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April 17, 2018 2 Comments

Shower Systems

A Custom Shower System in your home is the ultimate luxury experience. Waking up every day to a full body Shower Faucet System will invigorate you and get you ready to face the day head on. While having a complete Shower System is great, putting one together can be a real headache. At FaucetList.com we make it easy to buy a shower system! We used our more than 40 years' experience in the plumbing industry to write this guide designed to teach you everything you need to know to build your own luxury Shower System. Before you get started, take a look at some pre-built systems to get ideas about what is possible. You can also select a finish below to browse all the pre-built Delta Shower Systems we have available in that color. Otherwise read on and we'll give you all the information you need to come up with your own shower design ideas! If you like one of our pre-built systems but want to make a small change, make sure to contact us. We can help you create the best shower system for your master bathroom!

Note: This article was originally published June 30th, 2014. It was most recently updated April 17, 2018.

How to Build a Custom Shower System

Full Custom Shower Systems

Have you ever wanted a Custom Full Body Shower System? Building your own Luxury Shower is easier than you think! Read this guide to learn how to create a Delta Shower System. We will go through the components required for building a complete Shower System by Delta. As an industry leader, Delta's Top Rated Custom Showers are some of the best on the market today. If you wish to view some pre-built systems for inspiration, check out some Delta Shower System Packages we have already put together. We have configured all our pre-built Shower Systems based on our most popular selling combinations. They have been created with matching finish and style components and have been expertly optimized to provide good water pressure, a very important factor when creating a Custom Shower.

We have over 40 years of experience in the plumbing industry and have worked with Shower Systems made by many different manufacturers. Delta is consistently a customer and contractor favorite. Their Systems are easy to install, look great, and are very reasonably priced. Not only that, Delta makes it very easy to switch the style if in the future you ever decide to change your bathroom decor. With their system of universal rough-in valves, it is easy to switch the Trim Kit and change the finish or style of your shower without going into the wall. Once you have taken a look at some pre-built packages and have an idea about what is possible, read on to learn more about customizing a system of your own!

The Best Shower Systems are Delta!

So what separates the best Shower Systems from those that are just ok? Well quality is a huge factor. Shower Systems are not cheap and if you go through all the trouble to install one, you should definitely purchase Shower System Hardware that will last. With the right Shower Hardware your System can last for life. Delta products all include a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on both the operation of the parts AS WELL as on the finish. Warranties on finish are rather rare in this industry which is one reason we really like Delta. Also important is style. Delta offers a wide range of popular collections in many great finishes, perfect for creating a contemporary or traditional style Shower System.

Full Custom Shower Systems

There are two main types of shower systems available from Delta: Full Custom Shower Systems and Easy Install Shower Systems. This article focuses on how to build a full custom shower system. A full custom shower system gives you the largest variety of spray outlet options and the greatest design flexibility. Basically, as the name implies, full custom shower systems are fully customizable. This customization offers amazing functionality and allows you to create a beautiful design effect. During the planning phase, the plumber (with your input) will decide how and where to install the shower spray outlets and run all the necessary plumbing. The end effect is truly magnificent and will really make your master bathroom shower feel special. You will be able to decide exactly which spray outlets you want, where they will be located, and what they will look like. This ability to fully customize every aspect lets you to create the perfect shower space!

Easy Install Shower Systems

For a smaller bathroom redesign project, you might want to consider an Easy Install Shower System. It is really only practical to install a full custom shower system when you are doing a major renovation / remodel or a new home construction. Installing a full custom system is a fairly major project and you should understand the scope before getting started. Because all the spray outlets are powered by pipes inside the wall, your walls need to be completely open during installation. Easy Install Shower Systems provide many of the same benefits but are much simpler and less expensive to install. In most cases, installing an Easy Install Shower System is the about same amount of work as installing a normal shower faucet. If you already have a Delta valve in your wall it's even easier still! Follow this link to read more about Easy Install Shower Systems.

