How To Choose a Perfect Shower Head Height?

Perfect Shower Head Height

Shower heads are considered one of the most crucial parts of a bathroom of any household or hotel room. So you might wonder that there is no requirement to think of the height of a shower head before choosing the right one for you. But the reality is just the opposite of what you are thinking. 

The height of the shower head depends on many factors, such as the height of the members of the house or the users and, of course, the other needs and requirements like how much they want to move their body and hands, etc. Therefore, knowing the shower head height will make the showering experience perfect for you! 

If you are remodeling your house or are simply a bathroom expert looking for information, this article is perfect for everyone! This article will cover every piece of information, starting from the very core of why we have different shower head heights to the standard height of a shower head to the various types of shower heads and their heights. So without further ado, let us get right into the article and learn about shower head heights!

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What Is The Standard Height For A Shower Head?

Usually, the shower head heights differ so much because of the average height of the members of every household. For example, if you are going to live alone, it is natural for you to go for a shower head height that is appropriate for your height. The shower head height is restricted by checking the height of the tallest member of the family. The shower head height will be taller than that member of the family.

Now, if you are someone who is building a hotel or a commercial building’s bathroom like an office or mall, you will not have access to the height information of people. This is where you choose the standard shower head height

Are you confused or wondering what the best, average, or standard shower head height will never be wrong? Then, find both of your answers in the next section!

What Height For The Shower Head Is Best?

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To know the best shower head height, you should know the height of the tallest person in the house. It should be 3 inches taller than that person. If you are uncomfortable with 3 inches measurement, you can always place the shower head a little higher up. 

If you want to determine the shower head height, start measuring from the ground and move vertically until you reach the center of the shower arm. We will now look at the standard shower head heights!

What Is The Average Height Of A Shower Head?

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80 inches is the standard shower head height (from the ground to the shower arm). But there is no hard and fast rule that you should follow this measurement. This height will depend heavily on your bathroom space, personal needs, and requirements. 

The average shower head height range is 72 inches to 96 inches. It is advisable not to consider your kid’s height as they grow up fast and their height keeps increasing. It is better to go for the average shower head height when it comes to your kid’s bathroom. 

For example, if a person’s height is 5 inches, the shower head should be 63 inches. Likewise, the shower head height will be 71 inches, 75 inches, 81 inches, and 85 inches for the people of height 5’ 7”, 6”, 6’ 3”, and 6’ 6”, respectively. 

When it comes to public places like commercial buildings, hotels, guest houses, hostels, and even offices, you should fix the shower head a little higher than 80 inches. 

Height is one of those factors that are unpredictable. Thus, you will not see shower heads in many hotels and other commercial buildings. Instead, those shower heads are fitted with a long vertical bar so that you can hold and move as you like. Unfortunately, bumping into shower heads can be embarrassing and can even lead to injuries you do not want to hear from your guests. 

Now that you know what the standard height of a shower head should be, it is time to know about the different shower heads available, along with their standard height information!

Types Of Shower Heads As Per Height.

Broadly categorized, three types of shower heads are available in the market. They are:

  • Wall-mounted shower head
  • Rain shower heads
  • Handheld showers

In this section, we will look at all these categories one by one and also learn about the standard heights of each. 

  1. Wall-Mounted Shower Head
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The wall-mounted shower heads are the classic and common ones you see in everybody’s household. The standard shower head height for the wall-mounted showers is 80 inches. But, again, you can adjust the height according to your preference. 

Now you need to be careful about the size of the bathroom. If the size of the bathroom is large, then you should affix the shower head in a position suited for everyone in the family. Again, you just need to look at the average height of the family as this becomes an important deciding factor. 

  1. Rain Shower Heads
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If you love the rain, this shower head will be perfect for you. You do not need to wait for the rainy season to come. Showering under this shower head will not make you fall sick! These types of shower heads are directly above your head. The water falls on your head at a perpendicular angle. 

If you prefer the rain shower heads and want to get the best of them, then the height at which you should fix the shower head is 84 inches. This type of shower head is ideal for any size bathroom. The water will not splash everywhere, and it will not be a problem even if you have a small bathroom. 

  1. Handheld Showers
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If you plan to install a handheld shower, the average shower head height should be around 72 to 78 inches from the bathroom floor. It is obvious, but you can always do that if you want to fix the handheld shower at a lower height. 

One thing you need to remember is that if you are going for a handheld shower, you should choose a hose that is more than 60 inches and is flexible. If you do so, you can shower while it is fixed, as well as you can hold it. 

This kind of shower is suitable for all sizes of bathrooms. If you have children in your house, this type of shower head will be perfect as they can adjust it how they want. 

What Are The Different Tools You Can Use To Increase The Shower Head Height?

Did you know there are many accessories or tools available with which you can quickly increase the height of a shower head? Are you intrigued? Let us find out!

  • S Shower Arm

This tool is specially designated to wear and tear. First, however, you need to remember that you have to take out the current shower arm. Although this task does not require technical skills, you will have to put in a lot of effort to remove the shower head. It will demand a lot of your strength, and this entire process can be tiring. 

The nature of this particular accessory is fixed. Thus, it is less flexible than the other models. But other than that, it is a fantastic tool as it also provides extra height and is durable as well!

  • Swivel Ball Adapter
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This is an excellent tool to adjust your showerhead; you should keep it in your stock of tools and accessories. You can quickly lower the height of your shower head and fix it between the shower arm pipe and shower head. 

  • Adjustable Shower Arm
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This is by far the most affordable and convenient method of increasing the height of the shower head. You can simply attach the adjustable shower arm to your existing shower arm, which will be like an extension. You will be able to adjust the height as you like, anytime you want to. 

Do you know what the best part about this method is? You do not need any additional tools, and it will also not require much of your strength. You just need to apply plumber’s tape to the threads and tighten it with the help of your hands, and you are good to go!

  • Shower Slide Bar
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This option is the most complicated option in this particular list. The job of the shower slide bar is to hold the shower head after it was placed on the wall. In order to adjust the height, you need to move the holder mount, which is fixed to the track of the slide bar.

Have You Got The Right Shower Head Height?

Many types of shower head options and adjustable height options are available, as you just read in this article. Choose the one which resonates with you and your house the most. Always keep the average height of your family and the size of your bathroom in mind before choosing the height of your shower head

About Anthony M Cushman

3c17105ef9981a06eb59c118abfbec1c?s=90&d=mm&r=gHi! I'm Anthony. I have been a plumber for over 12 years. I am passionate about helping others learn about plumbing and how to fix their own showers. I hope my website will help people save money by teaching them how to fix common plumbing problems independently. Thanks for reading!