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‘How To’ Choose the Perfect Shower Enclosure

In order to contribute to a tranquil and relaxing sanctuary environment, a shower enclosure needs to be a number of different things; stylish, practical, built to last and so much more.

Bathroom shapes, sizes and styles can be as unique as the individual customer. This understanding has always underpinned our design process at Lakes, helping to create showering spaces that reflect a varied range of bathrooms and lifestyles through beautifully designed and precision-engineered products that help give ultimate showering experience.

A perfect blend of design and performance is required from all products in the bathroom and a shower enclosure is no different.

Both elements are evolving all of the time, with new styles and trends complemented by fresh innovation to assist with installation and versatility.

The installation process is something manufacturers are always focusing on, to help us better supply you with easy-to-install high quality products. We are also keenly aware of what we can learn from your experiences using our products, which influence our development going forward.

So, how do you choose the perfect shower enclosure for your customer?

First, let’s start with space.

Starting out by focusing on choosing an enclosure suited to the amount of available space you are working with is probably the most crucial piece of advice that we can offer.

Whether you’re working with a large space or are hard pushed for it, making the right decision is helpfully made a lot easier by the range of choices at your disposal.

If you’re hard pushed for space, an over-bath shower and bath screen combination may be the answer, or perhaps a bi-fold door.

The more space you have to play with, the more you are likely to start going down the route of walk-in showers or full wet rooms, where panelling and minimalism are all important.

Once you’ve assessed your space and know which direction you’re going to take, it’s time to start thinking of materials and aesthetics.

Particularly with those smaller, ensuite or awkward spaces, consumers are looking at shower enclosures featuring increased glass and reduced metal to maximise the space they’re working with.

An alternative is to focus on the simplicity of mirrored glass, gives you the added benefit of having a full-length mirror without giving up the space required for one and reflects available light sources naturally to create the illusion of a larger space.

One way to ensure a shower enclosure looks sleek and prestige is choosing the right glass within an enclosure to give a clean and crisp appearance. Lakes’ Ambient and Wave ranges are ideal for this scenario.

Again, it’s important to always focus on the balance of design and performance.

It’s also becoming more and more important to consider multi-Generational options when designing a bathroom space.

There are now around 1.8 million households that span two or more generations, so the number of multigenerational homes is also on the rise.

A wet room is often an ideal solution for all members of the family, whatever their age or capabilities. Maximising the available space in the bathroom, a wet room tends to offer a much larger showering space than a traditional enclosure and has no shower tray threshold to manoeuvre around, avoiding trip hazards for all users.

However, if this isn’t possible due to plumbing restrictions, then a low-profile shower tray that sits at approximately 45mm high could be used instead, providing a more accessible shower entrance than standard height trays.

Low threshold trays make it easy for both young and old users to access the shower, while non-slip trays are a much safer option for vulnerable age groups.

The sustainability of a bathroom design project is another key issue. As installers, it is more than likely that you will be educating consumers on the sustainable credentials of their products – if you want to understand this better for yourself, you can always speak with your merchant.

Lakes Launches ‘Wave Wins Prizes’ Campaign

Merchants and retailers could win major prizes – including a holiday – as part of a new campaign from leading shower enclosure manufacturer Lakes.

To mark the new showroom exclusive Wave Black and Silver range, Lakes is launching its ‘Wave Wins Prizes’ programme for displaying customers, with installers or consumers purchasing either enclosure also in with a chance of winning.

A monthly prize draw from September will see three invoices drawn from Wave sales paid in that month, with winning merchants and retailers able to claim up to £500 of Lakes product and buyers gifted with up to £500 of vouchers for electrical retailer

Each purchase of a complete Wave enclosure equals one entry, meaning that merchants and retailers completing multiple purchases will have multiple chances to win.

In addition, a further draw will be held twice a year for all invoiced merchant or retailer sales covering the previous six month period, with a holiday up to the value of £3000 going to a randomly selected winner.

Darren Bedford, Sales Director at Lakes, said: “We’re excited to launch Wave Wins Prizes, which we think is a great way to support Lakes customers and launch our showroom exclusive Wave range with a bang!

