Shower enclosures come in a huge variety of styles, so choosing the right one for you can be an overwhelming task. But fear not; we’re here to talk you through your options so you can decide which shower enclosure is the perfect fit for your bathroom. So, on that note, here is our Buyer’s Guide to Shower Enclosures!

Buyer's Guide to Shower Enclosures- Sliding Door Shower Enclosure

Sliding Door Shower Enclosure

A sliding door shower enclosure is a classic design that remains a popular choice in many bathrooms. As the name would suggest, this type of enclosure features a sliding door mechanism, which opens smoothly within the enclosure without impeding on the rest of the bathroom.

Sliding door shower enclosures are available in a range of different sizes, so you can pick one to suit your space. A sliding door shower enclosure is useful in smaller bathrooms that don’t have space for a door to open outwards. The only downside is that they have limited access, so may not be as easy to get in and out of, especially for those with lower mobility.

Hinged Door Shower Enclosure with Black Shower panel

Hinged Door Shower Enclosure

A hinged door shower enclosure is a simple option with a modern appearance. A simple hinged door action means that the door opens outwards into the bathroom. This allows generous space for getting in and out of the shower and gives the enclosure a spacious feel. However, it can impede on the space in your bathroom, so it’s important to measure carefully to ensure that your bathroom has enough space for the door to swing open. As such, it’s a better option for those with more spacious bathrooms.

Pivot Door Shower Enclosure with white wall panels

Pivot Door Shower Enclosure

A pivot door shower enclosure is a great option for those with small bathrooms looking to make the most of their space. The door opens by pivoting on its hinges; the door opens outwards into the bathroom, but the far edge of the door pivots back into the shower enclosure. The door’s opening action takes up less space in the bathroom than that of a hinged door, while still allowing generous space for getting in and out of the shower. While you will still need to allow space for the door to swing open, a pivot door requires less space than a hinged door, so is a better option for small bathrooms. 

Bi Fold Door Shower Enclosure with Black tiles

Bi Fold Door Shower Enclosure

A bi fold door shower enclosure is a great space-saving solution for small bathrooms. The door opens by folding in on itself within the shower enclosure, so doesn’t impede on the rest of the bathroom. It comes in a range of sizes that are perfect for fitting into small spaces. However, a drawback of this kind of enclosure is that the folding door mechanism doesn’t allow as much space for entry as a hinged door or pivot door would. The folding mechanism can also be tricky to manoeuvre, so it may not be ideal for those with mobility issues.

Quadrant shower enclosure with white square tiles

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Quadrant shower enclosures are a very popular option nowadays, as they’re ideal for saving space in your bathroom. This type of enclosure features a curved shape that is designed to fit into a corner. This is useful for making the most of the available space in your bathroom.

Quadrant enclosures feature a sliding door mechanism that allows easy access for getting in and out of the shower, and are available as single door and two door options. These enclosures are available as standard quadrants, with the same height as width, or as offset quadrants. Offset quadrants have one side longer than the other and offer more space than a standard quadrant. 

Quadrant enclosures offer a spacious showering area, without impeding on the space of other items in your bathroom. They’re perfect for small spaces, and are particularly popular choices for ensuite bathrooms.

Corner entry shower enclosure with square white tiles

Corner Entry Shower Enclosure

Like a quadrant enclosure, a corner entry shower enclosure is designed to fit neatly into a corner. It features a 2 door sliding mechanism that allows easy access for getting into the shower. It is a practical option for those looking to make the most of their space in a small bathroom. It can also be useful to combine with a separate bath in a more spacious bathroom, as it can fit into a corner without obstructing the space.

D Shape Shower Enclosure in beige tile bathroom

D Shape Shower Enclosure

A D shape shower enclosure features a rounded shape that is designed to sit flat against a single wall. It has a spacious feel and is a good alternative to a bath in smaller bathrooms. It’s also ideal for long, narrow bathrooms that don’t have much corner space to use.

Black and Chrome Shower Cabin with rain effect shower head and body jets

Shower Cabin

A shower cabin is a great option for those who are looking to invest in a more luxurious shower. Similar in shape to a quadrant enclosure, a shower cabin is designed to fit in a corner. A shower cabin comes as a ready-made, one-piece enclosure, with everything you need for a functional shower. It doesn’t require any tiling, so installation is easy and stress-free.

A shower cabin comes complete with a rain effect shower head and multi-functional hand shower. It also features luxurious body jets for an opulent, spa-like showering experience. Shower cabins are available in different sizes to suit you, and can be found as small as 800mm to fit smaller bathrooms.

Walk in shower enclosure with shower panel and grey and beige tiles

Walk In Shower Enclosure

A walk in shower enclosure is perfect for those looking for a roomier showering space. As the name would suggest, a walk in shower enclosure doesn’t have any doors; you simply walk in and out. It features a glass shower screen and rectangular shower tray. The lack of doors means this type of enclosure is incredibly easy access, so it’s ideal for those with lower mobility. A walk in shower enclosure offers a spacious showering area and is a good alternative to a bath. 

And there we have it. Our Buyer’s Guide to Shower Enclosures. We hope you found this helpful. If you need any more help with your bathroom renovation, you can find the rest of our Buyers Guides here.