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Why should I buy a Wetroom Panel?

5 Apr 2016 10:38:39

Want the look of a stream line bathroom? Creating your perfect bathroom can be a difficult and daunting task. There are so many options and these days everyone is looking for more unusual concepts, the wetroom being one of them.Read More
Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Katie Norris

Choosing and installing the perfect bathroom for your home can be a bit stressful and daunting but don’t worry – we are here to help! Firstly, have a good look at your bathroom and the space that you have, taking into account the main features that you cannot alter, like where the window is, the door and the existing plumbing. Take time to measure your space to see how much room you have available to fit the desired shower enclosure that you would like – then measure it again!!

Quadrant or Corner Entries (square sliding doors) are perfect shower enclosures that will fit into the corners of your bathroom. The main benefit of this is that you are using two solid walls, already there to fix your shower enclosure to. As long as the two walls are at a right angle then there is no need for any adjustments or alterations and you don’t need to buy additional side panels, it simply slots right into the corner of your bathroom. These enclosures are a great addition to any bathroom. They are both modern in appearance and sleek looking, so will add a touch of class as well as being practical. They are also great space savers as the glass doors do not open outwards into your bathroom, so not just giving you more space to work with but also stops water dripping onto the floor like other shower doors. There are two types of sliding enclosures, curved, also known at quadrants, or corner entries, also known as square shower enclosures.

Quadrant doors are basically two sliding doors that are curved to the front or entrance. These are great if you have a limited space in your bathroom, as they do not project out. They generally come in three sizes, 800x800mm, 900x900mm & 1000x1000mm. If you are lucky enough to have a bigger space then maybe an offset quadrant would better meet your needs. Offset quadrants are also curved but they are not symmetrical like quadrants, one side is longer than the other e.g. 1200x900mm. Offset quadrants come in various sizes and must have an offset quadrant tray to match it. Trays come either left or right-handed so please make sure to pick the correct hand tray – if you are still unsure check out our previous blog about left or right hand trays if you need help deciding which one you should order.

Square Enclosures are also known as corner entry enclosures. These are really great shower enclosures if you have limited to space as generally they come in smaller sizes, 760 x 760mm up to 1000 x 1000mm. But even the smaller size, with its design, allows more space within the cubicle for that relaxing shower. In addition, like the quadrant, as long as you have two walls at a right angle this space saving shower enclosure will just slot straight in with no need for alterations or the use of additional side panels.

Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Katie Norris

What is Adjustment on a Shower Enclosure?

Ordering a shower door or enclosure can seem like a daunting task and there are a few things that you need to bear in mind; shower enclosures come in various sizes, 700, 760, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400 & 1700mm. If the space available to you falls short of the general sizes do not worry, perhaps using adjustment on a shower enclosure will work for you. On every size enclosure there is an adjustment usually of about 30mm but this differs with every manufacturer from as little as 15mm to 40mm. This means that the enclosure may be altered slightly to achieve the desired fit, in order to fit a smaller/larger space than the size of the enclosure.

But how is this possible you may ask; there is space within the wall profile where you can align your door, either very close to the wall or further away. Usually, adjustment only reduces the size of the enclosure, thus, the largest size for adjustment is the actual measurement of the enclosure. However, there are some exceptions (just to confuse you more!!) With one of our products we offer an adjustment of up to 5mm on a sliding door. All makes and manufacturers offer different adjustments. For example, our factory offer up to 40mm and another line that we carry gives an adjustment of between 720 & 740mm on a 760mm shower door.

Adjustment can be used if you have an uncommon space for your enclosure or if you have uneven walls, perhaps because you have an older property.

Generally, the cheaper products carry less adjustment. This is because the cheaper items use less raw materials such as thinner aluminium or the handles are finished with a sheen rather than polished chrome. When it comes to Shower Enclosures you really do get what you pay for.

So, the important points to take away with you are:

Every enclosure carries an adjustment
Adjustments can increase or decrease your enclosure
Adjustments can be used to if you have uneven walls or an irregular space
The cheaper the product the less adjustment provided
The cheaper the product poorer the quality

Why buy our new 2 in 1 Children’s Toilet Seat?

