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A shower door or enclosure can add a high quality, modern feel to a bathroom. Choose from a wide range of shower enclosures, shower cabinets and shower doors from all the best brands.
At UK Bathrooms we have a wide range of shower doors, shower enclosures and we'll be sure to have something that's right for you. Whether you have a small space, a cupboard even, that you want to turn into a stand alone shower, or whether you have a lovely big bathroom and you're looking to create a walk in shower with minimal fittings that will be the envy of every visitor.
The Walk In Shower is a thing of breathtaking beauty, devoid of hinged doors it is created by a simple but effective arrangement of standing panels that create a splashproof haven of light, air and water in which to relax.
Quadrant showers are not only spacious and comfortable, but bring a neat curvature that offsets straight lines for full effect. Bringing together a series of highly regarded models and ranges, the quadrant showers are a classic of modern design.
By eschewing any kind of outward pivoting mechanism, the bi-fold shower door is the obvious solution for the shower space in the more confined area, such as the en suite or smaller bathroom space.
A classic in every respect, hinged shower doors are the perfect solution for converting the alcove space into shower enclosure that is light, watertight and comfortable.
Easy to fit and easy to use, these pivot doors can fit into any space with large grip handles to make entry a breeze. Inline panels extend the usable width along with cleverly designed side panels for corner installations.
Mounting the door on sliding runners, these shower door units are compact and contained, and can be applied to the smaller space or en suite, as there is no need to consider the arc associated with pivoted doors.
A shower enclosure, or a shower cabinet is an all-encompassing term for a shower, this can include terms like shower cubicles, shower doors or shower bases. Some people call a shower enclosure a shower cabinet.
The UK Bathrooms showers section has been designed to offer you everything you need for the perfect shower cabinet from the UK’s leading Showering Manufacturers. Whether you just need a replacement shower or if you are creating a new shower area, refurbishing an existing room or building a new house we have the products you will need. With so much variation available it can be difficult to know where to start. See our guide below to help you through the options available.
The video above demonstrates leading shower unit manufacturer Matki, who also produce walk in shower screens and quadrant shower enclosures.
Quadrant shower enclosures are sometimes referred to as corner shower enclosures or curved shower enclosures. They're available in many different designs and shapes and can offer a more open feel to the bathroom, whilst still providing a decent sized showering area. They are probably the most common type of enclosure used today and come in a variety of price points.
Most manufacturers will provide a standard radius for the shower door which means that a standard shower tray can be used to suit. Other manufacturers will offer bull nosed shaped enclosures which can provide extra space in the shower and utilise less wall space. These enclosures will require the specific tray from the manufacturer.
Featured in the image above Matki ONE Curved Corner Shower Enclosure plus other exceptionally well-designed quadrant shower enclosures from Matki.
Most quadrant shower enclosures have sliding doors. However, hinged doors are available with some manufacturers. It's worth noting that certain quadrant enclosures can be used in wet room settings.
Quadrant shower enclosures are mainly supplied as a symmetrical corner unit so that the dimension on each wall is the same, 800 x 800 or 900 x 900mm etc. Most manufacturers will also have offset quadrant enclosures in their ranges, so typically the wall dimensions are 800 x 900, 1000 or 1200mm.
Hinged shower enclosures generally hinge directly from the wall and are outward opening.
Featured in the image above Kudos Pinnacle 8 Shower Door. This is available as a hinged door, either for a recess or with a side panel to create a corner
Hinged shower door sizes start from 700mm up to 1700mm. When the door is more than 900mm wide most manufacturers will include a fixed panel to avoid overstressing the hinges.
These are very similar to hinged shower doors but they pivot from the top and bottom of the cabinet frame rather than the wall. The advantage is that part of the door opens into the shower, so that the outward opening section does not extend into the bathroom as far. This can be useful when there is less space and where a standard hinged door may clash with a basin or toilet.
Featured in the above image Simpsons Edge Pivot Shower Door, made by Crosswater, this is available in a range of sizes from 700 to 1000mm wide.
