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How to request a quotation for a Bespoke shower enclosure


Free no obligation quotation for a bespoke shower enclosures doors and panels

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  1. Overview

  2. Framed, frameless and semi-frameless doors and panels

  3. Custom shower doors for alcoves

  4. How tall should a shower door be?

  5. What type of shower door should you choose?

  6. Coloured shower door frames

  7. How thick should the glass be?

  8. Bespoke corner shower enclosures

  9. How to measure for your custom corner shower enclosure

  10. Custom side panels

  11. Some Do's and Dont's

  12. Send us your design

  13. Design assistant

 

Custom made to measure shower doors and panels

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 key measurements.

Here are a few simple guidelines to help you help us.

 

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Framed, frameless or semi-frameless shower door?

There are essentially three types of shower door and shower screen/panel available.

A framed shower enclosure door

as the name suggests is fully framed. This is to say it has framework all the way around each component piece of glass. So, for example, a pivot door might have an outer frame in which the pivot door is mounted, but the pivot door itself may in some instances be framed as well.

 

Advantages/Disadvantages:

A framed enclosure might be considered somewhat heavy in appearance. Modern design tends to favour the lighter weight appearance of frameless and semi-frameless models. Frames offer adjustment within the profiles that attach them to walls which is useful if your walls aren't perpendicular.

A frameless shower enclosure

As the name suggests - there is an absence of framework.  Fully frameless shower doors and enclosures are popular as they offer a minimalist appearance with only the seals visible. But, no enclosure is truly without metalwork. Such an enclosure requires bracing bars and hinges which can vary in shape and function.

Advantages/Disadvantages:

Appearance - A frameless design is celebrated by those who seek a minimalist appearance. Popular concept in modern bathroom design as the lack of metalwork makes the enclosure less obtrusive, but the positives can be outweighed by the negatives.

Disadvantages - Precious little or no adjustment. Out-of-true walls can be a nightmare. Glass must be cut to exact size and shape. Once made, toughened glass cannot be altered. Clip on bubble seals that rely on compression are often ineffective, laborious to keep clean and become dated spoiling the intended appearance. If you decide on fully frameless make sure you purchase from a shower specialist. Many have-a-go glazing shops lack the experience in this specialist area and might well be avoided.

A semi-frameless shower enclosure

This is a hybrid of the previous two types. Generally, the top and bottom of each panel will be frameless, but the sides (left and right) will have adjustable metal profiles.

Wall profiles and magnetic door seals offer excellent water retention properties.

 

Advantages/Disadvantages:

Considered by many to be the ultimate combination. More subtle than the fully framed counterpart giving an attractive minimalist appearance with all the advantages of adjustment that their fully framed counterparts offer.

High quality magnetic water seals on doors.

 

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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.

The height

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 (beware of tiling lips) provided the vertical measurement is taken from the surface upon which the door 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!

See: How tall should a shower door be?

Measuring for an angled ceiling

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 slope. On the other side of the alcove you should measure up the wall to a point corresponding to your chosen door height.

A horizontal measurement is required from this point across to the sloping ceiling taken at the same height above the tray rim as the max door height. This is another critical measurement that will help to establish the angle of the sloping ceiling.

Planning your custom shower construction

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 been completed?

Do you:

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.

Good advice: 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 an alcove to determine whether the gap is constant or if the walls are running out of true.

If you intend to order totally frameless glass then it may need to be cut to suit the opening. This is to say, if the opening tapers then the glass will need to be cut to suit the shape of the aperture. Accurate measurements are therefore essential.

Doors and panels that are framed or semi-framed will often have a degree of adjustment within the wall profile. While this is useful for micro-adjustment it should not be used to compensate for poor measuring.

Vertical measurements need to be taken from the top of the shower tray after it is fully installed. Approximations will not do.

Red exclamation mark If your opening tapers you should establish which (if any) of the walls are square (perpendicular) to the tray. So long as we know there shouldn't be a problem.

Do not guess or assume

Because you might be using a 1200 shower tray it does not follow that your door width must be 1200. It is usual when walls are tiled that the tile will overlap the edge of the tray, so the thickness of the tile and its adhesive layer will reduce the effective dimension.

Your finished gap and therefore your door must therefore be correspondingly less. Wait until you can be sure of the gap you wish to fill before measuring for your door. DO NOT GUESS.

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How tall should a shower door be?

Choosing a door height and type for an awkwardly shaped area can sometimes involve compromise. What you'd like and what is possible may not go hand in hand.

Rarely will an 'off the shelf' item work, which means custom design and bespoke manufacture are likely to be necessary.

What is possible will determine the basis for your shower enclosure design, so establishing a few 'ground rules' will help from the outset.