Check out our brand new 2 in 1 Children’s toilet seat which is about to make your life a whole lot easier!! Made from polypropylene, this lightweight, durable toilet seat is the perfect addition to any bathroom that children use. It is easy to install and fits to standard UK toilets. It has a soft close feature on the lid and adult seat, so no more squashed little fingers! When the children’s seat is not in use, it attaches to the lid by a strong magnet. This is a quality toilet seat, which accommodates the whole family and makes the transition from potty training a whole lot easier, by being a safe, secure and comfortable seat. It also saves on storage space and is more hygienic – no more emptying potties!! It is easy to remove in order to clean and can be removed when no longer required.

Check out our Children's 2 in 1 Toilet Seat here



Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Jess John

Revamp your guest bathroom in time for Christmas & impress your visitors with our great range!!

Here at Shower Enclosures Direct we want to ensure that you are getting a great quality bathroom at a great price that is purpose built to your family’s needs. We can help you re-decorate your bathroom in time for Christmas to really get you into the party season!

You can revamp your bathroom by making a few little changes, why not change your pedestal and basin for a vanity unit for example to give a clean uncluttered fresh look. There are lots of sizes available to suit any size bathroom.Perhaps you need to update your toilet and cistern to the modern white look. Accessorize with a smart looking towel rail and a modern mirror.



Left or Right Hand Shower Tray?

2 Oct 2015 17:24:45

Left or Right Hand Shower Tray?

How do I choose a Left or Right Hand Shower Tray?.

Deciding whether you need a left hand (LH) or a right hand (RH) shower tray is vital and it can be a little bit confusing – here are a few tips to assist you.

Firstly, visualise your space and where you want the shower tray to be positioned. Then imagine you are standing in front of your shower enclosure and the tray is length ways in front of you. The curved part of the left-handed tray is to your left, thus, on the right hand tray the curved part is to your right. The waste is positioned on the opposite corner to the curve nearest to your feet.

If you are still confused do give us a call at 01566 780480 and our team will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Check out our quadrant trays here;

Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Jess John

Order the correct handed shower enclosure:

Pick the correct left or right handed shower enclosure:

It is one of the most common mistakes made not only by general customers but also by professional installers. So why and how do people keep getting the wrong handing on their shower enclosure.

Why choose a left or right-handed shower enclosure?

Why is this a Left Hand Fitted Shower Enclosure?
Why is this a Universal Shower Enclosure?


People choose a left or right handed shower enclosure based on their bathroom layout and size.  The obvious reasoning for a particular positioning on a shower enclosure is based on the access in your bathroom layout and ensuring you are maximizing on potential uses within your bathroom.

Renovating a bathroom provides challenges and to make life that extra bit difficult some manufactures state handed enclosures different to others. What we mean by the fact that some bathroom suppliers sell handed shower enclosures differently from others is in the fact that some call a shower enclosure that fits into the right-handed corner a left-handed enclosure. The idea of a handed enclosure gets a bit complicated when the bathroom industry is not cohesive in its explanation or criteria for the definition on handed shower enclosures.

Therefore, if you are fitting a shower enclosure in to the right hand corner is it a left hand enclosure? Does this make no sense to you….why/ how can this be a left-handed enclosure? It is a left hand enclosure because the doors open on the left hand even though the main enclosure is fitted on the right hand. The bizarre world of right/ left-handing shower enclosures may make you feel a little dizzy, so with this in mind how can you ensure you are selecting the right (or left) enclosure for your bathroom/ en-suite?

To make your life a little bit easier you firstly must be aware that the glass, whether it be a shower door/ bath screen or complete enclosure is universal. All glass shower enclosures/doors / screens and panels are universal; meaning they can be fitted left or right handed.

For example, a 1000mm sliding shower door is a universal product, which can be opened on the left or right hand. Essentially a universal product can be rotated horizontally to be positioned for your own individual requirements. The same principle applies for all shower doors and enclosures; it is only the shower tray, which determines the positioning of a shower enclosure.

