Pony Wall Construction: Pony Wall in Construction
What Is A Pony Wall?
A pony wall is a type of shower curtain that is made from multiple layers of fabric. They are typically used in bathrooms where there is no space for a traditional shower curtain. These curtains have been around since the 1970’s when they were first introduced into hotels and other commercial buildings.
Today, these curtains are still manufactured commercially and available at most home improvement stores.
The term “pony” comes from the fact that the curtain is usually made up of multiple layers of fabrics. Some examples include cotton, linen or silk. Other types of materials such as wool and even polyester have been used in some cases but they tend to be less durable than their cotton counterparts.
How Does A Pony Wall Work?
The idea behind using multiple layers of fabric is so that water doesn’t run off the top layer and onto your skin. Water tends to pool at the bottom of a bathtub, sink or toilet bowl. When a person sits down on a shower curtain, the water runs over the surface of the material and then back down through holes in it before hitting them.
How Do You Build A Pony Wall?
When building a pony wall, you need to consider several factors. First of all, you want your walls to be sturdy enough so that they won’t fall down if someone falls on them while trying to get out of the shower. Second, you don’t want the walls too high because then it will take longer for water to drain off from your body.
The layered fabric of a pony wall works in a very similar way but has the added benefit of looking aesthetically pleasing in most cases.
What Are The Advantages Of A Pony Wall?
The advantages of the design are numerous. First of all, they are great at holding back water when showering or bathing so that it doesn’t go all over the bathroom floor. Last but not least, make sure it is easy for you to get in and out of the shower.
The perfect height should be somewhere around 2 feet tall.
You can choose whatever material that you want to use for your walls as long as it is sturdy enough to support your weight and high enough so that water doesn’t run off of it and onto your body. Common materials used are wood, plywood, 2x4s and even bricks. Second of all, they are easy to clean and maintain.
All you have to do is simply wash them using mild soap and water. Most of the time you can get away with wiping them down so that they look spotless without much effort.
The layer design also allows a bit of air to pass through which makes them less steamy than a solid shower curtain would be.
How to build a pony wall?
You don’t need to be an expert at construction if you are tackling this project on your own. The most important thing is that the walls be sturdy enough to support your weight. A good rule of thumb is that the walls need to be around as high or even a little higher than your waist when you are standing on your toes.
If you’re shorter in height, then of course you can make yours shorter than this. This can be a great benefit in the summer when it is really hot outside. Even though the sides of a pony wall are see through, they still do a good job at keeping some of the steam in which makes your bathroom less like a sauna.
The material that is often chosen for this type of curtain usually matches the rest of your bathroom. For example, if you have wooden cabinets in your bathroom then you may want to get a wooden pony wall.
The height is also important because you don’t want the walls to be too tall because this can cause the water to drip down your body longer, thus making you wet longer. The layers can also be placed higher or lower than the standard height depending on how open or closed you want your shower to be.
What type of material should I use to make my pony wall?
Where To Buy?
Your local home improvement store is a great place to buy the materials that you need to construct this project.
In some cases, you may be able to find the materials that you need at second hand stores or thrift shops as well. Of course, you will want to make sure that whatever you buy is in good enough condition to use and will last you for a long time.
Most of the time you will see these walls made out of wood. The reason for this is that it is sturdy enough to support a human’s weight. You can also use other materials such as plastic, metal or even sheet rock.
These may not be as sturdy but you can always add reinforcements if you think that it isn’t strong enough.
How high should my pony wall be?
Now this is completely up to you!
What tools do I need?
The only tool that you should really need is a saw of some kind. You may also want to get a drill so that you can place screws into the wood, etc. for extra support.
Other than that, just standard tools should do it! If you are really unsure of whether or not you have the proper tools, most home improvement stores should allow you to rent them for a low price. But to give you some guidance, the standard height for a shower wall is around 60 inches. This is about as high as most people can reach without standing on their toes.
Of course, if you are really tall or have mobility issues then you can lower the height of the walls to something that suits your needs. If you are shorter than average then you may want to raise it a little higher so that water doesn’t run off and onto the floor.
Other than these guidelines, making this project is pretty easy and intuitive so don’t over think it! The choice is completely up to you and your situation.
Does it really make that much of a difference?
In some ways, yes it does. Having a shower wall can not only make your bathroom look less cluttered but it can also be safer as well. If you are shorter than average then having the walls higher can keep the water from spilling onto the floor when you take a shower.
Why would I want a shower wall?
These walls coves your body so that you don’t get wet when the water runs off of you. It’s great for keeping the rest of your bathroom dry as well. You can also use them as a decorative element in your shower or even use one as a divider if you want.
It can be a pain to constantly have to wipe up water that has made its way out of your designated shower space but this simple addition can help alleviate that problem for good. For those who are taller than average, then you may want to raise the walls so that the water doesn’t run off onto the floor.