Pivot shower doors are sized by the width of enclosure. Typical widths range from 760mm to 1200mm - depending on make and model.
A sliding shower door is useful when space to open a hinged or pivot door is not available, or when it's important not to have the water dripping onto the bathroom floor when the door is opened.
Manufactured by Kudos in the Lake District, the Pinnacle 8 slider is a lovely example of minimal but effective design. Featured in the above image Kudos Pinnacle 8 Shower Door.
Sliding shower doors are sized by the width of enclosure. Widths start from 1000mm and move up to 1700mm. Please take care if a 1000mm door is used as the opening is quite small. At UK Bathrooms we normally quote sliding doors starting from 1200mm in width.
For a more practical and often cost-effective way of creating a similar effect to a wet room, you may consider a walk in shower area created with a walk in shower screen. UK Bathrooms offer many different packages of walk-in showers from leading UK brands such as Matki, Kudos, Aqata, Roman showers, Simpsons, Merlyn Showers and many others.
The concept is similar to a wet room but a shower tray is used to define the shower area and collect the water. Shower trays are now very slim and so a level access can easily be created if required. Often however, the tray is still slightly raised from the flooring around it. Trays are available in different finishes, colours and textures.
The shower screens used to create walk in showers typically range in width from 1200mm to 1700mm with optional deflector screens often available.
The concept of wet rooms came over from the continent and rose in popularity during the 90’s. When the correct products are used and the installers follow guidelines then you will create a more open and higher quality feel to the room. The first consideration is how to create a fully sealed environment to allow collection of the water from the shower.
The wet room products we have available are chosen because we believe they provide a solution for all scenarios. They are well proven in the market and are good value. They should always allow for a sloped shower tray on top of which you can tile. These trays are designed with a fast flow shower waste with enough capacity to take away the water. The waste can be situated in the middle of the sloped tray, the corner, or can be linear in design. The top ‘grate’ can also come in different finishes according to your requirements.
One of the main advantages of a wetroom, apart from the design and aesthetics, is that it can be much easier to clean and maintain. In general, most showering areas require some sort of separation to avoid water spreading around the whole room and these doors, hinges and seals can be more difficult to clean.
Featured in the image above Kudos Ultimate 2 Walk Through
The shower screens used for wet rooms typically range in width from 900mm to 1700mm with optional deflector screens available.
As the name suggests these doors open into a shower and are generally used when space is at a premium. The door will fold in the middle as it is opened. The glass is generally framed so more metal profile is used and the glass thickness reduced. The odd manufacture has an infold option where the whole door folds into the side of the enclosure.
The image above illustrates a bi-fold and an in-fold door type, these models are Crosswater showers
In-fold and bi-fold doors are sized by width of enclosure. Widths start from 760mm and do not normally go over 900mm.
The advent of curved or bowed enclosures has added an extra dimension to bathroom design. They take up a minimal amount of wall depth and expand into the room to give extra elbow room. They giving a feeling of space without using as much wall space.
The image above shows a Kudos original bowed door, these are a great enclosure adding space inside the showering area by curving out the door panel
This is the first question to ask yourself to establish the basic shape of the enclosure. Is it simply a shower door fitting between 2 walls? You will just need a single door in this case. Do you need 2 sides, e.g. a door and a side panel fitting into a corner? This is the most popular setup. You will need 1 door and 1 side panel.
You could need 3 sides of the glass, for example, if there is just 1 back wall in the room, with 2 side panels and a door. These are quite rare but we do still have options for you, notably from established manufacturers: Matki or Kudos who use additional overhead bracing bars to strengthen the installations.
Do you need an irregular shape? An enclosure for a curved corner is known as a quadrant enclosure and an offset quadrant is a rectangle with one curved corner. Quadrants are the most popular option as they make the most of a corner area, are easier to install than a 2 piece corner, and allow for more showering space. They also make it easier to design the rest of the room without a corner shape protruding into the rest of the room.
Grab your tape measure and a pen and paper and measure the space in which you're installing the enclosure. Measure in cm as all manufacturers now work in centimetres and millimetres and it will be much easier working in metric from the get-go.