When you consider it is only the shower tray, which determines the positioning of your shower enclosure you will in-turn find selecting a shower enclosure for your space a simple process. The only shower enclosure which is handed because of the shower tray is a offset quadrant shower enclosure. The curved enclosure is handed because of its shape, a rectangle/ square and quadrant shower enclosure is universal as it can be rotated into the position required. The curved end on an offset shower enclosure/ tray means you can only rotate the tray into two positions so therefore you will need to ensure you purchase the correct handing for your bathroom.

Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Jess John

Corner shower enclosures:

Quadrant shower enclosure v sliding shower door.

Curved v square/ rectangle shower enclosure.
Purchasing the perfect shower enclosure, which meets your needs, can feel like a distant dream when you end up spending countless number of hours scrolling through google.

Renovating or remodelling a bathroom is costly therefore; we recommend that you take the time to ensure that the size/ positioning of your dream shower enclosure will fit into your space. Us Brits love to start the day with a shower, there is nothing better than a quick/ fresh invigorating wakeup call, which a shower provides. Did you know that us Brits love to shower far more then taking a bath, on average we take over 200 showers a year in comparison to only 4 baths. So, considering those startling facts you will understand the emphasis on purchasing a shower enclosure which will meet your needs.

This blog is aimed at customers wanting a shower enclosure, which will fit into the corner of their bathroom. However, if you have a bathroom with a recessed wall (alcove) that you want to fit a showering cubical into then you will need to shop for a shower door.

A quadrant v sliding shower enclosure:

Sliding shower doors with side panel:

A sliding shower door is the perfect option for your bathroom if you want to select a size that is particular to your bathroom space.

Sizes Sliding door:

1000mm / 1200mm/ 1400mm/ 1500mm/ 1600mm/ 1700mm

Side End Panel:

760mm/ 800mm/ 900mm

The above sizes demonstrate the average width of a sliding shower door available on the market; this allows you to create a custom feel/finish in your bathroom. If you consider that, your bathroom has an individual measurement which isn’t the same as The Jones’s in the next town then you will understand the importance of a having a shower which comes in a variety of sizes allowing you to pick a style you want in the size you want.

Why choose a sliding shower door?

A sliding shower door is the perfect option for a bathroom wanting to utilise on space. Sliding shower doors innately do as the name suggests, slides backwards/ onto itself and therefore does not project into the room while you open/ close the shower door. The space saving design of a sliding shower door not only allows you to make the most of your bathroom space but also have a contemporary shower enclosure which has an up-to date feel. A sliding shower doors’ greatest benefit is that they create a generous entry width and ease of access for all users.

A benefit of rectangular shaped shower enclosures is that they provide ample space for washing and if you have a large bathroom, this may be the perfect option for you. Combine your shower door with a matching side end panel to create the dream shower enclosure of your choosing.

Quadrant Shower Enclosure:

The benefits of a quadrant shower enclosure is its’ unique shape. The curved shaped corner shower enclosure allows even smaller sized bathrooms to benefit from a separate showering facility. The ergonomically space saving design takes up less of your floorplan and the rolling/ sliding doors will not project into your bathroom.

A quadrant shower enclosure is typically made to the size of: 800 x 800mm or 900mm x 900mm.

The fixed sizing does mean that you get a standard sized enclosure, which may feel, as if you are not getting the most out of your bathroom shape/ size. However, considering the layout of your bathroom, the smaller sized and curved shaped enclosure will mean that you can utilise the space you have to use. However if you want an ergonomically designed shower enclosure which is slightly large you can select an offset quadrant shower enclosure. A offset quadrant shower enclosure basically means a curved corner shower where on side is larger than the other i.e 1200 x 900mm quadrant.

The important rule to consider when purchasing an offset quadrant shower enclosure is that you must consider and get correct the right handing of the shower enclosure you intend to fit.

Both the sliding and quadrant shower enclosures are available either framed or frameless and come in various specifications to suit not only your budget but also your own individual needs.