Shower Systems with 3-Setting Diverters and 2 Peripheral Spray Outlets

If you are lucky enough to have a project where you can really do whatever you want, we recommend going with a full custom shower system. You won't get the opportunity to change your entire shower very often so we say go all out! After deciding that you want a full custom shower system, you need to decide how many spray outlets you want your shower to have. What determines exactly how many shower spray outlets you can have is the diverter. Later in this article you can read more details about the diverter fixture itself but basically a 3-setting shower system diverter gives you 2 individual settings and 1 shared setting. Therefore, it allows you to have a shower system with maximum 2 spray outlet groups. The diverter will let you run either shower spray outlet independently or run both together at the same time. I.E. Diverter setting 1 is spray outlet 1 alone. Diverter setting 2 is spray outlet 2 alone. Diverter setting 3 is both spray outlet 1 and 2 at the same time. We have literally thousands of available pre-built shower system that utilize a 3-setting diverter fixture. Take a look at our 3-setting diverter complete shower systems or keep reading to learn more about building your own system from scratch. A quick note about body sprays! Body sprays are normally plumbed as a group, and therefore count as just a single spray outlet.

Shower Systems with 6-Setting Diverters and 3 Peripheral Spray Outlets

For a greater amount of customization and more spray outlets, consider a shower system with 6-setting diverter. The 6-setting diverter allows you to build a full custom shower system with 3 spray outlet groups. This is where things really start to get cool! The possible combinations go up significantly when you can choose any three shower spray heads you want. Choose from body sprays, shower heads, hand showers, and ceiling mount rain showerheads. You can even have a multiple shower head system! The 6-setting diverter features 3 individual settings and 3 shared settings. With a 6-setting diverter you can run any spray outlet individually or any combination of 2 at the same time. 6-setting diverter shower systems are great for a large master bathroom with walk in shower. Take advantage of your extra space and build yourself a full body spa shower system! We have many stylish pre-configured 6-setting diverter shower systems available for immediate purchase. 6-setting diverter shower systems typically have quite a lot of component fixtures so if you are planning on building your own, make sure to carefully read through this guide so you don't forget to order everything you'll need!

Specific Types of Shower Systems

Now that you know a little about shower faucet diverters and how they function, lets talk about the various spray outlet combinations your shower system can have. Although you can have only a maximum of 3 shower spray outlets with a Delta Shower System, there are actually quite a lot of possible combinations. We have been selling shower systems online for many years and over time we have learned which combinations are the most popular...and practical! We have pre-configured many shower systems with the most popular configurations. But don't let that make you think you won't get something unique or special. We realized that people made MANY different requests and had MANY different requirements so we decided to simple pre-configure MANY types of shower systems. We have several thousand available for purchase on FaucetList.com! Our most popular spray outlet configurations are below. In each category you will be able to sort by finish, features, and style/collection. Take a look around and you will definitely find the best shower system for your bathroom! If you still can't find exactly what you want, keep reading and you will learn how to create a shower system with multiple spray heads all by yourself.

Shower Systems with Showerhead and Body Spray Jets
Shower Systems with Showerhead and Hand Shower Sprayer
Complete Shower Systems with Ceiling Mount Rain Showerhead and Body Spray Jets
Shower Systems with Ceiling Mounted Rain Showerhead and Hand Shower Sprayer
Shower System Kits with Showerhead, Body Spray Jets, and Hand Shower Sprayer
Shower Systems with Ceiling Mount Showerhead, Body Spray Jets, and Hand Shower
Shower Systems with Showerhead, Ceiling Mount Rain Showerhead, and Hand Shower
Shower System Kits with 2 Wall Mounted Showerheads and Hand Shower Sprayer
Shower Systems with Multiple (2) Shower Heads
Shower System Kits with Wall Mount Showerhead and Ceiling Mounted Showerhead

Shower System Features

Now that you know a little about the different spray outlet configurations that are possible, you may be interested in learning about some of the other shower system feature options available. When planning your shower system, you need to decide what type of shower spray outlets you want. You also need to decide if you want your shower system to have any other special features. For example, do you want a shower system with tub spout? Do you want a shower control with integrated diverter? Do you want a thermostatic shower system? These and other special features can be incorporated into any shower system design idea. Below you will find more information on some options you might want to consider when building your shower system.

