With bathroom designs continuing to trend toward sleek but functional, linear shower drains are having a moment.
In keeping with this trend, shower drain manufacturer QuickDrain USA has introduced WallDrain, a shower drain system that provides the sleek design of traditional linear shower drains, but without the decorative metal components. Water leaves the shower via a subtle, single-direction slope leading to a small gap at the shower wall base and into a drain channel hidden behind that wall.
Linear shower drains provide myriad benefits: sleek looks, easy cleaning, and single-direction sloping, to name a few. Top of mind for remodelers is the single-direction sloping: Easier to construct than the four-direction sloping required for traditional shower drains, linear shower drains save contractors time and effort during installation and can ultimately lower labor costs.
On top of that, linear drains expand shower design possibilities to include large format tiles. “The single-direction slope permits the use of larger tiles, which are aesthetically pleasing and reduce grout lines for easier cleaning,” says Darryl Jones, QuickDrain USA’s national showroom manager. (Four-direction slopes are compatible only with small floor tiles.)
Linear shower drains provide myriad benefits: sleek looks, easy cleaning, and single-direction sloping, to name a few.
Unlike many linear drains, WallDrain is designed to extend the entire length of the shower floor, allowing for more complete water drainage. Depending on the model used, WallDrain can accommodate shower lengths of 26-72 inches with the use of one drain, and 56-96 inches by linking two drains together.
Some users note that using contrasting tile colors on the walls and the floor (black and white) hides the opening better than same-colored tiles. List pricing starts at $1,500.