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The Ultimate Shower Tray buying guide

The shower is the central feature of any bathroom. Whether you are installing or updating an existing shower you are going to want to make sure everything looks and fits just right. They are several options that you can go for in the way of a new shower tray for instance, and certain considerations to keep in mind.

With your dream shower in mind, this is our ultimate shower tray buying guide. First things first, you need to know the answers to the following before you start browsing:

  • What shower tray size do you need?
  • Will you need a corner shower tray or something more central to the wall?
  • What space is available in your bathroom?
  • What is the best – stone or acrylic?
  • What shower tray colours will look best?

We will look at these and other details to make sure that you buy the shower tray that you need.

Consider the size of your bathroom

Smaller shower trays are more suitable for smaller bathrooms, and this will mean a corner shower. These types of showers make use of two walls and have a curved door at the front. This style has a smaller footprint, meaning they take up much less space because of the curved and tucked away design.

The trays that these showers use are called either a quadrant or offset quadrant (use the links to see the difference). An offset quadrant shower tray uses more of one wall than the other, giving more shower space -this is ideal for longer or more rectangular bathrooms where you have a little more space.

If after taking a look at the two examples above you feel that you need a corner unit, but you could use a larger walk-in shower tray, then a style like the Nuie Curved Walk-In Shower Tray is probably more what you are looking for. 

If you have something of a larger bathroom and the shower is more central, using just one wall rather than two, then something like the Elements rectangle slimline shower tray would more suitable.

Think about accessibility

If you think accessibility might be an issue, such as for those with limited or reduced mobility for instance, then rectangular showers are easier to get in to and out of. With that in mind, it may be best to choose a rectangular shower tray and design the rest of the shower around that.

Of course, the size of the shower tray may be a consideration too, for the same reason, and while the smaller Elements shower tray (above) is suitable for most use cases, the Eliseo Ricci (below) is longer and could more suitable in some instances.

What is best for you stone or acrylic?

This is mostly personal taste, but you will be limited in shower tray colours with stone as the material. And while stone is more hard-wearing, acrylic is cheaper. Those are not the only differences, however, and the other major plus for stone is that it is generally more aesthetically pleasing.

Acrylic shower trays are also easier to install, and they are lighter too. That being said, the shower trays at Bathshack have something that neither of these options has… the best of both. 

Our shower trays are made from stone resin – a mixture of stone and acrylic – meaning that they are incredibly hard-wearing, strong and light. Just as easy to install and just as light as acrylic, and just as strong as stone. Why go for one, when you have a composite?

Shower trays that match your bathroom colours

Just like any other room in the home, the bathroom just feels better and more relaxing if everything matches. Now, the shower trays at Bathshack come in one colour – white – but that does not mean that you cannot have it match the rest of your bathroom.

Colouring your shower tray is very straightforward and it can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a larger tray like the Eliseo Ricci bath replacement shower tray with enough space to really jazz it up if the mood strikes you. 

For a quick guide on colouring your new Bathsack shower tray, there is a comprehensive guide on eHow but essentially you just need TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner, bonding primer and nonslip epoxy paint. All three of these things can be bought in most hardware stores.

The right shower tray at the right time

Hopefully, you have found this guide helpful and just when you needed it… or maybe bookmark for later. Whether you are fitting a brand new bathroom or refitting an existing one, the shower tray is often overlooked – but at least now you know where to start.