Shower Enclosures Archive

How to choose the perfect bespoke shower

 

Here in the United Kingdom we frequently have quite characterful properties with a history to them, and rather than a completely new blank space you will often have the odd low ceiling to contend with, (loft conversions) or an uneven wall to account for when renovating a bathroom space something like a giant game of Tetris!

Matki bespoke

These odd shapes and uneven spaces can be worked with rather than presenting a hindrance, through opting for a bespoke Shower design. A bespoke shower enclosure offers you a solution tailored to your needs. Of course a bespoke shower options are not just for bathroom renovation projects, you might be planning a new build where you need a shower door where off the shelf solutions won’t work, for example a steam room or frosted shower doors. Most of the manufacturers we work with offer solutions that adjust the height and width, and some can even create various special sections to suit a certain shaped area for example an angled cut to suit a celling. This is actually a much smoother process than you would think, in most cases we can work with you and the manufacturer to agree on a no-obligation design in advance.

A step up from this, Matki actually have a specially dedicated Bespoke team who will work with you on your project. They offer a “Measure & Fit” service where their engineers conduct a site visit, coming out to your property and measuring up with professional precision, and once the enclosure is manufactured they visit again to fit the goods. This ensures the perfect fit!

Matki Bespoke

In terms of shape and cut, some of the solutions Matki offer are:

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These can be used to create really interesting areas, for example to create a spa like wet room or steam room. Tiled seating sections or a shower chaise lounge can be created, with a dwarf height inline panels that meet a full height door.

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Angled Cuts

Angled cuts offer the perfect solution for a bathroom loft conversion or slanted roof. Cutting across the glass at an angle creates a made to measure pentagon screen.

 

Other options with bespoke design include specification of colour finish and material, even shower door handle style and personalised glass etching. This is where things get really interesting, and you can create something truly unique to your home and your taste.

Their standard finish is a polished silver, but Matki now offer various bespoke finishes to frames, hinges and handles including: Brushed or Polished Gold, Brushed or Polished Nickel. The Matki One range has the following colour options: Architectural Bronze, Silver, Black Anodised, White Coated.

Matki Bespoke Hinges

Matki One Bronze

Metal disc handle details can be added in: Chrome as standard but also Copper, Brass, Green, Red, Blue, Black or White. We particularly like the polished nickel for a more traditional look, or the architectural bronze for a contemporary edge. In addition to colour customisation, the handle design can also be specified from a range of options.

Matki Handles

The handle choice can really change the entire look of the enclosure, for example choosing the traditional handle design and a soft polished nickel finish would compliment Matki’s Swalding classical brassware beautifully as demonstrated in the inspirational image below in a traditional room setting with plush furniture and complimentary neo-baroque framed mirror.

EauZone Plus Nickel

As of 2016, new to the EauZone Plus range is Matki’s soft brushed gold finish, which we think works beautifully:

Matki EauZone Plus Gold

Which colour combinations would you go for? Let us know in the comments below. If you would like a quote on any of these options please do get in touch with us! Email sales@ukbathrooms.com.

Winter Bathroom Sale – Extended!

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Our Winter Sale over Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016 was hugely popular, with lots of our customers; new and seasoned regulars, making great savings on coveted branded bathroom goods through our website. Don’t despair if you missed out on the January offers, we are extending some of these great savings into February. As such, a selection of brands are still at an additional 5% off normal web prices.

This is a really great chance to snap up those branded goods and make decent savings on items that will be increasing in price in 2016; as manufacturers will eventually introduce their annual price increases.

We wanted to showcase some of our favourite Sale items to give you an idea of which products are on offer.

Our top 5 Sale items

  1. Imperial Astoria Deco Close Coupled WC – Save up to an additional £182 off this WC

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Imperial Bathrooms are a quintessential British bathroom manufacturer. All their ceramics are hand finished in the UK to the highest quality.

Perfect for: Anyone looking for a traditional bathroom with unrivaled attention to detail.

