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Frequently Asked Questions
How to Choose Your Bathroom Shower
Step 1: Know your plumbing
Our first step in any big bathroom project: get a good overview of your plumbing type and water pressure from the off.
Step 2: Measure up
With showers there are plenty of choices available to you and almost all of them are dictated by your available space. So, get the measuring tape out and measure up! Once you know your available space, you can work out the ideal size of your shower tray.
Step 3: Choose your shower system
Do you go electric, power, mixer or digital? There are big differences between the four main shower systems, so make sure you do your research.
Step 4: Pick your shower style
There may be lots of choices on offer, but there’s one big design decision to make: will you go with the open space that comes with walk-in and wet room options, or the tidiness of enclosed units? If you’re keeping it traditional and going with the latter, do you want your shower door to be hinged or sliding? And what colour do you want your frame to be?
Here’s a quick summary of the differences between hinged and sliding shower doors: Hinged shower doors are hinged on one side, opening and closing like a normal door, and providing design flexibility and minimalist appeal that makes them a popular choice. Sliding door showers are also a popular, contemporary option for different styles, spaces and layouts. Their main appeal is often that the door requires virtually no extra space and doesn’t swing out to take up room in your bathroom – unlike the hinged door.
Step 5: Decide on the finer details
Once the big decisions are out of the way, now’s the time to choose your shower valve , shower head riser kit – which includes the hose, slide bar kit and paddle handset – and lots more. And not forgetting the ultimate decision: your colour scheme!
What size should a shower be for a bathroom?
This really depends on your preference and the available space you have.
Walk-in showers are typically on the larger side, with lengths reaching up to 2000mm and widths of up to 1000mm. Whereas smaller enclosed showers can typically be 900mm x 900mm.
It’s important to consider your comfort and convenience throughout the entire bathroom when choosing your ideal shower size. You should be thinking about leaving adequate space between your shower and your toilet, wash basin, bath and storage units.
What is the minimum size for a walk-in shower?
The smallest walk-in shower size is 900mm in length and 760mm in width. We’d recommend that you go bigger than this to avoid water leaving the shower tray, if you have the space.
Can I have a walk-in shower in a small bathroom?
There’s no doubt that walk-in showers work best in larger bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work for smaller ones. If you are working with a smaller bathroom, it’s extra important that you optimise your available space. Glass designs work wonders to make your bathroom feel a lot bigger, which is why all our shower enclosures are made with glass!
What is the best type of shower?
The best type of shower is the one that optimises the available space in your bathroom, best aligns with your plumbing and water pressure, and of course, meets your showering needs.
In terms of shower system, you have the choice between an electric shower, power shower, a mixer shower – generally the most popular option – and the much newer option, the digital shower.
Thinking about the design and experience of your shower, you can opt for the spaciousness of a wet room or walk-in shower – both are typically best in larger, minimalist bathrooms – or space-conscious shower enclosures that work well when you’ve got less room to work with.
What colour showers are available?
Different colour options are available for different types of shower. Our wet rooms are available with chrome, stainless steel, black and brushed gold finishes; our hinged and sliding shower enclosure frames come in a stainless steel, chrome, black and brushed gold finish. You can also choose between shower sets in a chrome, chrome plated, brushed nickel, black or gold finish. Our shower trays are available in matt white.