What to Use for the Shower Floor
You have finally selected your bath tile, but do you know what you are using for the shower floor? This surface is an important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. It is an opportunity to unify the bath design or make a statement. In addition to aesthetics, there are practical issues to consider, such as the floor slope and slip resistance.
For a clean, continuous look, use the same material on the floor and shower pan. This floor expanse is only broken up by the curb. Tip: Shower floor tiles should be no larger than 6″ x 6″, and 4″ x 4″ or smaller is recommended. There are two reasons for this: One is so there are enough grout lines underfoot to provide traction for slip resistance. The other is that you need small tiles to cover a sloping floor.
Penny tile rounds are fun and provide plenty of traction for this roll-in shower.
Neutral tan mosaic tile covers and differentiates the shower floor in a blue glass mosaic shower. Mosaic tile, defined as 2″ x 2″ or smaller, is either affixed to a mesh backing or is paper-faced for ease of installation. These are just shy of 1″ x 1″.
A ready-made shower pan is designed with a sloping non-slip surface. The slope allows the water to drain. No need to build a curb and pan and no grout lines to clean. However, the color choices are limited. How would you like to have a private rain shower like this one?
What do you do if the bath is done in faux croc and there are no small matching tiles? Have your tile installer cut down large tiles.
For a unified look, use mosaic tile which matches the rest of the bath tile. Most tiles are available in various sizes for this purpose. Here, 2″ x 2″ creamy travertine does the job.
If the shower wall tile is suitable, bring it all the way down to the floor for a clean, uninterrupted look.
A tumbled stone accent wall continues down the floor in this stylish shower.
This shower is done in a porcelain tile which looks like stone. Basket weave mosaic with brown dots coordinates nicely with the cream tile and teak fold-up bench.