  1. Burlington Close Coupled Toilet – Save an extra 5% on all Burlington

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Burlington is a fantastic Traditional styled brand, bringing together the most elegant and rich styling from decades gone by with the most up to date materials and technology available today.

Perfect for: Those who want the traditional look but the reliability and water saving features of a contemporary WC.

  1. Simpsons Edge Pivot Shower Enclosure – Save up to £110.80 off the RRP

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Shower enclosures can be a tough decision. At one extreme you have design led manufacturers who can be eye wateringly expensive, or you can have an unbranded shower; which whilst cheap runs the risk of leaking (which we don’t sell). Simpsons is a great manufacturer, who are proud to offer lifetime guarantees and competitive prices.

Perfect for: When you don’t want to lose sleep over a leaky shower

  1. Hansgrohe Ecostat S Concealed Shower Valve – save from £116.88 off the RRP

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Hansgrohe is synonymous with reliability. Powered by its revolutionary iBox the Ecostat is a plumbers dream to fit and by far our most popular shower valve.

Perfect for: Keeping your plumber happy

  1. Villeroy & Boch Subway WC – Save an additional 5%

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German Design Giants Villeroy and Boch offer this ever popular close coupled toilet suite from their established Subway range, a favourite with architects and designers. With the full Subway range you can mix and match complimentary products to create a well put together bathroom suite.

Perfect for: Design enthusiasts

This is just our perspective; let us know in the comments what your top 5 would be.

New Roman Bathroom Products from UK Bathrooms

The County Durham manufacturer Roman began life in 1985 making colour coordinated bath shower screens, considered then to be innovative, matching the existing colours of the bathroom. Today the company’s range of products features an exciting range of shower enclosures, bath screens and shower trays, along with state-of-the-art wetroom products and other luxury bathroom items. We have added a whole new range to our Roman Bathroom page, the Lumin8 range, check out some of the highlights below:

The Roman Lumin8 Bow Fronted Quadrant Shower Enclosure is a graceful and elegant sweeping shower enclosure which has been designed to fit into the corner of your bathroom. Subtly silver framed sliding door mechanism has a great build quality and the 8mm safety glass has been coated with easy to clean Ultra Care finish.

Roman Lumin8 Bow Fronted Quadrant Shower Enclosure

The Roman Lumin8 Pivot Shower Door is perfect for an alcove space that has been turned into a self-contained shower unit. The door itself has is hinged slightly off centre which will take care of a small interior. Again manufactured with 8mm safety glass coated with Ultra Care protection, it can also be supplied with side panels so a shower can be fitted to a corner wall space.

Roman Lumin8 Pivot Shower Door

Roman Lumin8 Wave Walk in Shower Enclosures have been described as being as cool as a wave due to the clever and stylish design crafted from two curves of glass, together with an inward swinging door to ensure that valuable space is not taken up in a smaller bathroom. The unit is semi frameless and incorporates its own shower tray, is again manufactured using 8mm safety glass and in common with other Roman products carries a lifetime guarantee.

Roman Lumin8 Wave Walk in Shower Enclosure

Check out the other stunning Roman items that have been added to our web pages, all at our unbeatable prices.

Showering is an easier option for the less abled

As we get older and become less able, getting into and out of the bath can become very difficult and many are turning to the shower as a solution to the problem. Here at ukBathrooms there are many shower options to choose from, but one which we consider to be the best when someone is finding it difficult to get into and out of the bath, is to replace the bath completely with a walk in shower cubicle; this will fit into the same space as the bath, but is easier to use, clean and maintain.

The Kinedo Kinemagic Walk In Shower ticks all the boxes and is supplied as a complete shower kit with overhead rains shower head, is simple to install and has a number of features. The tray is slip proof, leak free and the glass panels fit neatly into the tray, no silicone or grouting is required. The shower valve is thermostatically controlled and a very hand strong and robust fold down seat is included as well as a grab handle. The cabinet has been constructed with anodized metal and sheer glass, the glass is specially treated with Cristal Plus, to ensure that this remains steak free, cleaner for longer and free from limescale.

