How To Find, Install And Maintain The Right Corner Shower For You.
How To Find, Install And Maintain The Right Corner Shower For You.
Table of Contents
- How To Find, Install And Maintain The Right Corner Shower For You.
- To Begin
- What Is a Corner Shower?
- What Are The Benefits Of Having A Shower In The Corner?
- What Aesthetic Does Having A Shower In The Corner Serve?
- Are Corner Showers Safe?
- Is A Corner Shower Accessible?
- How Big Is A Corner Shower?
- How Much Does a Corner Shower Cost?
- Should I Use Grout Or Silicone To Seal My Shower?
- What Shower Tray Is Best For A Corner Shower?
- How To Install A Corner Shower Enclosure
- How To Replace A Corner Shower Enclosure
- How To Install A Corner Shower Tray
- How To Replace A Corner Shower Tray
- How To Clean/Maintain A Corner Based Shower
- To Conclude
Showering is one of life’s essentials and one of its great pleasures. Like any part of life, it can be improved and maximized. There are numerous different types of showers for you to choose from, all of which have a long list of benefits. Today, we are focusing on the corner shower enclosures and trays and how choosing one can benefit you. Let’s begin!
What Is a Corner Shower?
Simply put, it is a shower that is built out of the corner of two meeting walls, rather than from one wall. This is typically achieved through the utilization of aluminium profiles to hold the enclosure to either side of the wall. Some also make use of support bars to further reinforce the sturdiness of the enclosure.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Shower In The Corner?
The primary benefit is the sheer amount of space you save. By utilizing the corner of the room, you immediately put the shower out of the way. Unlike a shower built off of a solitary wall, that stands firmly in the center of your bathroom, clogging up space. They often capitalize on this by featuring further space saving designs, such as using quadrant or pentagonal shower trays.
As well as this, these kinds of showers save materials. This is because you need less glass for your enclosure. This saves time and effort when it comes to both installation and uninstallation.
What Aesthetic Does Having A Shower In The Corner Serve?
They are ideal for either a minimalist or modern look. Its space saving nature makes it perfect for the person exercising minimalism, as it is unintrusive, practical and aesthetically pleasing to boot.
It’s also perfect for the modern look as its design suggests purpose. Installing one shows you’ve thought about space and made a smart choice. This especially comes across in small bathrooms and helps give a professional, intelligent look to your bathroom.
Are Corner Showers Safe?
Yes, they are perfectly safe, as the profiles and supports ensure the enclosure is safely mounted to the wall. As well as this, Durovin Shower Enclosures make use of safety glass, which is much less likely to break should your or something else fall into it.
You can further improve the safety by investing in a non-slip shower tray. This is because non-slip shower trays feature a finish that drastically reduces the likelihood of slipping in the shower.
Is A Corner Shower Accessible?
A corner shower is quite accessible. Due to the big door sizes, it is easy to fit through the doorway. As well as this, because they save space in the bathroom, your bathroom area becomes more easily accessible. If you are looking for maximum accessibility, a walk-in shower is your best option, as they don’t have a door to encumber entry and they have a large area to shower in. Walk-In Showers can be installed in the corner, meaning they make for the most accessible version of shower in the corner.
How Big Is A Corner Shower?
Durovin sells them in all sizes, ranging from 800x800mm square showers to 1200x1000mm quadrant showers. Each size has a unique benefit, with the 800x800mm corner shower being perfect for smaller bathrooms. Meanwhile, the 1200x1000mm corner shower is more accessible due to its increased surface area. So, whether you are looking to use as little space as possible or fit as much shower into a small space as possible, Durovin has you covered.
How Much Does a Corner Shower Cost?
Money is obviously a dominant factor with any purchase. So, let’s look at how affordable our corner shower enclosures are.
The Ravenna 56 features an L Shape Rectangular Pivot Hinge and 6mm thick clear safety glass. Its square shape makes it perfect for classical bathrooms and modern bathrooms alike, due to the shape’s timeless quality.
There are nine size options for the Ravenna 56, as you can choose the size of your door and side panel. This level of customizability allows you to perfectly tailor your shower to your bathroom, but also your wallet.
