The Bath Drain is Disappearing! … But that’s a Good Thing


Picture it. You just hooked up your bath with this kick-ass remodel, complete with glass tiles, German faucets, and custom concrete countertops. Everything looks fresh—even stupid fresh. But then (yikes!), the separate shower has a pedestrian round drain smack dab in the middle of the space for all to see. Of course, most people don’t think about the drain because they assume it’s a necessary evil. Trust us, it’s not. There are a handful of very slick European-style drains that are way cooler to look at (if you like that sort of thing) but can virtually disappear from view (if you don’t). Brands include Infinity Drain, CeraLine (by California Faucets), Easy Drain (by Easy Sanitary Solutions), and ProLine (by Quick Drain USA). We understand that Schluter is set to release a line drain of its own.

Infinity Drain

Available in a variety of lengths, configurations, and styles, Infinity Drain is a collection of premium-quality linear drains that gives baths a nice architectural flair. The collection allows your installer to pitch the shower in one direction and allows an uninterrupted tile installation. Pieces are made from stainless steel. www.infinitydrain.com.

Infinity Drain
Infinity Drain

 

California Faucets

CeraLine is a decorative linear shower drain that can be a focal point in the bath or can assume a stealth appearance when integrated into the design. Winner of the Red Dot Award and Good Design Award, the product range comes in three cover-plate trim styles and can be ordered in sizes from 32 inches to 52 inches. It’s available in stainless steel, satin gold, satin brass, mocha bronze, satin rose bronze, and graphite. www.calfaucets.com.

California Faucets
California Faucets

 

Quick Drain USA

ProLine is a linear slot drain that allows you to use the very popular large-format porcelain tiles without any interruptions. It can also help you create curbless showers, which are very popular right now. Strainers (the decorative part that you actually see) are made from stainless steel and come in six patterns. www.quickdrainusa.com.

Quick Drain USA
Quick Drain USA
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9 comments on “The Bath Drain is Disappearing! … But that’s a Good Thing

  1. I have been installing many linear drains this past 24 months and the end results are truly amazing. With each new installation I get more and more ideas for upcoming projects.

    The safety these drains and level access bathroom offer is an important consideration when 13% of serious falls happen in the bathroom.

    Learn which drain is right for which type of installation and what type of tile and setting materials that will be used.

    Many of the drains like the CeraLine and Kerdi Line require ticketed installers or professionals. The other seem more straight forward.

    I love the look and am quickly forgetting how to build a regular shower!

    John Whipple
    By Any Design Ltd.
    Linear Drain Specialist.
    (604) 506 6792
    info@byanydesign.com

  2. This so appeals to my linear, minimalist thinking. Appreciate that a drain, generally entirely forgettable but essential, finally has a chance to stand out and be on the level as other bath hardware, fixtures and furnishings.

    • We’re with you 100 percent on that. The only problem is that some of these can get rather pricey, plus they require a mortar bed shower pan. So, you couldn’t use an off the shelf acrylic shower pan with it.

  3. […] Picture it. You just hooked up your bath with this kick-ass remodel, complete with glass tiles, German faucets, and custom concrete countertops. Everything looks fresh—even stupid fresh. But then (yikes!), the separate shower has a pedestrian round drain smack dab in the middle of the space for all to see. Of course, most people don’t think about the drain because they assume it’s a necessary evil. Trust us, it’s not. There are a handful of very … Read More […]

  4. Any channel drain, linear slot-drain type product being sold or installed here in the U.S. is the direct result of Barbara and Josef Erlebach of Quick Drain USA. The two worked tirelessly in meetings with the IAPMO/ICC to change the ages old round-center drain that was the only option for America. Once they had been UPC listed and ICC-ES approved they launched the ProLine Drain and swept K/BIS 2009, winning the Best of: Bath, product competition and then the overall “Golden Award” for the most innovative product at the show. They won the Nightingale Award at HD 09 and most innovative bath product at the HD Expo.
    All other channel drains being used today for showers can thank them for their tireless work in changing the national specification.

    Regards,
    Eric Carson
    207.828.8050 x 101
    epc@communicatorsintl.com

    • Thank you for the comment, dear reader. I will defer to you, for i don’t know the back story on the chain of events. QuickDrain is in fact the very first product of this kind that i saw some years ago. I’m not sure if it was already available in Europe, but it’s certainly a new thing here. It is a very cool product, and sure to only increase in popularity.

  5. Probably the most important flooring material in any one room, and the least thought about, is the selection that you make for your bathroom. Homeowners will spend extra money to assure proper insulation, HEPA filters on their furnaces for allergens and disinfectants for surfaces to keep their family free from germs but your bathroom is the catch all for mold and mildew.

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