Available as a corner or recessed unit, this unit provides a quick and efficient installation; with a no door option available on request.

Kinedo Kinemagic Walk In Shower

Great Le Tour offers from ukBathrooms

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To celebrate Le Tour de France coming through our base of operations in Ripon, North Yorkshire, ukBathrooms is offering a free, Yorkshire-made shower tray and 90mm high flow waste with selected Merlyn Series 8 shower doors and enclosures.

Made in Yorkshire, by well renowned bathroom manufacturer April Products, these fantastic shower trays are a very high standard and come complete with a lifetime guarantee, and will be given away for free to those customers who purchase selected Merlyn Series 8 shower doors and enclosures.

Merlyn Series 8 Sliding Shower Door

This is a limited offer, so if you are in the market for a fantastic shower enclosure at a great price and want to celebrate Le Tour de France with us, then it is advised that you place your order sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out.

Merlyn Series 8 Twin Door Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Merlyn showers have some of the best quality shower doors and enclosures available and come standard with their ‘Mershield’ technology. This special coating helps reduce water marks and dirt build up, meaning less cleaning and more time for relaxing 🙂

Merlyn Series 8 Hinged Shower Door And Double Inline Panel

The 8mm thick toughened safety glass also comes with a lifetime guarantee for peace of mind, so what are you waiting for? Order your Merlyn Series 8 shower door or enclosure today and get a free shower tray and 90mm high flow waste.

Will you be visiting Yorkshire to watch Le Tour de France’s Grand Depart? Get involved and leave you comments below.

Creating a modern en suite

En suites provide a private area to wash and groom away from the main bathroom and are great for busy families and lifestyles. In this article we’ll show you some of our favourite products for creating the perfect modern en suite, that won’t break the bank.

Shower Enclosure

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower
The Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure is sleek and stylish, and built to last. It’s clean lines and durable 8mm toughened glass make it ideal for an en suite, and it also features a reversible door making installation and positioning easy.

Measuring 1400mm x 900mm and 1950mm high, the Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure makes a perfect focal point for any modern en suite. It also features a lifetime guarantee for peace of mind and is finished with a silver frame.

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower

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Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm

To finish off your shower design, you can’t go far wrong with the Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head.

Elegance by Crosswater: a mix of traditional design and contemporary styling making the most of your new bathroom. Wall or ceiling mounted, this elegant shower head provides the best showering experience thanks to its integrated air-fusion system.

This quality shower head is engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, and comes complete with a 15 year manufacturer guarantee.

Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm

Basin

Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin
The Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for any en suite and can be fitted with an optional full or semi-pedestal and has a choice of 1 or 2 tap holes. Available in gloss white, this basin was designed by award winning designer Robin Levien and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Offering outstanding value for money, the Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for small bathrooms and en suites alike.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin

Basin Tap

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap

Another great statement piece, the Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap is the pinnacle of style and design. Ideal for both high and low pressure systems, this mixer taps unique design and waterfall effect adds to the visual appeal of your en suite.

This tap is also eco-friendly and comes equipped with an Enviro-Click cartridge, which can save you up to 50% of your water. It is also backed by a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee for peace of mind.

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap

Toilet

Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

To match in with the basin design, we have chosen the Ideal Standard Concept Cube toilet. Its compact design makes it a great addition to any en suite and comes complete with everything needed to install it straight away.

Designed by the legendary Robin Levien, this stylish toilet has a soft close seat and push button flush to save you water. This toilet features a lifetime guarantee on the pottery so you can be sure of many years of service.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

Bathroom Cabinet

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

The Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet is lightweight and easy to install. It features a low voltage overhead light for better visibility and an inner shaving socket. It’s compact, yet stylish design is great for small bathrooms and en suites, and is perfectly suited for other Noble Furniture products such as wall units, vanity’s and freestanding units.

