How to Choose the Right Shower Enclosure for Your Bathroom

Written by  //  January 18, 2013  //  Bed n' Bath  //  Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Shower Enclosure for Your Bathroom

When you decide to redesign your bathroom, the first fixture you’ll probably think about is the bath, but make sure you don’t neglect the shower enclosure. This is one of the most important things to get right.

As with a lot of bathroom design, it’s vital that you get something that suits the space you have. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best shower enclosure for your home.

Size and Shape

The obvious place to start is by measuring your bathroom and working out how much space you have for your shower. Don’t even think about looking at the various shower enclosures on the market until you’ve done this, as you’ll need to have your measurements to hand when you’re shopping to make sure the product you pick will fit in your home.

You should also check that there is accessible plumbing and drainage for your shower where you would like it to be in the bathroom. If this is not the case – and you don’t mind a bit of remodelling work – you’ll have to call in a plumber to reroute the pipes.

The shape of your shower enclosure is another thing you will need to consider. For instance, do you want a square cubicle, or would you prefer a corner tray with a rounded front? This will largely depend on the design scheme you have opted for, as well as how much space you have for your shower.

Wet Room or Ready-Made Cubicle?

You have two main choices for your shower enclosure; buying a ready-made cubicle or creating a wet room area. The latter can look fantastic and will give your bathroom an incredibly open feel – especially if you choose a shower screen made from glass.

However, having a walk-in shower tends to take up quite a bit of room, so may not be the best choice if you are short of space. You can still pick up some stylish cubicles, though, and you can add features like a seat or steam jets to customise your shower.

Entry Point

It’s very important to consider where you will enter and exit your shower from, as you need to make sure there is space for you to open the enclosure’s door without any obstructions.

As bathrooms have several permanent fittings, this may be more difficult than you imagine. One of the obvious ways around this problem is to choose a sliding door or a bi-folding one that opens inwards in a concertina.

The space you have in your bathroom will dictate which of these options is most suitable. Generally, an outward-opening shower door will be the best choice if you have room for it.

Materials

Revamping your bathroom is not something you want to have to do every few years, so pick products that are durable and made to last. Buying your shower enclosure from a company like AQVA that only stocks high-quality products is a good option, as you won’t have to worry about the integrity of the materials used in the enclosure’s design.

All shower doors and screens should be made from toughened safety glass and ought to be reasonably thick. Avoid buying cheaper plastic versions, as these won’t last as well and are likely to need replacing much more quickly.

In terms of the tray itself, it should also be made from a robust substance – acrylic, stone resin and ceramic are among the most popular materials. The main thing to note here is that it drains well and isn’t warped when you install it.

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