Shower Enclosures Archive

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

Shower

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)

Bathroom tiles

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 )

Bathroom storage

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

Simpsons 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.

Matki 1700 Curved Walk-In Shower Enclosure

Bathroom designers will tell you that when it comes to shower enclosures Matki features very high on their list for the most discerning customers. When you look through the range of Matki shower enclosures it is not difficult to see why. With their generous showering area, which can fit neatly into a space where the bath is being replaced, where even the smallest detail has been developed to give you a truly exhilarating shower experience, it is not difficult to see why they are top sellers.

The Matki 1700 Curved Walk-in Shower Enclosure is complete with removable teak decking; Matki Elixir concealed thermostatic shower mixer, hand shower and overhead support with 220mm Easy Clean Deluge shower head. This enclosure is available in corner and recess installations and the 1700 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, model 1706 as 1700 without Deluge shower head.

Matki Square Walk-In Shower Enclosure

The Matki Square Corner Walk-In Shower Enclosure brings sophistication to the corner of any bathroom. The square Deluge shower head and handset and the innovative thermostatic control, built into the central shower panel, allows for the effortless monitoring of water flow and temperature from inside and outside the shower. The shower is available in three sizes including corner and recess options.

Finished in Celtic Silver with chrome plated details and manufactured with clear 8mm safety glass EN12150-1, this is also supplied complete with shower tray, teak or matt white decking, and thermostatic shower mixer and accessories. 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. Fixed Head deluge shower head can be easily diverted to hand held shower on the hose.

Roman Collage walk in shower enclosure

If you have the space, or you can redesign your bathroom or en-suite, then installing a walk in shower is a great option to choose. With a walk in enclosure the user gets room to move whilst showering and also avoids the feeling of being closed in, which many do not like.

The Roman Collage walk-in shower panels are available in corner and linear panels and can be installed directly to a dedicated shower tray or straight to the floor; they are also offered in a range of sizes. The height of the panel is a generous 1830 mm, constructed using 8mm safety glass, in a sliver frame and is fully reversible for left or right hand fixing. For the larger panels, 1000, 1200, 1400mm these are provided with standard chrome bracing bar kit allowing adjustment up to 760mm from the wall. With the Roman Collage you will have a lifetime of luxury when taking your shower.

Getting the best out of your shower

Most bathroom appliances require good water pressure to function properly. All cold water pipes are drawn directly from the mains supply and often vary in pressure. The water that feeds a gravity hot water system is stored in a header tank often located in the attic. The pressure in your hot water taps is determined by the height difference between the outlet and the header tank. For example, hot water taps in the upstairs bathroom or in bungalows will be at a lower pressure than those in the downstairs cloakroom or kitchen of a house. The problem can be overcome by fitting a pump or often more simply an electric shower.

Electric showers can be fitted almost anywhere with a cold water pipe and suitable power outlet. They’re economical to run, don’t require a high water pressure, provide hot water on demand and will work even when the hot water system is turned off, for instance in the summer months. One new exciting electric shower is the Triton Aspirante Electric Shower in brushed steel available in a choice of 8.5kW and 9.5kW versions, this model replaces the Inscriptions range and brings new and exciting looks to a very popular and well priced electric shower. The Aspirante has a compact slimline design and a discreet and integrated appearance, a simple temperature control knob, featuring an easy grip with pleasing soft motion and a “rub clean showerhead with 5 spray patterns.

Matki Colonade Quintesse Space Saver Shower Package

Finding a suitable shower enclosure that will fit into a smaller bathroom or en-suite area has been resolved at UK Bathrooms. This has been achieved with their Matki Colonade Quintesse Space Saver Shower Package and is available with either Pivot or Infold doors maximise available space in your bathroom. The Matki is a clever design which incorporates curved side panels but still gives a large internal showering space, with a door that can be either a solid pivot or space saving infold design.

The package includes a specially designed shower tray in acrylic capped Synthastone and also includes Fastflow shower waste, with a low specially designed threshold. The shower enclosure is constructed using 6mm clear safety glass for the panels and infolding doors and is suitable for both power showers and steam. For a small additional cost the glass surfaces can be treated with Matki Glass Guard Easy Clean, which is an invisible glass surface coating which reduces limescale and hard water deposits.