Guide to Purchasing a Shower Enclosure
Guide to Purchasing a Shower Enclosure
Shower enclosures, or shower cubicles as they are sometimes called, are shower areas protected with glass panels that protect your bathroom from splashes. They come in many shapes and sizes, so it should not be an issue finding one that perfectly fits into your bathroom. If your plumbing allows it, a shower enclosure can be fitted anywhere in your bathroom. Most of our clients opt for a corner shower enclosure to save on space, but the options are endless.
To help navigate you through purchasing a shower enclosure, our experts at Letta London have created a step by step guide. There are a few things to consider, so let’s start right away.
What to Consider Before Making a Purchase?
Before you decide to spend hundreds on a new shower enclosure, there are a few things you should take into consideration since shower enclosures are not everyday purchases.
Although it sounds obvious, take a step back and think whether a shower enclosure can fit into your bathroom. If you are simply replacing an old shower enclosure, there shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you are placing a shower enclosure for the first time, you might want to take all the precautionary measures you can to avoid any fitting issues.
Also, make a distinction between the main bathroom and an ensuite bathroom as you will need to cater to different needs. Measure both the space you have and the available height. It is possible to fit in a shower enclosure into a tighter space but refrain from making any measuring mistakes.
Positioning is one of the most important things when it comes to shower enclosures. You will need to decide whether you want to place it in the corner or another enclosed area. This decision is significant for both the shower door type and the tray. Also, if you’re replacing an old shower enclosure, make sure to position it in the same place to avoid any plumbing work.
Consider the Tray
Think about incorporating a tray into your shower enclosure. Shower enclosures that come with trays are considered the whole package, meaning you won’t have to worry about any leakages. If you opted for the all-in-one option, you will receive a specifically designed tray that will fit perfectly into your home. However, if you are planning on adding a recess shower, you will need to measure the tray space and think carefully about the type of your shower door.
Surprisingly, the thickness of the glass is quite important when purchasing a shower enclosure. The glass thickness is not only an indicator of quality but also safety. There are three common options when it comes to glass thickness — 8mm, 6mm, and 4mm. The least thick option provides quality at an affordable price, the 6mm option is a great choice for durability, and the 8mm thickness provides the highest structural integrity at a higher price.
Types of Shower Enclosure Doors
The type of door you select will need to be influenced by the amount of space you have available and the type of enclosure you want. Letta London offers a few different options when it comes to enclosure doors, so let’s take a look.
Hinged doors are the most common choice of our clients looking to renovate a modern-looking bathroom. They are typically styled in a minimalistic way, they are open, airy, and maintain the light. With these, keep in mind that they are not obstructed by other fixtures or items in your bathroom.
If you are looking for ways to save on space, sliding doors should be your top pick. They are also the best choice for smaller bathrooms as they will allow for room to manoeuvre. On top of that, sliding doors give out an open feeling to the space.
If you are not looking to experiment, pivot doors are an excellent choice. This door type is the most commonly found one in the majority of bathrooms. Pivot doors open outwards away from the shower, so consider the surrounding area. These doors are perfect for corner enclosures and larger bathrooms.
Bathrooms with less space do not necessarily mean less choices. Bi-fold doors are great for space saving solutions as they act as concertina doors. They come in different dimensions and are the perfect choice for both modern- and traditional-looking bathrooms.
Infold doors are not only visually appealing and eye-catching, but they are practical, especially for smaller bathrooms. They are made from sturdy materials, so you can rely on their durability.
As the name suggests, corner doors are considered one of the best choices for a shower enclosure placed in the corner of the room. They are functional and they will additionally save on space.
Walk-In Wet Rooms
One of the most contemporary solutions from Letta London is walk-in wet rooms as they are easy to install and offer more space. This shower enclosure is a great choice for people with restricted mobility.
Types of Shower Enclosures
Letta London offers various types of shower enclosures that you can pick and adjust to fit into your bathroom space. Depending on the size of your bathroom and your personal style, you can make changes and add details to customise your shower enclosure.
Quadrant Shower Enclosures
A quadrant shower enclosure will fit perfectly in the corner of your bathroom or tight spaces with a curved shape. We recommend quadrant shower enclosures for smaller spaces or ensuite bathrooms. There are various models to choose from, all of which will suit either a contemporary- or traditional-looking bathroom.
Offset Quadrant Enclosures
For larger bathrooms with a modern edge, you might want to opt for offset quadrant enclosures. These shower enclosures represent an updated version of the traditional rectangular shower enclosure but with a curved edge. It will add a sleek look to your bathroom with an illusion of a larger space.
Square Shower Enclosures
This type of shower enclosure might not be a space saver, but it will offer plenty of room when showering. If you can afford the space, larger square shower enclosures are a fantastic option for spacious bathrooms. However, there are compact versions as well that can fit into ensuite bathrooms.
Frame or Frameless?
There’s one more thing to consider before making your final purchase. Do you want your shower enclosure to have a frame or be frameless? Most shower enclosures come with a frame, but a lot of the newer models are designed without a frame in mind. Frameless shower enclosures look more luxurious and contemporary as compared to their predecessors. The frameless options look more sleek, high-profile, and add a more spacious feeling to the room.
Renovating a bathroom is not an easy venture, but it is worth it. The bathroom is one of the rooms in the house where you spend most of your time, even if you are not aware of that. For that reason, you should create a relaxing and safe environment where you feel your best. On top of that, a shower enclosure should act as your safe haven, so think well and hard before making any final decisions.
Go through our guide and check all of the items off of your to-do list. If you still feel overwhelmed, visit our store in North London to get advice from Letta London professionals or contact our helpful team through our official website. We will do our best to find a solution that will work wonders for you.