When it comes to redesigning any space in your home, it’s as much about functionality as it is style. For many families, accessories like a handheld shower head add versatility and more accessibility to the shower, as well as an upgraded appearance.
Though the majority of aspirational photos you see of redesigned and upscale bathrooms involve traditional fixtures in terms of faucets, nozzles and spouts, the reality is that your space has to work for you, and in many cases, a handheld shower head can really transform your bathroom experience. Even though your mind might immediately go to what you can do to improve the aesthetic appearance of your home, remember that the best design also improves function.
Many people may assume that a handheld shower head is reserved only for homes of those who are disabled, however, this is not true. A handheld shower head can greatly increase the ways in which you utilize your shower, and it can also added another layer of luxury to your bathroom for a relatively low cost.
What Is A Handheld Shower Head?
A handheld shower head, sometimes also referred to as an adjustable shower head or shower spray unit, consists of a long, flexible hose with a nozzle at one end. As opposed to a traditional model, a handheld shower head has a long, flexible hose so that you can move the head around for more accessible use.
What Are The Benefits Of A Handheld Shower Head?
Aside from simply making it easier for water to reach different parts of your body and clean you more thoroughly — as a traditional shower head will only pour water from directly above you, in a relatively small stream — there are many other benefits as well.
You can bathe from a seated position
Whether you are someone who physically requires a seat to shower or care for for someone who does, a handheld shower head is ideal for anyone with limited mobility. It makes showering a lot easier, and ensures that you can get a thorough clean without having to maneuver around the direct stream of a traditional shower head.
It makes caregiving easier
If you’re responsible for another individual’s hygienic care, whether you need to bathe them every day or clean them in other ways, a handheld shower head makes the process a lot easier.
It makes bathing children faster and easier
If you don’t want to give your children a bath in a tub, or if you don’t have a tub, a handheld shower head allows you to clean them faster and easier, and with more precision.
It makes you able to bathe a pet
If you also use the shower to clean your pets, a handheld shower head will allow you to reach different parts of them without struggling overly much.
You can keep your shower cleaner
If you notice accumulating soap scum, dirt or other messes in your shower, cleansing it after each use with a shower cleaner and then rinsing it with a handheld shower head will keep your space as clean as you’d like it to be.
What To Consider Before You Install A Handheld Shower Head
First, decide whether your new handheld shower head will be part of a full bathroom renovation, or if you’ll just be replacing the one fixture. This will impact the complexity of the installation.
If you’re moving the placement of the shower head, you’ll also need to rewire the plumbing so that the water line is in the correct spot. If not, you will only have to concern yourself with whether or not the shower heads are a comparable size. Unfortunately, installing a shower head with a smaller base may expose discolored wall, or a spot where not enough tile is installed. Either way, you will have to make sure you’re prepared to finish the surrounding area.
However, if the shower head bases are of comparable size, you shouldn’t have that issue.
Handheld Shower Heads Make Attractive Additions
Many shower faucet collections include hand held shower heads to make both choosing the shower head that works best for you and installation that much easier. If you are adding a handheld shower head to your existing set up, you might consider a Delta In2ition, a 2-in-1 unit that acts as a full shower head as well as a handheld. There are also higher tech options like water stream variations or LED temperature regulation.
Inspiring Bathrooms With Handheld Shower Heads
This silver set includes both a traditional stationary shower head as well as an additional handheld one, so you can use one or the other.
This gold set is a perfect example of a high-end shower set. This includes multiple water temperature nozzles, as well as a single shower head. This option is able to be situated on the wall if you want it to act as a typical shower head would, and it also comes with an extra long hose so you can take it off and move it all around the shower. It is a good idea to make sure that if you have a larger sized shower or bathroom your nozzle can reach anywhere you want it to.
This bathroom incorporates the handheld shower head with another favorite bathroom installation, which is an overhead shower head which can give you a sort of rainshower like experience.