What to consider when choosing a shower enclosures

Shower Enclosures

You’ll want to choose one that suits your style and taste but there are also practical considerations to take into account, such as the amount of space you have available.

Size and Shape

You might have an ideal size and shape in mind but the most suitable enclosure for your home will also depend largely on the type of room and space you have available. If you are fitting the shower in an existing bathroom, creating an ensuite or even a dedicated shower room, this may also have a bearing.

Think carefully about the best place to suit your shower. You don’t want to feel cramped when you are inside but the enclosure should not make the rest of the room inaccessible either.

As you’re probably aware, shower enclosures come in many different shapes. They are often square or rectangular but curved enclosures or quadrant showers can also offer a solution that’s both stylish and practical.

Style and Type

The choice of doors is also important. Pivot-style swing doors can be great when space isn’t a problem, while folding doors or sliding doors reduce the clearance space that is required at the opening of the shower enclosure.

The glass of the doors and walls and the style of the frames can also be customized to suit your tastes and the overall tone of your bathroom. Glass may be plain, frosted or even tinted and the type and thickness of the glass will also affect durability and safety.

Other options

A wet room with a built-in shower can be an attractive alternative to a traditional shower enclosure and can be particularly useful for people with mobility issues who might find a raised shower tray or shower doors problematic. The shower area can still be enclosed or you could use a screen or simply leave it opens.