We are unable to offer angled shower doors. Your design must therefore incorporate a door with a rectangular shape. Angled inline and side panels can be added as required.

Minimum widths. Manufacturing constraints and practicality determine certain minimum sizes. The minimum possible width for a door will depend on the style and type. For example, a semi-frameless design of outward opening hinged door is 570mm. Its framed counterpart would be 660mm. Choose a bi-fold door and the minimum door width is 670mm in the semi-frameless, in a frame version 660mm. As you can see the different designs and styles are all different.

Hinged and pivot doors can be made shorter, but bi-fold or sliding versions cannot. Speaking generally, the latter are available in 1900mm, 1950mm and 2000mm whereas the pivot are hinged doors can be made to more or less any from 1600mm upward.

How tall? This does however bring us to a very important issue when selected the height of a bespoke hinged or pivot door. Be careful if your design calls for a frame and the door must be short. A framed enclosure will have a horizontal cross piece above the door, so make it too short and your risk injury as you enter and exit the shower. If the door needs to be short it may be better to opt for a semi-frameless design which has no horizontal framework to cause obstruction.

Inline panel considerations. Where an inline panel is required there are another constraints. An angled inline panel in a framed design can be a narrow as 300mm, whereas the semi-framed counterpart must be 380mm minimum. An angled inline panel cannot be manufactured to a point - it requires a flat at the top of at least 100mm.

Key dimensions when designing a shower enclosure for a sloping ceiling.

Things we all need to know

The diagram to the left shows the key key dimensions we need to know and therefore what you must consider.

Beginning at the top, Dimension F must equal the minimum door width plus at least 100mm for the flat on top of the inline panel.

Dimension D is the sum of the minimum door width and the minimum inline panel width.

Providing you can achieve 'D' you will need to determine how tall/short 'A' must be in order to achieve 'F' where there is a sloping ceiling.

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What type of shower door should you choose?

Having covered matters of minimum size above you might consider aesthetics and the practicalities of different types of shower door. Available space will often determine what will work best. You should consider the swing of an outward opening pivot or hinged door and whether it might bash into something like a towel warming rail, WC pan or sink when opening.

Bi-folding door

Maybe a bi fold door takes your fancy? These can be a bit more tricky to factor in but none the less are available with certain limitations. If for example you want your enclosure to be framed then a bi-folding door is often out of the question. Guide tracks top and bottom that keep the door in perfect shape when folding must be identical for them to perform their function so this type of door cannot be angled if framed. Reduced in height yes, but framed no.

Semi-frameless bi-fold doors are available in bespoke heights and widths but these cannot be angled either. The semi-frameless type have no guide rails either top or bottom and will fold inward or outward as they concertina - a useful feature in some situations, especially where a shorter door is required.

Inward opening bi-fold shower door diagram

If your door must be bi-folding and angled your only option will be as a fully frameless model. Although they will swing outward, they are designed primarily to fold inward but can be cut to shape as the glass only design does not incorporate guide rails.


Hinged or pivot door

A hinged door is quite literally hinged at the extremity of the panel, whereas a pivot door rotates on a pivot point located some 70mm or so from the panel's edge.

For this reason a pivot door is nearly always fully framed (the frame being necessary to provide a pivot point). With a pivot door it could be argued that you actually loose a certain amount of the entry dimension due to the inset location of the pivot.

A hinged door however offers maximum entry width as the hinge is located at the outermost point.

With few exceptions, hinged and pivot doors generally open outward.


Sliding Door

If you are trying to create a shower enclosure where space is limited or awkwardly shaped it is unlikely that a sliding door will enter the equation.

Slidng doors are not economical in the way they use space. For example, when a 1000mm sliding door is opened one door slides behind the other, but not fully. You might think of a 1000mm door you'd get about a 500mm opening when in fact it would be nearer to 400 or less. Only the height of a sliding door can be customised as top and bottom runners of equal length are necessary.

Sliding shower door diagram 1

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Coloured frames

It goes without saying that a frameless panel will not have a frame. But, there can be options for colours if your choice of enclosure is framed or semi-framed. Not all colours are available in all types, but colours can include silver, chrome, nickel and black. The most popular finish is chrome, but if you fancy something a little different please give us a call.

 

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How thick should shower door glass be?

There are many old wives tales about how thick glass should be. In reality there are factors that will determine the ideal thickness of glass in a shower door or screen. The thicker the glass the heavier (and more expensive) it becomes, but this does not make it better per se. It might be fair to say that a door with very thin glass could feel flimsy, but one need not go to the opposite extreme to manifest quality.

All glass used in shower doors and screens should be toughened. This is a safety requirement. While thicker glass may feel more substantial all regulation glass is tough and resilient to knocks.

