23 April 2019
Shower cubicles are extremely versatile due to their availability, numerous design options and the various shower cubicle sizes offered.
With so many decisions to make when it comes to choosing your preferred shower cubicle design we have written this article to shed some light on the following:
1. Types of Shower Cubicles
2. Shower Cubicle Sizes
3. Shower Cubicle Ideas
In terms of layout, shower cubicles are installed to occupy the corner of a room or an alcove. They are the perfect solution when space is limited. For example, an en-suite bathroom would benefit from the use of a shower cubicle.
There are various types of shower cubicles available. Your options are split into the following three main categories or shapes:
1. Quadrant Shower Cubicles
2. Square Shower Cubicles
3. Rectangle Shower Cubicles
Quadrant shower cubicles are shaped to represent a quarter section of a circle. As a result, they have two equal sides and a curved arc. However, an offset quadrant shower cubicle is possible when one side is longer than it is wider. In any case, it also encompasses the curved arc.
The idea behind a quadrant shower cubicle is to provide the maximum amount of showering space to the user. This is especially the case in a small setting. In addition, they are often combined with a double or single slide door opening.
Quadrant shower cubicles and offset quadrant shower cubicles are available in a number of sizes and dimensions. This makes them a great choice for small spaces.
Typically no smaller than 760mm, options for quadrant shower cubicle sizes are available in the following dimensions:
When it comes to offset quadrant shower cubicles there are limitations when choosing your minimum width and maximum length. The smallest offset quadrant shower cubicle typically measures 900mm x 760mm whereas the largest measures 1400mm x 800mm.
This makes a difference of no more than 450mm between the two.
Square shower cubicles are the original shower cubicle design. The most popular option for many years, square shower cubicles are great if you’re wanting to occupy an awkward space, like an alcove for example.
Complimented by an array of door opening designs, which equally lend themselves to difficult spaces, your options for access include:
> Hinged Doors
> Infold Doors
> Pivot Doors
With not as many size variations available, off the shelf, square shower cubicle sizes typically range from 700mm to 1000mm. That said, larger, more bespoke, options are available from some manufacturers however these are typically custom made.
An enclosed take on the walk-in shower design, rectangle shower cubicles are a larger and more luxurious shower room option. Requiring a generous amount of available space, depending on the rectangle shower cubicle size you choose, these particular shower cubicles come with an equal amount of access, door opening, options:
> Hinged Doors
> Sliding Doors
> Pivot Wide Doors
With the largest selection of size variations available, rectangle shower cubicle dimensions range from a combination of 800mm to 2000mm in length and 700mm to 1000mm in width.
The general design and style of the shower room will be heavily reliant on your final choices. You can refer to these as the finishing touches. It’s the little details that really make the biggest difference. You can incorporate these finishing touches whether you set your sights on a quadrant, offset, square or rectangle shower cubicle.
To compliment your shower cubicle design you may wish to consider your options for:
One of the most exciting parts when designing a new shower room is choosing your floor and wall coverings.
Whether you choose ceramic or porcelain tiles, vinyl or wall boards, your floor and wall coverings are the stand out aspects that will really showcase your suite’s personality.
Tiles typically have more scope due to the variety available and tend to be consistently applied to both floor and wall for a dependable finish. Natural in appearance, both ceramic and porcelain tiles lend themselves perfectly to creating a modern, clean and luxurious look and feel.
Unlike tiles, vinyl flooring is relatively maintenance free due to its ‘unbroken’ finish and no grout requirements. Furthermore vinyl is typically a warmer flooring type due to its manufacturing components which can be a big plus to many.
In recent years slip resistant vinyl has come a long way in terms of choice. No longer a clinical looking solution there are now a number of options for colour and texture making it a stylish and safer alternative.
An alternative wall covering to the ever prevalent Bathroom tile is wall boards.
A firm shower cubicle alternative due to their waterproofing properties, wall boards are again a relatively maintenance free option due to their unbroken finish and no grout requirements; further complimenting their water resistant benefits.
When it comes to choosing your brassware and accessories you are usually presented with two options; modern or traditional.
Although there are some pressure considerations when deciding between the two, as a result of design output, it really is up to your personal preferences on what style you choose.
Traditionally speaking there are two bathroom storage options, back-to-wall and modular furniture.
Back-to-wall furniture, also known as ‘fitted furniture’ is designed to conceal the cistern and any pipework work. In addition, it also hides the WC & basin, in a semi-recessed setting in order to create a clean design which is relatively maintenance free.
Modular furniture is a modern day twist on the back-to-wall design. Wall hung to give a floating effect, a singular vanity basin unit tends to be fitted alongside a separate, but matching, storage cupboard.
Although free standing modular units are available, the idea of a wall hung design is to open the visible floor space giving the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is.
When it comes to bathroom lighting and illumination you have two options:
1. Cool lighting or
2. Warm lighting
Warm lighting tends to be used in a beige and brown coloured suites to create a softer, warmer and cosier feel.
In comparison, cool lighting is preferred in a white suite, favouring those who want a bathroom that is bright and crisp as the coolness lends itself to enhancing the glacier sanitary ware.
Whichever you decide it is likely LED instruments will be used and can be incorporated as spot lights, floor lights, mirror illumination and in niches.
Above all, your newly renovated shower room should be a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable space. Although there are a number of things that can be done there's no better way of achieving this than by installing a variety of heating and ventilation instruments. Find out what your options are.
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