How to Install Bifold Door Shower Enclosures


Bifold door shower enclosures are a great addition to the smaller bathroom, they don’t take up any floor space and fold to one side of the shower offering a large opening. If you have chosen to install your bifold door shower enclosure yourself, you may want to continue reading.

Fitting the bifold door shower enclosures is quite easy if you have a bit of DIY knowledge, if not, I suggest you get a friend in to give you a hand, but either way it won’t take long to install. Bear in mind you shouldn’t use your new shower for at least twenty four hours after installation to allow all the sealants to dry properly and avoid leaks.

Let’s Start

Before you even touch your door you need to install your shower try and ensure that it is completely even. Your next step will be to ensure the bifold door shower enclosures you have purchased are the right size and that your bathroom tiles extend all the way to your shower tray.

Now that you have checked all of this and are happy, you can start with the installation and you are on the road to complementing your bathroom with bifold door shower enclosures.

Installing Your New Shower Enclosure

You will notice when you purchase bifold door shower enclosures that you get two profiles, the doors and plenty of screws and caps.

You want to start by taking one of your wall profiles, these are the long pieces that have holes in them which enables you to put the door in place. Place your profile on the wall with the flange facing inside the shower. It should be perpendicular to the shower tray and level, which you can easily check with a spirit level.

Holding it in place mark the holes and then you can drill them out with ease before plugging the holes and screwing the profile to the wall.

First step completed, now the exciting part of adding the bifold door. Remember bifold door shower enclosures open into the shower and to avoid damage to the door ensure they do not open on the side where you have your shower taps. The door can be turned upside down to enable you to open it from the left or right, depending on where you taps and shower head is placed.

Slide the door into position in the first profile. Now time to add the second profile on the opposite wall, It should be evenly spaced to the first profile, holding the bifold door shower enclosure firmly in place. Follow the instructions you used for installing the first profile.

The Final Touches

The hard part is over once your bifold door shower enclosure is in place, all you have to do now is fix your door handle to the door and seal around the edges. Seal on the inside of the enclosures between the flange and wall and on the outside as well to ensure your enclosure doesn’t leak.

Quadrant Shower Trays – Complete Convenience


Most of us don’t have the luxury of a large and spacious bathroom.  This means that we are working with a small, compact bathroom when trying to come up with the perfect bathroom design.

Often there are sacrifices that need to be made, the large roll top bath along the back wall is going to take up way too much space compromising your floor space available.

In any bathroom design you need to maximise your floor space as much as possible.  You obviously need space to dry yourself after shower and to move around with ease.  As you can imagine having a large bath in a small bathroom will leave you spinning on one foot when moving around the space.

Quadrant Shower Tray Designs

Quadrant shower trays are stylish in design and will blend in with ease whether you are designing a modern or traditional bathroom.  These shower trays are designed to fit into a corner position, helping you maximise on floor space.

The quadrant shower trays come in a square or rectangular design with a curved front that adds that elegance and style.

I have worked with some really small bathrooms, where adding a shower seemed almost impossible.  Using quadrant shower trays and some imagination we were able to turn these tiny spaces into comfortable and luxurious bathrooms.

Enclosures

There are enclosures specifically designed for the quadrant shower trays.  These are also curved and have sliding doors, helping you maximise your floor space even further.

The advantage to having sliding doors is that you never have to worry that your door will swing open and be obstructed by your toilet, basin or vanity.  In a smaller space you cannot afford to have doors that swing open. 

Placement

The placement of your quadrant shower tray is as important as choosing the right shower tray for your design.  I have mentioned floor space numerous times in this blog and I will stress it again.  When working with a smaller space you need to plan effectively to ensure that you save as much floor space as possible.

Careful placement of your quadrant shower tray, choosing the right enclosure, placement of your toilet and vanity along with the colour you paint your walls, this all plays such a vital role in ensuring your bathroom feels bright, light and spacious.

Great Shower Accessories


So you’ve decided to put a shower in your bathroom. A shower can see like such a simple addition to a bathroom, how hard could it be? There is a tray, an enclosure and a shower head and you can then enjoy the convenience and speed of a shower each morning rather than wasting precious minutes waiting for your bath to run.

