Shapes and Heights of Shower Trays
Choosing the right shower tray for an enclosure may seem like a menial job, but the shape of your shower tray influences the shape of your shower enclosure and door, and will have a significant impact on your entire bathroom. However it’s not only the shape and the size of the tray that needs to be considered, there’s also the height and the plumbing involved.
Luckily there’s not too much variety on the market today to make things confusing when choosing a shower tray for the bathroom; four different shapes with an option of a few alternate heights. Regardless of what size and shape you are set on, you need to think about your desired height for the tray. Here are some pointers about the different options available:
• Easy plumb – this is the tallest style of shower tray which sits on legs to conceal all the ugly and complicated plumbing work. An easy plumb shower tray makes fitting the shower a lot easier, as it provides extra space so you don’t need to worry about hiding the plumbing.
• Standard trays – these have a height of around 80mm and are still seen in many bathrooms today.
• Low profile – to keep up with modern trends, a low profile shower tray measures 45mm tall; the smallest height available. This style looks great in a minimalist bathroom and seems to be gradually replacing older types of shower trays.
The main feature of the shower tray is its shape, and this is completely dependent on the size of your bathroom, the floor space available and the intended positioning of the shower enclosure. In most bathrooms showers are neatly tucked into corners, but those with larger bathrooms can decide to implement a free standing shower in the centre of the room as a focal feature. We are currently seeing a trend for larger, more spacious bathrooms and more generous showers – even walk-in showers or designated shower rooms. Many people without the luxury of more space are ditching their bath and shower combos for more contemporary shower enclosures, for a modern spa-like environment.
Here are the main shapes of shower trays for the bathroom:
Still the most popular shaped tray on the market, a square tray is appealing as it can fit into corners, alcoves or be positioned centrally. The square version is available is a huge range of sizes, making it the ideal choice for small and large bathrooms.
The quadrant tray is a clever design, as it has a curved front to fit neatly into corners without sticking out into the room. This shape also gives the benefit of slightly more shower room than a square, thus making a perfect option for bathrooms where space is compromised or tight.
This tray is a very similar shape to the quadrant, yet it provides more showering space. An ideal choice for corner units, it is designed for bathrooms with more space to utilise and the stylish design is available in right and left handed versions.
The rectangular tray covers a larger floor area, so is only suited for large, spacious bathrooms. It tends to be larger than the other shapes and looks great in the centre of a bathroom as a feature shower enclosure.