How To Install a Basement Shower

Space is always a premium and a lot of homeowners are turning their basements into living quarters as well. And why wouldn’t they? Basements are often cool during summer and warm during winter. And designed properly and efficiently, you can have a great den or guest room down there.

Turning the basement into living quarters not only brings up the resale value of your home it also adds a fully functional and livable room that you can rent out. A great investment for your beautiful home at only minimal cost!

Be advised thought that because you’ll be working in a sub grade type of environment, you will need to take a few precautions against common problems like water damage and run off.

You’ll need the following building materials and tools:

  • Access panels
  • Dimensional lumber
  • A faucet
  • Shower fiberglass enclosure
  • Jackhammer
  • Framing tools
  • Plumbing drain
  • A collection of plumbing tools
  • Some sheetrock
  • A sledgehammer
  • Water feeds

Follow the steps below to create your basement shower:

  • Locate the drain. Before starting to build, you should locate the drain originally installed as the concrete base of your basement was created during construction of your house. This is often a pipe sticking out from the floor where the drainage runs from. You don’t have to specifically build your basement shower close to the drain pipe but it’s suggested that you do.
  • Start building the shower. The first step is to break out a section of the flooring where you plan to lay pipes for the shower. You need to remove the mesh or rebar that is in place to provide space underneath the drain to create a trap for the shower.
  • Build a shower drain. Make sure that you aim the vent for the shower drain to the outside vent stack for the house. If this isn’t possible, buy an auto-vent utilizing a rubber flapper for the trap to help with drainage. You need to do this to make sure that your drain won’t overflow and create water damage in the basement.
  • Build the frame support structures. At this point, you need to refer to the manufacturer’s specs to find out what you need to know about frame construction. You need to install the plumbing in an interior wall then put an access panel inside an adjoining room to make it more accessible.
  • Install the panels. At this point, you should be installing and securing the enclosure panels to the shower. It’s important that you double check your plumbing is installed properly by running water through the drain and checking for leaks. You have to leak-proof your shower because if you don’t, you’ll be spending more on repairs.
  • Finishing touches. Finally, you need to attach the faucets and the shower head. Add a small curtain or shower door to finish up the basement shower.

Creating a shower in your basement isn’t too hard isn’t in? Of course if you have a little money, you can hire a contractor to do the work for you but there is nothing more satisfying than taking a hot shower in a basement shower that you built with your own two hands.


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