Bathroom Safety Shower Systems

Bathroom Safety Shower System

Our Bathroom Safety Shower Systems all include a hand shower with ADA approved grab bar. When planning your shower system you may want to consider the future. Although a grab bar seems like something you don't need now, as we age it's a nice safety feature to have. Slipping in the shower becomes more and more dangerous the older you get. You may be thinking, adding a grab bar will ruin my beautiful shower design and I can always add it later if necessary. That is certainly true but what if you could work a safety bar feature into your shower system plan before you actually need it? Delta has come up with a clever solution. A typical hand shower slide bar is designed to only hold the handheld sprayer. Delta decided to manufacturer a hand shower slide bar with a secondary purpose: to function as a grab bar! By changing the normal weak hand shower slidebar into a strong and sturdy ADA grab bar, you lose nothing from the aesthetic perspective but gain an important bathroom safety feature in your shower. Consider adding a hand shower with grab bar to your shower system design! Please note, not all Delta hand held showers have this slide bar / grab bar feature. Our pre-built bathroom safety shower systems all include a hand shower with grab bar. If you are building a shower system on your own and want this feature, make sure to consult the hand shower product details carefully. You may also want to take a look at Delta's other great bathroom safety products.

Shower Systems with Tub Spout

Shower System with Tub Spout

A Shower System with Tub Spout is great if you want a tub and shower combination set-up with extra shower spray heads. Adding a tub spout to a shower system offers some useful benefits. Of course the obvious is that if you have a tub, you need a way to rapidly fill it. This is what tub spouts are designed for! In addition, a tub spout is useful for tasks like quickly filling up a bucket. If you want a tub and shower faucet with handheld shower or body sprays then you should definitely take a look at our pre-built complete shower systems with tub spout. If you are building your own shower system you will want to make sure the tub spout you order has a pull-up diverter. Tub Shower Systems work such that the water will initially flow from the tub spout. By pulling up on the tub spout diverter you "activate" the shower system spray outlets. A common misconception is that you can plumb a tub spout from one of the shower system diverter outlet ports. This is NOT recommended by us or by Delta. The reason being that a tub spout requires an unrestricted water flow so it can rapidly fill your tub. If you plumb the spout off one of the diverter outlets the flow rate will be restricted and it will not function properly. If you plan to build your own a tub and shower combination system, we suggest you use our pre-configured systems as a starting point guide / template.

Thermostatic Shower Systems

Thermostatic Shower System

Thermostatic Shower Systems are a little tricky to explain, mainly because they don't really look any different from normal shower systems. The term thermostatic refers to the Delta thermostatic 17T cartridge included with the shower control. The cartridge sits underneath the handle and connects the shower control trim kit to the rough-in valve installed inside the wall. A thermostatic shower cartridge offers the highest flow rate because it does not regulate the water temperature by pressure balancing the way a normal shower cartridge does. Rather, it has a mechanism that actually senses the water temperature. With a thermostatic shower system you will get higher water pressure, more consistent water flow rates, and more consistent temperature control. When you have a full custom shower system with multiple spray head outlets these benefits are amplified. We highly recommend you consider going with a thermostatic shower system if you want the highest level of performance. The only downside really is the cost. But remember, these fixtures are guaranteed for life so a small increase up front could be worth the many years of great showers you'll get. So are shower systems without thermostatic cartridges bad? Not at all. Depending on the specific circumstances a pressure balanced shower system can be every bit as good as thermostatic system. So how do you know if you will benefit from a thermostatic shower system? Read our Delta Thermostatic 17T vs Pressure Balanced 17 Series article. It's super long and detailed. If you want our short version recommendation it's simple. You can never go wrong with a shower system with thermostatic control. For those building a shower system from scratch, look for the term thermostatic or 17T when shopping for your shower control. This will indicate the fixture includes a thermostatic shower cartridge.