“Not only is it a chance to really add an extra layer of excitement to purchasing from our Wave range, it is going to allow us to build a greater connection with customers, which is crucial in everything we do.”

The Wave collection, which was launched in striking matt black earlier this year, strikes a perfect balance between function and stylish design. The collection includes quadrants, hinged doors, slider doors, side panels and bi-fold doors.

The range is set to expand further with the inclusion of a brushed brass option for customers launching in Q3 of 2023.

Lakes and Heinz UK: Why should baths have all the fun?

With Comic Relief once again set to raise much-needed funds for charitable causes, there will be the usual range of weird and whacky fundraising ideas happening across the country. One of the most iconic, is the eponymous sitting in a bath of Heinz baked beans. But this year, Lakes Showering Spaces and Heinz UK are asking why should baths have all the fun in the name of charity?

The debate between baths and showers has raged for years, and won’t be settled anytime, soon, but with a fantastic walk-in showering space called the Cannes, Lakes spotted their chance, and have taken it, aiming to raise funds for Comic Relief in the process.

This March, anyone who tweets Lakes (@LakesForLife) using #CannesOfBeanz and guessing how many cans of Heinz beans fit into their Cannes walk-in shower (pictured) will generate a £10 donation from Lakes to Comic Relief.

Lakes have mocked up what the Cannes enclosure would look like using the 1,200mm panel and the showering space’s maximum depth of 1,000mm. With a 2m height, the question in how many standard tins of Heinz Baked Beanz would fit inside the showering space?

Managing Director, Bev Brown, says: “Lakes loves to raise money for good causes, and this year we thought we’d do something a bit different. Everyone has had a hard couple of years, and sometimes doing something a bit silly to raise awareness of good causes and much-needed donations is just what is needed.

“We’d like to thank Heinz UK for working with us on this campaign, and we hope that all our media partners, merchants, retailers and colleagues across the sector will join in the fun for a good cause and let us know how many cans they think would fit inside the Cannes walk-in.

“It’s a fantastic cause, so get tweeting and let us know you’re supporting Comic Relief too.”

Any tweets tagging Lakes and Heinz UK (@HeinzUK) using the hashtag #CannesOfBeanz will trigger a donation of £10 to Comic Relief.

We’re now live on Trustpilot!


Tell us about your experience of Lakes on our Trustpilot page. All reviews in the run up to Valentine’s Day will be entered into a free prize draw to win a meal for two at a restaurant of your choice.


Terms & Conditions apply. See below.

Lakes Meal for 2 Prize Draw



  1. The prize draw is open to UK customers only.
  2. Reviews on the Lakes Trustpilot page, up until midnight on Friday 14th February 2020, will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win one (1) meal for 2 people up to the value of £100
  3. The value will be provided on a gift card for the chosen restaurant
  4. A maximum of 1 entry per person is permitted. Any illegible, incomplete or fraudulent entries will be rejected.
  5. Reviews left on behalf of a company will receive one (1) voucher to be allocated to a person in the company.


  1. There is 1 prize available, and the winner will be drawn randomly from all valid entries.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable and there is no cash alternatives.
  3. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value if required.


  1. The winner will be contacted via Trustpilot as a reply to the review.
  2. The winner must respond within 28 working days and supply contact details for the gift card to be sent to, and details of the chosen restaurant.


  1. The determination and decision of the Promoter on all matters shall be final and binding and no promotional correspondence will be entered into with entrants.
  2. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in its sole discretion, the Promotion is not capable of being conducted as specified.
  3. Any participant who enters or attempts to enter the competition in a manner, which in the Promoter’s reasonable opinion is contrary to these Terms and Conditions or by its nature is unjust to other entrants (including tampering with the operation of the competition, cheating, hacking, deception or any other unfair playing practices) may be disqualified from the competition at the Promoter’s sole discretion.
  4. Participants will receive no guidance from Lakes on the content of the review.


