Bella Bathrooms Buyers Guide: Shower Enclosures
Customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to shower screens. And it’s a good thing given that no two bathrooms are the same! No matter what the shape, size or style of your bathroom, there is a perfect shower screen out there for you. Read on for a list of important things to consider when sifting through the profusion of options.
The size of shower screens can vary significantly depending on the overall size of the bathroom and how much attention you want to give the shower area. Average sizes range from a compact 700mm for small guest bedrooms and en-suites to a luxurious 1600mm for a three-sided shower enclosures and walk in wet rooms. A great way to make sure you order the right size is to mark out the length and width of the shower on the bathroom floor with chalk. This will ensure your measurements are spot on! Also keep in mind that a hinged shower screen door is going to swing out into the bathroom and space should be allocated accordingly.
Showers are conventionally placed in corners as this is generally the most space efficient position. That said, it is becoming increasingly trendy to install a shower recess or locate the enclosure centrally against a wall, turning the shower into something of a statement feature. Whatever position you choose, there is a huge variety of enclosures on offer to bring your vision to life. Corner showers generally come in the form of cubed, quadrant and off-quadrant shapes accompanied by hinged or sliding doors. Pivot doors, bi-fold doors and bow fronted variations are also available for those who want to maximise space efficiency. For those that want to make an impact, large sliding doors and walk in wet rooms are dramatic, impressive and modern takes on the traditional shower space. With a wide range of designs available, shower doors can be bought to suit any bathroom style, from timeless and traditional to classy and chic.
Accessories might be small but they can often make an immense contribution to the overall look, feel and practical function of your bathroom. This can include anything from shower curtains and rails to wooden shower seats and stools. Coordinating your shower accessories with the style of your bathroom is a great way to tie together the theme and give your bathroom a consistent, streamlined look.
While browsing ranges and thinking about size, positioning and accessories is important, the best thing you can do when designing a bathroom is to visit a showroom and inspect the wide range of options in the flesh. This can often help with difficult decisions between designs and allows you to paint a far better mental image of what the finished product is going to look like.