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Standard shower pan sizes: relevant answers, practical tips, and functional suggestions
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Standard shower pan sizes: relevant answers, practical tips, and functional suggestions

Irina Tomsa / November 12, 2021 - views 2 - 0 likes

A shower pan is a unit that stays at the base of a shower. Therefore, it has nothing to do with a bathtub. Among its features is a downward slope that directs the water toward the drain and a lip, which finds itself around the edges and makes sure that the water does not flow beyond the limits. 

There is a small chance that you often think about such an element of the bathroom like the shower pan, particularly the appropriate sizes unless you plan on making some changes. In this case, this article will be very informative for you, providing you with answers to some of the questions in this sense, accompanied by practical tips to help you make appropriate decisions and functional suggestions to make the most of such an element within your bathroom.

What are the standard shower pan sizes?

The size of the shower pan depends on the particular shape, which is usually a rectangle, square, or corner unit. Each of them has standard sizes, and this is what we are going to provide you with.

If we speak about a square pan, the standard size starts with 32″ x 32″ (80 x 80cm), reaching 42″ x 60″ (105 x 150cm) for a rectangular shape. When it comes to a corner shape, the standard cross measurement is 36″ to 60″ (90 to 105cm). 

Besides these measurements, there is also a size for the lip, which is 1” (2 1/2cm), which works for a shallow piece. Nevertheless, the deepest shower pan requires a size of 5 1/2″ to 6″ (14 to 15cm). 

Measurement process: what to consider

If you plan on replacing the shower pan, you should consider the following steps for a perfect result. It should be noted that the following information will be of help on a general level if you have questions regarding this aspect.

  • Take the measurements of each side of the pan’s edge;
  • The next step is to note the measurements of the pan’s depth, which should start from the pan’s bottom and reach the top edge;
  • The last measurement will include the distance from the drain to the outer corners, which will ensure the exactness of the numbers you noted this far.

Nevertheless, if it is your first time installing a shower, consider the space according to the walls and the drain location to take the measurements. 

Now that we have covered the main aspects regarding the measurement process when planning to install a shower pan, it is time to speak about other peculiarities that will be of help when it comes to a new shower pan.

Shower pan materials

Today, there is a wide variety of materials you can choose from for a shower pan based on the budget and style. We will make it easier for you and reveal the common shower pan styles:

  • Acrylic. It is perfect for customized spaces and colors for an affordable price;
  • Composite. Outstanding quality for a reasonable price, considering a combination of stone and plastic;
  • Fiberglass. The most affordable and available pans that are easy to find and integrate into your style;
  • Custom tile. A perfect alternative for the previous variants, although very expensive, but with a luxurious effect.

If you wonder what would work best for you, a shower pan or tiles, we would like to draw your attention to some aspects:

  • Go with a shower pan if you look for functional use, affordable price, and easy-to-take-care-of unit;
  • Consider tiles if you look for a luxurious effect, but be ready for a high price and more effort to take care of this unit.

How long-lasting are shower pans?

Regardless of whether you want to replace your shower pan or purchase one for the first time, you probably wonder how long it will last and what type of shower pan to opt for. Consider the following information:

  • Acrylic shower pans reach a medium level when it comes to durability and lasting. Additionally, the affordable price makes them a popular choice;
  • Composite shower pans prevail in durability since they consist of stone, which adds to the long-lasting feature;
  • Fiberglass shower pans are at the bottom of the list due to their surface that gets fast damaged if there is a mineral content in the water;
  • Custom tile shower pans are long-lasting, although they are exposed to a risk of cracking.

The most relevant questions were answered, and practical suggestions were added. Now, all you have to do is go one more time through them and make an appropriate decision when it comes to a new shower pan.