Integrated Diverter Control Shower Systems

Integrated Diverter Control Shower System

Integrated Diverter Control Shower Systems utilize another special Delta fixture: a shower control with built-in diverter. Having an integrated diverter accomplishes two things. First, it makes the installation easier as there is only a single valve to install. The integrated diverter control valve serves as both the shower mixing valve and also the diverter rough-in valve. Second, a Shower System with integrated diverter control simplifies the shower system operation. Rather than having separate fixtures for turning the shower on/off and for diverting the water, everything is centralized onto a single control plate. This offers a more intuitive operation and a cleaner, simpler design. The problem with some shower systems is the number of different controls can start to feel daunting. If it's too difficult to operate your shower system, you simply won't want to use it. A Delta shower system with integrated diverter control makes your shower system straightforward and easy to use. Bottom handle = turn on water (and set temperature). Top handle = divert water to your various shower spray outlets. If you are building your own shower system you will notice that this fixture replaces the need to order a separate shower control and diverter control. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know by reading our article about Shower Systems with Integrated Diverter Control. With an integrated shower system diverter fixture as your shower system base you will quickly be able to construct the shower of your dreams! Get some inspiration by looking at our pre-built shower systems with integrated diverters.

Hydrachoice Body Spray Shower System

Hydrachoice Body Spray Shower System

Hydrachoice Body Spray Shower Systems are positively futuristic! Rather than buying a shower system with just normal wall body jet sprayers, consider adding Delta's Hydrachoice body sprays to your plan. Shower Systems with Hydrachoice body jets offer a luxurious full body shower. This could be said about most shower systems with wall body sprays so what exactly is different about Hydrachoice body spray heads? First off, they start out retracted, flush with the wall. When you turn the shower water on, they automatically "pop out." Using hydropower, the spray heads come out from the wall on their own! Once they are in the "out" position you can angle them in any direction you like. When you are done showering, simply click them back into place. Check out our article on Delta Shower Systems with Hydrachoice Body Sprays. In the article you can read more details and watch a video of these super cool fixtures in action. When planning your shower system you can basically choose any type of body sprays you want. The choice of body sprays is pretty similar to the choice of showerhead. You can pretty much have whatever type you want. It might be worth considering whether you would enjoy a Shower System with Hydra Choice Body Sprays as they really are super cool.

Shower System with Temp2O

Shower System with Temp2O

A Shower System with Temp2O technology is something you may not have even known you wanted! Temp2O technology refers to a small digital LED screen that can be found on several different types of Delta shower fixture. Delta has designed a showerhead, a hand shower sprayer, and several styles of shower handle controls that feature a Temp2O screen. The Temp2O screen is very simple. It shows the water temperature in number of degrees and also has a colored light display to indicate the water temperature range. A blue colored light indicates that the water is cold. Magenta means it's warm. A red light stands for hot. This quick visual indication of water temperature allows you to quickly assess whether or not the water is at a comfortable temperature before you get in. Our pre-built Shower Systems with Temp2O technology all feature at least one fixture with this small digital screen. Some of our Shower Systems have even more than one Temp2O fixture! Make sure to read the product details to learn which exact shower fixture has the digital display. Because this feature is dynamic, in that the temperature read out and the light actually change based on the water temperature, you may want to take a look at our article about Delta's Temp2O Shower Fixtures. In the article you will find a video so you can see these cool digital led shower displays in action! Based on the customer comments we have received, we know that many people are surprised at just how much they enjoy having this unique Shower System feature. It's definitely something you may want to consider when planning out your perfect shower!

The Parts of a Shower System

So let's talk a little about the parts that make up a Shower System. In general you can break things down into 3 groups. You have the On/Off Control Handle, the Diverter, and the Peripheral Shower Sprays. It's helpful to think about a Shower System this way so you can build one properly. Given all the options and choices, it's best to simplify things first.

Group 1: The Shower On/Off Control

The Shower Control Handle is what you use to turn the water on and off. But what's going on behind the scenes? Behind the Shower Handle is the Shower rough-in Valve. The rough-in valve is sometimes referred to as a mixing valve since that is what it does. You feed the hot and cold water lines into the Shower Valve (which is installed inside the wall) and the valve mixes that water to a pre-set warm temperature. This warm water will eventually be the water that sprays out at you when you take a shower. Shower Controls take on many different forms but essentially they all do the same thing: Allow you to turn on the water and set it to your desired temperature.

