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Home | Blog | Transforming Your Bathroom with Stunning Shower Enclosures

Transforming Your Bathroom with Stunning Shower Enclosures

Lakes, Insights, Product  |  09/07/2024

Bathrooms have evolved from merely functional spaces for personal hygiene to thoughtfully designed sanctuaries where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. A well-designed bathroom should be both soothing and practical, which is why it’s worth investing time and effort into creating a space that meets your needs and enhances your lifestyle.

At the heart of your dream bathroom design, a stunning shower enclosure can serve as a focal point. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of shower enclosures for over 35 years, we offer a wide range of solutions to suit your lifestyle, all backed by a lifetime guarantee for lasting peace of mind.

Choosing the Right Shower Enclosure for Your Home

Consider Your Space Before you start, determine if your bathroom can accommodate a shower enclosure. Replacing an old enclosure or swapping a bathtub for a shower can be straightforward. However, if you’re installing a shower enclosure for the first time, you’ll need to carefully assess the room’s dimensions and layout, especially for a main bathroom, ensuite, or separate shower room.

Positioning Decide where you want your shower enclosure to be located. Options include a corner of the room, a recess, or a separate enclosed space. These decisions will influence the type of shower tray and enclosure door you need. For instance, a recess might only require a door rather than a full enclosure. Keeping your shower in the same location as the old one can minimize plumbing work, utilizing existing water pipes and drainage.

Glass Thickness Shower glass must withstand force and be resilient to moisture and regular cleaning. Thicker glass offers more safety and durability but also adds weight, which can strain other components. Consider these factors:

  • 8mm or 10mm tempered glass is durable, long-lasting, safe, and easy to clean.
  • Thicker glass requires more support due to its weight and may not be suitable for certain designs.
  • Thinner glass (4mm or 6mm) is a budget-friendly alternative that still offers good performance.

Our AllClear® coating and PureVueHD low-iron glass are innovations that ensure exceptional quality and performance, reducing cleaning time and enhancing your showering experience. These features have earned us multiple “Best Bathroom Brand – BMJ Industry” awards.

Tray or No Tray? An all-in-one solution with a tray is often the best option, as it fits the enclosure perfectly, reducing leakage risk. When buying an enclosure and tray together, consider the sizes carefully to ensure compatibility.

Types of Shower Enclosures

There are various types of shower enclosures to choose from, depending on your preferences, needs, and available space. Our designers have created collections for both classic and contemporary spaces, suitable for corner, alcove, recess, walk-in, or straight wall enclosures.

Corner Showers Corner showers are installed in the bathroom’s corner, generally featuring two internal surround walls and coming in curved, square, or rectangular designs.

Pros of Corner Showers:

  • Ideal for small spaces, making a bathroom feel larger with glass on two or more sides.
  • Available in multiple shapes, allowing for stylish and functional designs.
  • Generally affordable and easy to install.

Cons of Corner Showers:

  • Limited space can be restrictive, especially for larger individuals.
  • Framed shower doors might not be the most aesthetically pleasing.
  • Smaller showers have a higher risk of water overflow.

Alcove Showers Alcove showers are enclosed between two walls with three internal surround walls, usually rectangular in design.

Pros of Alcove Showers:

  • Wide variety of options, including sliding, pivoting, bypass, or walk-in designs.
  • Can use shower curtains as a cheaper alternative to glass doors.
  • Customizable with tiles or glass to fit most spaces.

Cons of Alcove Showers:

  • Can feel confined, especially in smaller spaces.
  • Generally have less light inside due to fewer glass sides.
  • Require more planning and work, potentially increasing costs.

Conclusion

Since our founding in 1986, Lakes has been committed to designing and creating top-quality, innovative bathrooms that suit all homes, tastes, and budgets. As bathroom designs have evolved, so has our collection of stunning shower enclosures, complementing any home style from traditional to trendy. Our team of designers and advisors is ready to help you create a beautiful shower space that transforms one of the most important rooms in your house. Contact us at 01684 853870 to start your journey to a perfect bathroom.

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