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

Bathroom Interior Design Trends for 2014

Luxury is top of the bill for 2014 bathroom interior design trends. Many people are looking for comfort with a touch of luxury when it comes to remodelling their bathrooms. Many of the big design ideas we are seeing, take a nod towards home-spa styles as people look to recreate relaxing and luxury vibes they experience when at a spa. From soft bathroom designs to convenient walk in showers and wetrooms here at UK Bathrooms we can help you with all your bathroom design needs.

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Curves are big in 2014, soft and sleek designs from wash bowls to tubs through to accessories. The organic flow of the curves make for a soft and luxurious feel to your bathroom. Bathroom designs have in the past felt boxy, square and uniform however Soft Curves and Organic Shapes from 2014 see us moving away from that. Curved designs add a new dimension to a bathroom, and you can move away from sharp corners, great if you want a practical family bathroom.

Bauhaus Bowls

Check out the newest designs on UK Bathrooms, from Bauhaus, Clearwater and Villeroy and Boch if you’re looking for some Soft Curves and Organic Shapes for your bathroom. (Designs from Clear Water Baths, Bauhaus Sinks and Villeroy & Boch Bathrooms)

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Luxury Tiles

Tiles can be a wonderful focal point to a bathroom, whether a patterned tile floor, a feature tiles wall or large tiles to make a statement. For design tips in 2014 there are a couple of design trends to look out for. Large tiles and over-scaled décor are a must, making even the smallest bathrooms seem bigger. Natural looking tiles are also a must, soft natural shades from luxury marble to soft slate. While all white bathrooms are clean and a timeless look, adding some natural colour shades can add a new dimension to your bathroom.

Whether you’re looking to add a statement tile feature to your bathroom or completely covering floor to ceiling, UK Bathrooms have a great selection of tile. Keeping up with the popular trends of 2014, with designs from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel. (Luxury  tiles from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel)

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The Wetroom

Perhaps the humble bath has had its day, or people are looking for more simplicity and ease from showering, but one of the most popular trends we will be seeing from 2014 is the wetroom. Whether they are frameless showers which give an illusion of and airy open space or curbless showers which offer a continuous, seamless look, 2014 is the year of the luxury shower. Wetrooms are much easy to fit into homes now, as technology has advanced, plus it’s also a lot more affordable to get that at home luxury spa/hotel feel.

You can find everything you need here at UK Bathrooms to design your perfect wetroom, bathroom. We have Aqua4ma and Impey packs to get you started, as well as some wonderful frameless showers from Kudos and Matki. And we also have a wide range of shower trays to suit any bathroom from leading suppliers such as Simpsons and Kaldewei. (Create your perfect wetroom from Matki, Kudos, Simpsons and Kaldewei )

Wetrooms

Seamless Storage

Anti-clutter for 2014 as storage becomes key in bathroom design allowing you to store all your items easily away and out of sight, without causing clutter. Clever storage ideas from under-sink cupboards to floor to ceiling bathroom cabinets and floating shelving. There are a number of wonderful options available. Many of the furniture and vanity designs are made as flexible as possible, allowing you to easily fit these great storage options into your bathroom, no matter what the size.

You can find a range of modern and contemporary vanity units, wall hung and freestanding furniture and fitted bathroom cabinets and countertops on UK Bathrooms. Providing you with your storage needs. (Storage from Roca, Nobel and Roper Rhodes )

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Showering the next Level – The Space

As we have mentioned previously, there is a trend of more people opting for showers over a bath, when it comes to bathroom design. The number of baths sold have dropped whilst showers have increased. Manufacturers have also noticed this trend and responded by offering a huge range of showers, shower enclosures and wet room options to help you create your perfect bathroom.

Standalone shower enclosures are a fantastic choice for any bathroom, allowing you space and movement when you shower. They are considered safer than a shower over a bath, and easy to use for people with mobility issues. Plus many shower enclosures come in a range of designs so they can fit any space and work with traditional or contemporary designs.

