The prefabricated, modular shower enclosure has become a big hit with numerous homeowners for many reasons indeed. For one, it’s convenient in terms of installation, because you can have one installed in a day – often less. Another reason for its popularity is its many shapes, sizes, and designs, and you can choose one that’s just the perfect fit for your bathroom. But it is also popular for another excellent reason: it can come with a wide variety of elements and features, from overhead rain shower heads to adjustable massage jets and built-in seats. But whilst all these bells and whistles sound great, you still have to be practical with your choice, and this is where we come in. Here are the top aspects you should remember when selecting a shower enclosure.
1. Your bathroom’s space
It’s definitely a given, and you would surely want to choose a shower enclosure that’s neither too big nor too small for your needs. If you are replacing an older shower enclosure with a new one, this is an easy matter. The same is true if you are replacing an old bath with a new shower enclosure. But if you are trying to fit a shower enclosure or cabin into a space in your bathroom for the first time, you would have to think about your bathroom’s dimensions and its layout. Take measurements of the available space, and when you browse through various collections of shower cabins online, make sure you know the size of the cabins you are looking at so you will know if they fit.
2. The purpose of the enclosure
Of course, the function of the shower enclosure is to enable you to take a shower whenever you need it. But you also have to consider and remember its purpose and where you will be placing it. For instance, are you planning to place it in your main or primary bathroom or will it be in a separate or different shower area or an ensuite bathroom? This will influence the kind of enclosure you go for in the end because you have to make sure it suits your requirements. You can fit an enclosure into a tighter spot or area, but consider the space and the height as well. For instance, if you would like to install a shower enclosure at a recess or corner, it’s best to opt for shower enclosures with folding or pivot shower doors.
Alternatives to Enclosures
A dual outlet shower is a great alternative to an enclosure if you’re looking for a more open feel in your bathroom. They can also be a great option if you have a smaller bathroom as they take up less space. These types of showers work by having two outlets – one for the shower head and one for the handheld shower. This allows you to have more flexibility in how you use your shower space. You can use both the shower head and handheld shower at the same time, or you can use one or the other depending on your needs. These showers are also easier to clean as there are no hard-to-reach areas. They can be placed in any number of locations, including tight spaces and odd-shaped rooms. Finally, dual-outlet showers offer greater accessibility. With no doors or barriers to contend with, they can be a good option for people with limited mobility.
3. The kind of door
Speaking of doors, let’s delve a bit deeper. The kind of door you select will depend on your available space and the kind of enclosure you would like. There are various types of shower enclosure doors out there, ranging from hinged to sliding to the above-mentioned pivot or folding and more. Hinged doors are easy to use and will look ideal for contemporary or modern bathrooms. Sliding doors are perfect if you want to save space. Pivot doors are very common, but since they open in an outwards manner, consider the other bathroom elements that may be in the way.
4. The extras
Shower enclosures can also come with certain brilliant extras, from body jets to built-in seats to aromatherapy features and more. Consider and think carefully about these as well and make your choice based on what you really want.