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WeeM Mon 21-Nov-16 00:04:45

Does anyone else have a window above their bath? Have you managed to fit a shower in the bath that doesn't involve water going all over window?! We have looked at a house likevthis-it has no shower on it currently and I'm wondering if there's a successful way to fit one.

wowfudge Mon 21-Nov-16 07:33:26

You can get rectangular and oval shower curtain rails which are suspended from the ceiling and have shower curtains all the way around the bath. I can't stand them as they look a mess - could you fit a separate shower in? Is this the only bathroom in the house?

We have a shower over the bath, which is single ended and fitted into a corner, and there is a large window at right angles to the wall where the shower head is fitted. There is also painted wood panelling around the bath. We have fitted two shower curtain rails, one on the window side, one on the other which extends beyond the bath to the wall and we have three shower curtains, one along either long side of the bath and one hung across from one rail to the other under the spray head of the shower as it's the only sensible way to keep everything dry when using the shower.

Needless to say we didn't design this set up (it is totally impractical) and plan to redo the bathroom next year and add a separate shower.

namechangedtoday15 Mon 21-Nov-16 09:49:01

We viewed a house that had something like this (over the bath/shower) and it folded back against the wall - towards the opposite end to the shower if that makes sense - when not in use.

We've just had some work done and we have moved the window towards the end of the bath and made it slightly smaller so that we can have a shower over the bath.

Monkeybunkey Mon 21-Nov-16 11:16:19

In my old house I had the window along the length of the bath. I just fitted a shower screen on both sides of the bath, at the end where the shower was, which avoided a flooded windowsill.

johnd2 Mon 21-Nov-16 22:43:59

We have a shower over a window, we do plan to brick it up one day and add a velox, but for now it works. Just a bit mouldy really, and theoretically the old couple next door could peer from their bathroom into ours. Also it's a handy shelf for all the shampoo etc. Hopefully the damp isn't getting through the tiles into the brickwork though.

WeeM Mon 21-Nov-16 23:26:14

There is an en suite that had a shower but this situation is in the family bathroom which is a bit of pain if having people stay over. I did wonder about the shower curtain on a ring set up but I'm not keen on them either. The window is half way along the bath so I don't think a screen would work but that screen actually over the window looks like a good idea. It's quite a small window though so it'd end up having to be some custom made job probably! It's a fairly new build house-seems like a daft design to me! I could maybe just have a shower head attachment and people would just need to hold it up...not ideal though...confused

WeeM Mon 21-Nov-16 23:27:27

Maybe I could put a mini shower curtain over the window...grin

JohnLapsleyParlabane Mon 21-Nov-16 23:37:43

We have a window halfway along our bath. The bath is a large P shaped one and the window starts about where the P ends and is about 2ft up from the edge of the bath. We have a squeegee that lives in the cupboard under the sink and everyone squeegees down the tiles, window and shower screen after every use. We also use daily shower spray to reduce limescale.

dotty2 Tue 22-Nov-16 10:11:04

My parents have a (frosted) window in their shower cubicle and do indeed have a mini shower curtain over the window. It looks ridiculous but they are past caring about that kind of thing and it does the job.

minipie Tue 22-Nov-16 11:32:09

Is the window above the middle of the bath, or at one end?

If it's at one end then something like this would work - fit the shower and screen at the other end.

mrsmortis Tue 22-Nov-16 12:12:54

We have one about half way along the bath. We have a U shaped rail with a pair of shower curtains on to stop the water reaching it.

YelloDraw Tue 22-Nov-16 12:43:38

Had this in my old house. Just used to wipe up the water off the window sill after a shower.

Sighsofthetimes Tue 22-Nov-16 13:34:30

We have this problem. Bath is below a window that's the full width of the room. The shower over the bath is attached to the wall next to the window.
The solution was a waterproof blackout roller blind. This gives privacy while standing in front of the window to shower and stops water accumulating on the windowsill. We just let the blind drip dry naturally before rolling it up again. Not ideal but works ok. Will redesign the crazy layout when funds allow.

Sighsofthetimes Tue 22-Nov-16 13:36:11

Oh, and there's a normal shower curtain on the room side of the bath/shower.

MassDebate Tue 22-Nov-16 13:48:05

We have this and having tried various types of waterproof blind, none of which quite did the job (and some of which went mouldy) we had waterproof wooden shutters made. They work brilliantly - just close them when the shower's on and open them up again when finished. Added benefit of more privacy than just a frosted window gives.

LondonSuperTrooper Tue 22-Nov-16 15:08:47

Watching with interest as I've got a window running the full length of the bath. We use the karcher window cleaner which works beautifully. But we are going to be renting the house out & the tenants may not be as careful as us so we are looking for a suitable solution.

otherstories Tue 22-Nov-16 15:32:34

We have a temporary waterproof blind from blinds2go. When we've got some money I want waterproof shutters.

LondonSuperTrooper Tue 22-Nov-16 16:36:33

I don't understand how the shutters would work. Surely the window sill will get wet?

MassDebate Tue 22-Nov-16 22:29:38

London you tile the window surround or use a waterproof membrane on it, rather than having a wooden sill. It's the only way to ensure the area is properly waterproof and preventing water from reaching the window frame.

WeeM Tue 22-Nov-16 22:55:55

I've googled the shutters-they look really good and appear to be flush with the wall so think they would be a good option if they are within budget. Does constantly wetting your windowsill damage your upvc windows at all? My current house had quite bad condensation/mould issues so want to leave that behind!

WeeM Tue 22-Nov-16 22:56:11


WeeM Tue 22-Nov-16 22:57:43

Massdebate- where did you get your shutters from? Was it just done online and measured by yourself?

MassDebate Wed 23-Nov-16 09:57:42

I used a local company WeeM (Herts). They came out and measured up then fitted the shutters a few weeks later.
We have wooden windows so can't comment on UPVC but I imagine there's no issue with a UPVC sill getting wet as it should be impervious to water.

WeeM Thu 24-Nov-16 23:36:49

Thanks, I'll need to have a Google - I think this sounds like best option. Just need to buy house first!!

GiddyOnZackHunt Thu 24-Nov-16 23:40:41

We had composite wood effect Venetian blinds in a fully tiled window recess. It wasn't our only shower though but it worked fine even with wooden window frames. The room was well ventilated.

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