Matki Curved Corner Sealed enclosure

Shower trays, for standalone shower enclosures can be made from cast stone or heavyweight acrylic in a number of different colours such as the Simpsons Grey Slate Textured Shower Tray. These trays have a lead time of 3-5 days which mean you don’t have to wait to fit your shower enclosure. They have a water tight seal with adequate drainage, so no water escapes from the enclosure. Choose from compact designs with just a small shower tray or a luxurious design which also has more room for one or more people and also a drying tray.

Simpsons Black Shower Tray

To fit your shower enclosure choose from, different sizes and configurations. All enclosures are water tight and come with a choice of openings including; sliding doors, pivot doors and bi-fold doors. Designs can be created to fit the space you have.

Matki Curved Double Shower enclosure

It looks like the UK is heading towards the trend of European style wet rooms. Developments and newer technology have meant that it is now much easier and cheaper to transform your bathroom into a wet room. Kudos Showers described as the “Art of Showering” have a fantastic high quality range which you can use to build a wet room.

Kudos wetroom

The rooms are waterproofed (tanked) and fitted with a walk in shower, they can be fitted with shower screens but it is not necessary. The floor is gently sloped so water can drain away into one spot, away from the toilet or sink, so these areas remain dry. By using non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain, it stops mould and damp being created in the tiles and grout. If you opt for porous tiles you will have to have them treated.

There are a number of benefits to Turing your bathroom into a wet room.

It will open up your bathroom and create a more usable space. This works especially well in smaller bathrooms, as it stops the room feeling claustrophobic. It is also helpful for those with mobility issues.

The luxurious lifestyle of a wet room, works well with contemporary designs and there are a number of touches which add to that; such as underfloor heating and high quality finishes for the tiles.

As well as aesthetics, wet rooms can be beneficial to your home, correctly fitted you will be protected from moisture and damp which can damage walls. Finishes are also long lasting which means you don’t have to worry about replacing your wet room floor.

Manhatten Wetroom

 

Showerlux Glide Bi-fold Shower Door

A bi-fold shower door is just what is needed if you are limited for space and are fitting a new shower to a recessed area in your bathroom. From the huge range at our web pages, please take a look at the offerings from Showerlux, a company who have been in the showering business since 1974 and first specialised in shower doors; this shows in the quality of their products.

The Showerlux Bi-fold shower door is offered in four sizes: 700, 760, 800, 900 and 1000mm wide. The door features an easy–glide suspension system with magnetic sealing for watertight doors, has 8mm tempered safety glass and is coated with Showerlux Glass Shield which ensures that dirt will not stick and always has a bright sparkling appearance without lime stains. With a 10 year guarantee the Glide range is truly universal, with a range of door options certain to fit perfectly into any bathroom design. You will not be disappointed with Showerlux products.

Matki 1500/1790mm Corner Walk-In Shower Enclosure

This is not just a super shower enclosure but an all round package that would be hard to beat anywhere on the web. This is a true walk-In shower with no door to open or close and generous showering area. The 1790 model is designed to fit neatly into a space where the bath is being replaced. The shower enclosures are available as a right or left handed option, finished in Celtic Silver with a high lustre aluminium frame and chrome plated details.

Constructed with 8mm safety glass, which complies with BS6206A/EN12150-1, this can be treated with Matki Glass Guard Easy Clean Protection, as an additional item. The safety glass is located inside the shower tray eliminating the need for silicon sealant along the base of the surround, therefore retaining its clean look. The 1500/1790 Walk-In ranges are uniquely supplied complete with the Elixir high quality concealed thermostatic shower mixer, a hand shower, diverter valve and a 220mm Easy Clean Deluge shower head and stylish removable decking and available in two sizes 1500mm and 1700mm. Walk-In trays in acrylic capped Synthastone in white or pergamon are supplied with a Fastflow chrome top access waste.