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Choosing the Right Shower Enclosure for Your Bathroom

One of the focal points of any bathroom is the shower, so you can use it to make a décor statement and create an interesting look in your bathroom. One of its most important elements is the shower screen, so you need to make sure to choose the right one. Therefore, you should take some time to find out what your options are and which ones will meet your needs. Here are several factors that you need to consider when buying a shower screen.

Measuring the Available Space in Your Bathroom

Depending on how much available space you have in your bathroom, you should decide what type of shower and shower enclosure you need. You need to measure the floor space and the height in order to see if you have enough space for a bathtub or shower. Additionally, you need to consider whether you want a hinged shower door that opens outwards, since this will take up some additional space. If you have a small bathroom, a better solution is going with a shower rather than a bathtub.

The Positioning

Another important factor you need to have in mind when choosing a shower screen is the position of the shower. Whether your shower is in a corner or the center of a wall will affect the type of door you need. If your shower is placed in the middle of a wall, you’ll probably need a D-shaped shower enclosure. In addition, you should come up with a layout of your bathroom and consider whether the bathroom door will open to the left or right in order to avoid any obstructions when opening it (of course, if you choose shower doors that open outwards).shower-389260_1280

Tray Options

When it comes to the tray options, you can decide whether you want shower enclosures with or without a tray. Going with an enclosure that comes with a tray is usually a better option, since the tray is made to fit the shower doors, thus minimizing the risk of leakage. In addition, if you buy a shower screen along with a tray, you won’t have to bother with finding the right size of a tray.

Shower Enclosure Styles

The style of the shower screen you choose can have a powerful impact on the look of your bathroom. Therefore, you need to look into all the available options to find the one that will work for you.

  • A quadrant shower enclosure is the perfect choice for small bathrooms. It’s shaped as a cubicle and has a curved shower screen, so you can easily place it in the corner.
  • Hinged shower screens are usually used in contemporary bathrooms, since they have a sleek and modern look. This type of shower screen can take up some extra space, but it can create a light and open ambient in your bathroom.
  • Frameless shower enclosures are also often used in contemporary bathrooms to create a modern look. This stylish option with curved lines and a glass finish will definitely increase the value of your bathroom, claim at Brisbane-based experts for shower screens.
  • Semi-frameless shower enclosures are a more affordable option than the frameless one, yet they will still contribute to the modern look of your bathroom.bathroom-881124_1280
  • Sliding shower doors are a space-saving option perfect for small bathrooms. If you want to create an open atmosphere in your bathroom, you should opt for sliding shower doors with clear glass.
  • Pivot shower doors are the most commonly used option. The doors can be left, right and center pivoted and they usually open outwards. Pivot shower screens can be semi-framed or framed, which is a great option for families with small children.

When choosing the right shower enclosure, you need to consider more than just the style. If you take all of these factors into account, you can find a beautiful shower screen that will be both functional and stylish.

Article written by Lillian Connors. If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. As the Co-Editor at SmoothDecorator, she cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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14 Comments

  1. I really like the frameless shower enclosures. Like you mentioned, they create a modern look and are very trendy right now. I’ve heard you can even get the glass tinted which is a really neat idea.

  2. Right now my husband and I are planning to remodel our bathroom. We want to make sure that we choose the right shower enclosure that will be both functional and stylish. As you said, frameless shower enclosures are great in order to great a modern look. We’ll have to consider this option.

  3. My wife and I love the look of glass shower enclosures. Since our bathroom is pretty our of date, we were curious about how we would choose the right one if we were ever to remodel. I really like that idea of a quadrant enclosure because our bathroom is so small, and it’s easy to place in a corner. We will definitely have to research and see who in our area will be able to install that type of shower in our house.

  4. Thanks for the tips for choosing a shower enclosure. My wife and I are remodeling our bathroom, and we need help figuring out what to do with our shower. I like that you mentioned that a quadrant enclosure is great for small bathrooms because it fits into the corner. Our bathroom is tiny, so this might be a great option for us.

  5. Thanks for these great tips about choosing the right shower screen for your bathroom. I’m planning a remodel in my own bathroom, but I have a smaller space, so size is definitely an important factor for me. I’m so glad that there are options now that allow me to have a stylish shower in a tight space.

  6. I didn’t realize that frameless shower enclosures could actually increase property value. I’m currently deep into a bathroom renovation so I’ll have to consider this style. Thanks for the tip!

  7. I agree that you need to be sure to know how much space you have when installing a shower door. It would be good to consider this because it would be good to know when knowing the size. My brother is looking for a new shower door, so he’ll have to find something that fits the measurements.

  8. I loved when you mentioned how you should take the time to consider where your shower is located when choosing a screen for it. It makes sense to think that doing this can help you find the best screen that will provide the privacy you want in the shower. As I see it, taking the time to do some research and check with the BBB in order to find the best one for your needs.

  9. Thank you so much for your tips, It’s very informative for me. Thank you 🙂

  10. We already got so many things to consider before choosing the right shower enclosure before suggested to came here. You made it sensible for me. Thanks for all the checklist and the first headline of this article…:)

  11. I really like that this article mentioned that shower door choosing tips. By the way, my aunt remodeling her home and still isn’t sure if she should go with a traditional shower or shower door. I think that I will tell her about this topics. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

  12. I want to get a new shower installed in my home soon. It is good to know that frameless shower can be used in a contemporary home. My home has a mix between modern and contemporary style so that is good for me to know.

  13. Thanks for pointing out that frameless glass shower doors are used in contemporary bathrooms to help add to the modern style. My husband and I are interested in having our bathroom remodeled soon. I like the idea of a modern style, so I think choosing frameless glass would be a good fit for us.

  14. It makes a lot of sense that you say frameless shower doors create a modern and stylish look. I am planning to remodel my bathroom this summer and a frameless enclosure could be a great design to match with the style of my home. Also, the fact that frameless doors will increase the value of my home could end up making the remodel cost effective in the long run.

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