If you live in an apartment in the city, or simply have a smaller bathroom than you’d like, the chances are you don’t have a bath. You spend your mornings (and sometimes your evenings) in the shower enjoying a few minutes of relaxation before you head off to work or get into bed. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a separate bath, a shower enclosure is still a great space to relax, and is a far more convenient option in the morning than a long hot soak in a bubble bath. Read our handy guide to shower enclosures to see if this product is the right choice for your home.
Your bathroom should be a light, airy, contemporary space – although some people prefer a traditional look when it comes to their bathrooms, this doesn’t mean that your fixtures and fittings can afford to look grubby and dated. The best way to update a tired looking space is with a brand new shower enclosure. The type of enclosure you choose will depend on your budget and available space, but here are some of the most popular types of shower enclosure available:
• Walk in shower enclosures
• Square shower enclosures
• Rectangular shower enclosures
• Curved shower enclosures
• Hydrotherapy shower enclosures
A square or rectangular shower enclosure is one of the most popular choices and is ideal for both traditional or contemporary bathrooms, whereas a curved shower enclosure is a more modern style which looks best in sleek, minimalist bathrooms. Walk in enclosures are the perfect choice for wetrooms, but don’t work well in smaller bathrooms. For the ultimate in luxury, a hydrotherapy shower enclosure will allow you to enjoy the feel of a mini-steam room, perfect for relaxing after a long day.
When choosing a shower enclosure, you need to think about the type of door that’s best. Here are some of the types of doors that are available:
• Sliding doors – ideal for smaller bathrooms where space is limited
• Bi fold doors – If there’s no space for a door which opens outwards, a bi fold door which folds in a concertina style is perfect
• Pivot doors – whether you choose to hang a pivot door for left or right access, it’s essential you have enough room to open a pivot door – these are best for larger bathrooms
Framed doors are usually made from thinner glass as they have the frame to support door. They are also lighter in weight and easier to install.
Frameless doors are made from thicker glass and are heavier than framed doors.
If you want a sliding door because of space restrictions or another reason - then you have to go for framed doors as sliding doors can not be frameless.
In terms of maintenance and longevity - frameless enclosures are the better choice as they don't have the frame which helps the build up of calc.
There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to creating the perfect shower enclosure, from chrome effect frames to frameless styles and a variety of patterns or designs for your shower glass panels – the options are endless!