The cheapest option is £236.25, while the most expensive option is the £252 1000x1000mm Shower Enclosure. Both prices are very affordable and there are numerous options in between, so whatever your budget, the Ravenna 56 is ideal for you.
There is also the Ravenna 6 with three size and price options. The 800x800mm curved shower enclosure is £252, the 900x900mm quadrant shower enclosure is £278.25, and the 1000x1000mm Ravenna 6 costs £294. Once again, this is extremely cheap for a curved shower.
This highlights how affordable they can be. If you’re looking for luxury on a low budget, a corner shower enclosure is perfect for you.
Should I Use Grout Or Silicone To Seal My Shower?
It is always best to use silicone caulk as your shower sealant, especially when sealing a corner based shower. This is because Silicone is flexible and has the capability to expand with heat, much like tile does. Grout on the other hand, is not flexible and cannot expand. This means, when the tiles expand with heat changes, the grout will begin to crack and break. This is especially prevalent with corner based showers as the tile is touching another surface and is more likely to move and expand. It is important that a flexible seal, like silicone caulk, is in place to ensure that even with the tiles natural movement the structure remains sturdy and waterproof.
What Shower Tray Is Best For A Corner Shower?
It is of course crucial to match your shower enclosure to your tray. If you do not do this, your shower will not fit correctly and will malfunction. With this advice in mind, let’s look at the benefits of each kind of shower tray when used in a corner shower.
Should I Install A Square Shower Tray?
The square shower tray is the classic shower shape. It is ideal for any home and can easily be small or large. If you are trying to save space without compromising on the area within the shower, then this shower tray is ideal.
Should I Install A Rectangular Shower Tray?
The rectangular shower tray is the best at providing maximum space for showering. If you are looking for more room when showering, or the most easily accessible option, the rectangular shower tray is ideal for you.
Should I Install A Pentagonal Shower Tray?
The pentagonal shower tray is a great space saver. By cutting the corner off of a square design, it allows the bathroom much more space to flourish. If your priority is ensuring more space in your bathroom area, then the pentagonal shower tray is a perfect fit for you.
Should I Install A Quadrant Shower Tray?
If you’re looking for a sleek, chic design then look no further. The quadrant shower tray saves a lot of space in your bathroom by featuring a cut off corner like the pentagonal shower tray, but also a curved face. If you’re looking to fit a modern aesthetic and save space, then the quadrant shower tray is right for you.
Remember, always match the size and shape of your tray and enclosure!
How To Install A Corner Shower Enclosure
So, you want to know how to install a corner shower. Maybe understanding how simple they can be to install is the push you need to take the plunge, or you’ve purchased one and are looking for some general advice. Either way, we have you covered. This guidance is based on the Ravenna 56, for specific instructions for your installation, you should always check your provided instructions.
To begin with, you need to ensure the area is clean. Wipe down the floor and walls you will be attaching the enclosure to. If there is any build up or debris, this could damage the enclosure upon installation.
Installing The Aluminium Profiles
Once you have effectively cleaned up. It is time to install. Use a tape measure and mark off where you need to install your aluminium profiles. Use a spirit level to make sure the wall itself is level.
Now, drill holes into the wall where the relevant gaps on your profiles will be and insert wall plugs. These will allow you to safely screw your aluminium profiles into the wall. Do so and then check to make sure they are level. If not, unscrew them and try again until you have them just right.
Installing The Glass
With the profiles installed, you can now install the glass. It is imperative you have a second person helping you when you install the glass. This will help prevent injury or breakages. Carefully pick up the glass and slide it into the profiles, then while they are held in place attach the bottom and top caps.
Sealing The Enclosure
To ensure the enclosure is safe and water tight, you must seal it.
First of all, attach the catch for the door so that it will not carelessly float open.
Secondly, use silicone to seal every point of the enclosure that touches another surface. This will make sure water cannot escape through gaps between the enclosure and the wall.
Finally, you need to attach the door handle. Simply use the provided screws to attach it to the appropriate holes in the glass.
Once that is done, you need to clean up any mess and celebrate, as you have installed your very own corner shower enclosure!
