Shower cubicles (or shower enclosures as they are sometimes called) come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
They consist of a glass shower cabinet to contain the spray from the shower, and a tray at the base to collect the waste water. Our shower tray section has diagrams that highlight the different shapes and sizes that are available, whilst our shower enclosure section concentrates on the different styles and shower door options that you can choose.
This site has had a major upgrade and there are now many more pages available with a lot more information on shower cubicles
Shower enclosures should ideally be sited in the corner of the room or in a recess. They can be fitted against a flat wall but are less rigid when installed this way.
One way of overcoming this problem is to build a partition wall, as in diagram . A partition wall will also enable you to bury the shower pipework and utilise a recessed shower mixer, but the downside is that introducing an extra wall into a small bathroom will make it feel smaller - not a great problem if you have a large bathroom.
Some manufacturers are now suppling "D" or "U" shaped cubicles, specifically designed to be installed against a flat wall.
The shower enslosure consists of one complete frame with no joints so they are very rigid.
The walls inside the shower cubicle need to be made waterproof which can be acieved using ceramic wall tiles or a shower wall panel.
Shower Door Types
Several door types are offered by shower manufacturers :
The most common, and therefore the cheapest, is the pivot door. Some manufacturers at the upper end of the shower enclosure market use a hinged door rather than a pivot but these tend to be quite expensive by comparison. As both these shower doors open outwards into the bathroom, it is vital that there are no protrusions, such as wash hand basins, that could cause damage or prevent it from opening fully.
Sliding doors are typically found on a large shower cubicle as well as many quadrant style cubicles.
Inswing doors can be used when space is limited as they open into the cubicle, as do bifold doors which use a slightly different mechanism.
Corner entry doors are used when space either side of the cubicle is limited.
Most shower cubicles are available in white, polished silver, and polished gold. Polished silver is very similar, but not identical, to chrome (the cubicle frames are made from aluminium which cannot be chrome plated). The gold effect is also highly polished and is used if you have gold taps and wastes in the shower room.
Clear glass doors are the best choice if you have a small bathroom as the cubicle will feel less obtrusive. Frosted glass doors also have the disadvantage of making the cubicle feel more claustrophobic when standing inside the shower enclosure.
Shower trays tend to be available in white, soft cream and pergamon most other colours are classed as discontinued. We have linked up with a supplier who specializes in discontinued bathroom colours - click the link for more information.
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