Guide to shower enclosures, doors and fixtures
No bathroom design can come together without the selection of the right shower. Whether you're installing a bathtub-shower combination or opting to save space by installing a stand-up shower, you've got a huge range of choices to evaluate.
Classic and Contemporary Showers
Basically, you have three main options to consider, though there is still a wide range of choice within each individual option. Beyond bathtub-shower combinations and stand-up shower modules, you can also get doorless shower enclosures. The latter option is an exciting addition to a contemporary bathroom, though with the right choice of exterior finishes, you can also incorporate this type of shower enclosure into a bathroom that has a more classic style.
Select Your Shower Accessories
The major shower accessories you'll have to choose after you select the type of shower you want to install are shower doors, shower pans and shower fixtures. Your choice of shower door should reflect the overall theme of your bathroom: Frameless shower doors are sleek and have a striking, contemporary look. Bi-fold shower doors are a great space-saver for small bathrooms, and sliding shower doors retain every bit of their time-honored appeal.
A shower pan is the "floor" of a shower module, where water collects for drainage. These pans are often finished with small square tiles, though you are certainly free to get more creative. The shower pans in pre-fabricated modules typically have a smooth, plain finish, but you can always build a custom pan on top, if you like.
Finally, your choice of shower fixtures will be narrowed down by the other stylistic choices you've already made for your bathroom. By and large, though, adjustable showerheads are the norm. These showerheads have various settings, such as pulsating, streaming and high-pressure, which you can adjust by turning a moveable ring or other mechanism on the showerhead itself.
Given the endless choices available, there's no reason you should settle for anything less than the perfect shower to complement your new or renovated bathroom. Your shower should be a relaxing place you look forward to spending time in, and investing a little extra money in something you're going to use day in and day out for years simply makes good sense.