Shower Trays 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:

Ultra-Bespoke-Matki-004Dwarf Walls

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.

Innovative coloured shower trays are this year’s fashion trend!

A look through the range of shower trays at our web pages is testament to just how the modern shower tray has developed and moved away from the standard white tray that we have all become used to seeing, into a complete new world of exciting colours that will seamlessly blend into today’s modern bathroom. Naturally white shower trays still play a large part but even these can now be manufactured with materials such as stone resin that are a world away from the plastic of years gone by.

We take a quick peep at just three of the range of modern designs that make up shower trays today, the first one is a Kaldewei Shower Tray which is perfect for a shower enclosure but is a perfect companion for a walk in shower area or wet room. The tray is available in a number of sizes ranging from 800mm to 1000mm wide and lengths 1300mm to 1500mm. As well as Alpine white the tray can be supplied in eleven colours that include anthracite, brown and black.

Kaldewei Conoflat Medium Shower Tray

The Matki Universal 40 Colour Shower Trays as the name suggests offers a range of colours that are available any colour using the Matki colour matching service. These are made here in the UK and are constructed using high quality cast stone with tough chemical resistant Polyester coating and at just 40mm high, these trays are just built to last and the range of colours can be exotic to just plain. The trays are ridged, straight sided and have a non-slip surface. Included in our low price is the matching dedicated Matki Fastflow stainless steel grill shower waste.

Matki Universal 40 Colour Shower Tray

Black is back and there is no bigger statement that the Simpsons Black Slate Textured Shower Tray, without doubt this shower tray can claim to be the boldest with a slate the Simpson jet black colour making it the centrepiece of a truly stunning shower area. Using the natural tones and textures of slate, this shower tray begs for a clever interior designer or a person with vision to create a bathroom of style. Available in five sizes from 1200 by 800mm up to 1400 by 900mm, this tray creates the foundations of a shower area that can be unmatched. We include a stainless steel waste cover that has a drainage facility of disposing of 24 litres of water per minute, perfect for all types of shower including power showers. There is no shower tray bolder than this slate-textured model from Simpsons.

Simpsons Black Slate Textured Shower Tray

During our recent trip to ISH we got to see Zamori’s latest shower tray range that also includes a range of colours. The new range will be up on our website as soon as they are released, but in the meantime you can call our sales team for the latest news and prices on the Zamori range.

Zamori Shower Trays

Kudos the art of showering

Proudly British and based in the beautiful heart of the English Lakes, perhaps the stunning surroundings have inspired some of their showering products, that are perfectly engineered and designed. Kudos is proud to be one of the few companies that are still committed to manufacture here in the UK.

With complete control of the manufacturing process from start to finish, you are ensured of getting a product superbly designed and engineered. With the focus on quality and engineering, Kudos products are backed by a lifetime guarantee,

A curved shower will give any bathroom that trendy look but above all it is roomy and allows for ease of movement to shower. The Kudos Original Curved Sliding Shower Enclosure the elegant full curve shape of the Kudos Curved Corner enclosures provide generous showering area yet require minimal wall space for fitting. With Toughened safety glass with Lifeshield protection, sliding panel release mechanism for easy cleaning, stainless steel roller bearings for smooth opening action and left or right hand opening this Kudos enclosure comes complete with a Concept 2 shower tray as well as a Kudos shower waste.

Kudos Original Curved Sliding Shower Enclosure

There are shower trays and then there are Kudos Concept shower trays like the Rectangular Concept 2 Shower Tray & Waste. This is one of the products that demonstrate beauty, functionality, and superior quality the industry’s leader in innovation is known for. High gloss and luxurious, the stone resin tray is highly resistant to impact damage and will withstand years of use, naturally protected by the Kudos lifetime guarantee. Complete with a 90 mm high flow waste and a chrome option for the shower tray.

Kudos Rectangular Concept 2 Shower Tray & Waste

Similarly with all the same qualities as the rectangular version, the Kudos Square Concept 2 Shower Tray & Waste is also made with tough stone resin, pre-tested before it’s ever shipped to you for surface adhesion even before it was finished, so the tray and the finish will both last, the concept tray will give a lifetime of service, as long or longer that your shower and for your peace of mind it is of curse covered by the Kudos lifetime guarantee, so you know it’s exceptional.