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Meet the Lakes Sales Team

Our team of 7 Area Sales Managers led by Sales & Marketing Director Mike Tattam, is the public face of Lakes. The vital link between our supplier network and the rest of the workforce back here at our Headquarters in Tewkesbury.

Say hello to the Lakes sales team…

Mike Tattam – Sales & Marketing Director

Mike leads a team of 16 (sales managers and internal sales administrators), with responsibility for revenue from UK and Ireland.     

Mike ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

If you need to contact Mike, you can call him on 07725240912, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn.

Paul Harris – Sales Manager (North West England)

Paul ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • Paul enjoys watching Rugby League and follows Liverpool FC
  • His movie favourites are always Horrors
  • And, if you’re asking, he’ll always have a cuppa ☕

If you need to contact Paul, you can call him on 07740 800663, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn.

Barry Clark – Sales Manager (South West)

Barry ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • Would rather be in the Maldives
  • Loves a musical (and isn’t ashamed to say so) 🎭
  • Would choose to read minds if he could choose a superpower (but would soon figure out we’re all thinking ‘he really does look like Kenneth Branagh’)

If you need to contact Barry, you can call him on 07921759673, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn.

Tom Williams – Sales Manager (West London & Counties)

Tom ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • Favourite Lakes products are Cannes and Levanzo
  • Looks like Joe Pasquale
  • Enjoys a spot of yoga
  • Supports Fulham FC and his tipple of choice would be beer 🍺
  • Would choose teleportation if he could choose a superpower (if only he could teleport Fulham FC up a league 🤣)

If you need to contact Tom, you can call him on 07977 473842, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn.

Leon Varrier – Sales Manager (North East England)

Leon ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • He was the only one that chose a ‘rich friend’ when asked if he’d prefer a rich friend or a loyal friend 😳
  • Enjoys countryside walks and spending time with his family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
  • Loves an action/adventure movie
  • Drink of choice is always a cider
  • Would choose flying as a superpower

If you need to contact Leon, you can call him on 07740 800662, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn.

Alita Gregg – Sales Manager (Scotland)

Alita ‘the bits you won’t find on her work profile’

  • Outside work most of her time is taken up with family life, be that going along to swimming or football lessons
  • Alita’s four children are all competitive Irish dancers!

If you need to contact Alita, you can call her on 07725 240421, email or alternatively, connect on LinkedIn. 

Steve Spencer – Sales Manager (South East England)

Steve ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • Steve and his wife are keen supporters of their son Andy who is pursuing a career in Motorsport.
  • Enjoys long walks with his wife and Lewis the mad Springer spaniel
  • Favourite Lakes products are Cannes and Levanzo
  • Out of whiskey or vodka he’d always choose beer
  • Enjoys films and music as long as it includes The Beatles

If you need to contact Steve, you can call him on 07725 240423, or alternatively email him.

Simon Bailey – Sales Manager (East Anglia)

Simon ‘the bits you won’t find on his work profile’

  • Photography and golf are a great interests for Simon, declaring himself a big sports fan
  • A real passion for Simon is travelling and has backpacked around the world twice!
  • During time living overseas, including in Australia for a year, Simon worked in a bathroom showroom

If you need to contact Simon, you can call him on 07785 461232, or alternatively email him.

If you’re not sure who your area’s Sales Manager is, you can look-up your Sales Manager here.

Winners of #LoveLakesIsland announced!

Lakes, the leading showering space manufacturer, celebrates the success of its #LoveLakesIsland campaign. To mark the success and first anniversary of its premium range of showering spaces – the Island Collection – Lakes launched a campaign for stockists and installers to share their Island success stories. Following fantastic feedback and engagement the winners of the luxury hampers are Flame Bathrooms in Durham and Recreate Bathrooms for their expert installation of the Barbados showering space with hinged door.

Mike Tattam, Lakes’ Sales and Marketing Director, comments: “We had excellent feedback on our Island Collection. Considering we only launched this Collection a year ago, it was fantastic to see so much activity on our social media channels. Thank you to everyone who took part in sharing the campaign and encouraging people to join in!

