Different types of bathroom enclosures are meant to offer different solutions to various circumstances. This is of course because people’s bathrooms are configured differently. Each person has different needs and priorities when building a bathroom. There are those who want a tub, and others who want a sauna of sorts. These can all be accommodated depending on the floor area available.
Consider the Function
Shower cubicles can be made from metal and glass, framed, or built with only a semi-frame. Again, it will depend on where it will be located in the bathroom as well as what function it will serve. The budget is also one aspect that needs to be considered. Remember that additional improvements can always be done later; you can simply work with what you have and what you can afford for the time being and just make improvements when money is better.
Determine How Big it Should Be
Shower cubicles are space-saving additions to your bathroom, however they do require a bit of space. It isn’t just a matter of adding a boxed area around your shower. The space must be measured outside the enclosure to allow enough space to open the door. If you’re pressed for space, you can consider installing a sliding door to make it even more compact.
What Shape is Ideal for Your Bathroom?
Contrary to popular belief, shower cubicles are not just square. There is the quadrant, which was designed to fit shower cubicles into spaces where there is a curve in front of two straight sides at the wall. According to experts, quadrants can also work even if one of the straight sides is longer than the other one. Another option when it comes to shape is the pentagon, which is better for spaces which have smaller panels and an angle where the door is supposed to be.
You must also consider the space available when considering the shape for your shower enclosures.
What Kind of Shower Door is Better?
As mentioned earlier, it is wise to pay attention to the required clearance and space to open and close the shower door. Apart from that there are also several types of entry to choose from when picking out a shower door.
- Hinged Doors. Hinged shower doors are attached to one side of the wall or a panel of the enclosure. They normally open outwards and need the most space to open and close.
- Pivot Door. This kind of door is hinged at both the top and bottom parts of the frame. The door pivots with a portion of it opening into the room, while the other part pivots within the enclosure. This makes it consume less space, but it does not open fully or as wide as the hinged version.
- Slider Door. This type of enclosure opening slides open on a rail. You can choose the single or double slider so that it can open in opposite directions.
- Bi-Fold Door. This is a shower cubicle door that folds at the middle and slides open.
Ask for the help of a contractor with experience of installing shower enclosures, as they’re more adept at measuring and maximising the space available.