This particular design can also be altered if you want to make it shorter or taller than the standard dimensions.
Does it take long to build?
No, not really. This should take no longer than a day to complete. The hardest part really depends on what type of materials you use and whether or not you are doing any alterations to the dimensions.
What else should I know about shower walls? If you are shorter than average then leaving it lower can keep your shower from becoming too cramped.
You can also use these walls as a divider if you want. Of course, this may not be necessary if you have a large enough shower but if you’re really cramped for space, this can help a lot. Not only does it give the impression of more space but it can even divide the room into sections so that water doesn’t get everywhere.
These walls can be used with showers that have doors or even showers that are free standing. As long as you find a way to enclose the shower head and pipes then there shouldn’t be an issue.
If you are handy enough, then you can probably build one of these in the shape of an “L” or even a circle so that you can fit more than one person in it. This would require different piping arrangements but can be done if needed. You may even want to use this concept in your bathing area if you don’t have many walls or have a really big bathroom.
These walls can also be used just as a decorative element. No one has to know that it isn’t a real wall unless you tell them. They can range from being plain to being intricately designed.
It all depends on what style you want and what you feel most comfortable with.
For the most part, these are really easy to make so if you want one then just make sure you have enough insulation for the pipes and then get to work!
These walls can help to contain the mess and keep your bathroom floor from getting wet. This is especially helpful if you have hardwood floors or tile and don’t want to later risk them developing mold or getting warped by standing water.
Shower walls are also relatively easy to clean. Simply spray them down or give them a good scrub with a mop and cleaner and they’ll look almost new again.
Is there anything else I should know about?
You can always alter your shower wall depending on the materials you use, how much space you have and how much work you want to do. For instance, you could make an L or U shape to encase the pipes with a divider down the middle to create two separate areas.
This might work better if you have more than one family using the same shower or if you just want a little more space for yourself. If you’re using a liner then it may be a little harder to clean if you’re doing it often but they are definitely easier than your shower floor or the rest of your bathroom for that matter.
You can also get creative with these and make them fancier than they need to be. If you’re using glass block, then you have the option of putting lights behind them so that they give off illumination. It can even be used to divide the shower in half if you don’t want to alter a pre-existing layout.
This is a good way to make a custom shower without having to worry too much about other alterations that may be involved in building one. This is also relatively easy to make and can either be done with regular boards or even pieces of stone or bricks if you want it to match your bathroom’s design. You can also do this with larger blocks of wood and create designs on the wall.
If you’re using a solid material such as tile or stone then you have more options for design. Just be sure that your materials are all the same color and try to find one that matches the decor of your bathroom. You can then either put lighting inside of them or leave them unlit if they match well enough to not look out of place.
You can even use clear glass in some instances so that the shower isn’t quite as dark if you’re trying to save on electricity. It also helps to cut down on the heat of the water and keeps your bathroom a little cooler.
Basically, there are a lot of options available when it comes to building a shower wall. There are benefits to each one so you’ll have to decide what would work best for your situation.
You can either have these walls made ahead of time and then just take them with you or get what materials you need when you reach your new home. They’re very easy to transport so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
This is another option that you have and can easily make by yourself if you have enough time and ambition. You can make this wall with large containers that are filled with water. Just make sure that the pipes for the shower and the rest of the bathroom aren’t damaged by any adjustments you make to the walls.
Also, don’t forget to clean the walls! They can get dirty just like everything else in your bathroom so keep them as clean as you would anything else in there.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own then you can always buy these at a home and garden center. They come in various sizes and shapes and you can even get ones that have flat tops so that you can sit on the edge or lean against them while you shower.
You can also fill plastic jugs, milk crates, or other items you find to use as water weights. They’re pretty easy to clean though so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
These types of walls can be made out of fiberglass, plastic or metal. Fiberglass tends to be harder than the other two and is more expensive as well but will probably outlast whatever house you have it in. It’s also not quite as heavy so if you need to move the wall at all it’ll be easier than with the other two materials.
Just make sure that they are sealed properly so that you don’t get any leaks.
You can attach these to your shower head just like you would put it on a hose so you can enjoy the feeling of a full body shower without wasting tons of water.
Those are the different options you have when it comes to building or buying your own shower walls.
Choose whichever one you see fit for your situation as they all have their pros and cons.
These walls are very easy to build and take little time to set up. You can either fill buckets, tires, or other large items with water and stack them along the wall or you can buy special shower curtain rods that are weighted at the bottom.
These are very easy to clean and prevent the spread of disease through shared walls. They’re very easy to put in yourself and you can add them on to your house whenever you have the time and extra money.
Just don’t forget to keep everything clean because that’s just good sense!
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