“We’re delighted to present the luxury hampers to bathroom stockist Flame Bathrooms in Durham and installer Recreate Bathrooms. The winning installation showed the impact an excellent showering space can make in whatever space available!”

Look out for more exciting campaigns in the New Year!

Tewkesbury Athletic Football Club Sponsorship

We are keen to support our local community so when one of our drivers, Mike Holtham, highlighted a sponsorship opportunity at the Tewkesbury Athletic Football Club we were delighted to be able to fund their training kit.

With a win of 3-2 on penalties we were thrilled to hear the team achieved their first win of the season, against a team from the division above!

Join the #LoveLakesIsland campaign

Lakes, the leading manufacturer of showering spaces, is running a #LoveLakesIsland campaign to mark the success and first anniversary of its premium range of showering spaces – Island Collection. Stockists and installers are encouraged to share their Island success stories across social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram – and the campaign is calling for installers to post up their best Island installation. All photos posted with the hashtag #LoveLakesIsland will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxurious hamper for the best installation. A hamper will be presented by Lakes to both the installer and its stockist.

The carefree spirit of the Caribbean was the inspiration behind Island. Its sleek, frameless design, smoothly operating hinged doors, and crystal-clear glass makes it an ideal choice for contemporary showering spaces.

The competition will run during November and the winner will be announced in December. Mike Tattam, Lakes’ Sales and Marketing Director, comments: “Island has been very successful since we introduced it to our range last year so we wanted to mark its first anniversary with something a little different. We achieve great engagement with customers across our social channels so it made sense to use these platforms to show off the many fantastic installations as well as generate a bit of fun along the way.”

To find out more about Lakes’ Island Collection visit or download our new ‘Designed for Life’ brochure at Look out for updates across Lakes’ social media.

Gifts for people who LOVE their bathroom

It’s that time of year, the time when we all search for that uniquely, thoughtful (and preferably wallet friendly) gift to show the people we care about that we’re thankful for them.

We all have that one difficult person that you’re not sure what to get, whether it’s because they have no discernible interest or you’re not sure what they already own. Luckily, there is one room and one part of all our day-to-day lives we have in common, the shower/bathroom. So, we’ve come up with a little gift guide of stocking fillers and presents for those who love spending time in the bathroom (and those who could love their bathroom a little more).

For him:

A fog free shower mirror

The moisture and steam from a warm shower make it the most comfortable and effective place for a man to shave. Unfortunately for anyone who is second in the morning bathroom schedule, a steamy mirror makes this more difficult – hence the fog free shower mirror.

Strong man toilet roll holder

Maybe not something you want on display in your nicely decorated bathroom, but if you have a ‘man loo’ then this could sit pride of place on top of the toilet (Who knows it might even inspire us all to replace the loo roll more often).


For her:

Wine glass holder for the bath

Made of polished stainless steel, this wine glass holder is a stylish addition to any bath and the perfect accessory for the ladies wanting to enjoy a bit of red, white or rose whilst either getting ready or relaxing in their sanctuary away from kids and partners. (Good job it doesn’t come with a bottle holder or you may rarely see your chosen recipient).

wine glass holder for the bath

Bath pillow

Make the bath a more comfortable place for her (or him) to enjoy a nice loooooooooooooong soak (and that glass of wine we talked about above) at the end of the day.

bath pillow

For the kids:

Bath time bubble maker

Find us a baby that doesn’t love bubbles… This bubble maker will help make bath time an enjoyable time for both you and your little ones.

bubble machine for the bath


As seen on Dragon’s Den. This is the perfect toilet training accessory. Not only does this make it easier for your child to flush the toilet, it also makes it fun. You might find that other members of the family appreciate the acknowledgement of a flush with a fanfare just as much as the kids.

kids flush

For all the family:


Waterproof shower speaker

This handy little Bluetooth shower speaker makes it possible for you to control your music and answer calls whilst in the bath or shower (without the risk of dropping your smartphone in). We always talk about making showering an experience not just a necessity, this, combined with the perfect playlist can help take a large step in that right direction.

bluetooth shower speaker

And, if you need help selecting the perfect songs, here’s our top 10 songs to sing in the shower.

