Shower Door Options For Your Bathroom
When we were growing up, no one knew that you could have different door options for your bathroom. But with interior design booming over the last couple of years, there are now countless possibilities for your home and the doors you pick, even those for the shower. They can be as practical as you like, or choose stylish options to make your bathroom look modern and classy.
Before making any decision, you will need to first have all the information you need about your shower space and its dimensions. When you’ve collected your information, you can start shopping for your new shower doors.
A Room with A View
You can opt for a transparent door in order to have a good view of your toilet. After all, no one else would be in there other than yourself, having a fully opaque door can evoke claustrophobia and make your bathroom seem smaller. Before doing this, you would probably need to make sure that you mark out where exactly you’ll like the shower to be. Depending on your budget for the project, you will then be able to tailor what you can afford to what you’d like.
What are frameless doors? Frameless doors require relatively thick glass materials in order to do away with the common metal frames we usually see around doors. This gives a very cleanly lined and modern-looking door. Frameless doors are popular among people of all ages as it creates the illusion of a large bathroom and helps show off the intricate designs of your bathroom. While it might be tempting to have doors completely glass, there may still be some small metals in your frameless doors for hinges and panels.
Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless doors can be considered very expensive and may fall out of most people’s budgets. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative with similar vibes, you can opt for a semi-frameless shower door. These doors include metal pieces at the top and bottom of the shower doors to help hold it in place. Most of the time, the metal plates won’t strike others as out of place and often blend in well with its surroundings. Depending on your preference, you can have a push door or sliding door.
Framed Shower Doors
Framed shower doors often get flak for not looking as good as their frameless counterparts. However, this is a myth that should be busted. Modern-day framed shower doors can easily blend in with the aesthetic of the shower. The matte metal surrounding the frame can give it a hardy and sleek exterior.
Glass Tub Enclosures
Apart from a simple showerhead, bathtubs are also common among people as it offers an area you can relax and unwind after a long day. With bathtubs, there’s always shower curtains that don’t fit with your tub aesthetic. Sometimes, shower curtains also don’t play their part in keeping water in well. A foolproof method to solve this would be to get a glass tub enclosure, which would ensure nothing escapes the enclosure, making your post-shower clean up a lot easier.
There are many ways that you can choose to open a shower door and sliding doors are just one of the many options available. Usually chosen alongside tub enclosures or narrow bathrooms (it helps save quite a significant amount of space). Sliding doors are also generally affordable and a popular option.
Just like a normal, standard door, pivoting doors swing outwards and are often coupled with traditional bathroom designs. However, having a pivoting door would require the space and can be tricky if you’re an amateur. We recommend getting a professional to advise you on whether you should get a pivoting door and if your space permits.
Bi-Fold Shower Doors
Bi-fold shower doors are often found in your usual HDB flats and are known for their ability to save space. This could be useful if you’re looking for a wider walk-in opening but lack the space to install a full pivoting door. Bi-fold shower doors come with a clean look, we recommend using a more modern glass, bi-fold shower door rather than the usual plastic ones which can look cheap and unappealing.
Partial Tub Enclosures
Similar to that of a glass tub enclosure, a partial tub enclosure gives you the protection you need to keep water within the tub. While this can look sleek and modern, it might not be the most practical, especially if you have kids. While it does a relatively good job of keeping water within the enclosure, this ultimately still depends on how you use your shower and whether you take messy showers.
Clear Glass Finishes
Clear glass finishes look great but may be hard to maintain. Similar to that of frameless doors, clear glass finishes can be relatively pricey and require constant wiping down and maintenance. Unless you have the time and money, we recommend taking an easier route.
Textured Glass Finishes
Frosted glass is another common shower door option that people often opt for. If you would like a little more added privacy to your shower, you can choose to have textured or frosted glass which helps block out your private areas in case anyone enters your bathroom without you knowing. You can have a comfortable and smooth shower experience without worrying about who enters. If you have a little more cash to spare, you can opt for automated textured glass – where you can control the translucency of your glass depending on your mood. These types of technology are common in hotel rooms.
It can definitely be frustrating if you are unsure which shower door would fit your new home best. With so many options available, you might want to get some external help to see what fits best for the theme of your new home. Many times, it also boils down to how much budget you have for your shower and how much you value shower time. We hope these choices served as a good guide to help facilitate your process of picking a shower door you’d like.