Whether you take them to get energised in the mornings or to cool off after long workdays, showers have become an essential part of everyday life.

Over time though, the performance and appearance of your shower can start to falter. Without careful maintenance, things such as limescale, rust and soap scum can start to build up - both externally and internally - leading to unsightly handsets and clogged nozzles.

So, if you find that your shower experience is a little underwhelming or you simply want to improve its looks, here are 4 simple DIY shower upgrades that can take your shower to the next level!

Replace Those Hand Showers & Hoses

Sometimes the most simple of changes can be the most effective. That’s definitely the case when it comes to replacing hand showers and hoses. If yours have become heavily stained or the spray pattern has started to diminish due to blockages and kinks, a brand new hand shower or hose could instantly solve your problems. They’re incredibly easy to replace, too. Most handsets can be unscrewed from their hoses by hand - but you may need some pliers to help loosen hoses from shower units.

Our pick here is the hansgrohe Crometta Vario 2 Spray Hand Shower. A sleek and minimalist hand shower, the Crometta Vario really looks the part in contemporary spaces. It boasts two spray modes including Rain; for rinsing away shampoo and IntenseRain; an energising spray for early risers. It also benefits from hansgrohe’s QuickClean technology that uses clever rubber nubs that can be rubbed clean of limescale deposits.

hansgrohe Crometta Vario 2 Spray Hand Shower 100 + Isiflex 1.25m Shower Hose
hansgrohe Crometta Vario 2 Spray Hand Shower 100 + Isiflex 1.25m Shower Hose

While the hand shower mentioned above does come equipped with a snazzy 1.25m Isiflex shower hose, you can also buy these separately should you need one. This Isiflex hose is coated with durable plastic that makes it easier to clean and maintain. It’s also far less likely to kink or tangle over time thanks to its pivot connectors. We think you’ll be amazed at how much of an impact a fresh shower hose can have on your shower space!

hansgrohe Isiflex 1.25m Shower Hose Chrome - 28272000
hansgrohe Isiflex 1.25m Shower Hose Chrome - 28272000

Revamp With A Shower Slide Rail Kit

If you have one, the state of your shower’s slide rail can be a tell-tale sign of its age. One of the few mechanisms on a shower that is adjusted daily, a rusted or limescale-damaged rail will become difficult to move and detract from your overall shower experience.

If thorough cleaning hasn’t done the trick, you’ll need a new one. Thankfully, these are quite simple to replace too. The hansgrohe Croma Select E Vario EcoSmart Shower Slider Rail Kit, for instance, is a smooth-running 65cm rail that requires just two screws to fix it securely to your wall. It’s also excellent value for money as it comes complete with a fresh hose and handset, allowing to revamp that shower in one fell swoop.

hansgrohe Croma Select E Vario EcoSmart 9 l/min 3 Spray Shower Slider Rail Kit 65cm - 26583400
hansgrohe Croma Select E Vario EcoSmart 9 l/min 3 Spray Shower Slider Rail Kit 65cm - 26583400

We’re also really fond of the hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario 3 Shower Slider Rail Kit. Its feature set remains largely the same as the shower slide rail kit above, albeit with the addition of an extremely handy soap dish for keeping your shower area organised.

hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario 3 Spray 65cm Shower Slider Rail Kit with Soap Dish - 26566400
hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario 3 Spray 65cm Shower Slider Rail Kit with Soap Dish - 26566400

Switch Out A Tired Old Valve For A Combi Set

If the problem with your current shower stems from an unsightly or faulty exposed shower valve, you can usually replace these with relative ease. This is because many thermostatic valves use standard hole centres set at 150mm and ¾ inch female connectors, making the plumbing job quite a straightforward one.

Combination sets are available at such competitive price points that it makes sense to replace the whole thing as opposed to taking your current one apart sourcing costly replacement cartridges and parts. Take the hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario Thermostatic Shower System, for example.

hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario Thermostatic Shower System with 90cm Shower Slider Rail Kit - 27014400
hansgrohe Croma Select S Vario Thermostatic Shower System with 90cm Shower Slider Rail Kit - 27014400

This good looking and high-performance shower valve provides safety and comfort with its precise thermostat that has been designed to maintain constant water temperature. This combi set comes with either a 65cm or 90cm slider rail and an impressive hand shower to complete your shower overhaul.

Add Even More Functionality With A Showerpipe

If the poor performance of your shower is what has left you wanting more, a hansgrohe showerpipe could be the answer. These feature the same type of fittings as the combi sets mentioned above and so they’re just as easy to install.

However, on top of their eye-catching appearances, they can also offer you even more functionality. Showerpipes feature both a hand shower and an overhead, allowing you to make shower experiences much more varied by being able to switch between them on the fly. Some showerpipes in the range also feature a bath filling option, great for those who want to achieve an all-in-one look.

The hansgrohe Croma Select E Showerpipe 180 Thermostatic Shower Mixer is our favoured choice. The elegant system features a handset and a glorious overhead rain shower. Together they boast a combined 4 spray modes to choose from, including; Rain, IntenseRain, SoftRain and Massage.

hansgrohe Croma Select E Showerpipe 180 Thermostatic Shower Mixer - 27256400
hansgrohe Croma Select E Showerpipe 180 Thermostatic Shower Mixer - 27256400

Need to be able to fill a bath too? The hansgrohe Vernis Shape Showerpipe 230 has you covered. It makes use of an easy to use diverter valve that allows you to effortlessly switch between the overhead, hand shower and bath spout. You can even adjust the angle of the overhead shower itself to suit your own personal preference.

hansgrohe Vernis Shape Showerpipe 230 Thermostatic Bath Shower Mixer - 26284000
hansgrohe Vernis Shape Showerpipe 230 Thermostatic Bath Shower Mixer - 26284000

What About Shower Accessories?

If your shower system is still fully functional but just in need of a little style boost, you can easily enhance its look with some well-chosen shower accessories.

hansgrohe’s accessories collection includes everything you’ll need to enhance the look of a shower space. From high-quality shower corner baskets to replacement shower hoses and slider rails, all products in the collection feature similar design cues. This allows everything to seamlessly work together, no matter how many products you choose to install.



Found our guide to DIY shower upgrades helpful? Want even more shower inspiration? Try our recent guide to hansgrohe PowderRain showers. For all other kinds of bathroom inspiration, from helpful how-to’s to insightful style guides, stick with us here on the Victorian Plumbing blog.