A Bathroom with a Brand New View
When you are planning to re-do or customize your bathroom, there are many important decisions to make. While your choice of enclosure might seem easy, facts you’ll need to know include the exact dimensions of your shower space, how much room you have between the shower and other fixtures, how much time you want to invest in daily cleanup, and most importantly, whether those frameless shower doors you have seen or heard about are really the best fit for your lifestyle and your wallet. Armed with the right information, the best choice for your bathroom is sure to become crystal clear.
What's so Special About Frameless Doors?
Let's get the big questions out of the way first: What is a frameless shower enclosure and why does everyone seem to want one?
A "frameless" shower enclosure uses sturdy tempered glass that does not need the support of metal around its edges. The result is a sleek, modern look that is free of visual obstructions. They are very popular because they allow for intricate tile or designs to be shown off. These tend to be more expensive than traditional showers, as they are classier and more elegant. Beyond frameless enclosures, let’s take a look at the various options available to you!
Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
If you desire the contemporary look of a frameless enclosure but your layout and budget don't allow it, a semi-frameless model can be a fine alternative. These can be a great middle ground for people who don’t want a full seamless enclosure.
Framed Shower Doors
Just because they're more affordable doesn't mean framed shower doors can’t also be visually appealing! You'll find many models that are not just classy but sturdy, thanks to aluminum framing that adds additional support.
Glass Tub Enclosures
Can't part with your tub but crave a look that's sleeker than a shower curtain? A glass tub enclosure could be your perfect solution! These are both versatile and affordable.
How your shower door opens depends on your style preferences and your bathroom layout. Sliding or bypass doors are a great choice for tub enclosures and narrow bathrooms with closely-spaced fixtures. These add elegance and class to a smaller or enclosed space!
Pivoting shower doors—also known as swinging or hinge doors—open like a standard door. They can be sophisticated and gorgeous enough for any bathroom style! If you're planning to buy a swing-out door, it's a good idea to enlist a professional to help you measure your space. You want to be sure there is enough clearance to fit what you want before the install is begun.
Bi-Fold Shower Doors
Folding or bi-fold shower doors are a good option. These can be a great stylish solution for a smaller space where the pivot door wouldn’t fit well. They allow for maximizing of your space to not feel cramped!
Partial Tub Enclosure
A partial glass enclosure over a shower stall or tub is a European-style option that is both affordable and modern. These enclosures feel more open but still elegant and classy.
Clear Glass Finishes
At their best, clear glass shower doors can be like gorgeous works of art. However, be prepared for frequent cleaning to maintain their clean look, as it requires a lot to keep these clean and shiny!
Textured Glass Finishes
Frosted or textured glass adds privacy and a touch of creativity and fun to your shower! They are also far easier to keep clean and pristine than the Clear Glass Finishes.