By now you’ve probably measured out the area you have available in your bathroom and have an idea of the size shower tray and enclosure you will need. Maybe you’re choosing a modern designed walk in shower, these showers are so stylish and modern and will complement any bathroom.

Whether you are placing your shower in the corner of a compact bathroom or along one end of a wall in a spacious bathroom, there are a great selection of shower accessories enabling you to make your showering experience a luxurious out.

There is nothing worse than choosing a large walk in shower when you can only stand squashed against one wall to let the water reach you. When you choose something as modern and stylish as a walk in shower, you want to enjoy the experience, you want to stand in the centre of your shower and have the water pour off you.

Some of the shower accessories you buy include shower arms, these arms come in circular or square design, enabling you to blend them in with your current bathroom décor. The arms are available in a choice of lengths, so you can lengthen the distance your shower head can reach. Add a wonderfully large shower head and you can move around your shower and still get wet.

Another of the fantastic shower accessories available are wonderful shower jets. Who said you can only enjoy jets in a bath. These jets are available in square or round to blend in with your current décor and can offer you an invigorating showering experience as they massage you as you shower. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Whether you already have a shower in place or are installing one in the near future, the shower accessories available can make a huge impact on not only your showering experience but the overall design of your bathroom area.

The shower accessories suit any modern design, finished to the highest standard they can easily complement any shower whether it’s a walk in shower or corner shower.

Toilets to Suit Any Bathroom Design


A toilet is a toilet, or so you would think, but the shape and design of your toilet is an important step in the overall design of your bathroom. If you are in the process of designing a modern bathroom, you don’t want a traditional toilet and if your bathroom is compact, you may not want a normal toilet that will take up too much space.

There are two main factors to take into consideration when choosing the right toilet for your bathroom.

Shape

Toilets come in a number of shapes and you can find the one that best suits your overall design. The rule I work by is that if you have chosen square shower trays, rectangular baths and square or rectangular basins, then you need a rectangular toilet.

Keeping everything the same shape helps enhance your bathroom and keep the design flowing, an oval toilet will look out of place in a bathroom that is filled with straight edges.

When choosing toilets you can choose from circular or square shapes that you can blend in easily with your overall bathroom design.

Design

Toilets come in four basic designs, once you have chosen your shape you need to determine which of the toilet designs best suit your bathroom.

The close coupled toilets are the more traditional designed toilets where you have the toilet, base and cistern all on display and installed against a wall. These are seen in many bathrooms around the world.

The wall mounted toilets are increasing in popularity because all the plumbing is hidden in the wall and all that is on display is the toilet pan and the flushing mechanism. These are perfect for modern and compact bathrooms leaving space below the pan to clean with ease.

Then there is the corner toilet. The corner toilets are the best choice for cloakrooms or compact bathrooms where space is minimal. The cistern is triangular shaped to fit perfectly in the corner helping you maximise your floor space and make your bathroom feel bigger than it is.

The back to wall toilets are suitable for both the modern and traditional bathroom. These toilets have the toilet and base on display but all the plumbing is hidden behind a wall or cabinet, this helps keep your bathroom looking stylish and elegant without the bulky cistern on display for all to see.

Stainless Steel Mirror Cabinets – The Perfect Modern Design


These days’ homeowners are paying careful attention to their bathroom designs. Clear lines, gleaming chrome, brilliant whites and a minimalistic finish are all at the top of the list when it comes to bathroom design.

It’s all very well deciding you are going to modernise your bathroom, but you need to pay careful attention to your basin, your toilet and your bath or shower and then there are your taps, your towel rails and let’s not forget your mirrored cabinets.

I love the stainless steel mirror cabinets for a modern bathroom. They come in a selection of styles to enhance the bathroom space and their clean finish means they work well with the taps and shower heads you choose for your bathroom.

There are so many great designs available, but there are five stainless steel mirror cabinets that really stand out for the modern bathroom space.

Wave Duo Hinge Mirror Cabinets

If you are looking for a way to break away from the clean straight lines in your bathroom, these stainless steel mirror cabinets are just what you are looking for. They have a very stylish and slim design, making them the perfect choice for any modern bathroom.

