Shower doors are available in an array of designs and sizes to suit any bathroom, but this can make choosing the best one a little tricky. Hopefully our super handy tips and advice will help make things easier for you.
Creating an extra bathroom with a shower enclosure can add extra value to your home, and also helps to ease the rush on busy weekday mornings in a family household. The right shower door can make all the difference in your bathroom, especially if there’s limited space, so it’s important to get it right.
Things to consider before choosing a shower door
Before choosing a shower door, there are a number of things that you need to consider first. You will need to decide on the best position for your shower door, and measure the space accurately to determine the most suitable size. Also, do you plan to fit the door between two walls or into a corner? If you are fitting the door into a corner, then you will need to buy a separate glass side panel to complete your shower door installation.
Think about cost too, the most affordable shower doors tend to feature 4mm thick glass, and more expensive doors use thicker glass, typically around 8mm. So, the thicker the glass, the more durable the door.
4mm glass is the minimum thickness for a frameless enclosure – it still offers quality but at a price that won’t break the bank. Next up is 6mm glass, this provides a safe and sturdy mid-range option that’s more affordable than 8mm glass. 8mm glass is a premium option and offers a high level of luxury and durability.
When shopping for a new shower door, you may notice that some feature easy clean glass. This is where the glass has been treated with a special coating that prevents the build-up of dirt, grime, oil, limescale and streaks, which means your shower door will look newer for longer.
Framed or frameless shower doors?
As well as sizes, glass shower doors come in framed and frameless designs. Framed shower doors suit all bathrooms and create a more classic look, while a frameless door is ideal for enhancing a minimalist style bathroom. Types of doors that feature a frameless design include pivot, hinged and sliding. Your choice will all depend upon the kind of look you want to create in your bathroom.
Types of shower doors
Types of glass doors include sliding, bi-fold, hinged and pivot. Your choice will mainly be determined by the size of your bathroom and style preferences. All shower doors can be fitted into a recess or with a matching side panel. Here’s a rundown of the various types of shower door:
Sliding shower doors
This type of door is where one glass panel slides back behind the other to allow for easy access. It can help to save space as no extra room is needed to allow for the door opening. Available in a range of widths, 1000mm to 1700mm, a sliding door creates a spacious showering area.
Bi-fold shower doors
A great option for a small bathroom or en-suite, a bi-fold shower door folds back on itself, so again, no extra space is needed to allow the door to open. This type of door comes in a choice of widths ranging from 700mm to 1200mm.
Pivot shower doors
Pivot doors are a popular option as they are perfect for creating a sleek, modern look. Available in a range of widths, 600mm to 1200mm, a pivot door rotates on a pin mechanism at the top and bottom of the frame. This type of door opens outwards into the bathroom, but because the far edge swings backwards into the shower area, it requires less clearance than a hinged door.
Hinged shower doors
Available in various widths, a hinged shower door opens outwards into the bathroom, so you will need to make sure there’s enough clearance to allow for this. Ideal for larger bathrooms, a hinged door provides wide access to the shower area.
How to clean a shower door
There are a number of ways to keep your glass shower door sparkling clean. To remove soap scum and hard water stains you could use a Magic Eraser sponge or re-purpose dryer sheets, just simply wet and scrub.
Baking soda and water is also ideal. Use half a cup of baking soda, add water and mix into a thick paste. Take a sponge and scrub the glass with the paste, and then rinse with vinegar for gleaming results.
White vinegar that’s undiluted and boiling hot provides an effective way to remove hardened on soap scum. Use a microfibre cloth or a sponge to clean the glass.
A quick and easy way to clean shower glass is to use a squeegee, which is a windscreen wiper like tool with a handle and a flat rubber blade that removes water from the glass. To prevent build-up on shower glass, you could also use a microfibre cloth on a regular basis, and it’s ideal for getting into those awkward areas.