Shower Enclosures

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SHOWER ENCLOSURES

There are many ways to protect your bathroom from splashes when you use the shower. The simplest and most economical is undoubtedly the shower curtain. However, when it is wet it sticks to your skin, making you feel uncomfortable, especially if it's dirty. By far more practical, comfortable and aesthetic are the shower cubicles and doors. The panels clearly delimit the shower area from the rest of the bathroom and keep the heat and humidity inside for the user's well-being. Here we have put together some information that we hope will help you make a sound choice.  >> Read more in our buying guide

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Shapes and dimensions of shower cubicles
Types of shower doors
Materials for shower cubicles
Options for even more individuality
Framed or unframed?
Our main manufacturers of shower enclosures

SHAPES AND DIMENSIONS OF SHOWER CUBICLES

They both depend on your shower tray or bathtub. If you do not yet have the shower tray, you will need to make a precise plan of the shower area including its access and closing (if applicable). The dimensions are standard as are the shower enclosures. In our store, most of them are 1.85 m to 2.0 m high.

The most common shapes of shower enclosures are square, rectangular and quarter circle for installation in a bathroom corner. The square and the quarter circle should have a door. For the rectangular shape, other options exist. The explanation follows.

TYPES OF SHOWER DOORS

The installation of a rectangular shower tray of good length in a corner of the bathroom (2 contingent walls) does not necessarily require a shower door. The installation of a side panel with an open space facing the shower column allows easy entry and exit, and splashes are not abundant. If you install the shower space in a niche delimited by three walls and the rectangular shape is long enough, the door will not be either necessary. A curtain may well suffice. Finally, a rectangular shower tray, where the shortest side is installed against a wall, may well be delimited by two shower panels on its longer sides. For all other types of shower, different door models can be installed:

Hinged/ Pivot Shower Doors

Available in single or double versions, they offer the easiest access to the shower. It is very important to point out that many pivot doors can only be opened outwards and require more space in front of them for easy access. Therefore, they mostly fit in large bathrooms. Some shower door though, opens outwards as well as inwards, thus having 180° freedom. This makes access to the shower easier, especially if you choose a two-door model. If you hesitate between these two types, choose the pivot hinge door (180°) to privilege easy access. On the one hand, it will allow you to aerate the shower easily by opening outward. On the other hand, by pulling the door inwards the water on the door will drop into the shower tray.

Swinging Shower Doors
Many HSK shower cubicle models have this type of door. Two doors side by side can be opened from the inside as well as from the outside, a bit like saloon doors in American westerns. It is very convenient and offers easy access to a moment of pleasure under the shower.

Sliding Shower Doors
Sliding doors have the advantage that they do not require any internal or external movement, which saves a lot of space. They are particularly suitable for small bathrooms that do not offer much space. Like the folding door, it requires a guide rail, which is more difficult to clean. Besides, this type of door only gives you a relatively small entrance.

Folding Doors


By folding the panels in an accordion shape, this type of door has a greater access width than the sliding door. This is an ideal option for small shower trays, even if they are a little out of fashion. Often, they are equipped with a mechanism that allows them to pivot inwards into the shower when folded. Like the sliding door, they require a guide rail, which is more difficult to clean.

Before you buy, think about the type of door that suits you best. Some doors are equipped with a mechanism called a lifting-and-lowering mechanism, which makes them easier to open and close while offering better protection against splashing water. When open, the door lifts and prevents the seal from dragging on the shower tray or bathtub. If you are installing a tiled walk-in shower, this mechanism is warmly recommended.

MATERIALS FOR SHOWER ENCLOSURES

Glass
Most manufacturers' shower enclosures are made of real glass. The glass used is obligatorily safety glass, whose thickness and treatment are suitable for domestic use. It is extremely resistant to impact, and in case of damage, it breaks into small pieces that can't harm you. Heavier and more expensive than acrylic or Plexiglas, it is nevertheless the ideal choice because it has better transparency and a longer life span. For maintenance, rinse your real glass shower enclosure with clear water after each use and then dry it with a squeegee. Anti-limestone treatments are available for those with hard water and are highly recommended.

Plastique
Plastic shower enclosures are usually made of acrylic and are much cheaper and lighter than glass. However, plastic shower enclosures are more sensitive to scratches and cleaning products. They also generally have an irregular surface, which makes them more susceptible to dirt and limescale and require frequent replacement.

Frames and Finishes
They are either plastic or metal. Plastic is again the economical choice par excellence and allows you to play with colours for a little more fantasy. Aluminium or chrome-plated brass are the metals available, aluminium being more appreciated for its lightness.

 

OPTIONS FOR EVEN MORE INDIVIDUALITY

Some shower cubicles have towel rails or built-in shelves on the outside, which provide extra storage space and ensure that everything is within easy reach.

Other shower cubicles have mirrored glass on the outside. This has the advantage of having a full-length mirror integrated into the bathroom.

WITH OR WITHOUT FRAME?

Shower cubicles are available with or without frame and partially framed. The materials have already been outlined above.

Frameless
A frameless shower cubicle seduces with its minimalist appearance but can never be completely watertight. However, transparent seals and drop-down doors largely prevent water from dropping out.

Partially framed
Partially framed shower enclosures do not have a frame in the entrance area. Hinged and lift-up doors are used here to protect against splashing water.

Framed
A framed shower cubicle offers complete protection against splashes. However, this variant can also offer more corners and a larger surface area for dirt and limescale to accumulate.

 

OUR LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF SHOWER ENCLOSURES

In our shop, we exclusively sell shower enclosures from brand manufacturers. Benefit from the advantages of a quality product: Shower enclosures from brand manufacturers are TÜV-tested (German certification) and their production is guaranteed according to DIN standards. With proper installation and a little maintenance, your shower enclosure will be splash-proof for years and you will be able to enjoy your shower for a long time.

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