When it comes to shower screens, size really does matter.
While it may be tempting to immediately fall in love with a certain style or design, it's important to consider all the practical elements first. This starts with taking careful measurements of your shower space before shopping for shower screens. You don't want to end up with a beautiful shower screen that just won't fit in the intended area, causing frustration and potentially even costly returns or exchanges.
If you need help deciding on a shower screen style, it can be helpful to consult with a professional in-store. They can offer valuable insights and suggestions on which shower screen will suit the measurements and layout of your shower space.
Remember that shower screens not only serve a functional purpose, but they can also greatly enhance the aesthetic of your bathroom. So take the time to consider all the options and find the shower screen that will not only fit, but also complement and elevate the overall look of your bathroom.
Let's break down some of the more important factors in choosing the shower screen that's right for you.
One way to determine which style will suit your space is by considering the layout of your shower area; for example, a sliding shower screen may work well in a narrow bathroom, while a framed or frameless shower screen may be a better fit for a larger, more open shower area. Do you need an over bath shower screen to fit within your bathtub? Or perhaps a corner shower screen to make the most of a small shower space?
Another important factor is the design aesthetic of your bathroom. Do you prefer a minimalist look with clean lines and minimal hardware? A frameless shower screen might be the best choice for you. Or do you prefer more decorative, ornate accents in your bathroom design? A framed shower screen with decorative glass could be the perfect fit, or do you like the versatility and functionality of a sliding shower screen?
In addition to aesthetics, it's important to consider the functionality of your shower screen. Do you prefer a shower screen that can easily be opened and closed, or do you prefer a fixed shower screen for a seamless look?
THERE'S THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF CHOOSING YOUR SHOWER SCREEN
PIVOT, SLIDING or FIXED SHOWER SCREENS Where will your shower screen door swing or slide to ? Will it hit the towel rail or maybe the toilet? If you have a shower over bath, will the shower screen be able to open or fold
over the top of the bath?
Will it be easy for everyone in your household to use and clean?
Let's look a little deeper:
SLIDING SHOWER SCREENS
Create a spacious feel, sliding shower screen doors can also help to create a feeling of spaciousness in your bathroom. When you have a shower door that swings open into the room, it can take up valuable space. Sliding doors, on the other hand, open along a track, so they don't intrude into the room. This can give the illusion of more space, even in small bathrooms.
The smooth sliding mechanism also allows easy access to the shower, making them perfect for anyone with limited mobility.
HINGED SHOWER SCREENS
Are you looking for a stylish, functional option for your shower? A hinged shower screen door may be just what you need. With the hinge on the side, the door can easily swing open to allow easy entry and exit. Hinged doors are also great for cleaning because they can be opened fully to access all areas of the shower without having to disassemble any pieces. And with various designs and finishes available, there's sure to be a hinged door that complements your bathroom aesthetic.
Hinged doors can also reduce the chance of water leakage, as they provide a tight seal when closed.
Pivot and hinged door shower screen doors come in a variety of frameless, semi-framed and fully framed screens to suit your showering needs and bathroom style, along with various frame colours and glass options...but more on that later.
FIXED SHOWER SCREENS
If you're looking for a shower screen with a seamless, streamlined look, a fixed shower screen might be the perfect choice for you.
These shower screens are permanently affixed to the wall or shower surround and do not have any moving parts.
This not only adds to the sleek, minimalist look but also makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.
OVER BATH SCREENS
Will your shower be part of a bathtub, or is it a standalone shower unit? If you have a shower over your bathtub, an over bath shower screen can provide both functionality and safety.
With various styles available, including fixed, hinged and pivot shower screens, there's sure to be an over bath shower screen that fits both your showering needs and bathroom aesthetic.
TYPE OF SHOWER SCREEN GLASS:
There are two main types of glass used for shower screens - clear and frosted.
Clear glass is completely transparent and will give you an unobstructed view of your shower.
Frosted glass is opaque and will provide some privacy while you're in the shower. If you're concerned about privacy, you may want to choose a frosted glass shower screen.
The frosted shower screen glass family includes the popular Satinlite, Spotswood, Cathedral Metalux and White translucent glass options.
Then there's the type of glass used.
All Flexi Showers glass complies with Australian Standards
There are two main types of glass that can be used for shower screens: tempered glass and laminated glass. Tempered glass is stronger than laminated glass and is less likely to break. However, it is also more expensive. Laminated glass is made by sandwiching a layer of plastic between two layers of glass. This makes it more resistant to breaking than tempered glass, but it is also more expensive.
SHOWER SCREEN SIZING
Sizing, When choosing your height keep in mind the finished tile height. Will the shower be taller than the top tile? A personal choice, but we suggest lower to protect the life of your plaster.
Some shower screens have the option for a header bar, which adds stability and can also be used as Frameless shower screens are available in standard sizes or custom order can be placed
...of course there is the very important
INSTALLATION OF YOUR SHOWER SCREEN
When choosing a shower screen, it is important to consider how it will be installed. Some types of shower screens can be installed by the homeowner, while others will require professional installation.
It's critical to consider your walls, are they perfectly square and straight? If not, a shower screen that requires precise measurements and installation may not work for your space and a professional shower screen installation can save you frustration and potential headaches
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE OF YOUR SHOWER SCREEN
Another important consideration when choosing a shower screen is how easy it is to clean. Some materials, can be more difficult to keep clean than others. If you're concerned about keeping your shower screen clean, you may want to choose a material that is easy to wipe down, or a shower screen with minimal crevices and grooves where grime can build up.
It's also a good idea to choose a shower screen with durable hardware, such as stainless steel hinges, to ensure long-lasting use.
For more hints on caring for your shower screen - click here
Of course, one of the most important considerations when choosing any type of home improvement product is your budget.
Shower screens can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, so it's important to set a budget before you start shopping. Once you've set a budget, you can narrow down your options to find a shower screen that fits both your needs and your budget
Additionally, consulting with a professional or visiting a shower screen showroom can help you make the best decision for your space.
The team at Flexi Showers can provide expert advice and guidance on styles and features that may work well in your shower area.
When it comes to shower screens, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. By taking into account the practical elements of your shower space and personal preferences, you can confidently choose a shower screen that will not only look beautiful in your bathroom but also function well for years to come.
For more information on our quality custom made shower screens contact the Flexi Showers Team below.
Flexi Showers Shower Screens Melbourne Showroom - 138 National Blvd Campbellfield. 03 9469 6190