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When you are in the process of purchasing your new shower enclosure you need to ensure that it is exactly what you want in terms of quality and aesthetic. Making the wrong decisions may be an expensive thing if you end up refitting in only a short space of time. The most important things to look out for when purchasing your new shower enclosure are listed below.

Glass Quality

The quality of the glass is an important feature that needs to be considered, not only for its thickness but whether the glass is of British standard BS 7570. All our glass includes a minimum of 6mm toughened safety glass to BS 7570 standard and is designed to withstand any direct impact.

Our screens are also pre-treated with easy-clean glass treatment meaning that you can easily clean any marks or dirt off of your shower enclosure hassle free.

For examples of these features take a look at our shower enclosures or sliding shower door range.

The Frame

The strength of your frame is also an important factor to consider as cheaper frames will easily dent and cause highly visible scratches when pushed against. The quality of our chrome frames ensures the shower enclosure or door is strengthened to prevent this happening, which not only increases the lifespan of your shower but ensures it looks new for years to come.

Rollers and Hinges

The rollers and hinges used on our shower doors are a very important feature, which is why we use strong metal twin rollers and hinges. These last longer, look better and do not need replacing as often.

Door Handles

Our shower enclosures come with a different range of durable handles, some are round "knob" shaped and others are bar handles. You can choose which type depending on what grip or look you desire.

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Replacing your old shower door can make a big difference to the look and functionality of your shower. There are 2 main different types of hinge shower doors available depending on the style of door that you desire.

Which hinge door is best suited for your bathroom depends primarily on the space you have available in your bathroom and how you want your new shower door to look.

Hinge Shower Door

The Hinged Shower Door is a glass shower panel that swings open in one direction like a typical door. The door hinge can be attached to a stationary glass panel or to the wall or shower surround (as shown in the image provided).

The hinge shower door is a perfect choice if you want a large entry into your new shower as they open up fully to allow you the full entry width of the shower.

Pivot Shower Door

The other type of hinged shower door is a Pivot Shower Door. A Pivot shower door is similar to the hinge shower door in that it is a single glass shower panel that opens by swinging open, the majority of time, in one direction.

Pivots consist of metal sleeves that fit around the top and bottom of the shower door. These sleeves connect the door to a metal rod, or pivot, so require a frame of some form so that the pivot hinges can be held in place both above and below the shower door.

Like the hinge shower door it will require a bit of space to open the door but not quite as much, because the pivot hinge is positioned a certain distance in from the edge of the door. This means that some of the door will swing inwards whilst the majority of the door will open outwards.

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The Quadrant Shower Enclosure is an elegant and spacious design for your new bathroom. To help you install your brand new Quadrant Shower Enclosure we have listed below all of the basic steps required to fit it.

Making The Tray Level

The first, and possibly most crucial step of installing your new shower enclosure is to ensure that the quadrant shower tray you are using is level. If you try to install your new shower enclosure on a tray that is not level then it can make it much more difficult to fit against your wall smoothly, resulting in it looking out of alignment and ruining the look of your new shower enclosure.

Building The Frame

Once you have ensured that your tray is perfectly level you can then start to construct the main frame for your shower enclosure.

You will require 2 straight panels which, depending on the make, will come attached to 2 metal profiles. These 2 pieces will need to be attached to the bottom-curved bar of your shower enclosure.

This is done by placing your pieces of straight glass (one on either end) flush against the top of your curved bar. There should be a certain amount of overhang from the metal profile attached to your straight piece of glass which you will use to connect to the end of your curved bar by using screws to join the 2 together. You will then need to repeat this procedure with the second curved bar which will sit at the top of your frame.

Attaching The Frame To The Wall

The next stage is to attach the frame to the wall. To do this you will need to slot your wall profiles over the metal profile of your straight glass panel. Your shower enclosure can then be positioned on the walls in your bathroom to wherever you want it to sit on your tray.

Once positioned you should use a pencil to mark where the holes need to be drilled on your wall to join the shower enclosure tightly to the wall (holes come pre-drilled on the wall profiles).

