How to Install a Shower Drain Grate?

A shower drain grate is used to eliminate wastewater from the bathroom into the drainage system. There are two types of shower drain grates, i.e., linear drains and point drain. Linears are perfect for walk-in showers and to separate wet and dry areas while point drains are most used in old constructions. It is mostly found in the middle of the bathroom floor. In this write-up, we discuss the step by step guide of installing shower drain grates.

Step by Step Guide of Installing Shower Drain Grates

Shower grates installation, when done properly, their simplistic and minimalist design makes them popular. The exact installation depends on the type of drain grate.

  • Choose the Preferred Location

Shower drains can be wall-mounted, which can be one-sided or three-sided and also mounted on the wall. Each model is location-specific. Ensure all floors are sloped with a gradient of at least 2%  towards the drainage channel to ensure the wastewater flows out to prevent flooding. It can be quite unpleasant considering the bathroom is meant to be a relaxing place. Make sure the shower drain is in line with your piping system.

  • Set Up Your Work Area

Clean up your work station. Sweep out all dirt or debris so that nothing enters the drainage pipe. This ensures that no blockage which may cause backflow of water to the bathroom. The drain can be covered with a pre-assembled type of sealing membrane or even a piece of cloth.

  • Find Out The Shower Drain Height

While calculating the shower drain height, consider the tile thickness, its adhesive layer, and the leveling layer. When it comes to the layering of tiles, a professional is recommended since there are measurements that have to be accurately made. Also, note the tiles must be on the same level as the drain or preferably a few meters higher than it to achieve an optimal level of water drainage. The space created should fit the grate afterward.

  • Fix the Drain Set and Connect the Drainage Pipe

Insert the built-in drainage set and make sure it is well placed to align with the drainage system. Adjust the height if need be to ensure the proper flow of water. This can be done using height-adjustable pegs that are readily available for purchase. Connect the shower drain to the drainage pipe. Secondly, the pipe must slope at an adequate angle and remain straight such that no waste or silt is trapped inside. A connector is needed to slide the drain into it, and it comes with a seal to prevent any leakage. Screed the floor area and allow it to harden.

  • Watertight Installation

The water protection system is used to achieve this. Place the selected tiles onto the floor a distance away from the drain. A tile guide is usually given to direct you on the appropriate space you need to leave. The free space around the drain is used to apply an elastic sealant to the permanently seal the joint between the tiled floor and the shower drain.

  • Place the Grate Over the Drain

The height-adjustable grate can be placed after the seal is dry and the drain cleaned.


Shower drain grates are easy and quick to install. There is a broad range of options to choose from if you want to remodel a house or construct a new one or install it in a modern house or traditional house.