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The Pros and Cons of Ceiling Shower Arms

Ceiling shower arms have been increasing in popularity lately. Some people love them because they take up less space, while others hate them because they can be challenging to install and use properly. This comprehensive guide will discuss the pros and cons of ceiling shower arms and some of the different brands, colors, prices, and available lengths.

We’ll also answer some common questions about installing and using a ceiling shower arm.

Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages

Here’s a table summarizing the advantages and disadvantages of ceiling shower arms:

Use less spaceTough to install
Sleek and modern designHard to clean under
Natural rainfall experienceNot pet or kid-friendly
Good for small spacesNo height adjustments
Good for tall peoplePotential mold problems

Advantages of Ceiling Shower Arms

Here are a few key advantages of installing a ceiling shower arm:

  • They take up less space: This is probably the most significant advantage of a ceiling shower arm. If you have a small bathroom or want to free up some space in your shower, a ceiling shower arm can help.
  • Sleek and modern design: The ceiling mount provides a stylish appearance to any bathroom.
  • The overhead spout makes it feel like rain: For some people, the best part of a ceiling shower arm is it makes you feel like you’re standing in the rain every day when you shower.
  • Perfect for taller people: Unlike a showerhead that comes from the wall, with a ceiling shower arm, you won’t have to stoop down to get wet. This can be a big advantage if you’re tall or have mobility issues.

Deep Dive: Learn the Different Types of Shower Arms

Disadvantages of Ceiling Shower Arms

Here are a few key disadvantages of ceiling shower arms:

  • They can be difficult to install: One of the biggest complaints about ceiling shower arms is that they can be difficult to install. If you’re not handy or don’t have someone who can help you, it’s probably best to hire a professional plumber for the job. You’ll have to run an extension of the water line from the wall to the ceiling, which can be tricky.
  • Difficult to clean your body: Unlike water hitting your body from the side, with a ceiling shower arm, the water comes down from above. This can make it more difficult to properly clean your body, especially if you have long hair or when cleaning lower extremities.
  • Cannot clean pets: If you use your shower currently to clean pets, a ceiling shower arm will make this much more difficult.
  • Children can be scared: Young children can sometimes be scared of the water coming down from above as it can feel like they’re being attacked. This is especially true if the water pressure is high.
  • No variability in height: If you and others that share your shower are different heights (adult vs. child), a ceiling shower arm can be difficult to adjust for everyone unlike an adjustable shower arm.
  • Water splashes more: One of the most common complaints about ceiling shower arms is that the water splashes more. This can lead to mold growth around the shower stall as water may hit the same spot on the floor or walls.

Ceiling Shower Arm Brands

Here are a few of the more popular brands of ceiling shower arms:

  • Moen: A very popular and trusted brand. However, their selection is limited.
  • Delta: Offers a variety of styles and finishes and has a rather large selection of shower arms.
  • Kohler: A premium brand based in Wisconsin that makes many different bathrooms, kitchens, and lighting fixtures. 
  • American Standard: Affordable and widely available, but the selection is limited.
  • Grohe: Luxury German company makes a couple of shower arms in various colors.

Ceiling Shower Arm Colors

When selecting a color, most people try to match the finish of their other bathroom fixtures. However, ceiling shower arms are available in a variety of colors and finishes, which include the following:

  • Chrome: The most popular finish, and it goes with nearly everything.
  • Brushed Nickel: It’s a more muted version of chrome and very popular.
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze: A dark finish popular in more rustic or traditional bathrooms.
  • Polished Brass: A bright finish that makes a comeback in more modern bathrooms.
  • Copper: A unique finish that can add character to any bathroom.

Ceiling Shower Arm Prices

Ceiling shower arms are available at a variety of price points. Here is a general range of what you can expect to spend:

  • Budget: $25-$50
  • Mid-range: $50-$100
  • High-end: $100-$200
  • Luxury: $200 and up

Ceiling Shower Arm Lengths

Ceiling shower arms are available in a variety of lengths. The most common lengths are as follows:

  • Standard: Between six and ten inches.
  • Long: Ten to fourteen inches.
  • Extra-long: Fourteen inches or longer.

Video Tutorials

Want to see how a ceiling shower arm is installed? Check out these helpful video tutorials:

Questions and Answers about Ceiling Shower Arms

Here are a few questions that we commonly get about ceiling shower arms:

How long should a ceiling shower arm be?

You’ll want plenty of clearance between the showerhead and your tallest family member. Standard showerheads are usually six to eight inches, while long shower heads are ten to fourteen inches.

How do you remove a shower arm from the ceiling?

If you need to remove your shower arm, simply unscrew it from the shower pipe behind the ceiling. You may need a wrench to loosen it if it’s tight. We recommend turning off the water main, usually located in a basement or crawl space before beginning. Here’s a helpful article with step-by-step instructions on replacing a shower arm.

How do I stabilize a shower arm?

If your shower arm is loose or wobbling, you’ll want to tighten the set screw that’s holding it in place. If that doesn’t work, you can try using silicone caulk or plumbing putty to help stabilize it.

Are rainfall shower heads worth it?

Rainfall shower heads can be a bit more expensive, but they offer a luxurious experience. Many people find them worth the extra money.

We hope that you found this article helpful. If you have any questions that we didn’t answer, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to help. Thanks for reading!

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a renowned author and expert in the field of shower filters, with an extensive background in plumbing. With over 20 years of experience, Mark has dedicated his career to helping people improve their water quality and overall well-being by providing reliable and efficient shower filtration solutions.

Before embarking on his writing journey, Mark honed his skills as a certified plumber, working on numerous residential and commercial projects. His vast knowledge and experience in plumbing have given him a deep understanding of water filtration systems, making him a highly sought-after authority in the industry.

Mark's passion for water quality and filtration led him to pursue a successful writing career, focusing on shower filters. In his work, he shares valuable insights on the latest technology, installation techniques, and maintenance tips, empowering homeowners, contractors, and fellow industry professionals seeking advice on shower filtration systems.