Once you have marked out all of the holes that need to be drilled you should then move the shower enclosure away so that you can drill the holes. After the holes have been drilled in your walls you can then place the wall plugs into the holes, place the enclosure back in the required location and then screw the wall profiles to the wall.

Joining The Rest of The Frame

Now you have your wall profiles joined firmly to your walls and the rest of the frame slotted inside the wall profiles, the next step is to firmly secure the wall profile to the rest of the frame.

This is done in a similar way in which they were joined to the walls, by drilling a hole through both the wall profile and the profile attached to your straight piece of glass. Once this is done you can then use the screws provided to firmly attach the two together.

Attaching The Doors

Now that you have your frame tightly fastened into place you can add the doors. First attach the rollers to your door, ensuring that the rollers you use at the top of the doors are fixed and the bottom rollers are quick release. Once all 8 rollers have been attached to your 2 quadrant doors (4 rollers per door) you then need to ensure that all seals are attached to the doors and on the inside edges of the two fixed straight panels.

Finally you need to attach the chrome shower doorknobs to the doors and to fit the doors to the enclosure. These two steps can be done in either order so it is up to you which step you complete first.

To attach the doors simply insert the top rollers into the top curved bar of your shower enclosure which should then hold your door in place, while you sort the bottom rollers. These need to be done slightly differently, as they are quick release rollers, so you will need to gently push down on both rollers which will push the wheels down so that you can insert them into the rail of the bottom curved bar.

Once your doors have been attached you can simply screw your chrome shower doorknobs into the pre-drilled holes to allow you to open and close the doors.

Add The Finishing Touches

Now that your new quadrant shower enclosure has been fitted all that's left is the finishing touches.

Add the chrome cover caps which are provided with the enclosure and then use sealant to seal your shower and prevent any leaks from occurring, making sure it is dry before use.

All done! Enjoy using your Quadrant Shower Enclosure for years to come.

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If you are limited on space in your bathroom here are a few tips to make your bathroom look stylish and spacious and to utilise the space you do have more effectively.

A Fresh Splash of Paint

One of the simplest things you can do to make your bathroom appear more spacious is to give it a fresh lick of paint.

Dark coloured paint or patterned wallpaper tends to make the room seem crowded and smaller, so switching to bright, fresh and simplistic colours / designs will instantly help to make your bathroom feel and appear more spacious. The benefit of using white based colours is that you have a blank canvas for which your bathroom furniture / accessories will provide the colouring.

If you like bolder colours, you could opt for a feature wall. This would be the perfect way of bringing the decor to life without it being completely overwhelming in a small space. Firstly, choose the wall you are going to use. This should ideally be a wall that has nothing on it (i.e. no windows or doors) providing a blank canvas in which you can create your feature wall. Then use a bold colour or a pattern effect to make the wall stand out.

Use The Wall, Not The Floor

A clever way of increasing the space available to you in your bathroom is to use back to wall and wall hung sanitary ware, such as toilets and sinks.

These items are designed to be compact, increasing the floor space in your bathroom, making your bathroom appear instantly more spacious as well as concealing the cistern and providing an aesthetically pleasing streamlined effect.

Drawers or Shelves?

When trying to make your bathroom appear more spacious open shelves are a great thing to have, as they provide you with lots of storage, whilst at the same time visually opening up a small space. Using inspiration from design magazines can also help to create a bathroom that looks more stylish, inviting and relaxing by using shelves to add your own ornaments and personal effects.

If you want more of a clean line look you may want to consider a bathroom vanity unit. This would be a great option to combine your bathroom sink with lots of storage underneath. This would free up floor space and enhance the feeling of spaciousness in your bathroom.

Tiling Tricks

The tiles you choose for your bathroom can create a feeling of space.

Using smaller or patterned tiles can often give the appearance of a smaller and cluttered bathroom. The best tiles to use are large, plain, light coloured tiles, which show less grout lines and make your bathroom seem more spacious, clean and elegant.

Bath or Shower or Both?

Possibly the most important features in your bathroom are your shower enclosure and / or bath.

If you would prefer a shower and a bath, but do not have the space for them individually, the best solution is to get a shower bath. Like a normal bathtub, they save space by sitting flush to the wall whilst still working as an excellent focal point.

If you decide that all you want is a shower enclosure in your bathroom then you are probably better off getting an enclosure with some form of sliding shower door or bi-fold shower door, such as a quadrant shower enclosure or a bi-fold shower door.

These shower enclosures are ideal in smaller bathrooms, saving space by using different shower doors. We have 2 options - the bi-fold shower door, which folds in on itself instead of opening outwards, and sliding shower doors which simply slide along the rails of your enclosure without needing any additional space to open.

If you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom space, you may want to utilise this space by making a wet room / large walk in shower area.

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If you have a small bathroom it may be more difficult to have both a shower and a bath tub.

Bath screens provide a great alternative that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. However, choosing the right bath screen can be a daunting process as there are certain things that you need to consider before purchasing your bath screen. Listed below is some useful information to consider.

What Sort of Bath Do You Own?

The first thing that you need to consider before you start looking for your bath screen is what sort of bath tub you have.

If you have a curved bath in your bathroom then you would require a curved bath screen such as our Ella Curved P-Bath Screen.

If you have a straight bath then you will need a straight bath screen such as our Classic Bath Screen or even our Square Bath Screen.

If you haven’t purchased your bath tub yet, it may be best to choose this first before ordering your bath screen.

So What Size Screen Do I Need?

Once you know what sort of bath screen you would like, you need to calculate what size bath screen you would need.

The average size for a bath screen is usually between 800 to 1000 mm in width and around 1400 mm high, but this is dependent on the measurements of your bath and the way you want it to look.

For example, If you have a Barmby 1600mm rectangular bath, you may want to purchase a bath screen that would take up half the length of your bath, such as the 800 mm Sail Bath Screen or Classic Bath Screen.

Whatever bath screen you desire we have the perfect one for you. Click here to view our vast collection.

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Looking for the right bath tub for you can be a very timely process and needs to be done right, after all you will have to look at and use this bath tub virtually every day for a very long period of time as a bath tub isn’t something that you will be replacing on a regular basis, so that’s why it’s vital to find one that is the perfect match for both you and your bathroom. When choosing your bath tub there are various different things that need to be considered and we are going to cover them all in this article so you will know just where to start.

 

First steps

So the first thing that you will need to consider, before you start looking for your bathtub, is the space that you have available to you. This is a very important factor to consider as if you purchase a bathtub that is too big then obviously it will not fit and if you purchase too small a bathtub then it might stick out like a sore thumb in your bathroom. You also need to consider the shape that you want your bathtub to be which again would depend on the amount of space you have in your bathroom. For more details about some of the shapes check out our blog all about it by clicking here.

Once you have worked out how much space you have available to you in your bathroom you need to set yourself a budget of how much you are wanting to invest in your bath tub. The prices will often vary significantly depending on the size of the bathtub and also what material’s it is made from, for instance if you went for a larger bath then your budget will need to be a bit higher where as if you were looking for a smaller bath then you could be looking at a much cheaper option. With this in mind you may want to have a look around at what the different styles and different materials cost so that you will have a better idea of what sort of baths will be in your price range.

 

How do you want to use your bath?

Before you start getting carried away with the aesthetics of your bathtub, it may be worth considering the practicality of the bathtub in your household. For instance if you like to use your bath tub to relax and stretch out when you come home then you may want to consider a larger bath such as one of our corner baths, or if you take regular baths and just want to enjoy a nice long relaxing soak in comfort then you may be more interested in a more luxurious class of bath such as our free standing, roll top baths.

Other practical uses for bath tubs that you may want to look for include such things as shower facilities, this may be required if you want the choice of either a shower or a bath but can’t fit both in your bathroom or even if you just tend to use a shower more often but still want the option of having an occasional relaxing bath.

Other considerations

So besides comfort, shape and price what else do you need to consider when looking for your bathtub? Well one quite important feature to consider is the weight of the product, obviously if you are purchasing a bath tub that you know will be made from a heavy material then you will need to ensure that the area you are going to position your bath tub cam sustain the weight. You will also need to consider the additional weight when using the bath such as the water used to fill the bath and also the weight of the person using the bath.

Another important thing that you will also need to know is if the current location of your drainage system is suitable for the bath tub that you want to purchase, as if not it could cost a considerable amount more to relocate your drainage if at all possible. Other things like this that you may not have thought about includes allowing space to open your bathroom door and the amount of space you will have left in your bathroom once you have installed your new tub.

One thing that definitely needs to be kept in mind is the type of water system that you have installed in your household, this is important because if you are thinking of buying a larger bath tub then you will need to know if your water system is capable of sufficiently providing warm/hot water to fill the large bath tub.

 

Conclusion

So to conclude we have gone over all of the important considerations that need to be done before you finally purchase so hopefully this would have helped you with decision process. You also need to remember that your new bath tub will be an investment that you will have to live with for a long time so make sure you follow all of these considerations so that you get the right bathtub for you.

Having an ensuite in your home has many benefits:

• It is extremely convenient to have a bathroom just steps away from your bed.
• It feels like a secluded, luxurious space
• En Suites are very sought after and can add financial benefits to your home


En suites are generally small spaces, significantly smaller than the main bathroom yet fulfilling the same role. Your en suite can still be a fully functioning room whilst being stylish and sophisticated.


Plan ahead, think about the requirements you have. Your En suite will obviously have to have a toilet and basin. Do you have space for a bath or shower enclosure? Plan your layout. There are many options of shower enclosures available to suit all spacial needs.



Maximise the space available to you. Wall hung toilets and basins are a great way to give the idea of more floor space. Wall hung units are much easier to clean around too! You should also consider corner units, which as the name suggests, fit directly into the corner of your room. There are many corner basins to choose from, some even with a vanity unit. Choose large floor tiles with contrasting grout too, this will also give a spacious feel.


Maximise all the natural light that is available to you. Natural light is your greatest asset, if you cannot have a full window consider a sky light. Careful use of LED lighting and mirrors can really compliment the features in your bathroom.


Consider the ventilation, adding a shower or bath to a bedroom will create additional moisture vapour, so the room will require ventilation to prevent condensation problems. Fitting an electric extractor fan through the wall or ceiling is inexpensive. It’s also a better way to ventilate your room than opening a window, which loses heat and isn’t very secure.


Keep your colours neutral. By staying neutral and bright, you will create an illusion of space. Loud colours can shrink the appearance of your room.

Your shower is often a sanctuary, cutting you off from the outside world. It is a place where you wash the stresses of a long day or prepare yourself for the day ahead. It is important to keep this area clean, allowing you to relax and feel refreshed – could you do this in a mildew covered shower enclosure!? Maintaining a dazzling space could also add thousands to the value of your home. We, at Shower Enclosures Direct, are here to help, we have complied a list of our top tips to ensure that your shower enclosure stands the test of time.


Easy Clean Treatment

We recommend that you invest in a shower enclosure that has easy clean glass. Untreated glass has an uneven surface, which algae and dirt clings to. Easy Clean Glass is a treatment of film sprayed over the glass surface. Don’t worry if you don’t have an enclosure which benefits from an easy clean treatment; there are products on the market designed to help and you can apply them yourself.


Warm Soapy Water

We do not recommend using harsh or abrasive products on your enclosure, in fact, we recommend that you wash down your glass with warm soapy water and a bit of elbow grease once a week! After every shower, use a squeegee to remove water from the surface of your glass, this will eliminate build up, thus, removing the root causes of mildew and mould, removing the problem before it becomes one. Carry out a thorough clean of your shower doors once every 6 months. Chemical cleaning can actually damage your enclosure by corroding the rollers, seals and chrome plating.


Lubricate Your Rollers

After a thorough clean, lubricate your track and rollers to ensures that the rollers can glide ease. This is a quick and easy way to ensure that your rollers and indeed your shower enclosure stands the test of time.


