Buyers Guide: Shower Doors
Many people are turning to shower enclosures to create extra space in their bathrooms, but one of the key questions when choosing these designs is what type of door you should choose. Should you choose a sliding door that will create even more space in the room, or create a style statement with a folding door? Bathroom design experts Bella Bathrooms discuss the variety of shower doors and their unique advantages for different types of bathrooms.
What are the different types of shower doors?
Firstly, there are the most simple shower doors: the pivot doors. These are traditional open-shut shower doors which can be configured to open outwards and inwards depending on the choice of the person designing the bathroom. Pivot bathroom doors are ideal for those who have slightly more space in their bathroom; when closed, they of course create lots of space, but if they open outwards, they can make a small room feel even more cramped. Shower doors which open outwards can also end up soaking carpets or rugs, if they cover the floor, so these types of doors can work best in wet-room style bathrooms or with non slip flooring.
Sliding shower doors can help to save space in smaller bathrooms, as they keep the whole shower enclosure compact and slim. There are even sliding doors which can be installed within curved shower enclosures, so the shape of the shower is irrelevant here. These types of doors need no extra room, and the extra space which is saved without an outward-opening door can be used to create a more spacious shower cubicle in itself. Guest bathrooms and cloakrooms are often much smaller than the main bathroom, so showers with sliding doors are a great addition to rooms which might not be used as often but still need to be stylish and functional.The only negative is that they sometimes offer a smaller space for accessing the enclosure.
Then there are bi-fold doors, which make a striking design statement whilst providing great functionality to any shower enclosure. Bi-fold doors can be purchased with two or even three folds which save space in a more interesting way than the traditional sliding door. This angular approach is befitting of a contemporary bathroom space that is trying to stand out from the crowd; they help to make the shower the focal point of the room, which is important if the shower is the most often used feature of the bathroom. If you want your en suite shower room to be given a style injection, bi-fold doors are the ones to choose.
Another simplistic style of shower door is hinged doors; these simply open and shut on a hinged side yet they are suitable for both straight or curved shower shower enclosures. They offer a very secure enclosure style ensuring that your bathroom doesn’t suffer with water or steam damage. This classic style of shower door is available in a wide variety of styles from contemporary to traditional. This type of door again is more suited to a large bathroom though as they open out into your bathroom space thus requiring space around the enclosure.
Of course, there are ways in which shower doors can be bypassed completely; those who create full wet-rooms in their bathroom can install a shower head anywhere and not have to worry about enclosures or protecting the rest of the room from water; so if none of the options above appeal to you, check out your options for installing a wet-room and benefit from a spacious, door-less room. Whatever you are looking to achieve with your shower enclosure hopefully this short guide will have helped you decide on which type of shower door will best suit your given bathroom space.
Here at Bella Bathrooms we have a generous selection of enclosures and doors to enable you to create that dream showering space. If you are looking to create a stylish shower enclosure you may also be interested in reading our buyers guide to enclosures.