Examples of On/Off Shower Controls Trim Kits

Delta Victorian Venetian Bronze Thermostatic Shower Valve Control Trim 259665
Delta Addison Champagne Bronze Single Handle Shower Control Valve Trim 525007
Delta Arzo Modern Chrome Thermostatic Shower Valve Dual Control Trim 550124
Delta Cassidy Stainless Steel Finish Thermostatic Shower Control Trim 582239

A Shower Control is made up of the Rough-in Valve (the part that installs in the wall mentioned above) and the Trim Kit. The Trim Kit is the part you actually see. It consists of the finished Handle and Shower Plate. Delta Showers all utilize the same universal mixing valve. It is the Cartridge, found in the Trim Kit that will change the way your Shower functions. In Delta Showers it is the cartridge that ultimately determines the flow rate and the water output of the shower. When building a shower system the most important thing to be aware of is the WATER OUTPUT. If you want decent water pressure you will need to consider whether your Shower Valve and Trim Kit are able to put out enough water to power all your Peripheral Shower Sprays.

The Rough-in Valve

To build a Shower System you will only want to consider starting with Delta's highest-flow rough-in Valve. This valve is universal (for Delta) and will work with all Delta Trim Kits. The High-Flow Valve is pictured on the right.

Delta MultiChoice Universal Tub and Shower Valve Body Rough-in Kit 608740
Delta Cassidy Venetian Bronze Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Rain Shower Head, and Handheld Shower SS17T9782RB

Next you need to select a suitable Trim Kit. Depending on how many Peripheral Shower Sprays you want, this step also requires some consideration. Delta Shower Control Trim Kits include a cartridge which as mentioned above, factors into water output. Delta indicates which cartridge is included with a particular trim kit by a series number. The highest output will come from the 17T Series Trim Kits which have a thermostatic cartridge. If you plan to create a Shower System with a 6-Setting Diverter (discussed below) we highly recommend you start with a 17T Series Trim Kit. For systems created with a 3-Setting Diverter you can also choose a 14 Series Trim Kit or a 17 (No "T") Series trim kit. Here's a list of the Water Output for each series.

  • 17T Series: 8.53 GPM at 80 PSI
  • 17 Series: 6.98 GPM at 80 PSI
  • 14 Series: 7.96 GPM at 80 PSI

PSI (pounds per square inch) is a unit of measure that represents the water pressure of your home. This is not controlled by the Shower System, this is your home's innate water pressure from the lines connected to the city water supply.

GPM (gallons per minute) represents how much water your Shower System will actually put out. When factoring in what Peripheral Shower Sprays you can use, you need to look at the total GPM available (consult the list above) and then look at how many GPM's are used by each individual Spray. You need to keep the total number of GPMs used under the total number of GPM's available if you want your Shower to spray with high enough pressure.

In our opinion, the Delta 17T series Trim Kit cartridge really is best for creating a functional Thermostatic Shower System. It puts out the most water and allows you the most flexibility when choosing you Shower System Hardware. The downside of the Thermostatic Shower System 17T Trim Kit is that it is the most expensive. If you look through our existing Shower Design Ideas you will see that several of our packages are built with the 14 and 17 series shower controls. Using our product knowledge we have configured these systems to make sure that the water pressure is adequate and get the overall price down a bit. We have written an in-depth guide explaining the difference between the Delta17 and 17T series dual control shower cartridges. You can read the article to learn exactly why the 17T series is a better for shower systems.

Group 2: The Diverter Control

What makes a Shower System a little different from a standard shower is that you don't only have one Shower Head. Normally all you need to do is run a pipe up from the Shower Valve to the Showerhead and the water sprays right out. With a Shower System however, you need to take this warm water mixture and send it to several different Peripheral Shower Sprays. This necessitates a diverter.

A diverter is used in conjunction with your Shower Control Handle. The mixed water from the Shower Valve runs up into the Diverter. The diverter then diverts the water to your Shower Head, Body Sprays, Handheld Shower, Ceiling Mount Shower, Shower Body Spray Plate, or whatever other Peripheral Shower Systems you choose. You turn the water on with the on/off handle, then decide where it comes out with the diverter.