This video by Roman Showers demonstrates installation of one of their enclosures
Most enclosures are 1900, or 2000mm high. This is literally the vertical height as you would experience from floor to ceiling. If you have a short space such as a houseboat (under 1700mm) or are installing under eaves, for example, please feel free to drop us a line as there are a range of specialist height products available on request from manufacturers that we will not necessarily have on the website. Bear in mind if you choose a raised tray option you will be raising the overall height!
This is the most important measurement for shower enclosures. This is the width of the panel from left to right horizontally. Manufacturers will rank their doors by design range but then in incremental groups, for example, the 800mm door, the 900mm door the 1000mm wide door.
Please bear in mind that dimensions are not the exact width of the door, there will be a degree of adjustment in the frame to allow for untrue walls and a small amount of alteration. For example, one of the most popular doors in the Simpsons range is the Elite hinged door. This comes in the incremental sizes 700, 800 and 900mm. Looking specifically at the “800mm” model the actual width of this door is adjustable from 750 to 790mm. So the maximum width of this particular “800mm” door can be set to be: 790mm. Of course, with silicon and tiles the finished space can be 800mm, but this adjustment range can be confusing for first-time bathroom buyers and renovation professionals alike. You can check the product specifications for the adjustment range of each shower door and panel either on our website, or simply give us a call and we can obtain these dimensions for you from the manufacturer.
Still can’t get the exact door measurement you need? Additional profile extension pieces can often be bought to get the perfect door width, namely from Merlyn, Kudos and Simpsons Showers. Contact us for help!
The video above illustrates the Matki EauZone 12mm Wet Room Panel with thicker 12mm glass
All the doors we offer are safety glass. The thickest, heaviest doors are 12mm glass. 10 and 12mm does have a very luxurious, ample feel on sliding or opening the door matched with soft close seats for that lovely plush soft closing sound. It is worth considering the sheer total mass of a 12mm glass enclosure, this will be a very substantial overall weight, which can be a concern in loft conversions for example where you may need additional structural support. Dropping down a minute sliver to 8mm is often a better option as you still get a heavy, sumptuous feel to the enclosure but more variety and larger size options as manufacturers are presented with less of the technical difficulty of producing in thick 12mm (the sheer weight involved calls for additional support bars and heavy frames which can impact on aesthetics and overall style). A shaving less than this at 8mm allows for a lighter product still, often best for more frameless designs and for curved sections that wouldn’t be technically possible to manufacture in a thicker glass. Slicing down to 6mm also allows for cost saving so for a more economical option, it’s still worth considering 6mm.
Contact us for help and advice, bespoke options are availble just let us know your requirements and we will do our best to help!
Shower enclosure manufacturers are aware that everyone’s house and bathroom are different, and usually the older your property the trickier it is to get things to fit. Enclosures, doors and wet room screens are designed with some adjustment. How much adjustment is very much dependant on how the unit itself. The general rule of thumb with this is that if there is more of a chrome profile then there is generally more adjustment on the enclosure. Some manufacturers like Simpsons have additional wall profiles you can purchase for their units to allow an even greater array of sizes. If you are struggling to find the size you require, just get in touch and we will be able to point you in the right direction. Contact us for bespoke orders.
Most of our shower enclosures now include an easy clean solution on them. This is great for maintaining that new bathroom feel and look for as long as possible. It really does make a quite frankly unappealing choir far easier to endure. All of our manufacturers recommend only using hot soapy water to clean your enclosure. If you use something more abrasive then it can damage the chrome profile. If the enclosure is regularly maintained then it should be easy to clean and keep clean.
It really does depend on the manufacturer and type of shower you are after. Here at UK Bathrooms we are firm believers in the old adage “you get what you pay for”. Whilst there are much cheaper showers on the market, we do not believe they will last and are made to the same high-quality standards of the brands we choose to sell. A brand has to pass the “would I have it in my home?” test; without a doubt, we would recommend the showers we sell and we would be more than happy to have them in our own homes (some of us do).
The video above demonstrates the skill, care and attention that goes into producing a Matki shower