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Shower Enclosure Design Ideas: Privacy, Patterns, and Beyond

United Plate Glass | Jan 8, 2024 | Blog
Shower Enclosure Design Ideas: Privacy, Patterns, and Beyond

A well-designed shower enclosure can serve as a focal point in your bathroom and offers both functional and aesthetic appeal. When it comes to shower enclosure design, the options are virtually limitless, especially when it comes to glass types and framing choices. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to upgrade your space or a contractor aiming to provide top-of-the-line options for your clients, let’s explore the variety of design options that can personalize a bathroom.

Types of Glass for Custom Designs

When it comes to glass, most people think of classic clear glass. While clear glass is a perfect choice for modern, minimalist enclosures, there are other options.

  • Clear Glass – There is one thing to note about clear glass: it allows a lot of light to flow through the room and can make a space appear larger. That’s a bonus for smaller, darker bathrooms.
  • Frosted or Textured Glass – If privacy is a priority, frosted or textured glass obscures visibility while still allowing light to pass through. There are many patterns and designs available, from simple frosting to intricate textures.
  • Tinted Glass For a unique statement piece, tinted glass comes in colors like gray, bronze, blue, and more. It provides a moderate level of privacy and can complement the overall color scheme of the bathroom.

Framing Options

The type of frame used will largely depend on the structural support provided by the walls and ceiling in the room, but in some cases, support can be added to accommodate a more complex or heavier frame.  

  • Frameless – Frameless enclosures offer a sleek, contemporary look by eliminating metal framing around the glass. They are easy to clean and help showcase intricate tile work.
  • Semi-Framed – Offering a compromise between frameless and fully framed enclosures, semi-framed options typically feature metal around the stationary parts but not the door itself. This offers some structural support without sacrificing too much of the minimalist look.
  • Framed – Fully framed enclosures are the least expensive option, they’re robust and durable, and they’re ideal for homes with children or for those who want a budget-friendly option. Frames come in a variety of finishes, including brushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze to match other fixtures in the bathroom.

Enhancements and Add-ons

When designing an enclosure, there are other ways to create a cohesive, custom look. Stylized bathrooms and colorful designs can benefit from these unique add-ons.

  • Patterned Glass – For an artistic flair, patterned glass can serve as a piece of art within your shower space. Patterns can range from geometric designs like glue chip, which can resemble cracked ice or fern leaves, to patterns that mimic water, offering a creative expression that fits with the overall home’s style.
  • Hardware and Accessories – Don’t overlook the hardware. Handles, hinges, and towel bars can be custom designed to match the framing option and other bathroom fixtures. This attention to detail can bring the whole design together.

Installation Advice

Shower enclosures require the right structural support and hardware to be safe, so this isn’t a DIY project. Consult professionals like our installation team when designing a custom shower enclosure to get the best (and safest!) results. The type of glass, framing, and any add-ons should suit not only your aesthetic preference but also the structural conditions of your bathroom. A proper assessment during the design process ensures your enclosure is not only beautiful but also safe and durable.

A shower enclosure is more than just a functional element; it’s an opportunity to showcase your personal style and elevate the look of your bathroom. With so many glass options and framing styles, a custom shower enclosure gives you the opportunity to create a bathroom you’ll love entering each day. Your imagination is the only limit!

Whether you’ve already got a design in mind, or you’re just getting started with ideas, contact our team for a consultation. We have decades of experience, and we’ll make sure your enclosure is safe and functional!

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