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August 20, 2009 / Ann Porter, CKD

Next Generation Shower Drain Systems

The shower is no longer conceived of as a wet cell, but has become an inherent part of a whole room approach to bathroom design – showering is thus defined more and more by curb-less designs that do without shower trays. This style of showers require a new generation of floor drains to help maintain the boundary between wet and dry zones in your bathroom.

There are many advantages to using a linear slot drain in your bathroom shower. The most obvious is the sleek continuous look your shower floor will have.  Removing the shower curb and letting your floor tile cover the the whole area will make your bathroom appear larger.

Quick Drain USA’s high-quality, stainless steel linear slot drains come in various sizes from 32″ to 60″ making it an easy choice for your next project.  These 1 1/2″ wide drains have the lowest profile in the industry and are available with both side and bottom drain outlets. This  linear channel drain is also very easy to clean. Everything is removable (including the shower linear drain cover and strainer).


For curved shower applications ACO Haustechnik has linked up with Glamu to create a free-standing shower enclosure.  The shower drain system holds the curved glass element firmly in place with only one side fixed to a wall.  ACO offers designer grates for their drains with 5 pattern choices that can optionally be lit with colored LEDs.

aco curved shower drain

The Poresta Slot Floor Drain by Illbruck is well suited for the most minimalist bathrooms.  The grateless 7mm drain positioned directly against the wall gives the shower the appearance of having no drain. Water disappears into a barely noticeable shadow gap.

illbruck porta


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  1. Joseph / Aug 21 2009 11:52 am

    You have some excellent ideas for bathrooms. That has been one of the recurring themes in my own life–looking for a way to make our bathrooms and our kitchen look really glorious, even though those rooms are much too small. One of the glories of the Internet, though, is that there is absolutely no dearth of ideas. Right now I have no idea of what I will ultimately do, but I keep hoping I will come up with something really slick.

  2. granite cladding / Aug 27 2009 4:26 am

    Good to see that people still know what they are talking about. So much BS around these days!

  3. Lisa / Sep 19 2009 10:45 pm

    Hi Ann,
    I’m an Architect renovating several bathrooms at my house and I’d love to use a linear drain in one shower. I want to be able to slope the shower in only one direction, using 12 inch square tiles. The Quick Drain sizes don’t work for the space I have. Do you have an Illbruck contact in the US? Their website is just pretty pictures, no tech data. Thanks for your help.

    • Ann Porter, CKD / Sep 28 2009 1:07 pm

      I don’t but I just updated the ACO link with the US site.

      • Maciej / Oct 6 2009 3:58 am

        You may want to try SCS Designs Online, they are a very good looking product and the guys at SCS can custom make a linear drain for you with a short turn around time. I was very impressed with Peter’s work.

    • josef / Dec 8 2009 9:08 am

      Hi Lisa,
      I am surprised that you could not find a size from Quick Drain USA that would fit your shower size. Quick Drain USA makes 10 standard sizes and custom sizes are from 12″ to 10 feet!
      Please, let me know what size you are looking for.

  4. buknuk / Sep 27 2009 7:57 am

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.

  5. Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS / Oct 21 2009 5:47 pm

    QuickDrain won a KBIS award for their linear product. I think it’s ideal for aging in place projects, one of my specializations. I was surprised to learn, when I wrote about this a while ago, that they don’t meet code in certain parts of the country. I hope that changes soon.

    • josef / Dec 8 2009 9:06 am

      thank you for the nice words. I am not aware of any part of the country that Quick Drain USA does not meet the plumbing code standards. Please, let me know where it is that I can fix it.

  6. John Whipple / Dec 19 2010 2:15 pm

    Great Pictures guys!

    Why would anyone not use a channel drain on their next shower renovation.

  7. KC / Feb 26 2011 12:41 pm

    I have a 5 ft back wall for a shower that I am renovating so I believe that would require me to use a 58 in quickdrain. Any idea how expensive this drain would be? I get the feeling it is quite expensive.

    • Ann Porter, CKD / Feb 28 2011 8:34 am


      There are two types of drains depending on the type of floor you have. The easiest floor to remodel would be wood framed.

  8. shower screens sydney / Aug 28 2011 1:57 pm

    Great! As i look at it, its like no drain at all. But how about the hair? Is there any screen that can filter it?

    • Ann Porter, CKD / Aug 29 2011 10:57 am

      Yes, most of these drain have a way to clear hair.


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