At UK Bathrooms we have a wide range of shower doors and 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.
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.
The UK Bathrooms showers section has been designed to offer you everything you need for the perfect shower 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.
Where to start when buying an enclosure
What is a Shower Enclosure?
Shower enclosure is an all-encompassing terms for a shower, this can include terms like shower cubicles, shower doors or shower bases.
What are the different types of Shower Enclosures?
Quadrant Shower Enclosures
Available in many different designs and shapes quadrant showers can provide a more open feel to the bathroom whilst still providing a decent showering area. Most manufacturers will provide a standard radius for the shower door. This means that a standard shower tray can be used to suit the size of the enclosure required. Other manufacturers will offer bull nosed shaped enclosures which can provide extra space in the shower and utilise sometimes less wall space. These enclosures will require the specific tray from the manufacturer.
Please be aware that certain quadrant enclosures can be used in conjunction with a wet room floor. Mainly supplied as a symmetrical unit in a corner so that the dimension on each wall is the same, 800x800 or 900x900 etc. Most manufacturers will also have offset quadrant enclosures in their ranges, so typically the wall dimensions are 800x900, 1000 or 1200.
Quadrant shower mainly has sliding doors. Hinged doors are available with some manufacturers. All the general rules that have been described above are applied with quadrants. The design of the bathroom can be very much enhanced with this type of enclosures. They are probably the most common type of enclosure used today which is why so many options are available, in all budget and more designer ranges.
Hinged shower enclosures generally hinge directly from the wall and outward opening. Sizes start from 700mm up to, as standard 1700mm. When the door is more than 900mm wide most manufacturers will include a fixed panel to avoid overstressing the hinges.
This is a very similar product to the hinged door but is pivoted from the top and bottom rail of the enclosure. The advantage here is that part of the door opens into the shower so that the outward opening part does not extend into the bathroom as much. This is more useful when there is less space in the bathroom where a standard hinged door may clash with a basin or toilet.
A sliding shower door is useful when space to open a hinged or pivot door is not available, or when it is important not to have the water dripping from the door onto the bathroom floor when the door is opened. Sizes start from 1000mm wide and move up to 1700mm. Please take care if a 1000mm sliding door is used as the opening width is quite small. At UK Bathrooms we would normally design sliding doors starting from 1200mm.
For a more practical and often a more cost-effective way of creating a similar effect to a wet room you may consider a walk in shower area. 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 very similar, but a shower tray is used to define the shower area and collect the water. Shower trays are now very slim in their design. A level access can easily be created with a shower tray if required, although often the tray is still slightly raised from the flooring around it. Many trays are now available in different finishes, in both colour and texture. Shower trays are generally easier to install and are easier to clean and maintain.
The concept of wet rooms came over from the continent and rose in popularity during the 90’s. Bathroom designers almost overnight became infinitely more creative. When the correct products are used and the installers follow the installation guides then you will create a more open and often a higher quality feel to the overall aesthetics and functionality of the room.
The first consideration is how to create a fully sealed environment to allow collection of the water from the shower. There are many types of tanking systems now available on the market. 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 from the shower above. The waste capacity should always be checked to ensure the water being delivered from the shower is lower than the capacity of the waste to take the water away. The waste can be situated in the middle of the sloped tray, the corner or can be linear in its design. The top ‘grate’ can also come in different finishes according to your requirements. Most trays are also designed to hold a certain capacity of water. The floor finish must, therefore, follow the slope of the tray.
One of the main advantages of a wet room, 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. Traditionally this is achieved with a shower door. Shower doors have runners, hinges, seals and other component parts which can be more difficult to clean.
A wet area generally has a simple glass divider with some bracing bars and is far easier to maintain. The simplicity of just having glass also reduces the cost and offset some or all of the extra costs associated with the tanking systems.
As the name suggests these doors open into to a shower and are generally used when space is at a premium. Sizes start from 760mm and do not normally go over 900mm in width. Again, as the name suggests the door will fold in the middle as it is opened. This means that the glass is generally framed so more metal profile is used and the glass thickness is often reduced. The odd manufacture has an infold option where the whole door folds into the side of the enclosure.
Some manufacturers will offer a more ‘designed’ enclosure and the advent of bowed enclosures has added an extra dimension to bathroom design. Taling up a minimal amount of wall depth, they then expand into the room to give extra elbow room giving a feeling of space without hogging all of the wall space.
Frequently asked questions about Shower Enclosures and Shower Doors
Are Shower Enclosures Adjustable?
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.
How to clean glass shower enclosures?
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.
How much are shower enclosures?
It really does depend on the manufacturer and type of shower you are after. Here are 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).
Which Shower enclosures are the best?
We are slightly biased and we all of our own personal favourites. Our previous customers have always highly recommended Matki, Kudos and Simpsons as the manufacturers they would recommend.
What to consider when buying a new Shower Enclosure
It can be a little daunting when you initially come to selecting the right shower enclosure, with so many options and door types to choose from! Here at ukBathrooms, we do have the breadth of product available to find a solution to your requirements, but we also understand our customer's initial apprehension when presented with this wide range of options. As such we have developed the following guide from the knowledge and experience of our staff, and our most frequently asked questions we encounter when guiding our customers through the buying process.
Starting from scratch or replacing a dated enclosure? The best way to begin in any case is to measure the space you are intending to install the enclosure. Grab your tape measure and a pen and paper and measure in cm, all manufacturers now work in centimetres and millimetres. It will be much easier working in metric from the get-go, and save you any mistakes and rounding errors when converting measurements from ‘old money’ to new!
Most enclosures are 1850 or 1900mm 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 normally required) 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 a selection of manufacturers 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, see our shower trays section or call us for advice on this.
This is the most important measurement for shower enclosures. This is the width of the door or 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 this will not be 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 let’s look at one of the most popular doors in the Simpsons range, the Elite hinged door. This comes in the incremental sizes as mentioned above, i.e. 700, 800 and 900mm.
Looking specifically at the “800mm” Simpsons Elite hinged door, for instance, 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 which is actually under the measurement of the doors name/title width, this can be confusing for first-time bathroom buyers and renovation professionals alike. Whichever the case may be, 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.
All the doors we offer are safety glass. The thickest, heaviest doors are 10mm glass. 10mm 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 10mm 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 10mm (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 6mm 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 worth considering 6mm.
How many sides do you need?
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, (there are further options here for wider spaces such as ‘inline’ panels but more on this later). 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, and the door fits straight onto 2 glass side panels rather than a door can be tricky to manufacture, we do still have options for you, notably from an established manufacturer: Kudos who use additional overhead bracing bars to strengthen the installation.
Do you need an irregular shape? For example curved corner, known as a quadrant? Or a pentagonal shape, or a rectangle with one curved corner (otherwise known as an offset quadrant.) Quadrants are the most popular corner space option as they make the most of the corner area, are easier to install than a 2 piece corner, and allow for more showering space in the area. In terms of the design of the rest of the room, it is also easier to plan with a curved quadrant door in mind, rather than a corner shape protruding into the room.
The final steps: Once you have established the measurements of your installation space, and the shape you’ll need for your bathroom you can decide on the type of opening you would prefer.
Quick and easy installation
Take a look at an example of how easy our showers are to fit: