How to choose your new shower door? There are many different styles, but only one thing matters: the layout of your unique shower space. Your shower or tub layout is the only limiting factor in which design you ultimately choose. Let’s start with a simple question. Do you have a…
Shower? or Tub?
So far, pretty easy, right?!
Now we can move on to the fun part! Which of the showers or tubs below look most like yours? If you’re feeling stuck, remember that you can always email us a photo of your space instead.
A shower alcove layout is basically a stall; it’s a simple wall-to-wall opening. Common unit types are single doors, door and panel units, panel-door-panel units, or sliding systems, depending on the total opening width.
A shower corner layout has glass on two sides, meeting at 90-degrees. Many (like the example shown below) set beside a tub deck or knee wall, requiring a half panel running to the back wall. Some shower corner layouts have full height return panels though as well.
Neo angle shower layouts usually have three sides of glass (but sometimes only two sides in what’s known as a 2/3 neo angle layout) where the sides meet at 135-degrees. From a birdseye view, this can almost make the layout look like a diamond or a pentagon. Neo angle layouts are popular ways to situate shower pans in a corner of a bathroom.
Custom shower layouts can be some of the most fun and attractive layouts to work with. But, by definition, they can’t be defined, as they’re limited only by the designer’s imagination (and the customer’s budget!). Custom layouts can be difficult to quote without a drawing or site visit, simply because there are so many variables.
Tub alcove layouts are just your basic tub setup: a bathtub setting in between two walls. People who forgo glass tub doors typically use shower curtains for these layouts, because there’s just a single open plane that needs protection from water escaping.
There are tub corner layouts too though, where the end of the tub opposite the wet wall (where the shower head and faucets are located) is left open instead of tiled, so a piece of glass can meet the front tub unit at 90-degrees and allow in more light.