Shower Systems
Delta Tub/Shower Diverter Rough-in Valve Kit 524894

The diverter does not add pressure so it is important that the water pressure has already been dealt with by the Shower Control.

The Shower Diverter is also made up of a Trim Kit (the part you see) and a Rough-in Valve (the part in the wall). All Delta Diverters us the same valve. Take a look at the valve here: Delta Diverter Rough-in Valve.

Delta offers Diverters that match the style of their Shower Controls. Once you select your Shower Control it will be easy to find the matching Diverter. However, you will have to consider one additional thing with regards to Diverters. Delta makes two different Diverters: A six-setting Diverter and a three-setting Diverter.

Examples of 6 Setting Diverter Trim Kits

Delta Victorian 6-Setting Venetian Bronze 1-Handle Shower Diverter Trim 560988
Delta Addison 6-Setting Champagne Bronze 1-Handle Shower Diverter Trim 525048
Delta Arzo 6-Setting Chrome Single Handle Shower Diverter Trim Kit 560994
Delta 6-Setting Stainless Steel Finish 1-Handle Shower Diverter Trim Kit 581679

With the 6 setting diverter you will be able to have 3 separate shower jets (note: Body Sprays function together as 1 shower jet). The Diverter Valve has 4 ports. One port is used as an intake for the mixed warm water from the Shower Valve. The other 3 ports are for sending water to your peripheral shower systems. Your plumber will run pipe from the open diverter ports in the wall and out where desired.

The 6 setting diverter allows you to power any 2 shower sprays at the same time or any of the shower sprays individually. So for example, if you had a normal showerhead, a ceiling mount showerhead, and 3 body sprays, you could control them in the following way.

  • Option 1: Just the Normal Showerhead
  • Option 2: Just the Ceiling Mount Shower
  • Option 3: Just the (3) Body Sprays (these will all be plumbed to one port)
  • Option 4: The Normal Showerhead as well as the Ceiling Mount Showerhead
  • Option 5: The Normal Showerhead as well as the Body Sprays
  • Option 6: The Ceiling Mount Showerhead as well as the Body Sprays

With the 3 Setting diverter you can have 2 Shower sprays. You will be able to have them both turned on at the same time or have either turned on individually.

Examples of 3 Setting Diverter Trim Kits

Delta Victorian 3-Setting Chrome Finish 1-Handle Shower Diverter Trim Kit 560971
Delta 3-Setting Champagne Bronze Shower Diverter Single Handle Trim Kit 563244
Delta 3-Setting Venetian Bronze Shower Diverter Single Handle Trim Kit 560969
Delta Compel 3-Setting Stainless Steel Finish Shower Diverter Trim Kit 584048

So for example, if you have a configuration with a Showerhead and a Handheld Shower, here are your options:

Now that you see how the diverter works you will be able to start picking your peripheral shower spray systems. Keep in mind the GPM (Gallons per Minute) restrictions when making you choices. You want to be able to have a good high pressure shower experience and nobody enjoys a weak spray!

Group 1 and 2 Combined: An Alternative Approach

As you have just read above, Group 1 is a Shower On/Off Control and Group 2 is the Diverter Control. Delta has recently released an alternative option that can replace these first two groups in your shower system plan. A Delta shower faucet control integrated diverter is a single fixture that functions as both the shower mixing valve control handle and also as the diverter. Whether you choose to have a separate shower control and diverter control, or decide to use a shower control with integrated diverter, the end result with regards to functionality will be exactly the same!

Delta shower controls with integrated diverter come in several different configurations. Most importantly, you can choose whether you want the built in diverter to have 6-settings or 3-settings. The function will be exactly the same as the 3 and 6 setting diverters described above. You can also choose the type of cartridge you want for the shower control. If you want a 17T thermostatic shower system that is not a problem!

Much like a normal on/off control, Delta integrated diverter shower faucet controls require a trim kit and rough-in valve to be complete. These parts are often sold separately. However at FaucetList.com we make buying a shower system easy. Therefore, on our site you will find many complete shower faucet control with integrated diverter packages that INCLUDE the rough-in valve. Because this fixture requires just a single valve for both temperature / volume control as well as diverter functionality, the installation is simple.