Men vs Women: The battle of the bathroom

To find out which sex tops the tiles we commissioned a OnePoll survey of 1000 people aged 18-70. Here’s what we found…

  1. There is only a marginal difference between the amount of men and women showering daily. 60% of women shower daily. 57% of men shower daily.
  2. Men are happier to use a good old fashioned bar of soap than women. 33% of men vs 26% of women.
  3. Women seem to be busy in the shower. 33% more likely to shave, 25% more likely to exfoliate and 9% more likely to plan the day ahead.
  4. Women take longer in the shower, but only by 2 minutes.
  5. Men are far more likely to tackle any shower repairs. 51% of men tackle repairs themselves compared to 13% of women. 35% of women would prefer to use a specialist tradesman.
  6. When shopping for shower enclosures 43% of women would visit bathroom showrooms compared to 33% of men. More men would visit a plumber or builders merchant.
  7. When choosing a shower enclosure size is the 3rd most important feature to men and women.

No winners or losers in this battle of the bathroom!

Our survey reveals that many old fashioned perceptions about the difference in bathroom behaviours between men and women are much smaller than you might expect.

Source: OnePoll 2016

A Brief History of the Shower (part two)

We last left you in the late Victorian era, a point in English history that the modern shower owes a great debt to. It was from this point we begin to see what closely resembles the image of the shower we know and love today.

The late Victorian Era

So what made this period so pivotal? The combination of two things:

1. A new wave of ‘morality’, tied to which was an obsession with cleanliness and purity.

2. The industrial revolution and the succeeding years of engineering brilliance

From the 1880s onwards environmental and health standards rose sharply, with the introduction of an expanded London water supply network and improved access to gas lighting and heating throughout the country.

It’s important to note that at this time even the upper classes of England, mostly, didn’t have plumbing in their homes. They didn’t see the worth as their servants could heat water for them and the idea of a home with plumbing for the masses was way beyond their means; the shower was still the reserve of the knowing (lucky) few.



1900s adverts for plumbing fixtures
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You’ll notice from these 1905 and 1911 plumbing fixtures ads, that the earliest forms of the over-bath shower of the early 20th century is miraculously unchanged in many ways compared to some of the over bath options we see today.

For obvious reasons the evolution of the shower took a bit of a break during the war years as people’s attention, resources, and invention were focused elsewhere.

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Post-war years

After years of austerity and hardship following World Wars I and II, coinciding with a sharp rise in the middle classes there was a general need for positivity, life, colour and aspiration. The glamour of Hollywood movies influenced a desire for certain luxuries and choice in bathroom design.

The bathroom was fast becoming a source of pride for the aspirational housewife of the 1950’s and 60’s, although the functionality of the shower remained much unchanged, it was now something that would start to become a little more commonplace in the average home.










Following the lead of the American market by the 60’s the English bathroom finally started to adopt the shower as an option. At this point the first electric showers were introduced, which finally saw an evolution from the water tank, providing people with the option of an instantly hot water supply.


The seventies simply saw the shower market grow further, becoming more commonplace in the average household, and saw the supporting bathroom furniture in a more varied selection of questionable colours.

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The Era of the power suit, the brick sized mobile phone, the CD player and the DeLorean. This really was the time of technical revolution, creating a culture of ‘more is more’ which can often lead to technical advances that aren’t always a valuable step forward – not all of which lasted the test of time. Manufacturers started to produce showers with multiple settings, multiple jets coming from different directions and even coloured lights.


Around 62% of all houses now had a shower, with the electric shower allowing for a shower conversion in the smallest of spaces. No household need go without.


Lakes Bathrooms introduces PureVueHD; the low-iron glass providing superior clarity AS STANDARD on our Classic and Coastline ranges. This may not be revolutionary in technology stakes, but for the first time this costly optional extra is available as standard at no extra cost, providing people with the superior shower experience we as a company always intended.

To find out more about PureVueHD click here

What does the future hold?

