Shower Enclosures for the Smaller Bathroom Space


I think one of the hardest things to do is design a smaller bathroom. In a year where everyone is designing spa-inspired and luxury bathrooms, those stuck with compact bathrooms have to decide how to make the space work for them.

In a smaller bathroom environment you have to be so careful where you place your bathroom products and it’s essential you ensure that there are no products that obstruct other products. For example, if you choose a pivot or hinged shower door for a smaller bathroom, these doors could swing open and bang into your vanity or even toilet. If this happens the entry may be obstructed, this could leave you trying to squeeze into a small opening when getting in and out of your shower.

This is why when choosing shower enclosures in a small bathroom space, you should choose those that don’t swing open and there are a number of options available.

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosures are one of the top choices when finding a shower door that doesn’t swing open. It helps you maximise your floor space in smaller bathrooms and they are modern and stylish in design.

Sliding Shower Enclosures

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosure slides on a rail located at the top and bottom of the shower, they are easy for everyone in the family to use and reduce the risk of water leaking onto your floor while showering.

Bi-Fold Door Shower Enclosures

The bi-fold door shower enclosures are also a top choice. These shower doors also work on rail system like the sliding door shower enclosures except that they fold up, just like a concertina file.

Bi-fold shower door

Bi-fold Shower Door

The doors fold in towards the shower rather than out, so they don’t compromise your floor space. These shower enclosures are also sleek and stylish and blend in beautifully with any bathroom design.

Walk In Shower Enclosures

The walk in shower enclosures are a modern choice and unlike the sliding door shower enclosures, these do not have any doors but rather an opening with a lip that ensures water doesn’t leak out while showering.

walk in shower enclosures

Walk in shower enclosures

Whichever you choose, whether it’s the sliding door shower enclosures, bi-fold or walk in option, you can maximise your floor space and ensure that your smaller bathroom layout works for you.

Why Sliding Door Shower Enclosures Are Ideal For Compact Bathrooms


Now I know you’ve heard me waffle on about compact bathrooms in the modern home before and yes the homes are still being built smaller, leaving us with the difficult decisions that come with remodelling a small and compact bathroom.

While the compact bathroom may seem like a frustrating experience for some, for many we grasp the challenge and find ways to make the area more spacious, using carefully chosen bathroom items, such as the sliding door shower enclosures, to enhance the space and make it work for us.

I could probably complain about trying to manage working in a compact bathroom for hours, but today we are looking at ways to complement the space, make it feel bigger and how we do that is to embrace the challenge and find ways to increase our floor space without compromising on convenience.

Sliding shower door

Frameless Sliding Shower Door

Your General Layout

When working with a smaller bathroom area you need to plan your layout very carefully and I’ll tell you why. Placing your shower in the wrong place or putting your vanity unit opposite your shower can lead to you not being able to use the full space. Often you find with compact bathrooms that haven’t been planned correctly that cupboard doors won’t open.

This brings me to my next point. Sliding door shower enclosures are the ideal choice for the smaller bathroom. You can place your shower in your bathroom without worrying if your shower door with open. Unlike the pivot door option, sliding doors slide and don’t have to swing open. This is the most practical solution for any bathroom environment where you are trying to save on space wherever possible.

Colour Combinations

Now that you have seen why the sliding door shower enclosures are the most practical solution for the compact bathroom you need to work on your colours. White or a very light colour is often the preferred choice for these small areas, a light colour immediately makes the area feel much bigger than it is.

If you are desperate to add some colour to the room, buy some brightly coloured towels, a coloured blind or even some coloured candles to add the splash of colour you are looking for.

Ensure you have plenty of light. If you don’t have the advantage of natural light, add lighting throughout the bathroom which can bounce through the sliding door shower enclosures, making the space feel light, bright and spacious.