficulty reaching it. That's why finding the right height for your shower head is essential in creating a comfortable and enjoyable shower experience.
The ideal height for a shower head is usually about 78 to 80 inches above the bathroom floor. However, this can vary according to different factors.
Keep reading to learn the different types of shower heads and how you can determine the ideal shower height for your bathroom. The guide will further discuss things to consider to ensure the shower head height you choose is ideal.
The Standard Shower Head Height
The first thing to realize is there is no standard shower head height. There is an average shower head height where they're installed to accommodate most people. This is around 80 inches from the ground, which is equivalent to 6 feet and 8 inches. This is sufficient for people who may be 5 feet tall and as high as 6 feet tall or more.
For a person who is 5 feet tall, you may consider reducing the height down to around 68 inches instead of 80 inches. For a person who is as tall as 6 feet and 6 inches tall, you will need to raise the height to around 86 inches. Make adjustments in between according to your own preferences.
However, for a taller person, you may enjoy installing your shower head a bit higher so you can stand underneath it with a greater distance between you and the outlet so the water has more of a chance to spread out and cover more of your head and body. A shorter person may feel the water spreads out too much and that the shower head is too high.
The average height of a man in the United States, for instance, is 5 feet and 9 inches. For women, that number is 5 feet and 3 inches. Ask yourself how much you stray outside of the average when considering if you want to raise or lower your shower head.
How High Should a Shower Head Be?
If you feel 80 inches would work for you, your job here is complete. But you may be shorter or taller than average or desire a different setup. To determine the ideal height of a shower head for you, you should consider factors such as the height of the bathers, the size of the bathroom, the standard shower size you've used (or not), and its design elements.
Here are a few tips to help you determine the ideal shower head height for your bathroom before you purchase and install your shower faucet system:
Measure the Height of All Bathers
Start by measuring the height of everyone who will be using the shower. It can help you determine the minimum height of the shower head. As such, you can install the shower head at an average height that accommodates the tallest bather.
For instance, if a sample of bathers has height ranges of 5ft to 6ft, you can set the height at least 6.5ft. It can allow the tallest bather to shower comfortably while even the shortest can still stand beneath the shower head.
Consider the Size of Your Bathroom
Bathroom sizes are not standardized and can vary considerably. As such, it's essential to consider the size of your bathroom when determining the ideal shower head height.
For instance, if your bathroom is small, you can opt for a shower head that can help save space. You can also opt for one that can provide an adjustable height that can accommodate the tallest bather. With this, you can easily adjust the height to suit different bathers without having trouble bumping your head against the walls.
Incorporate Design Elements
When setting the ideal height of a shower head, you can consider design elements such as tile patterns and murals. They can help you set your the height at the perfect level to bring out these design elements.
For instance, if you want to make a stunning mural stand out, you can set your shower head at the higher height that best showcases it. Also, if you want to make a subtle tile pattern pop, you can install the shower head at a lower height. Just keep the standard height for shower doors in mind so you keep the water inside the shower.
Purpose of the Bathroom
When a bathroom is for a family, a single person, or a hotel set up, its ideal shower head height is meant to vary as there are different variations of individuals using the bathroom.
For instance, if you’re looking for a public shower head for a hotel, consider installing it at an ideal average height. Consequently, all bathers can have an optimal showering experience as the individual showcase varied heights.
Considerations for an Average Height Shower Head
When setting the ideal height of your shower head, it's essential to consider factors such as shower head neck length, budget, and number of shower heads in a single bathroom. Also, you can consider the design of your room to avoid costly renovation and labor costs.
Here is an elaborate analysis of these factors:
Shower Head Neck Length
It refers to the distance of the shower head from the wall. If the shower head has a longer neck length, you may have to set it higher. You should consider the neck length to get the ideal height.
Your budget can determine the type of shower head you get, whether a high-end or low-end shower. Premium options can come with adjustable heads and multiple shower heads, while low-budget ones have a fixed height and only one shower head.
If you buy low-end showers, you’ll need to determine a suitable height to ensure your bathroom's comfort.
Number of Shower Heads in a Single Bathroom
When you have multiple shower heads in a single bathroom, the ideal height for each may vary. The variation can bring up flexibility and comfortability for different bathers.
Design of the Bathroom
The shower head height in a traditional or contemporary bathroom may vary to accommodate different users. It's essential to consider the design before setting the ideal height for your shower head.
You should consult a bathroom remodeling contractor to assess your bathroom design and determine the suitable height for the shower head.
Types of Shower Heads
Before finding the ideal height for your shower head, you should first decide on the type of shower head that best suits your needs. Shower heads are universal, typically, so you can try out several if you like. The different types have varying heights, which can affect the overall height of your shower.
Understanding the difference can help you to choose one that meets your shower requirements. Here are some of the most common types of shower heads:
Handheld Shower Heads
The handheld shower head is the most popular as it offers flexibility and convenience. You can easily adjust the height and angle of the head to suit your needs. However, the heads can get in the way if you have a small bathroom.
Rainfall Shower Heads
Rainfall shower heads are typically tall and best for larger bathrooms. They provide a luxurious shower experience as water comes from above like rain. The shower heads can create a wider coverage area and are easy to adjust. They are ideal for tall people.
Wall-Mounted Shower Heads
You can install wall-mounted shower heads directly on the wall. They are available in various shapes and sizes.
The wall-mounted shower heads come with adjustable heights, making them a great choice for people of different heights. They can also be ideal for smaller bathrooms as they save space with their sleek design.
Ceiling Mounted Shower Head
Ceiling-mounted shower heads are great for creating a modern look. They can provide a gentle rain-like shower experience which can improve relaxation. The shower heads are adjustable, and you can mount them at different heights to suit the height of bathers.
Single Spray Heads
Single spray heads are great for those looking for a simple shower experience. You can mount them at standard heights. The water spread can provide a gentle, soothing stream of water. The faucets are easy to install and are ideal for small bathrooms as they don't take up much space.
Consider situations such as if you've removed the flow restrictor from the shower head. Having the shower head too low with this increased pressure could become a bit too uncomfortable against your skin.
Sliding Bar Shower Models
Sliding bar shower models are ideal for those who want to regularly adjust their shower head height. They come with adjustable heads, which you can move up and down the rail to suit different heights. They also come with multiple shower heads for maximum comfort.
FAQs Regarding the Height of a Shower Head
Showers are a crucial part of a bathroom. Setting them at the right height can ensure maximum comfort and style. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about shower heads height:
How Do I Know My Shower Head is Installed Too High?
If you are standing beneath the shower head and it feels like you have to crane your neck back to get wet, then your shower head is installed too high. You can consider lowering it to a suitable height.
Can I Adjust the Shower Head?
Yes, you can; however, this will depend on the type of shower head you have. High-end shower heads come with adjustable heads and multiple settings, while low-end ones can have a fixed height.
Are There Any Benefits to Installing the Shower Head at the Average Height?
Yes, setting the shower head at an ideal height can improve comfortability, ease of use, and a stylish bathroom design.
The Right Height of a Shower Head From the Floor Depends on You!
Choosing the right shower head height can make or break the bathroom of your dreams. The recommended height ranges from 78 to 80 inches. However, this may vary according to the purpose of the bathroom, height of all bathers, design elements, and size of the bathroom.
As such, it’s vital to consider shower head neck length, budget, number of shower heads in a single bathroom, and design of the room before setting an ideal shower head height.