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Shower Enclosure

Top Tips For Choosing The Most Suitable Shower Enclosure

A beautifully installed glass shower enclosure can be the crowning glory of a contemporary bathroom. It speaks of effortless class and style, but of course it’s a big investment and there are a lot of factors to consider to make sure you get the most out of your shower enclosure.


What different types of shower enclosures are available?

There are several different types of enclosures, and the best one for you will depend on where it will be installed and the space available. Who will be using it? For ease of access for families or less mobile people, a walk-in shower is a great option. 

Walk-in enclosures have a low-profile tray which are easy to step in and out of, and are more spacious. Usually they have no door, but are surrounded by glass panels that are arranged so that they contain the water rather than spilling out over the rest of the bathroom. They are not only convenient for all users, but look chic and contemporary as well.

It is most often the case that the enclosure will be fitted into the corner of the bathroom to save space. In this case, a quadrant enclosure with a curved glass front is the most popular choice. They can either be a standard size with both sides of equal length, or offset so that one side is longer than the other, affording more space inside. 

A quadrant enclosure will usually feature sliding doors to save space, but they can also have hinged doors that open outwards. If the bathroom is especially small and there is no suitable corner for a quadrant enclosure, another option would be a D-shaped enclosure that is designed to fit against a flat wall.  

In larger bathrooms where space is not limited, a square or rectangular enclosure is a good option. They can be fitted against a wall or even in the middle of the room. Rectangular shapes give more room for washing and are useful for families with young children or those who need assistance with their personal care. 


Frameless shower enclosures

As the name suggests, frameless shower enclosures have no frame, but the glass panels are fixed to a solid wall (not a stud partition) and the base of the shower. The glass must be strong enough to support its weight and withstand impacts, and will normally be tempered safety glass at least 8-10mm thick.

Alcove showers are fitted between three existing partition walls and fitted with a door or curtain.  


What is the best type of door to use?

The main types of shower door include pivot shower doors that open into the bathroom; bi-fold doors that open inwards, and sliding doors. The type you choose depends on how much space you have and personal preference. Swing doors need enough clearance to open fully without impacting on the fittings or fixtures of the bathroom. 

When space is limited, sliding doors or bi-fold doors are the most suitable option. 


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