What we need to know
Obtaining a quote for custom made shower
screens and doors is a fairly simple process. All we need are a few
Shower screens and doors are manufactured
with inbuilt tolerance as it is understood that buildings are rarely
square and measurements can sometimes be slightly off for various
reasons. However, by getting things right from the outset
we can achieve the best possible results.
Here are a few simple guidelines to help
you help us.
Bespoke shower doors for Alcoves
An alcove can easily be transformed into a
designer shower area with the simple addition of a door (and inline
panel if necessary) across the opening.
While it might be considered good planning
to order your bespoke shower door as early as possible, don't be too
hasty. Consider how you intend to install your custom built unit.
For example, do you intend to tile or are
you going to use some form of wall covering? Has that part of the job
1. intend to install your shower door then tile up
to it, or
2. will you tile then install the shower door on the surface of
the tile? (the more popular option)
There is little point measuring the width
of an opening before tiling if you intend to install on the surface of
the tile later - hence narrowing the effective opening.
Tiles vary in thickness as will the layer
of adhesive holding them. The dimension of the opening can be
significantly reduced by the tiling process, so beware of falling into
this trap. Wait until you can be sure of the gap you wish to fill before
measuring for your door.
Tip: Walls in buildings are
rarely perpendicular, flat or square. For this reason you should
take several sample measurements at different heights across the
width of your alcove to determine whether the gap is constant or
if the walls are running in or out of true. Chose the smallest
measurement or your new door may not go into the gap.
Tapered openings (provided they aren't too bad) can often be
taken up by the compensators on the frame for a nice snug
finished fit.) Check the walls of the opening with a spirit
level to see whether they are plumb.
Shower trays are commonly used to create a
shower (No, this is not a statement of the obvious, there are other
methods such as a wet room!). If you are using a shower tray remember
that the shower door and/or panel will sit on the top of
the edge of the tray. Another statement of the obvious you might think,
but it is surprising how many people overlook this fact - measuring
instead from the floor to describe the entire opening. It is of
paramount importance that your vertical measurements are from the top of
the tray, after all, this is where the door and/or panel will be made to fit!
The type and height of the tray it might be argued are more or less
irrelevant provided the vertical measurement is taken from the surface
upon which the frame will sit.
Only issues that might have a bearing on
what you want us to make should factor into your description. This
normally precludes what you are covering the bathroom floor with, or
other decorative features!
To angles in ceilings
In an alcove you should measure from the
rim (top) of the tray up the wall to the point where the angle of the ceiling begins.
This is a critical measurement that will assist in establishing the
angle of the ceiling. On the other side of the alcove you should measure
up 1900mm (our bespoke screens have a maximum
height of 1900mm) or whatever height you require your door/screen
to be made (make sure you specify) and place a mark on the wall. A horizontal
measurement is required from this point across to the sloping ceiling.
Again, this measurement is critical as it will help to establish the
angle of the sloping ceiling.
1. It is important we
are made aware how tall you require the door/screen. Although 1900mm is
the 'standard' height you may for example wish to have a door/screen
made to 1800mm tall. In such an instance measure to your required height,
then horizontally across to the sloping ceiling. Just remember to
2. N.B. Horizontal measurements must
be horizontal. 'Close to', or 'sort of' horizontal will not do. Any
error will adversely affect the angle calculated for the slope of the
ceiling. If you cannot use or do not have a spirit level for this
purpose then take a second vertical measurement from the top of the tray
to the point where the horizontal line strikes the slope (a plumb bomb
is ideal for this purpose). Providing your
tray is plumb level this method will ensure a near perfect horizontal at
the higher level.
Bespoke shower doors for Corners
Measuring for a corner cubicle can be a
little more tricky than an alcove because you have no vertical line to
measure from on the outer corner. There are however ways to help overcome this.
If using a shower tray you should of
course be able to state what footprint the shower will have. For
example: 1200 x 760, or 900 x 900 etc.
As with the procedure explained for an
alcove installation, you must be mindful of wall coverings (tiles etc).
Although your shower tray might measure say 1200 x 900, by the time you
have tiled the walls down onto the top of the tray you may have lost
15mm (+/-) from each of those dimensions. Again, much depends on whether
you wish to tile first then install the door and panel, or whether you
install your door and panel then tile up to it. Bear this in mind when
beginning to measure.
As always, measuring in order to calculate
the angle of the ceiling is the most technical task.
The outward corner of the tray won't of
course have anything for you to measure up to or from.
Here is a method
you might chose to help in your quest...
1. A useful way to overcome this issue is
to select a nice straight wooden baton that can be used to simulate what
will be the corner of your enclosure. Cut the baton to length so that it
reaches from the corner of the tray to the ceiling.
2. Using a spirit level as a guide, you
need to temporarily secure the top and bottom of the baton so that it is
perfectly vertical and square to the tray in such a manner as to
simulate the enclosure corner and solid enough to withstand the next
3. Measure up the baton and make a mark at
1900mm (the max height of the bespoke doors and screens we supply). If
necessary, mark at a lower height according to your requirement.