Posted in Bathrooms & Showers By Jess John

6 Top question to ask before purchasing a new shower enclosure.

Considering upgrading your bathroom to include a brand new shower door or enclosure? Remodelling or simply upgrading an old shower enclosure can be costly so getting it right is a must. Including a brand new shower cubical in your bathroom will have a huge impact on how you interact with the space on a daily basis.
Creating a successful bathroom layout, which meets your design aspirations and practical needs, is essential for any remodel/ renovation. If you are looking to include a brand new shower enclosure there are some top questions which you should raise before rushing ahead and purchasing a new shower which doesn’t match/fit your space.
Think about your own personal needs and family members needs in the bathroom or even the potential re-sale value of your home after the renovation.  At Shower Enclosures Direct there is nothing more we dread then a customer purchasing a brand new shower enclosure which doesn’t match their space, it not only can be an expensive delay with plumbers/ builders on site waiting for the correct enclosure it also can feel overwhelming for you the customer. Our best advice for anyone looking to renovate their bathroom is speak to the experts. As a retailer in the bathroom industry with over 10 years trading, we have grown as a business that prides itself on not only industry experience but also advanced understanding in the products we sell/ stock. We are not professional fitters but our team have undergone advanced training to understand fitting/ technical knowledge on our handpicked ranges.



1: Bathroom size v bathroom design?

It is inevitable that your unique bathroom size will dictate on the bathroom products that you can fit into the space. Whether you have a large or small bathroom you need to consider how you interact with the space and what you want from your bathroom i.e lacking storage, why not  include a vanity unit etc.
Be practical and realistic about your bathroom size and what can you achieve within it. If your bathroom size only allows you to include a bath then you must make the difficult decision on whether you have a large shower enclosure which replaces your bathtub or if you keep the traditional bath in your bathroom. If you choose to keep your bath tub due to an expanding family then why not think about exchanging it for a shower bath, shaped shower baths provide ample space for showering but also allow you to keep your treasured bath.
Some of our customers who are creating a brand new bathroom in their home sometimes go full steam ahead and build a bathroom, which is in fact impractical for a standard shower.  If you have the luxury of creating a new bathroom  then it is vital that you plan the space around average dimensions for shower enclosures/ doors i.e 760mm / 800mm / 900mm/ 1000mm/ 1200mm/ 1400mm/ 1700mm. Building an alcove space/ area for your new shower enclosure to fit into which measures 920mm for example will  mean that you would have to source a shower door/enclosure that is not of a standard sizing and you may have to invest in a custom made piece of glass or even alter the space itself (building outwards). Remember that shower enclosure can be adjusted to decrease in size (on average 30mm) but never increase in size, this adjustment allows you to get a  perfect fit for your space.

2: Bathroom layout v type of shower?

Your layout will dictate which style of shower enclosure will fit into your bathroom. There is no point in ordering a hinge shower door if you do not have the space/ layout for a shower door to be opened fully. Consider if you purchase a pivot or hinge shower door that you will need to account for the projection of the shower door into the bathroom.  If you have something, which obstruct the shower door from fully opening in the bathroom then maybe opting for a bifold or sliding shower door will be more suited to your bathroom layout.

3: 6mm v 8mm toughened safety shower glass?

A common question that is really valid when choosing a new shower enclosure for your bathroom, which is best 6mm or 8mm thick glass?
It depends what sort of shower enclosure/ door you require, which will relate to the specs that are important for a high performance product designed to last. Sometime the thickness of the glass can just be vanity, we mean this in relation to a customer wanting something which is the maximum thickness for a shower door which doesn’t benefit from the additional weight /thickness of glass.
If you are purchasing a bifold shower then 6mm will be adequate/ optimum for the style and functionality of the door. As the folding shower door works on a roller mechanism, the lightweight glass enables a smooth running / gliding motion. If you purchase an 8mm thick bifold shower door it becomes immediately obvious that the additional weight of the glass makes the rollers heavy to use and ease of use is drastically reduced.
At Shower Enclosures Direct, we recommend the use of 8mm toughened safety glass in larger wet-room shower panels and walk-ins. The additional thickness in the glass is perfect for static panels creating a luxury high-end finish for your bathroom or en-suite.
Whether you purchase a 6mm or 8mm thick glass shower product, the same level safety is guaranteed, as they are both made to be toughened safety glass. Toughened safety glass acts in the same manner regardless of thickness, the only question you may consider is the over thickness and quality of a product. We do state that a  4mm quadrant may feel flimsy in comparison to a 6mm quadrant and the cheaper prices do reflect a budget range made to a budget standard.