The Duo Slider Mirror Cabinet

The ideal stainless steel mirror cabinet for the slightly larger bathroom or family bathroom. Again these have the clear lines and beautiful mirrored doors. The sliding action of the doors make these a modern and convenience choice, you don’t have to worry about opening the doors and any obstructions. They have the double shelf offering plenty of storage space.

Tall Corner Hinge Mirror Cabinet

When struggling with wall space, these stainless steel mirror cabinets may be the solution. They fit snugly in the corner of your bathroom and with their tall design offer more than enough shelving space to keep your bathroom completely clutter free.

Compact Hinge Mirror Cabinet

The compact hinge mirror cabinet is the ideal choice for a smaller bathroom with a single mirrored door with magnetic closure, it adds brightness to any bathroom design. These stainless steel mirror cabinets come with a double shelf offering ample storage for all your medications, toiletries and hair products or make up.

Lucido Maxi Triple Door Stainless Steel Cabinet

You will want these stainless steel mirror cabinets when remodelling a family bathroom. With three separate compartments, you have more than enough space for the whole family to store their toiletries. The two side compartments have adjustable shelves, while the larger centre compartment has fixed shelves offering ample storage space.

Bidet Facts


Bidets are very popular in modern homes and you have to wonder why. The majority of homes include bidets into their bathroom design and yet the bidet will never be used.

A few years ago I had an apartment with a bidet. The bidet became a place to store my laundry instead of a laundry basket, which got me interested in what these toilet looking devices were all about.

Bidets come with stylish bidet taps, the taps have a versatile spout enabling you to direct6 the water flow. They come in a chrome finish to blend in with your other bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Now to what you may not have known about bidets.

Bidets can be dated back to the 1700’s. While there is no confirmation on who actually designed the bidet, it appears that they did originate in France and were found in some of the wealthier homes across the country during that time.

Now back in the 1700’s, you bathed once a week, so you can imagine that personal hygiene was not a top priority. The bidet back then was a bowl of water that was used to keep your “parts” clean while you waited for your next bath.

Since then the bidet has evolved dramatically. They look like a toilet, except they don’t have a toilet seat and have a tap instead of a flushing mechanism. These days you use stylish bidet taps instead of a bowl of water.

These days bidets are added to bathrooms not only because of their personal hygiene advantages, but because they give an air of luxury and sophistication. In fact these are great additions for senior citizens that struggle with bowel problems.

Bathroom design needs to be taken into consideration when adding bidets into your bathroom. The bidet taps and bidet itself needs to blend in with your overall bathroom design.

The bidet taps on the market are available in a selection of design and the spout of the tap enables you to direct the water flow. They are finished in polished chrome to add sophistication to the bathroom design.

Make a Statement with Freestanding Baths


Freestanding baths are ideal for larger bathroom spaces, making a statement and creating that “wow” factor that makes your bathroom stand out from the rest. These baths stand on their own either in the centre of the bathroom becoming a centre piece or along a wall offering an elegant and sophisticated finish to any bathroom design.

Shape is an important decision when choosing freestanding baths, there are a number of shapes available, enabling you to incorporate them into your design, even turn them into your bathroom centrepiece.

Oval Designs

The Rubarto freestanding baths are my favourite when it comes to looking for an oval or curved edge design. These oval baths are simply spectacular with high sides allowing you to really soak in the bath. Again they come in a choice of colours allowing you to add that splash of colour to your bathroom design.

Rectangular Designs

The Assai is one of my favourites when it comes to freestanding baths, these baths are rectangular in design with straight edges to blend in with any modern finish. The top of the bath flares out slightly giving it that beautiful finish that will wow your guests.  The great thing about these freestanding baths is that you can use them to add colour to your bathroom with a host of panels from white to grey and black to purple.

The Legato freestanding bath is another top choice combining straight edges with angled sides, almost a hexagonal shape that will add style to any bathroom design. These baths come in brilliant white to help gives your bathroom that light and bright feel.

Counter Top Bathroom Basins


Counter top bathroom basins offer sophistication and modern style to any bathroom design. They make a statement in the bathroom, offering that “wow” factor you are looking to achieve. 2013 is a year of luxurious and spa inspired bathroom designs and the counter top bathroom basins enhance this, blending in with the design and creating a practical and convenient space.

