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. Shower trays can vary in both height and shape to suit a whole variety of different bathroom spaces as well as being available in a wide variety of sizes. Hopefully this handy guide will help you choose the most suitable shower tray for your bathroom space. 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.
Choose from Different Shapes 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 you can choose for your 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 in a decent range of sizes, making it the ideal choice for both small and large bathrooms. Square trays are easy to match with other items within your bathroom and will suit both modern and traditional style bathrooms.
The quadrant shower tray is a clever design, as it has a curved front on two straight sides 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. Quadrant shower trays will save you vital floor space and due to the smooth front of the enclosure it can sit closer to other bathroom suite items if you are short of space.
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. Offset Quadrant trays help you to create a generous showering space whilst the curved edge will match smooth shaped bathroom suite items.
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. Rectangular trays are suitable for walk in enclosures which are popular for more contemporary or minimalist bathroom spaces.
Choose from Different Heights of Shower Trays
Regardless of what size and shape you are set on for your shower tray, you need to think about your desired height for the tray too. Here are some pointers about the different options available:
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. This can help you to cut down on the costs of installing the shower tray too. Many people prefer this step up into the shower enclosure but it is not ideal for the older generation or those who struggle with mobility.
These have a height of around 80mm and are still seen in many bathrooms today. They set the average standard for a shower enclosure and are still the most popular shower tray height on the market.
To keep up with modern trends, a low profile shower tray measures at only 45mm tall; the smallest height available. This style looks great in a minimalist bathroom as it almost creates the wet room look for your bathroom whilst still retaining the excess water within a shower tray.
Once you have decided on the shape, size and height of the tray you can then choose from a selection of finishes and brands. We offer the highest quality of shower trays you will find from the UK’s leading manufacturers who offer generous product guarantees as standard.
Hopefully this guide has pointed you in the right direction as to which shower tray will be most suitable for your bathroom space. Whether your choice is made for style or space there are a whole host of trays that can help you create a luxury shower enclosure.