Kudos Square Concept 2 Shower Tray & Waste

Once you have used a wetroom nothing else will compare with it, freedom of movement, ease of getting in and out and simple to keep clean. Wetrooms are not difficult to set up and with Kudos Ultimate 2 Wetroom Panels you have a choice of 8 sizes in 8mm and 10mm glass 600 to 1400mm includes all necessary fixings. Amazingly simple to install, the pressure clamp support bars can be positioned anywhere on the panel, you can if you wish fit a deflector panel to help stop water from spilling out. All panels are reversible and can be fitted either left or right handed and the panels are ideal for either standard shower trays or wetroom floors.

Kudos Ultimate 2 Wetroom Panels

JT shower trays, just right for your shower

Just Trays is the largest single manufacturer of shower tray and they have a huge range of sizes and shapes that are designed to complement just about every shower enclosure that is made, they are also the largest manufacturer of Acrylic capped stone resin shower trays.

Utilising years of experience, Just Trays have an unrivalled range of shower trays designed to suit each and every application. The wide range of tray shapes, choice of sizes and stunning colour options ensure a beautiful finish for every situation.

To illustrate two of the options that are available when looking at the JT range at our web pages, you can choose from trays that fit flat to floor or raised on hidden adjustable legs, installation is easy. You can also choose trays with tiling up stands for maximum water seal.

Just Trays Merlin Offset Quadrant Shower Tray

Take a look at the proprietary Just Trays Merlin range; these have removable panels and adjustable feet. Crafted from highly resilient bonded resin and acrylic, this ensures years of use and a safe, non-slip surface. Available in square, rectangle, quadrant and offset quadrant with 39 size options.

Alternatively, the Just Trays JT40 Fusion range offers a discreet profile and flexibility to fit flat to floor or it can be raised on legs. The Fusion range is manufactured from ABS capped acrylic stone resin and double skinned for extra strength.

JT40 Fusion Low Profile Rectangular Shower Tray

These are just two of the range of trays that we offer from the wide range which also includes   JT Breeze, JT Natural, Ultra Cast. From contemporary wet room styling to classic shower enclosures, discover the JT shower tray for you.

Grand Designs Watch – 1950’s House South London

In a leafy suburb of London, young couple Ben and Rachel Hammond and their two children come across an ugly, inefficient and uninspiring red brick property whilst looking for the perfect plot of land. However instead of tearing it down, they decide to completely re-design it.

Retrofitting and re building the home instead of starting a fresh, which is a much harder job, than building a new home on the land. The couple look to change the whole concept of the home whilst keeping part of its structure, well three and a half walls. They are adding a double extension which wraps around the body of the home.

The inside of the home will be open plan with crisp and modern fixtures and fittings. Including modern technologies, creating an eco-friendly property. They are hoping to move into their new home in 8 months whilst they are renting. However projects never run smoothly or finish on time, will this weeks be any different.

The simplicity of the design follows into many of the rooms including the bathroom. With wonderful views out across the park behind the house, the bathroom, is a sleek and modern room. Featuring a soft moulded Royce Morgan Onyx Freestanding Bath and simple taps. The bathroom has a very fresh and light feel. These wonderful free standing baths are available on our website and are perfect if you’re looking at adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom. More items as seen in the show can be found on our Grand Designs page, and others from previous episodes.

Grand Desings wk5

For more Grand Designs Inspiration, check out our Pinterest Featured on: Grand Designs board.

Wet room flooring made easy

Wet rooms are the way forward for many people, even more so if you have a slight disability with walking or stepping over even low thresholds. One thing that you must ensure if you are deciding to have a wet room installed is that the wetroom floor is absolutely watertight. The Impey Aqua-Dec 1 1300x800mm Wet Room Package, which includes a gradient tray, drainage waste and waterproof membrane pack, is one of the ways forward when you are looking at what is required for your wetroom.

Each Aqua-Dec is 22mm thick and has a built-in fall of 17mm to the gulley. And the ‘Dec’ is formed from GRP and has a solid fillite core, which means it is extremely tough, rigid and can be trimmed by up to 50mm on the perimeter for tight areas. Having a flat underside this allows it to be securely seated directly onto joists/support boards for quick and easy installation, plus it can be drilled and fixed anywhere on its surface. There are 11 size options available including the AD8 (1850 x 900) which can be trimmed by up to 200mm off each end.