In a generally small space like the bathroom, the shower stall is ideal for optimizing the space. Practice and design, there are several forms to adapt to your best water and also many styles to harmonize perfectly with your decoration.
A shower stall: what exactly?
Although there are many types of shower stalls, they all have some basic elements in common. They are all composed of a tray, in acrylic or ceramic, flat or raised, frosted glass walls or acrylic, one or two doors sliding or swinging or swinging, a shower column , a tap, an evacuation drain and finally profiled frames to harmonize with the style of your bathroom.
The different models of shower cubicle
When choosing your shower enclosure, there are several alternatives available to you, but its shape will necessarily be linked to that of the receiver you have chosen: square, rectangular or quarter-circle. Once its form is determined, you can opt for a masonry shower cubicle, often without doors and whose walls are mostly tiled. These models are more shower cabins to be made to measure.
You can also choose an integral or monobloc shower enclosure. Usually sold as a kit, these are the easiest shower booths to install yourself. These integral or monobloc shower cabins offer multiple options, from hydromassage to comfortable lighting, to music streaming. Finally, you have the option to choose a mobile shower enclosure. In the path between a masonry shower cubicle and an integral shower cubicle, the one with movable walls is composed of a single shower tray. It can however be equipped, or not, walls such as for example Italian showers.
How to choose your shower stall?
The first criterion to take into account when choosing your shower stall is of course the configuration of your bathroom. Its layout will determine the type of access to the shower enclosure, that is to say from the front or at an angle. If you want to install your shower enclosure at an angle or against a wall, you can opt for a square, rectangular or quadrant shower enclosure. Standard square shower cubicles are usually 80 cm x 80 cm in size (these are the outside dimensions). But, if your bathroom allows you, you can choose a larger shower stall that will give you more ease.
Other criteria such as the type of doors, faucets and options that you want to decorate your shower box are to consider to choose your equipment.
The different types of shower enclosure doors
The shower doors are chosen in particular according to the configuration of the bathroom and the available space. If your bathroom allows the installation of a shower cabin face, all types of doors can equip it. On the other hand, corner shower cabins have the option of only hinged or sliding doors.
Certainly the most practical opening system but also the one that requires the maximum clearance. Swing doors that open outward also sometimes have the flaw of allowing water to flow outside the shower.
They do not require any space in front of the shower because these doors are superimposed on the opening. Sliding doors are not easy to maintain unless they are unclipable. This type of doors is present in particular on most quadrant-shaped shower enclosures.
This type of doors open like saloon doors, either inward or outward of the shower enclosure. They do not require a lot of clearance in front of the shower and allow a total opening for a better accessibility.
The different types of shower enclosure faucets
Depending on the desired comfort, but also your budget, you have the choice between several types of faucets to equip your shower enclosure.
With this type of faucet, hot and cold water can be adjusted with two different levers. This is the least practical system for getting water at the right temperature and also the least economical.
The classic (or mechanical) mixer
The classic mixer has a single knob to regulate both the water flow and its temperature. It promotes water and energy savings.
Thermostatic mixing valve
This valve delivers a chosen temperature, generally with a maximum of 38 degrees to avoid burns, and remains constant regardless of the flow of water. The thermostatic mixing valve has a single control for dosing cold water and hot water. This type of faucet is the most practical, the most economical and it is ideally suited in a shower enclosure.
The options offered in a shower stall
The shower cabins now offer multiple options and equipment in addition to their primary function as a simple shower.
A shower enclosure can be equipped with a fixed, folding or retractable seat. This option is very convenient for the elderly and the disabled in particular.
For your comfort, you can choose a shower stall that offers one (or more) storage shelf to deposit the products you use in the shower.
Ensuring that the floor of the shower enclosure is not slippery with water is important to avoid accidents. Some shower stalls are equipped with non-slip flooring such as a grating for example.
Integral shower cabin
This model of shower cabin offers many options for maximum comfort in the shower. The shower enclosure can be hydromassage: it is equipped with jets of water under pressure for a pleasant massage of the body. These jets of water are controlled either manually or electronically. A hydromassage shower can only be installed if your water supply pressure is at least three bars and its flow is between 20 and 50 liters per minute. If your hot water is supplied by a cumulus, it must have a water capacity of at least 300 liters.
An integral shower enclosure can also be transformed into a music therapy room by playing music via a radio or mp3 player; in the luminotherapy booth with recessed LEDs or in the aromatherapy cabin by diffusing scents of your choice. This type of shower cabin also has the possibility of turning into a steam room by producing via a steam generator associated with humidity.
How to install a shower stall?
Most of the time delivered as a kit, the shower stall installs in half a day maximum. All you have to do is connect the drinking water and waste water network with flexible hoses. To successfully install your shower enclosure, it is imperative to leave about 70 cm of space in front of the shower. Good to know: A ceiling height of at least two meters is required to install a shower enclosure. The ideal is also to be able to fix the shower enclosure to the wall using suitable screws and dowels.
How much does a shower cubicle cost?
Given the large number of models of shower cabins and the options available, prices vary enormously. Count on average from 200 euros for the simplest shower stall, and up to more than 2,000 euros for multifunctional cabins with multiple functions