What to Consider When Choosing Modern Shower Doors

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When remodeling your bathroom, you might not have thought about your shower doors first. It’s most likely that you thought about everything else — fixtures, mirrors, tiles, and the shower itself.

But your shower door is actually one of the most major features of your bathroom. There’s more to consider than you might think.

Sliding or Hinged Doors?

Sliding doors save space. Hinged doors need room to open. Sliding doors also need to be installed correctly; if they are installed incorrectly, they could break. Consider sliding shower doors if you want everything to look sleek and space-saving.

Framed or Frameless Doors?

Frameless shower doors are very modern and very trendy right now. They create unbroken space, making the bathroom feel larger. But they are more expensive and you do need to be more delicate with them. A worry with frameless shower doors is that they could break if they are slammed hard enough. But they’re perfectly fine if they aren’t treated roughly.

Handles and Towel Bars?

Some shower doors come with handles and tower bars already installed. If you have a shower that you want to be very functional, or you want to save space, you may want to install accessories on your shower doors.

But if you’d rather the door be “invisible,” you probably don’t want anything attached to it. You may want the shower handles to be clear and no tower bars, or acrylic towel bars that can’t be seen.

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Dimensions, Material, and Finish

Glass, of course, is most popular today for shower doors. Glass is attractive and it’s easy to keep clean. Of course, people can also choose not to have a shower door at all, and instead, they can install a rod and a shower curtain.

The glass can be finished in multiple ways. Sometimes the glass is completely transparent. Other times, the glass is frosted for privacy. Still other times, there can be patterns or designs on the glass. It depends on the look that you desire.

Modern Shower Door Trends

Modern shower doors are often designed to be virtually invisible, with a frameless format and discrete handles. An “invisible” shower door can make the bathroom look larger, by including the “shower” space with the rest of the room.

Additionally, many people think about accessibility today, and not just in terms of elderly family members. Rather, many think about how easy it is to get in and out of their shower. So, they may err towards glass shower doors that go all the way to the ground, for instance, so there’s nothing to step over.

There are a lot of modern glass shower doors. And a shower door is, of course, inherently connected to your shower. But when selecting a shower, you should consider what type of shower doors and shower door handles you really want.