With an integrated diverter shower control, all handles to control your shower system can be found on a single panel making the operation easier and more intuitive. To learn more, make sure to read our complete guide to Creating a Shower System using Shower Controls with Integrated Diverters. Also check out our complete pre-built custom shower systems with integrated diverter control!

Group 3: Peripheral Shower Spray Systems

With the first two groups (the Shower Control and Diverter) you ultimately have less control. You need to have 1 Shower Control and 1 Diverter no matter what. Circumstances somewhat dictate which Diverter and Shower Control you may choose. Of course you can select a finish and a style for these controls but where you are really able to start customizing is when you start adding the different Shower Jet System Sprays.

Examples of Shower System Peripheral Sprays

Delta Venetian Bronze Modern Handheld Showerhead Faucet with Slide Bar 526548
Delta 8-inch 2.5 GPM Large Square Rain Chrome Showerhead with Arm 495499
Delta Stainless Steel Finish HydraChoice Touch Clean Square Shower System Body Spray COMPLETE Includes Valve, Trim, and Spray D1353V
Delta Universal Showering Components Collection Chrome Finish Traditional Style Decorative ADA Approved Grab Bar with Hand Shower and Hose Kit D51900

Remember, if you go with a 3-setting diverter you get to choose any 2 shower spray systems. If you go with a 6-setting diverter you get to choose any 3 shower spray systems. To create the best full body luxury Shower System you can select from the various options below. Some of the peripheral systems also have component parts (such as shower arms and shower flanges) required so make sure you order everything in order to have a complete system.

Wall Mount Body Sprays, Handheld Showers, Ceiling Mount Shower Heads, Wall Mount Shower Heads, and Body Spray Plates. There are a wide range of style options when it comes to each of these choices. Large Ceiling Mount Shower Heads can create Rain Shower Systems. There are Modern Square Showerheads and Square Handheld Showers for creating Contemporary Modern Shower Systems. There are Bell Shaped Showerheads with curved Shower arms available for creating luxury Traditional Shower Systems.

More Examples of Shower System Sprays

Delta 1-Spray 9-3/8 inch Venetian Bronze Finish Large Rain Showerhead 584306
Delta Dryden Modern 6.5-inch Chrome Finish Square Rain Showerhead 596992
Delta Stainless Steel Finish Handheld Showerhead Faucet with Slide Bar 526542
Delta Classic Round Shower Body Jet in Chrome featuring H2Okinetic 608651

The Diverter will allow you to create a Dual Shower Head System. A Multi Head Shower can be a very luxurious experience. A Shower Jets System spraying you from all angles can be the perfect way to start your day. You could also have Rainfall Shower System with a Ceiling Mount Showerhead and a few body jets. The Shower design ideas are nearly endless. The great thing about a Custom Shower is you can create the best Shower System for you!

After you have made your choice of peripheral shower system sprays, you can begin to think about placement. Before purchasing you may want to measure your available space and check to make sure you have chosen fixtures that will work well with it. Please consult the image to the left and the explanation below.

A Few Technical Details

Shower System Placement Guide

User height is one of the most important considerations when planning a Custom Shower. Remember that all users should be considered–including children or seated bathers. If there is a great difference in height between users you may want to include a separate volume control for the highest body spray so that it can be turned off without having to turn off all of the body sprays.

If using a bench, you may want a body spray positioned to hit you in the lower back when sitting.

To encompass your body with water, position body sprays on multiple shower walls.

  • A. The diverter control should be easily accessible for all users. Typically it is just above or below the shower valve, but it can be set just inside the shower door for easy access.
  • B. The shower valve should be placed about waist high, which is approximately 36" from the floor of the shower.
  • C. The lowest body spray is usually placed at knee or thigh height.
  • D. The middle body spray is usually placed at hip or waist level.
  • E. The highest body spray is usually placed at shoulder or back height.
  • F. The showerhead should be installed so that it is above the head of the tallest user, but still within reach of the shortest user. Ideally, the tallest user should not have to crouch or duck under the shower head to rinse his hair, while the shorter user should be able to manually adjust the spray modes of the shower head.

