It’s very unusual these days to walk into a typical bathroom and discover there’s no shower enclosure (unless the householder is lucky enough to have a separate shower room).
As a result, the sale of shower trays has been pretty constant over the past decade or so. And while demand has risen, the quality of design and range available has done so accordingly.
There are currently three main shapes of shower tray available on the market today:
The rectangular tray tends to be bigger than other versions and covers a larger floor area. As such it tends to be more suited for larger bathrooms and wet rooms (and, in the case of the latter, looks great when placed in the centre of the room).
The quadrant tray comprises two straight edges with a curve to the front. This makes it an excellent choice for smaller space-compromised bathrooms as it tends to fit neatly into a corner rather than unobtrusively sticking out into the centre of the bathroom. The curved front also provides slightly more space than a square shower tray would.
• Offset Quadrant
If space-saving isn’t a necessity for a corner shower unit in your bathroom then an offset quadrant can prove ideal. This is because it’s just as stylish, but roomier than a quadrant tray. It also comes in a range of sizes together with left and right handed options.
The most popular shape of tray on the market today, the square version is available in a wide range of shower tray sizes, from 700mm x 700mm all the way up to 1000mm x 1000mm. But when it comes down to it, it’s the shape that gives the square shower tray its winning appeal. That’s because it can be adapted to fit in corners, recesses, alcoves and even to form a central piece. From small to large bathrooms, this is the tray you’ll more commonly find.
Be sure of your tray’s height
These days it isn’t just size and shape that’s an option when it comes to choosing a shower tray for your bathroom. The height of your tray can also be selected. At Bella Bathrooms we currently stock three main types:
• Low profile
These minimalist style trays are in keeping with more modern trends and are gradually replacing older and standard versions in most bathrooms today.
Standard trays have a height of around 80mm (compared to 45mm for low profile) and are still popular in many bathrooms today.
• Easy plumb
In addition to low profile and standard height trays here at Bella Bathrooms we also stock kits from a number of respected bathroom manufacturers which are designed to increase the height of your bathroom shower tray. This has the advantage of making plumbing far easier due to the fact that it provides additional space for pipe work.
Whatever style, size or height of shower tray you choose from it’s all worth remembering that once a shower enclosure is installed on top of it, it’s always going to look a lot bigger and make more of an impact in your bathroom than the actual dimensions of the tray itself.