Hopefully, you can now see how simple it can be to install a corner shower enclosure. There’s less parts to worry about and less time spent in the thick of it.
How To Replace A Corner Shower Enclosure
Let’s say you have a brand new and fancy corner shower enclosure to install, but oh no, you still have your old one installed. Whatever shall you do? Uninstall it off course! Here’s how.
Cut The Seal
First thing’s first, you need to cut the seal. This prevents any damage to your enclosure or structure while you work. Simply take a craft knife and carefully cut the length of the silicon.
Uninstall The Door Handle
Now you need to uninstall the door handle and any other accessories you may have. Unscrew the door handle and put it somewhere safe. Then take down any accessories from inside the shower, such as a shelf, and put them somewhere safe too.
Uninstall The Glass
This is where you need a second person. Remove the top and bottom caps and then have someone help slide the glass out of the profiles. But this glass somewhere safe for now and be extremely careful when handling it.
Uninstall The Aluminium Profiles
Now, you can uninstall the aluminium profiles. Simply unscrew the profiles and store them safely. Tada! The enclosure is now uninstalled.
This is a crucial step that you don’t want to forget about. Clean up! You don’t want to install onto a messy area and if you’re taking a break between uninstallation and installation, a messy space will weigh on your mind. It’s always best to clean earlier rather than later.
Plus, you can take this opportunity to get rid of any hazardous materials. Check with your council to see what the appropriate way to dispose of glass is in your area and then follow that guidance.
Install The New Shower Enclosure
Now, for installation, all you need to do is check our previous segment all about shower enclosure installation!
How To Install A Corner Shower Tray
Now what good is a shower enclosure without a shower tray? If you have a walk in shower, a lot of good actually! But if you don’t, you need a shower tray and with a corner shower enclosure, you need a corner shower tray. The following guidance is based on the Square Acrylic Shower Tray, for specific instructions you should always check your provided instructions. Now without further ado, let’s install a shower tray.
First of all, you need to make sure the area is clean. Installing on debris could damage the tray or make it unlevel. As well as this, if there is any preexisting build up, it could affect the tray later in its life.
Measuring The Area
Now, you must make sure the floor is level with your spirit level. Then measure out the area you need to fit the tray and mark it off. This will be very important later.
Installing The Cement Mix
It’s later! It’s time to install the cement mix. Make a mix of approximately 5:1 Sand to Cement. Alternatively, you can use tile adhesive. Spread this across your marked off area, making sure to leave a gap for the drain hole. The mixture needs to evenly spread to a depth of 15mm.
Installing The Shower Tray And Waste
Fit the shower tray waste to the appropriate gap in the shower tray and then, making sure the tray is correctly aligned over the mix, place it down on the mix.
Apply gentle pressure to ensure it takes hold and the use your spirit level to ensure the tray is level. If it is not, readjust the tray until it is. Once it is level, allow it to set.
You may now connect the waste pipe to the tray.
Sealing and Decorating.
Now, it is incredibly important to seal the tray to the wall and floor using anti-fungal silicone. This will make sure there are no leaks between the tray, wall and floor. It will also help prevent the buildup of mould and fungus.
Once the silicone has set, you have officially installed your corner shower tray, congratulations!
Before you seal, you may want to install tiles on your floor! If so, make sure to then seal your tray to them.
How To Replace A Corner Shower Tray
We recommend you seek out a professional to remove your shower tray, as it is extremely difficult to do so without damaging the surrounding interior decoration.
Once it is uninstalled, simply check our shower tray installation section again!
How To Clean/Maintain A Corner Based Shower
Once you’ve installed your corner shower, the last thing you want to do is damage it. So here is our general advice for keeping it cleaned and maintained.
Use hot and soapy water, as well as a non-abrasive cloth to clean your shower enclosure and tray. Make sure to do this at least once per week to keep it in tip top shape.
To reiterate the opening point, showers are extremely important. Not only that, but corner based showers are extremely useful, stylish and easy to install. If you want to make the most of your space and build out a modern aesthetic, you can’t go wrong with the corner shower.