4. A horizontal measurement must now be
taken from the point you have marked on the temporary baton across to
the sloping ceiling. It is imperative that the distance is measured on
the perfect horizontal as any error will adversely affect the angle to be
5. If it is difficult or impossible to use
a spirit level for this stage you can always measure up vertically from
the tray by the same amount as you mark the baton thereby establishing a
point on the sloping ceiling from which the horizontal can be measured.
6. If necessary, repeat these operations
along the other side of the tray unless a square panel (at the
appropriate height) can be used.
Some do's and
There are certain things you cannot do
when you design a shower to fit an awkward area such as a room with a
sloping ceiling. For example...
1. You cannot open a door into the slope
of the ceiling. Think about it... the door is taller on the side
furthest from the sloping ceiling. It is physically impossible to get
the longer side to open into the shorter!
2. So, a pivot door must open away from
3. An inline panel may be situated on
either side of a door. This is to say, on the tall or the shorter side
of a door. You might for example have sanitary ware, bathroom furniture
or even a radiator situated in such a position that the door is likely
to collide when opened. An inline panel can be used to push the pivot
point of a door away from the adjacent wall, hence allowing space behind
the door as it swings outward to accommodate an offending object.
If you move the pivot point of the door
towards a slope you may reduce ease of access as the bather may need to
limbo under a sloping ceiling to enter or exit the enclosure. Solving
one problem may create another!
4. When a bi-fold door is used, it is
impossible to angle the door (the door may not be
cut at an angle) as a bi-fold door relies on guide runners in the frame
to maintain shape. Runners need to be parallel top and bottom hence so
must the door. A bi-fold door may be used in conjunction with an angle
inline panel if fitted under a sloping ceiling.
5. If a door is cut to a shorter height remember you may have the top of the frame at a convenient height to hit you in
the face as you enter and exit the shower! Even many 'frameless designs'
will have a bracing bar across the top, so although the glass may have
no frame there may still be the brace.
6. A word of caution - we are aware
that some glass retailers (typically found in the High Streets of
villages and towns) are attempting to supply bespoke shower doors -
usually the frameless type because they are unable to offer otherwise.
Be careful commissioning bespoke shower doors from people who do not
understand the dynamics and operational requirements of building or
operating a shower.
To name but a few of the issues:
Glass located within 800mm of the floor
must be toughened for safety. Do not buy any glass shower product unless
the glass is safety glass. Using the wrong type of glass can lead to
serious injury or worse. Glass that is badly stressed can shatter when
hot water sprays onto it.
We offer coated glass that reduces the
build up of lime scale, keeping your shower glass easy to clean. Glazing
shops probably don't.
Building a shower screen is not just a
matter of hanging a piece of glass up in the hope it will hold back the
spray - chances are it won't. A proper shower door has waterproof seals
that will close gaps during use preventing water from escaping.
Furthermore, water dripping from the bottom of a glass panel should go
back into the tray not escape and run all over the bathroom floor!
Hinges handles and magnetic door closers also play a significant part.
In short, glaziers who dabble with shower
doors and screens cannot offer you the expertise. If you choose to
engage a dabbler be prepared for disappointment. We don't glaze windows,
they should refrain from dabbling in the specialist world of shower
doors and screens.
Don't waste your money. Buy once and only
buy from people who understand what they are doing.
Some typical shapes of bespoke doors and
Pivot shower door (pivot on side
opposite slope. Outward opening always. )
Handed Left or right with or without angle
Pivot shower door & side panel
(Hinged on side opposite slope. Outward
opening.) Handed Left or right with or without angle
Semi-frameless fixed shower panel
Slope Left or right
with or without angle
(always opens inward)
Opening to the Left or right. Cannot be cut
at an angle.
See below for design
aids to help you draw your requirement
Send us your design
As you can see, a few simple measurements
taken carefully is all we need to produce a bespoke shower enclosure to
suit most awkward spaces.
You don't need to be an artist or an
engineer, just a simple sketch will suffice providing it contains the
information needed to make your idea a reality. To help in the process
we have produced some design aids (below). Just click on the image that
is closest to your requirement and a pre-drawn design will open. Just
fill in the requisite dimensions in the boxes provided and send it to us
for a no-obligation quote.
Send us your design by Email, Fax or Post
and we will produce a no-obligation quotation. You might be very
surprised how affordable a bespoke shower enclosure actually is!
Tinted glass for shower doors, panels and
Don't forget you now have a choice of tinted
glass available (see below for examples)
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Bespoke shower enclosure design assistant
To assist your request for a quote, we have
produced several design aids. Simply click on the one that resembles
your requirement, print it, fill in the details and send it back to us.
The design aid will explain what we need to know in
order to raise the quotation.
Click a picture to open a design aid.
Choose the one that most closely resembles your requirement. A new window will open in Adobe
as a PDF. Please follow the guidance notes.
Sadly, it is difficult to produce an aid
for every possible scenario. If you cannot use these aids
because your space or requirement differs greatly please don't
hesitate to call
for assistance and/or provide a simple sketch of what you