Top Considerations You Need to Think about when Installing a Shower Enclosure for Your Bathroom
Showers are a great practical way of keeping clean, especially when the space in the bathroom is limited and a bath might not comfortably fit in the limited room. Having a shower enclosure then becomes a stylish way of taking care of private necessity whilst optimising space. However, choosing the right shower enclosure can be a daunting task, especially since there are so many different kinds on the market. How should you choose? Here are some top considerations you need to think about when installing a shower enclosure for your bathroom.
Have a plan
For obvious reasons, you need a plan. Literally, having a floor plan to scale will solve many problems. Understanding the design of your bathroom in terms of space, as well as when it comes to the existing plumbing and electrical work, will help you a lot when deciding where your shower enclosure should go and how large it can be.
Decide the spot
The place where the shower enclosure should go will depend on a number of different factors, each of them important. Based on the floor plan, choose a spot that makes it easy to install in terms of plumbing and electrical wiring. However, don’t forget to consider other factors: the places of doors and windows, cabinets and cupboards, and so on.
A recessed installation tends to be the cheapest one, as you will need only a shower door and a shower tray – a recessed installation relies on three walls, so you need to install only the fourth (in the form of a door) to complete the enclosure. Generally speaking, there are four main options regarding the door: sliding, pivot, hinged, or bi-fold.
A corner installation will rely on two existing walls – the third wall and the door still need to be installed. It tends to be a little more expensive, but it is the most preferred one. The major advantage is that you can decide the size of the shower enclosure yourself – unlike with the recessed installation, you’re not limited by the space provided. Your options are mainly quadrant, offset quadrant, and corner entry.
There are, of course, many other considerations to make for shower enclosures, such as the material of the shower tray (ceramic, stone resin, reinforced acrylic – just to name a few) and whether or not to opt for shower doors or side panels, but these are more a matter of budget and personal style rather than practicality. Draw a plan, choose your spot, and decide on a recessed or corner installation, and the rest is easy – the rest will be decided by your sense of aesthetics.
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