At FaucetList.com it's our goal to make shopping for a faucet easy! We have over 40 years' experience in the plumbing industry and want to share our expert knowledge with you. This guide will explain how to turn your clawfoot tub into a shower. Whether you have an existing clawfoot tub faucet you want to convert for use as a tub shower combination or you simply have a brand new installation and need everything we can help. With a little bit of knowledge you can purchase exactly what you require to start enjoying your clawfoot tub shower today!
In Clawfoot Tub Faucet Buying Guide Part 1 we covered how to put together a basic clawfoot tub faucet and hardware package. The basic clawfoot tub hardware kit includes the Clawfoot Tub Faucet, Clawfoot Tub Drain, Clawfoot Tub Supply Lines, and the Supply Stops. With a package of clawfoot tub hardware set-up as explained by Part 1, you will have a fully functional clawfoot tub faucet. It will be completely operational and your tub will be ready to use! The package explained in part 1 works only if you want to use your clawfoot tub as a bathtub only, not a shower. If you want to create a clawfoot tub shower kit, keep reading!
We have four popular finishes of clawfoot tub hardware fixtures available: Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Polished Brass, and Chrome. Once you decide your finish, you can start putting together your clawfoot tub shower package. If you need any other bathroom faucets and fixtures to match, don't worry, we have you covered. Look through our site and you will find many high quality, reasonably priced bathroom faucets and accessories.
If you want to use your freestanding clawfoot tub as a bathtub and shower combination you've come to the right place. This guide will help explain what you need to order to accomplish this goal. The example image below illustrates the desired result.
If your clawfoot tub is separate from your shower then you only need the package described in part 1. If you plan to use your clawfoot tub as a tub and shower combination you will need a few more items. If you want a clawfoot tub shower and clawfoot tub shower curtain this guide will explain what you need.
Remember, the items recommended for the Clawfoot Tub Shower Conversion Kit are required in addition to everything explained in the clawfoot tub faucet buying guide part 1. You will still need the Clawfoot tub faucet, drain, supply lines, and stops because that is how you get the actual water flowing. The supply lines inject the hot and cold water into the faucet to be mixed which allows for control over the water temperature. The drain is still required since you still need a way to get rid of the water. The stops should still be installed at the bottom of the supply lines for emergency shut-off.
First, you can only add a shower to a Clawfoot Tub Faucet that has a Hand Shower. If you look at the picture below, you will see the reason. You need a Clawfoot tub fixture that has a diverter lever so you can switch between the tub and shower. When you first turn the water on, it will be coming out of the tub spout. To switch to the shower, you turn the diverter handle. Only Clawfoot tub faucets with a hand shower have the diverter handle making this switch easy. Additionally, a tub faucet that comes with a handheld shower will already have the proper hole at the back of the faucet which doubles as the hole for the shower riser tube. Look at the two pictures below. The first has a hand shower and the second does not.
Notice the large lever in the middle? That's the diverter lever. The flared tube at the front is the tub spout. In a typical situation this lever switches water between the clawfoot tub faucet spout and the hand held shower. Notice the vertical tube directly behind the diverter handle? That's the handheld shower cradle. You will see that the hand shower cradle is held in place by a coupling nut at the base. When the diverter lever is turned, water redirects up through the hand shower cradle and into the hose that feeds the hand shower. The faucet without the hand shower does not have a diverter handle nor does it have the extra hole near the back so it cannot be used as the base for a clawfoot tub shower kit.
Here's where things get a little bit tricky. In order to have a functioning handheld shower and also a functioning regular showerhead, you will need a second diverter. The first diverter lever (explained above) is for switching between tub and shower. In the case of a clawfoot tub shower you will actually have two shower sprays (handheld spray and standing showerhead spray). When you switch from tub to shower mode you need a way to differentiate between the handheld spray and the normal shower head. This is where the clawfoot faucet shower diverter comes into play. See the following two images one of which shows the diverter on its own while the other shows where in the system it is actually installed.
You screw the Clawfoot Shower Diverter into the body of the Clawfoot Tub Faucet and now you have the extra functionality needed to add the shower to your clawfoot tub. This diverter operates with a heavy duty push button. You can see it on the right hand side of the image above. The threaded end on the left side is used to screw in the hand shower hose.
Because we are changing the functionality by adding a shower to your Clawfoot tub faucet you will need a different style of cradle for the handheld shower. You cannot use the normal handheld shower because the hole it installs in is now taken by the diverter and the shower riser pole (which we will get to in a minute). The handheld shower bracket designed to mount to the shower pole has a 90-degree bend and a round hole at the base to slip over the shower riser pole.
Once you have your new shower diverter button along with the new handheld shower cradle, you are ready to add the Clawfoot Tub Shower Curtain Rod and Shower Riser. This piece is what lets you convert your clawfoot tub faucet into a fully functional shower. It allows you divert the water up to a showerhead and hang a shower curtain around the clawfoot bath tub.
The shower riser is basically a hooked shape pipe. At the top of the hook is a threaded end which allows you to install your showerhead of choice. The shower riser comes up from the clawfoot tub faucet and fits through the oval rectangular shower curtain rod. It has a wall support as well as a ceiling support to anchor it in place. The shower curtain enclosure rod surrounds the tub and allows you to hang a shower curtain. Everything is available finished to match!
Now all that's left to turn your clawfoot tub faucet into a shower is to select the showerhead. This piece of the Clawfoot Tub Shower Conversion Kit is really up to you. There are no rules about which showerhead will fit the shower riser's threaded end. All standard 1/2" showerheads will fit. You can browse our high quality showerheads and select the perfect style. We offer many varieties of rain showerheads and high-pressure showerheads so there's sure to be one for you. We have oil rubbed bronze, polished brass, satin nickel, and chrome showerheads to perfectly compliment your new clawfoot tub package with shower conversion kit.
When putting together a Clawfoot Tub Faucet with Shower Diverter Hardware Package you should first remember what you learned in Part 1 of the Clawfoot Tub Faucet Buying Guide. In addition to the Claw Foot Tub Faucet, you will also need the Supply Lines, Supply Stops, and Drain. These elements handle the supply and removal of water.
Once you have the water supply elements of the clawfoot hardware package together, you must pick your tub faucet. If you wish to add a full functioning shower, you will need to purchase a Claw foot Tub Faucet with Hand Shower. You need a clawfoot tub filler with a diverter handle if you wish to put together the complete shower conversion kit package.
After selecting your faucet, you will then need to purchase the clawfoot tub shower kit diverter button, pole-mount hand shower cradle, clawfoot tub shower rod curtain enclosure with shower riser, and a showerhead. You can check out our pre-built clawfoot tub showers which are designed to make ordering easy.
It seems like a lot to create a clawfoot tub shower but the reward is worth it. Enjoy your clawfoot tub to its fullest and order your shower conversion kit today!
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