The counter top bathroom basins come in a selection of shapes and sizes from round to rectangular. These basins are designed to sit on top of your shelving unit or counter top. They are very appealing and a welcome addition in any bathroom design.

Size and Colours

There are a number of size options available when looking at the counter top bathroom basins, making them ideal for large and small bathroom designs. They fill the space with modern style and sophistication. Glass is a great addition if you want to enhance the light in the room and make a big statement.

There are also white options available. The brilliant white stands out, they work beautifully if you are incorporating a feature wall behind the basins, enabling them to make the statement they are looking to make.

It’s so easy to create that “wow” factor in your bathroom when you are adding counter top bathroom basins. Choose a shape that best blends in with your overall design. The rule of thumb is to keep the design as close together as possible, so if you have gone for plenty of straight edges, choose a rectangular or square counter top bathroom basin. When your bathroom is brimming in curves and cylindrical products, go for the round or oval counter top bathroom basins to blend in and enhance the space.

Add Bathroom Mirrors with Shelves to Your Bathroom


Everyone has a clear idea on how they want their new bathroom to look. These days bathrooms are being designed to be luxurious with a spa inspired theme. More and more emphasis is being placed on bathrooms than ever before, which is why it’s essential each product is carefully handpicked to complement the other bathroom items.

Bathroom mirrors are an essential part of designing your bathroom. The bathroom mirrors with shelves are a welcome addition to any bathroom design. Shelving is always invaluable in any bathroom, helping you reduce the clutter by offering you a space to store your smaller bathroom items.

Design Choices

There is a good choice when it comes to bathroom mirror designs, you can have square, rectangular, oval or even interesting shapes and designs to make a statement in your bathroom. When it comes to bathroom mirrors with shelves, the Zola mirror with shelves really stands out. This rectangular mirror is surrounded by a black frame with a shelf on both sides. The great thing with these bathroom mirrors with shelves if you can choose whether to mount it horizontally or vertically, adding texture and colour to your bathroom design.

Another great choice is the Minima Hex Mirror with top light and shelves. These hexagonal shaped mirrors offer additional lighting, which is always welcome, along with shelving for your smaller bathroom items. Then there is the Minima Cone Mirror with light and shelves, again a convenient mirror with three shelves and additional lighting, the perfect addition to any bathroom.

Practical Solutions

The most important thing about bathroom mirrors with shelves is the practicality that they have to offer. In the early morning rush having all your makeup and hair accessories close to the mirror can shave valuable seconds when getting ready for work. Choosing a bathroom mirror with shelves that comes complete with a top light only makes the mornings more enjoyable.

Many bathrooms struggle with light and these top lights add the additional light you need whether you are getting ready for work or an important date.

Walk In Shower Enclosures


Walk in showers are a very popular choice when it comes to shower enclosures because there is no door, they are easy to get in and out of and most important, they are stylish and sophisticated, blending in with any bathroom design. The biggest convenience when it comes to the walk in shower enclosures is that you don’t have to worry about your shower door swinging open and banging into any of your other bathroom items.

Bathroom Layout and Design

You will need to take your bathroom design into consideration when looking at the walk in shower enclosures available. Be sure you measure your available space and your shower tray to ensure the walk in shower enclosure is the right choice for you.

Shape

There are a selection of walk in shower enclosures to choose from, so you can find the perfect match to enhance your bathroom space. There are straight edged clear glass designs to stunning curved options available.

As I mentioned before the walk in shower enclosures don’t have a door, which means you don’t compromise on floor space when choosing these enclosures. This makes them an ideal choice for smaller and large bathroom designs.

Do You Need a Shower Door?

The reason walk in shower enclosures are so popular is because they don’t have a door, which is advantageous especially in smaller bathroom designs. Don’t worry though, the enclosures have a small glass pane that reduces the risk of leaks and with so much clear glass, these enclosures are a welcome addition in any bathroom design.

Some people just prefer peace of mind of a shower door that is entirely your choice, there is no right or wrong when it comes to your shower enclosure. Though bear in mind if you have a smaller bathroom space you want a door that slides, folds or offers a walk in design, to ensure you don’t compromise your floor space in any way.