With the way technology seems to be advancing in other business and industry sectors we could make some pretty safe assumptions about the next evolutions of the shower. Some of which ‘might’ already be in development;

Enclosure heads-up displays:

Have you seen the film ‘Minority Report’ or anything supposedly set in the future, where every technology seems to be controlled on a transparent glass screen? Well this technology already exists and has done for a number of years. Since the introduction of portable devices, people now spend very little of their time without access to a screen. This is the same with the bathroom, proven by this year’s alarming stats about the number of people using their smartphones whilst using the toilet! The shower screen and enclosure could simply the next step in this evolution, touch screen glass that allows us to browse and view whilst showering.

A Brief History of the Shower (part one)

In terms of the history of invention the household shower is still a relatively modern one, especially in relation us filthy Europeans. The First domestic applications didn’t really surface till around 1900 but the history and evolution of the shower drastically pre-dates this; it’s this evolution and where we are now that we’ll be discovering now.

Let’s start at the beginning…

1,000,000 BC

If you hadn’t guessed, this is a slight assumption, but the original showers definitely would neither of been man-made or indoors. The very first ‘showers’ would have been natural formations – think less ‘The Flintstones’ using a woolly mammoth to spray water through the bathroom window and more Raquel Welch under a waterfall.

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

There is some evidence to suggest that early advanced cultures had indoor shower rooms for the upper classes where servants would pour jugs of water over them for cleaning purposes.

Ancient Greece (the first real showers)

The early Greek civilisation is the birthplace of the technical prowess that established the ideas of sewage systems, running water and the first iterations of what we can begin to recognise as a working shower system. Utilising aqueducts made of lead piping to carry large supplies of water and using water pressure to public shower rooms, the Greeks introduced showering as a social activity for the masses and not simple as the reserve of the wealthy.

picture if ancient Greek showeer
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Ancient Rome

The Romans adopted the Greek showering pastime, but for the first time saw the true hygienic benefits, suggesting that showering should occur on at least a weekly or even daily basis.

drawing of a plan for a shower in 1700s
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1767 AD, England (The age of the modern shower)

In 1767 Englishman William Feetham patented the first mechanical shower. The system wasn’t a rip roaring success because as it was operated by a hand pump, making it only a step up from your servant pouring water over your head as seen thousands of years earlier – it also just recycled the same dirty water over and over again. A few further iterations based around this original concept gained moderately more success; but real success wouldn’t begin to appear until 1850 when these systems were connected to a running water source.


Prior to the 1880s the majority of shower designs were rather like having a pail of water tipped over you from a height, but by the 1880s the range of products were evolving in new and exciting directions.

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Needle shower/Cage showers

The needle or cage shower directed jets of water all-round the torso, but wasn’t really sold for pleasure or its cleaning prowess, as with many things in the Victorian era its was promoted for its supposed health benefits – often described as a liver shower or bath, thanks to supposedly offering a stimulating massage for internal organs. Needle showers were marketed to gentlemen’s athletic clubs as well as private houses.

A rain shower

A rain shower also known as a spray bath, was a desirable fitting for modern, hygienic public baths and hospitals. With an overhead spray coming from a circular head pointing straight down or slightly slanted the rain shower was a very close representation of today’s standard systems.

Combination showers/Canopy showers

Canopy showers or canopy baths were produced by a number of manufacturers and varied from the simply functional to the highly ornate, with both options being the reserve of the very wealthy. These impressive shower bathtub combinations became the centrepiece of the room with some being up to seven feet high. With many being ornately carved, highly polished woods or finely enamelled on the exterior; this iteration of the shower started to signify a move into the shower as not only functional but also designed to enhance the home setting.

During this Victorian period of invention most showers were sold on pure functionality, heavily based on any associated health benefits. As we move out of the Victorian period we start to see the shower move into the common domestic home and further develop back into tools for enjoyment and functionality.

In the next parts you’ll see what has happened in the next century to lead to the showers we have today and the possible advances of the future.

To browse the beauty of contemporary showers enclosures click here.