4: Price/ budget v quality?

Are you renovating/ remodelling your bathroom on a budget? Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase  all of your bathroom products from a one stop shop, delivery charges will be reduced and some retailers may offer a bundle package which includes larger discounts on selected ranges.
Consider the longevity of a product and how many times you are likely to use it, a luxury feeling shower enclosure or door is reflected in the materials used in its’ construction. Found a cheap shower door, question the price with the retailer…is it on offer and why can a product be so cheap on a retailers website.  Research your bathroom product and look for online reviews, what are other people’s experiences of the same product?
Renovating a bathroom is expensive, installation fees are the highest costs involved.  Sometimes purchasing a higher quality product is the cheapest alternative in the long run.


5: Comfort v design?

Designing a brand new bathroom, which works for you, may sound self-explanatory but it is shocking to see and hear how many people are left unhappy with their bathroom remodel. It may sound obvious but consider the space needed for showering in comfort, will a 700mm x 700mm shower enclosure provide enough space for you to shower.  Does a 700mm shower door grant enough of a entry width for you to enter/ leave the shower with ease?

6: If you don’t know then ask.

Lastly our top tip is to ask, ask the retailer that your shopping with about the product you want. What are the pros and cons, can they recommend something else for your space that would work better? What are the guarantees on the seals/ glass etc. Get your professional installer to look at the products you are considering for your bathroom before purchasing, will they work and can the installer fit them? Does your installer recommend a retailer or brand in particular?



Posted in Budgeting Guides By Jess John

Avoid the common bathroom mistakes when it comes to designing your new make-over.

Renovating a bathroom can be costly, so we always recommend the old-fashioned approach ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.' Benjamin Franklin.  Taking the plunge and going ahead with a brand new bathroom renovation provides many challenges. Overcome any hurdles that may arise by researching / asking questions and confirming your dream design is achievable.  Read our blog for further top tips when renovating your bathroom.

As a business trading for over 10 years and a collective 50 years of experience within the trade; we have come to hear some of the most common and bizarre mistakes not only from d.i.y enthusiasts but also  professional fitters.


Here is an email from a customer, which highlights common mistakes that occur when installing a new shower enclosure: this email highlights many components which have  resulted in the entire enclosure needing to be uninstalled and fitted again.

“I am writing to you for any advice you may be able to offer. I purchased from you a 800 x 1200 quadrant shower enclosure and tray
It was fitted by a plumber with over 40 years experience, but who managed to make a mess of the job.
Firstly, he fitted the shower tray up against the bare plasterboard wall. Secondly, he then fitted two Multipanel boards over wall tiles before, Thirdly, fitting the shower enclosure which resulted in the outer edge of the frame overhanging the tray lip by 10mm instead of sitting in a central position.
This has resulted in water leaking onto the bathroom floor. He has returned twice to "reseal" with silicone sealant without success.

I have added more sealant which holds for a week or two before the water finds a way through to the bathroom floor again. I was wondering if you have any ideas as to what I might try to rectify the problem, would it be an idea to remove the sealant on the inside edge of the shower in the hope that the water will find an easier path BACK into the shower tray and so prevent leaking through the outside seal onto the floor ?

I realise you must be busy with your work but any time you might find to help me and reply would be greatly appreciated, I am at my wit's end.”

1: Fitting a shower door / or enclosure:

As the name suggests we at Shower Enclosures Direct specialize in shower enclosures and shower doors.  Shower Enclosures are straightforward to install on the premise that the instructions provided are followed. Every shower enclosure/ door is made and designed to fit slightly different in relation to manufacture, so regardless if you are a professional fitter who has countless years of experience you will be required to follow the instructions.

