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How to Install a Shower Drain and Fit It into Your Bathroom Design

Whether you are renovating the bathroom or you are working on new construction, one thing is sure – you can’t skip installing a shower drain. The good news is – this is a relatively simple task, but we still would like to guide you through this step-by-step tutorial on how to install a shower drain.

After all, shower drains prevent odors in your bathroom and carry waste water away, which is mostly why you need one. Oh, there is nothing wrong with wanting it to fit your bathroom design as well, so we will give you a couple of tips on this at the end of the article.

You will see – a new shower drain will make a big difference in your bathroom, just make sure to do this right way.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver,
  • Marker,
  • Tape measure,
  • 2-inch shower drain,
  • PVC primer,
  • PVC cement,
  • PVC wye fitting,
  • Silicone sealant.

Step #1 Inspect the piping

If you are removing the old shower drain, you would want to check the piping first as sometimes you may detect some missing seals and cracks down there. Evidence of cracking is not a red light, but you should put it on your to-do list in the upcoming period. Purchase a piece of PVC pipe and replace the cracked portions. We know you are in a hurry, but it is better to do things right than to go with the same trace once more.

Step #2 Let’s do some shopping

Once you establish everything is in order, you should visit a home improvement store. There you can find all of the needed materials for the installation. Before you head to the store, take a look at the size of the opening you have for the shower drain. Most shower drains are designed to fit a 2-inch drain pipe, as it helps the water drain faster. For example, if you are making a transition from a tub/shower to a shower, that would mean you need to adjust drain pipe size to it.

Step #3 Getting started

Now is the time to start the task. When installing a shower drain, you will notice a couple of screws (2 or 3). Of course, they are making sure the drain stays in place. Once you remove these screws with a screwdriver, pull up the drain cap and the drain.

It depends on whether your pipes are made of PVC or copper. However, you can still install the PVC piping even if the existing pipes are made of copper.  Just make sure to use flux in this case. On the other hand, if the whole piping system is made of PVC material, make sure to purchase a little more PVC prep.

Apply a little bit of PVC prep to all of the pipes, no matter of the type. Don’t skip the connecting parts of the pipes either. PVC prep takes about 30 seconds to dry, so leave it to sit for maximum one minute in order to create a secure bond.

Step #4 Finals

Once everything is dry, insert the new drain pipe and press it a little bit. Getting nearer to the end, install the drain base so it lines up over the pipe and secure it with screws. In case the drain you installed comes with tabs, secure them either way.

If you want to ask a plumber about the best type of the drain, then we would recommend PVC solvent-weld shower drains as well as drainage piping.

The Design

If you are an aesthete, you certainly care about every detail in your bathroom and would like your shower drain to fit into the concept. What about your tankless water heater? Does it fit into the style of your bathroom?

Shower drains cover two categories – point and linear drains. A point drain is the one installed in the middle of the shower floor. Despite the fact these are a bit old-fashioned, point drains are still the most common ones. The catch with this type lays in the fact the floor in your bathroom should be gently sloped so water can flush with no hassle. If you have square tiles, go for square shower drain as well.

Linear drains are narrow and long. This type is highly requested in the last few years. Similarly to point drains, these can be located in the middle of the floor. Yet, if you feel like so, you can install it along one wall of the shower as well. Once again, the floor in your bathroom should be evenly sloped even with this type of drain. The linear drain goes really well with large tiles.


In this guide, we explained how to install a shower drain through a couple of simple steps. As you will see, this won’t take much time at all. Maybe choosing the right type may be a bit trickier, but we know you are going to come up with a sleek solution.

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