Examples of Shower Systems

Delta Addison Stainless Steel Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Ceiling Mount Showerhead, and Handheld Shower SS17T9281SS
Delta Addison Venetian Bronze Shower System with Dual Control Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Rain Shower Head, and Handheld Shower Spray SS179281RB
Delta Arzo Chrome Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Square Modern Ceiling Mount Showerhead, and Handheld Shower SS17T8681
Delta Dryden Champagne Bronze Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Modern Square Showerhead, and Hand Shower Spray SS17T5185CZ

A Final Note about Water Consumption

Shower Systems are designed to operate in an environment where there is plenty of water. Shower Systems use more water than a standard shower and therefore there are some regulations you should be aware of. In certain states, Shower Systems will not meet local plumbing code. If you are building a new home and need to pass inspection, you should consult your local plumbing code to find out if there are any restrictions on shower head water output. For those living in California, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and some areas of New York this is particularly important as low-flow regulations have set standards that a Shower Full System may not comply with. Unfortunately as regulations vary significantly from place to place (and sometimes change) we can't offer you any information on the local code in your region - you will have to check on that yourself.

Examples of Shower Systems

Delta Cassidy Venetian Bronze Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Rain Showerhead, and 3 Body Sprays SS17T9781RB
Delta Cassidy Stainless Steel Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Ceiling Mount Rain Showerhead, and Wall Mount Showerhead SS17T9783SS
Delta Cassidy Chrome Shower System with Thermostatic Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Large Rain Shower Head, and 3 Body Sprays SS17T9781
Delta Addison Venetian Bronze Shower System with Normal Shower Handle, 3-setting Diverter, Showerhead, and 2 Body Sprays SS149285RB

Shower Faucet System Recap

It's a lot to take in but ultimately not extremely difficult. In fact building a shower system can even be fun! Here's the long and short. You need a Shower Control (with Valve), a Shower Diverter (with Valve), and you need to choose the Peripheral Shower Systems you want to go with them. You can always browse our Pre-Built Shower Faucet Systems which are expertly optimized to make things easy. At FaucetList.com we have over 40 years' experience in the plumbing industry and it is our goal to make ordering a shower system easy! We have a large selection so you might be able to find that your perfect Shower System has already been built!

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A few working examples of Shower Systems

Custom Delta Shower System
Custom Delta Shower System
Custom Delta Shower System

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October 05, 2017

Hi, thanks for getting in touch! Your plumber is somewhat correct, however it’s not the cartridge/valve that is restricted but the showerhead itself. Almost all shower valves and cartridges flow at a rate higher than 2.0 GPM. For example if you have a tub/shower combination, the tub spout will flow around 8-10GPM. The tub spout uses the same valve and cartridge as the showerhead. But when you switch from tub spout to showerhead, that’s where the water is restricted. Usually there is some kind of metal insert in the showerhead that is welded in to restrict the water flow.

Unfortunately the regulations in California are strict and are getting even stricter. By July of next year showerheads will be limited to 1.8GPM.

Unfortunately I don’t know much about Moen Shower Systems as we are not a Moen distributor. I recommend contacting Moen directly as usually the big plumbing companies have customer service who will be aware of these issues and have ideas.

With Delta you would want to look for a Thermostatic 17T cartridge and a high flow valve if you wanted maximum water pressure. That would give you the maximum flow rate possible out of the showerhead but you would still be limited to 2.0GPM.

The 2.0GPM limit on showerheads is real. We have heard stories that some California cities require you to sign a statement that you will never change the showerhead to one with a non-approved flow rate. Until you sign they will not let your shower pass inpection. The fines for trying to get around this rule can be very high.

chris g grisafe
chris g grisafe

October 03, 2017

Helpful thank you. I have a Moen shower valve installed that was purchased in california. I was told by a plumber that in california shower valves are restricted to 2 GPM. The plumber and your article say the same thing. I need to find a high flow Moen cartridge to replace the restricted cartridge or remove and replace with a different manufacturer high flow valve. Any help would be appreciated.

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