How to Design a Shower

The decision to add a shower to your bathroom is often because you are looking for convenience, functionality and practicality while saving on floor space. But at the same time you need to make a lot of decisions when it comes to installing shower, including where you are going to place it.


The placement of your shower is imperative when designing a bathroom, you obviously want to save on floor space, but you still want to enjoy the functionality and practicality a shower has to offer.

The best way to achieve this is to work to a strict bathroom layout with clear measurements that will help you determine the best place for your shower and the best size shower tray, this way you are assured that your shower will not be too big and overpower your bathroom space.

Shower Tray

Once you know exactly where you intend placing your shower and the size shower tray you need, you can start shopping around.  There are a number of shower trays available in various shapes and sizes, so you are guaranteed to find the right one for your bathroom space.

quadrant shower trays

Quadrant shower trays are the ideal choice if you intend placing your shower in the corner.  These are generally square or rectangular in design with a stylish curved front and work beautifully with the quadrant shower enclosures which have sliding doors helping you maximise your space.

Then there are the rectangular or square shower trays, which can be placed in the corner or along the wall with ease.

Shower Enclosure

Now that you have your shower tray it’s time to decide on the best enclosure that will work within your bathroom space.  There are such a wide variety available.  If you are limited on space then the sliding door, bi-fold door and the walk in designs are the best choice.  These three enclosures do not have a door that swings open.

If you want a large opening and a door that swings open you have a choice of either the pivot or hinged door shower enclosures to choose from.

Shower Heads

My favourite part of designing any shower is choosing a shower head.  These days shower heads come in such a great selection of shapes and sizes.  There are the star shaped shower heads, the square and even the round designs.

When choosing shower heads bear in mind that you can mount them either on the wall or directly above on the ceiling.

Shopping For Shower Door Enclosures

If you’re about to start renovating your bathroom and haven’t shopped around for shower door enclosures for a while, you’re in for a treat. There are so many different designs and styles to choose from including sliding doors, pivot door and bi fold door shower enclosures.

Understanding how each one works and the advantages will help you make the right choice for your bathroom.

Sliding Doors

The sliding door shower enclosures are often the most popular due to their clear glass design and being easily installed. These are mostly used in compact bathrooms where space is an issue, bear in mind when looking at the sliding door options that the door will only slide to a certain point, though this is often more than enough space to get in and out of the shower.

shower door

Sloegrin Sliding Shower Door

Pivot Doors

Pivot doors are what they say, pivot and hinged doors swing open giving you an ample opening to get in and out of the shower with ease. While these doors are highly popular and convenient they aren’t practical for all bathrooms, bear in mind the door does need to swing open completely so you need to ensure there are no obstacles in the way.

Bi Fold Doors

The bi fold door shower enclosures are a stylish option that uses a concertina effect to open the shower door. Basically the door folds inwards so it doesn’t compromise any of your bathroom space, it opens the full length of the door giving you ample space for getting in and out of the shower.

Bathroom Design and Space

When looking at the shower door enclosures available on the market it can be a little overwhelming, which is why I always suggest that you lay your bathroom out carefully, see what space you have available and then decide on the right shower door.

You want your shower door to be stylish in design, the glass will blend in beautifully with any bathroom design, enhancing the space and making the bathroom feel more spacious.

The bi fold door shower enclosures work well in both modern and traditional bathrooms, they are easy to use and clean making them a firm favourite. The ability to save space within your bathroom is essential, you want light, bright and spacious for any bathroom and the bi fold door shower enclosures give you the ability to do this.