A common pitfall upon installation is that the shower enclosure/ door purchased will not fit into the space. Purchasing a shower enclosure can be costly so ensuring that the dimensions you have taken will allow for the enclosures width is essential. Purchasing the wrong sized enclosure not only provides additional costs but also expensive delays on your renovation.  Plan your space with a shower enclosure / door in mind, avoid any unusual sizes and stick to a width, which is roughly a round the nearest 100mm. Consider that most shower enclosures and other glass doors/ panels have an adjustment, which allows the glass to reduce by 30mm by concealing further into the wall profile. By sticking to these measurement rules you will find it easy to select your dream glass shower panel from any reputable retailer. If you have an odd sized space to fit your door/ enclosure then your builder may require to cut a channel into the wall to slot the shower into; alternatively you will need to get a custom glass panel cut bespoke for your bathroom.

2: Burying a shower tray:

Burying a shower tray is a common phrase that is used when a plumber / installer have tiled (either thick tiles or excessive amount of adhesive) on top of the tray and as a result, the enclosure / door will not fit.  Fitters like to fit a shower tray in two ways, the most common way to fit a shower tray is against the wall and then tile on top. Other fitters like to fit a shower tray on top of the tiles, as it will be easier to replace in the future. If you are purchasing thick tiles then ensure that once you account for the adhesive that the overall width that is taken can be accounted for within the adjustment range of the shower enclosure/ door. If you have buried your tray too far then you will only have two possible resolutions; take the tray out and tile behind or replace the shower enclosure (more than likely the width will be slightly out of reach for any standard sized shower enclosure).
Read our blog for step by step instructions on fitting a shower tray.

3: Silcone covers a multitude of sins:

Never silicone the inside of your shower enclosure or door.  When a fitter silicones the interior of any shower cubical you will eventually end up having a leak. Allow the water from your shower to run through the aluminium wall profiles, as the external of your shower cubical will be sealed the water will then run freely back into the shower tray and drain away. By sealing the shower enclosure internally, the water will be forced to find a way to exit and eventually cause a leak.
Use silicone sparingly, silicone is used to create a water tight finish for your shower enclosure. Please avoid caking on the silicone to achieve a fitted finish. Your shower product should be fitted to a perfect finish before any silicone gun is picked up.


4: Cutting shower seals:

The seals provided with your shower enclosure/ door are already made to fit and there should be no reasoning for your fitter to cut the seals. The most common leak that occurs in shower enclosures comes from altered seals.

5: Handle with Care:

What is toughened safety glass?

Read our blog for further information on toughened safety glass.

The very nature of any glass product is the fact that it is fragile goods and should be at all times handled with care.  Although every shower product is made from toughened safety glass this does not mean that, they are indestructible (a common misconception).  A shower enclosure/ door is most vulnerable on installation, the edge of the glass if struck to hard can cause the glass to shatter upon impact.  Whilst installing the shower door ensure that the edges/ corners of the glass are protected at all times, we do suggest that you have a spare set of hands for installing as this will allow for the installer to fit the shower door with ease.

6: Design and Use:

Consider how your products work in your bathroom space.  For example if you have a small bathroom and you purchase a pivot shower door can you afford for the shower door to project into the room and will it come into contact with anything else? The same philosophy applies for bath screens, when opened will it hit a basin tap? A general guide for space around a toilet is 600mm wide allowing for comfort when in use.  Although you may have grand designs for your bathroom space you may have to face the realisation of the space you have to work with, consider each product and how it will affect the general use of your space. There is nothing worse then spending a small fortune on a complete bathroom renovation and coming to the realization that the space does not work for you. Address your criteria and what you need from the space, how do you currently interact and use your bathroom on a daily basis already and then work from there.

7: Plan for the future:

When designing your bathroom, think about your future needs for the space. Consider the potential for your own growing family and the change of your bathroom requirements, which follow suit. Don’t plan your bathroom around todays trends, think long term and how you will use your bathroom come 10 years. A successful design will need to be timeless; as bathroom renovations are costly, it is not feasible to change styles every couple of years.
Buy quality, quality doesn’t necessarily mean additional costs. Purchase bathroom products with long warranties and from reputable companies with years  of trading within the industry.



Posted in Design Guide By Jess John
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