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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

 

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 is a few simple measurements.

 

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 as right is possible from the outset we can achieve the best possible results.

 

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

 

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 width

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 intend to install your shower door then tile up to it, or will you tile then install the shower door on the surface of the tile?

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 simply won't 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.

Diagram of a bespoke shower enclosure for an alcove with sloping ceiling.

 

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 what the door or panel will be made to fit! The type and height of the tray it might be argued are more or less irrelevant.

Only factors 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 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) 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.

Note:

1. An exception to this might occur in the unlikely event you require a door or panel shorter than 1900mm at the tallest point. In such an instance measure to your required height, then horizontally across to the sloping ceiling.

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 have not got 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. Providing your tray is plumb level this method will ensure a near perfect horizontal at the higher level.

 

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 ways to help overcome this however.

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.

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 process.

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 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.

Bespoke corner shower enclosure with a sloping ceiling.

Some do's and can't do's

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 the slope.

3. If you have a pivot door and inline panel configuration, the door cannot hinge off the inline panel. Put another way, with this configuration the hinges of the door will always be on the opposite side to the inline panel.

4. When a bi-fold door is used, it is impossible to angle the door. Put another way, a bi-fold door cannot be cut down (other than its height*) or shaped. A bi-fold door relies on its frame to guide it to and fro. Therefore, this type of door cannot be supplied frameless or semi-frameless. *If the 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!

 

Some typical examples of doors and panels
A pivot shower door with an angled top corner Pivot shower door and inline panel with angle top to fit sloping ceiling Shower panel with angled top corner Inward opening bi-fold shower door

Pivot shower door (hinge on side opposite slope)

Handed Left or right

with or without angle

Pivot shower door & side panel

Handed Left or right

with or without angle

Semi-frameless fixed shower panel

Slope Left or right

with or without angle

Bi-fold door

(always inward opening)

Opening Left or right

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

NEW: Tinted glass shower doors, panels and enclosures

Don't forget you now have a choice of tinted glass available (see below for examples)

 

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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.

 

Design aid for bespoke shower door with sloping ceiling to the left

Design aid for custom build shower door with sloping ceiling to the right

Design aid for bespoke corner shower with sloping ceiling to the left

Design aid for custom corner shower with sloping ceiling to the right

Click picture to open a design aid for that type and shape of screen. 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.

 

 

     
Bespoke pivot shower door and inline panel
   
 

Send us your shower design

Or provide us with enough information to design a shower enclosure for you. Contact us. The process is fairly simple. Why not make the most of those awkward little spaces

We build to your design

Shower cubicle for loft spaceShower enclosure for a sloping ceiling

 

See examples of the tinted glass options below

Bronze tinted glass shown in bi fold shower door Green tinted glass shown in double sliding door shower enclosure Grey tinted glass shown in single sliding door shower enclosure Bronze tinted glass shown in pivot shower door
Bi-fold door with bronze tint Double slider with green tint Sliding door with grey tint Pivot door with bronze tint

 

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