Can a shower door open into the shower?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Andy Ring, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. Andy Ring

    Andy Ring New Member

    Nov 25, 2004
    I have a small bathroom (8' x 5') and plan on making a 30" x 48" shower enclosure with a 24" wide frameless tempered glass door. Given the layout and size of the room, it would be way more convenient if the door opened into the shower enclosure, but every example I've seen has the shower door open out into the room. Is this code? Is there a good reason? Opening in also has the advantage that when the door is in the open position, it will drip dry into the shower rather than onto the bathroom floor.
  2. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2004

    The door you describe will open either way (free swinging). From a safety standpoint I would not (never) limit it to only opening inward. Should someone become dissabled and fall there may be no way to get to them if the door only opens inward.

    I have one of those doors on my shower. They make a great appearance, though not low priced!

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2004
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The door absolutely cannot open inward regardless of any benefits to doing so. In the event of an accident the person might block the door and could not be helped. Second, if someone were to fall against the door it could shatter, rather than just swinging open if it were arranged to open outward. And if you remember the Lucy episode, she and Ethel almost drowned because the door swung inward and they could not open it.
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