Frameless Shower Enclosure next to a Bath
When space in a bathroom allows having both a bathtub and a shower enclosure, in most cases, the frameless shower enclosure is positioned next to the bath. It saves space and improves the rigidity of the shower screen.
Frameless Shower Enclosure
The next project I’ll talk about was one of those exciting projects when a customer wanted something awkward and not straightforward. Unfortunately, several significant issues didn’t allow us to create a standard frameless shower enclosure when I visited the site.
- Firstly, a jacuzzi bath was positioned on the left of the wet room shower area where a frameless shower screen was supposed to go. Moreover, there was not a single 90-degrees angle. Even the bathtub was in an awkward shape, but we had to attach a glass screen to it from the face.
- Secondly, a vanity unit was installed in front of the shower’s entry, which was pretty close to the bath.
- And finally, I realised later that the floor tiles, the bath’s lines and the tiled ledge next to the tub were not parallel to each other.
I’m not saying that all the above was wrong, but that certainly was interesting as I like a shakeup for my brain with challenges.
The client wanted to get a frameless shower enclosure next to the bath. So, to begin with, we had no choice other than to follow the line of the tiled wall over the bathtub; otherwise, that would look silly. But the issue was if we followed the bathtub’s line, then the shower enclosure’s corner would create a tight entry because of the vanity unit on the opposite wall. We certainly wanted to leave the access to the rest of the bathroom as wide as possible. We found a solution by making a 135-degree angle between each of the three screens, making the entry slightly better. FYI, our permanent glue can bond such three panels permanently together by keeping the frameless look and avoiding having metal brackets.
Unfortunately, another issue appeared – we required a fixing from the face of the bath to fix our screen. Standard shower screen brackets for fixed screens have straight angles, so we needed to make something bespoke or adjustable. Luckily for us, an adjustable wall bracket was on the market. But, we still had to alter that little to suit our needs.
The rest required several alterations of our visuals proposed to the client, like confirmations of which lines to follow or how high to do the screen. We discussed an alternative version by doing the frameless shower enclosure at full height. In the end, I think that it was the right decision to make the shower screen at a standard height and leave the cubicle open from above. The version with the shower screen in a full-height would make it more like a steam room as there was no air extractor inside the shower area for air ventilation.
I hope we achieved an attractive frameless shower enclosure that is not overloaded with unnecessary fittings and perfectly fits the current bathroom. I’m attaching below several sketch copies of both versions we discussed for your judgment. It might be that some of you will find the full-height shower enclosure version attractive too, and that might work better for your project.
Thank you for reading.