If you want to lower your showerhead, you can install an adjustable shower arm or shower arm extension.
Today, we’ll provide you with an overview of each of these options and their advantages and disadvantages.
Related: What is a Shower Arm?
Shower Arm Extension
A shower arm extension is exactly as the name sounds.
It’s an extension that you add to your shower arm to lower the showerhead. Extensions are typically around 6 to 7″ long. Nearly all shower arm extensions feature a .5″ IPS connection that should be compatible with your existing shower arm and showerhead.
- Advantages: It provides a more streamlined look. Affordable. These can also work well for all showerhead types, including rainfall showerheads.
- Disadvantages: Not adjustable. This option is not ideal if you share the shower with others who might want to adjust the height of the showerhead. Also, if you want to raise the shower head back up, you’ll need to remove the entire extension.
You can find shower arm extensions at most hardware stores and online retailers such as Amazon.
Adjustable Shower Arm
An adjustable shower arm allows you to adjust the height of your shower head without having to remove any existing parts in your shower. Place the adjustable shower arm between the fixed shower arm and showerhead, and you are set. Adjustable shower arms typically feature two knobs that can be used to tighten or loosen the connection, making it easy to adjust the height of the showerhead.
- Advantages: Easy to adjust. No need to remove parts when you want to raise or lower the showerhead.
- Disadvantages: The shower arm and extension are visible, which some might consider aesthetically displeasing. More expensive than a shower arm extension. It can only support a limited amount of weight.
You can find adjustable shower arms at most hardware stores and online retailers such as Amazon.
Alternatives to Either System
Rather than installing a shower arm extension or adjustable shower arm, you could also buy a diverter that allows you to use a handheld showerhead with your existing showerhead.
By a simple twist of a knob, you can switch between either a fixed or handheld showerhead to bathe yourself. Diverters are also affordable and easy to install and can be found at most hardware stores or online retailers.
Now that you know your options, it’s time to make a decision and get to work! Whether you choose a shower arm extension, adjustable shower arm, or diverter, follow the instructions for your product and enjoy your new lower shower head.