Do you know there are eight different types of showerscreens? In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each and how you can improve the aesthetics of your bathroom no matter the size.
Framed showerscreens are typically found in family bathrooms, as they’re durable and easy to clean. The glass is typically clear, translucent or opaque, with a thick metal frame that joins the screens together. For entry, they usually have a swinging door.
Semi-frameless showerscreens also have a frame, but it’s narrower and less obvious than a full frame showerscreen. These showerscreens are both practical and aesthetically pleasing, with more choice when it comes to the design and layout.
Frameless showerscreens are made from glass panels supported by minimal hardware. This eliminates 90% of the frame. A frameless showerscreen is typically more expensive and considered a luxury in the bathroom. They’re also an excellent aesthetic choice. The minimal hardware can make it seem like the showerscreen isn’t even there, making the bathroom feel larger and more open.
Sliding Shower Door Screens
Sliding shower doors differ from the first several options on this list because the door slides instead of swinging out. Sliding door showerscreens are a good choice for smaller bathrooms and locations where you have space constraints. For example, this lets you have the shower door right next to the toilet without hitting the toilet.
Pivot Door Showerscreens
Pivot door showerscreens rotate on a central point instead of the traditional door hinge style. These showerscreens are not suitable for small bathrooms due to how much space the door needs to open. But they’re easy to clean and they don’t require a track on the bottom like sliding doors. Nor will they drip as much water onto the floor when you open it as a swinging door model.
Bi-Fold Door Showerscreens
These showerscreens are a good choice for small bathrooms, as the door doesn’t take up too much space. You can have two or more folds for the entry into the shower, which means you might be able to open the back-shower door to reach something from the sink without letting water escape.
Quadrant showerscreens form a broad curve around the shower area. These shower screens are rather expensive, but they’re also quite different from most other products. That’s why they’re seen as upscale. The doors slide, and they stay in the frame. They’re a suitable choice for a small bathroom.
Fixed Panel Showersreens
Fixed panel showerscreens don’t have a door. Instead, there’s one long, frameless glass panel parallel to the wall and a small glass panel at a 90-degree angle. These showerscreens have a minimalist look and they maximise accessibility. But unfortunately, they require a lot of space, since the shower is connected to a drying area open to the rest of the room. This is why they’re a common choice for walk-in showers. At a minimum, you might have to remove a bathtub to fit this type of shower into your bathroom.