Tell Me About Trends: Handheld Showerhead Slide Bars

Tell Me About Trends: Handheld Showerhead Slide Bars

In homebuilding, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Everyone has their own needs; and if your home isn’t attuned to yours, it’s not as well-designed as it could be. 

This is especially true for highly personal areas of the home, such as the bathroom. You can (and should) personalize your bathroom layout, vanity, storage, and other elements if you are able. We especially recommend taking a look at your shower. 

A standard shower can be basic, boring, and disappointing. Even worse, it could be uncomfortable. If you stand taller than the average showerhead height of 6 feet 8 inches, for example, you might need to have your showerhead raised to shower comfortably. 

You can add an extra level of accessibility, luxury, and customization to your shower with ease using a handheld showerhead slide bar. No wonder, it’s a trend more homeowners have asked for in the home improvement projects Corvallis Custom Kitchens and Baths has worked on in recent years; it’s one of the best shower systems around (in our opinion). 

What Is a Handheld Showerhead Slide Bar? 

This type of setup has two main parts: the handheld showerhead and the slide bar. Simple enough, right? Most shower slide bars come with a knob that you twist; then a holder you slide up or down making it an adjustable-height showerhead. Once you find the perfect position, simply tighten it back up and get scrubbing. Additionally, adjustable showerheads are usually able to be detached from the main fixture for handheld usage.

Understanding the Logic Behind this Fixture Choice

A showerhead of this variety is stylish, functional, and timeless — how many things in life fulfill all three of those? This setup not only creates a superior everyday shower experience; it also proves extremely functional for other things in life. Have a dirty dog you need to hose down? No problem! Simply use the handheld function to rinse the soap from your furry friend’s coat. It also makes it easy to clean soap and hair off your shower walls afterward. Have a bench where you shave? Install a bracket next to it and you can place your showerhead beside you while you get that perfect shave.

Picking a Handheld Showerhead Slide Bar

Manufacturers have awakened to the rising popularity of handheld showerhead slide bars. We’re seeing more finishes, styles, and configurations allowing the consumer to achieve the look they dream of. It’s easy to see why this trend is becoming a standard for many homeowners looking to upgrade their showers. We personally love the streamlined looks that Hansgrohe provides in their Croma, which combines a rain showerhead with a slide bar! 

When choosing a set up there are a few things to take into consideration. While style is a valid point, safety is first. To pick the best handheld shower head and slide bar set up for you, you should also assess the needs of everyone who uses the bathroom. If a person in your household is elderly or has a disability (or if you plan to age in place), choose a slide bar that doubles as a grab bar. However, not all slide bar setups are rated as grab bars for an ADA-compliant shower, so not every style will work. You might be more limited in your options. We recommend starting with Moen’s Home Care Collection and Speakman’s slide bars.

Okay, now we can get to the fun part: style. Focus on the finish. If you plan to mix your fixtures (for example a slide bar from Grohe and a fixed showered from Moen) you may find that their brushed satin nickel varies in color. Make sure you can get an idea of how closely each maker’s finish resembles the other before going ahead. Finally, consider the overall style of your bathroom. While eccentric is in (mixing more than two styles), most homeowners are looking to coordinate. We recommend matching your shower fixtures to your bathroom tile flooring, cabinetry, or other main features. 

Remodeling Your Bathroom

Slide bars and adjustable showerheads are a trend that is here to stay. They’re a great way to add a touch of beauty and luxury to your shower experience, while also adding value to your home. So keep this feature in mind when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

And if you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, CCKB’s planning guide can give you all the information you need to start planning. 

We love feedback and encourage you to add to the conversation! Do you have a phenomenal look featuring a slide bar? Make sure to post it in the comments!


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