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.

Elegant Shower Choices


Showers are becoming a top choice on bathroom designs due to their convenience and water saving ability. Did you know that when you shower you only use a fraction of the water you would have used if you had soaked in a hot bath?

Another reason that showers are becoming a top choice is because you can add touches of luxury, making them a welcome addition to any bathroom, such as the jets which spray water at you from various angles, depending on where you have placed them.

Top Choices

There are a number of shower choices that really have that “wow” factor. Some of the best I have seen include a wet room design with enormous picture window to one side. The window looks over a lake where the views appear never ending.

Sliding shower door

Frameless Sliding Shower Door

The great thing about this design is there are no shower doors, no tray and yet, in some cases a wet room can be a nightmare. Though they do work well in smaller bathroom spaces.

Another of the top choices was an enormous oval bath freestanding in the middle of the bathroom floor on fake grass, there was a huge window to the side of the bathroom overlooking a forest, really welcoming the outdoors into the room. Above the bath on the ceiling was a large round shower head which sprayed water directly into the bath. This design was both elegant, stylish and practical offering both the ability to shower or bath, depending on your preference.

For the Smaller Bathrooms

Of course these lavish shower designs are not always practical for our bathrooms, especially when you live in the city areas and having a huge picture window will only welcome the neighbours eyes.

Some of the best designs I have seen yet include the bow sliding door shower trays, these are rectangular trays with a gentle curve. The tray was placed against a back wall in the corner facing into the bathroom and combined with the stunning sliding doors which didn’t compromise on any floor space.

All the items in the bathroom included the gentle curve you found on the bow sliding door shower trays, carrying the design throughout the space and really complimenting the room.

Whether you choose the bow sliding door shower trays or another of the shower trays available it’s so important you always take your floor space into consideration when choosing your shower tray. The sliding doors don’t open into the space and that is why they are always a top choice in the smaller bathroom designs.

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.