Chrome Plating

To clean the frame and handles of your shower enclosure use warm water and vinegar. Do not use any abrasive products such as metal cleaner as this will corrode the chrome plating. Invest in a good brand of shower door, such as the AquaSpa range to ensure maximum longevity for years to come!!

Which basin should you choose for your bathroom? A basin is just a basin right? Wrong!! In fact, there is a very wide range of basins on the market – Here is a short break down of each type to help you decide which one is the right for you and your home.


Full Pedestal Basins

Pedestal basins are the most popular and are generally the cheapest too. The pedestal supports the basin while also concealing all of the pipework. Pedestal basins are available in various shapes and sizes and with a choice of tap holes, making them the smart choice for both classical and modern bathrooms. Pedestal sinks sometimes come as part of a set along with a toilet and cistern, such as the Legend or Melbourne sets. It can be tricky to clean around them, as there is a gap between the pedestal and the wall.


Wall Mounted/ Semi Pedestal Basins

Wall mounted basins are great if you are tight on space in your bathroom, because they don’t touch the ground, they give the illusion of space. They usually come with a bottle trap underneath which runs back into the wall. We recommend that you choose a white bottle trap as it is easier to keep clean. Consider your need for space when opting for a wall-mounted unit. These tidy units are ideal for cloakroom bathrooms where storage is not a necessity.


Cloakroom Basins

Cloakroom basins are a fantastic space saving solution for the smaller toilet or guest bathroom. Usually consisting of a 1 or 2 tap hole basin and a half pedestal or chrome bottle trap, the cloakroom basin is a perfect choice if you’re a bit short for space.


Corner Basins

As the name suggests, corner basins fit into the corner of your bathroom at a right angle. This makes them ideal for cloakrooms, WCs or any smaller bathrooms. These are available in various sizes and come in wall mounted, with a full pedestal or even with a vanity unit to give additional space to a small area.


Vessel Basins or Counter-Top Basins

Vessel basins usually consist of a full sink, which sits fully on top of floating shelf or supportive unit. These are a great choice if you want a sink that can hold a large quantity of water, be careful when choosing a vessel basin; ensure that the measurements are suitable for your family’s needs and that the vessel basin is not too tall, making it uncomfortable to use.


Vanity Units

Vanity units come complete with a basin and are great for storage. Vanity units are not just an option for larger bathrooms, they come in various widths; 400, 450, 500, 550, 650, 750, 850 & 950mm. They also come in various shapes, even allowing you to place one in the corner if needed. There is also a choice in basin shape to suit your preference.

If you don’t have the space in your bathroom for a separate shower enclosure then choose the next best thing; a bath screen. A bath screen will allow you to utilise your bathing space, providing you with plenty of space for both showering AND bath time.


Before you choose your bath screen ensure that you have adequate space and select a bath screen based on your needs. To help you decide on a bath screen, have a look at our blog “Which Is The Best Bath Screen For Your Bath?”


How To: Fit A Bath Screen


• Use the wall channel profile to measure and mark out your shower screen position; use a pencil to mark the drill holes.

• Drill the holes into the pencil marks.

• Please the wall channel onto the wall and secure with screws into the spaces created.

• Insert the side pillar into the wall channel/profile.

• Adjust the bath screen until it is level with the bath.

• Once the screen is positioned correctly, mark the wall channel 100mm from the top to help show where you will need to screw the screen into.

• Drill a hole into the wall channel and side panel until it reaches the centre at the top of the shower screen. Do not drill through both sides.

• Use provided screws to fit the drilled hole at the top of the shower screen.

• Repeat this action, but now position the bottom part of the shower screen into position 100mm from the bottom and carry out the same steps to fit the bottom part of the shower screen.

• Mark the centre of the profile, equal distance from the top and bottom to complete the fit of the shower screen.

• Place cover caps to conceal the screws.

• Attach the seal to the bottom of the bath screen for a water tight seal.

We, at Shower Enclosures Direct, recommended that you finish your installation with a bead of silicone on the outside of the shower screen. Have a look at some of our most popular bath screens below, or check out our full range here


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