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Buyers Guide to Walk-in Showers

Need to know

The popularity of walk-in showers is on the increase, as the convenience of being able to easily step in and out without any obstructions enhances the showering experience. Before renovating your bathroom, take the following factors into consideration.

Utilising space

Walk-in showers range in shapes and sizes which can affect the possibilities of the shower options available. There are a many ways in which you can maximise the functionality of your space. Utilise the corners of the narrow space by creating a bespoke shower enclosure which will instantly make the room feel wider.

The image on the right portrays a compact shower enclosure located opposite the window, designed by one of our in-house designers. Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms comments:

‘The room was compact in space and the clients wanted a large shower, the only place this could be accommodated was under the window,’

To overcome the issue of a window directly in the shower, we suggested a frosted glass panel on hinges to cover the window, this protected the woodwork and also allows for ease of cleaning.

Overall, the room measures just 1800 x 1700 mm. To give the illusion of more space, we designed a wet room floor to avoid having a shower tray which would break up the room

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Shower Screen

Depending on the space and interior, a shower wall could be an internal wall for added privacy or functionality or a glass panel. Decide if you want a doorless or a door-equipped shower. A doorless shower can create an open and airy feel, but it can also mean water splashing out of the shower onto the bathroom floor. A shower door provides more privacy and helps contain water within the shower.

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Shower Head

Having a powerful shower head is essential for an ultimate shower experience. consider installing over head showers heads to maximise your spa rituals.

Here are some of the most common types of shower heads for walk-in showers:

  • Fixed shower head: A fixed shower head is mounted to the wall and does not have the ability to adjust.
  • Handheld shower head: A handheld shower head is mounted to the wall but has a detachable hose that allows you to direct the water flow. This type of shower head is great for those with mobility issues, as it allows you to adjust the height and angle of the water flow.
  • Rain shower head: A rain shower head is designed to mimic the feeling of standing in the rain. They are usually large in size, have a variety of stream settings and mounted to the ceiling for a spa-like experience. Some shower heads have integrated LED lighting, scent and sound for an ultimate shower experience.
  • Dual shower head: A dual shower head system has two separate shower heads that can be used individually or together. This type of shower head is great for couples who want their own personal shower experience or for those who want the option to switch between a rain shower head and a handheld shower head.

Apollo is a collection of shower heads that brings the elements of water and light together, connecting them in a single composition of pure forms.

 

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Shower Controls Add-ons

Shower controls enable you to regulate the temperature, choose between low to high water pressure and more. Some shower add-ons that West One Bathrooms offers include:

  • The Sunshower is a new concept which incorporates the benefits of sunlight during showering. Infrared light has a relaxing effect on the body, it stimulates the blood circulation and eases muscle tension and pain. UV light produces Vitamin D which increases your energy levels and relaxes you whilst ensuring you receive the correct dosage of sunlight.
  • Steams/Hammam feature to personalise your shower experience. The Topkapi experience is truly unique.
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  • SSPS features both a vertical and horizontal shower. Integrated LED strip lights and spotlights create the perfect mood in accordance with the user’s personal preferences. A large screen acts as a virtual window, which can optionally display a live camera feed of the surroundings
  • Mpro Dual Outlet allows to control shower or bath via an app or remote control. This allows total control over your bathroom routine as it offers shower warming/bath filling option to your preference

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