It could be argued that very thick glass can be unwieldy to move. The weight of a heavy door can place unnecessary stress on hinges. So there is a happy medium. Some manufacturers will vary the thicknesses of glass used in an enclosure making the fixed panels thicker than say curved doors.

As a very loose rule of thumb, 4mm glass is generally regarded to be at the 'budget' end of the market, whereas 6mm and 8mm glass are at the premium end for doors. A possible exception to this might be curved glass used in quadrant doors that derives its strength from its shape and need not be so thick. 10mm glass is sometimes used in fixed glass screens but not so often in shower doors.

Whether the enclosure is framed or frameless will also factor into whether the glass needs to be thicker. A frame offers strength and support to thinner glass whereas a frameless panel relies entirely on the thickness of the glass for strength.

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Bespoke corner shower enclosures

Measuring for a corner cubicle when the ceiling slope requires a little more ingenuity because you have no vertical line to measure from on the outer corner. There are however ways to help overcome this.

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.

A corner and a sloping ceiling can produce a couple of different scenarios. The two diagrams below attempt to show each:

A corner where the fixed end panel is at the short end and the door takes up all or part of the other side.

A corner where the door may be located in either the tall end or the angled side. The other panel being fixed.

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How to measure for a custom corner shower enclosure under a sloping ceiling

As always, measuring in order to calculate the angle of the ceiling is the most technical task.

The outer corner of the tray won't of course have anything for you to measure to or from.

Here is a method you might chose to help in your quest and will work whether you have a tall or short outer end...

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 process.

3. Measure up the baton and make a mark at the height you require the door/screen .

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 calculated.

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.

Measuring for a custom corner shower enclosure under a sloping ceiling

For further assistance refer to the design aids further down this page.

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Custom side panels to create a corner or mid-wall shower enclosure

Side panels are available in semi-frameless and fully frameless designs. Fixed side panels can be supplied with numerous custom features including:

Reduced height shower screen suitable for a dwarf wall for example.

A custom width (and/or height) shower side panel suitable for a stub wall

Custom shower screen for dwarf wall

Custom shower screen for stub wall

The above shower screens are available with standard 'end on' fixings or lateral 'side on' fixings. Examples of 'end on' and 'lateral' fixing options (viewed from above) can be seen below:

'End on' wall fixing

'Lateral' wall fixing


Shower side panel with an angled top

Flag shaped shower side panel

Bespoke shower panel with angled corner cut off

Flag shaped side panel for shower enclosure


Inline shower extension panels

Multiple shower cubicle dividing panels

Inline shower extension panels

Communal shower cubicle dividing panels

Please refer to the Design Aid section further down this page that will help you draw and provide the requisite information needed to produce a quotation.


 

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Some do's and can't do's when designing a custom shower enclosure

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... as the ceiling height diminishes the door will collide. Make sure your design does not require something impossible.

2. Some doors simply cannot be messed about with.

Pivot and hinged doors can be manufactured to custom heights and widths. Bi-fold and sliding doors cannot. If your design must work in conjunction with a sloping ceiling make sure the slope is taken care of with the use of a sloping inline or sloping end panel.

3. An angled inline panel may be incorporated on either side of a door.

Generally, an angled inline panel may be designed to go either side of a door. There may be some exceptions so you are welcome to ask about the feasibility of your idea.

4. If a door is cut to a shorter height remember you may have the top of the frame at an inconvenient height

Some 'frameless designs' require bracing bars across the top, so although the glass may have no frame there may still be the brace. Please don't hesitate to call for more specific advice.

5. A word of caution

We are aware that some 'have-a-go' 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.

 


 

See below for design aids to help you draw your requirement

 

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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!

 

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 require.

 

1. Alcove door (with inline panel if required)

Bespoke alcove shower door with angled inline panel (1)

Bespoke alcove shower door with angled inline panel (2)

 

 

 

 

2. Corner shower enclosure (door or fixed panel at tall end)

Corner shower enclosure (type 1 left hand)

Corner shower enclosure (type 1 right hand)

 

 

3. Corner shower enclosure (fixed panel at short end)

 

 

4. Side panel with angled top

Angled side panel left

Angled side panel right

 

 

5. Flag shaped side panel

Flag shaped side panel left

Flag shaped side Panel right

 

 

6. Side panel for a dwarf wall

Side panel for dwarf wall left

Side panel for dwarf wall right

 

 

7. Custom side panel (with Standard or Lateral fixing)

Custom side panel right

Custom side panel left

 

 

8. Custom inline and dividing panels

 

 

 

If this all gets a little complicated you are very welcome to give us a call. We are always on hand to offer help and support.