5 tips to consider when picking a new shower

Posted: 26th Mar 2019

If you're on the hunt for a new shower, it can be tough to know exactly what to be looking out for

That's where this handy guide from Ripples comes in - it's set to help you create the perfect shower experience for yourself, regardless of your budget...

1. Glass class

If you pick the wrong type, your shower glass can become a nightmare, covered in chunky outlines and watermarks. However, there's no need to stress - you can find enclosures that are semi-frameless, so you don't have to worry about picking a style that imposes on the space too much. You can also avoid watermarks by getting an easy clean coating on top of the glass, to make sure it's low maintenance and limescale resistant.

Investing in a good quality squeegee will play a part here. Start wiping the glass down after you've had a shower to remove any additional water - it takes minimal effort and you'll be thanking yourself in the long run.

2. Savvy storing

Why not try recessed shelves within a shower area? It's a great way to add some in-shower storage and gives you a chance to utilise the void in a stud or false wall. They're a lovely way of injecting your room with some 'wow' factor too - why not provide lighting and a pop of colour at the back? Recesses are more expensive to install than a shower basket, but if you have the funds, it's worth the additional expenditure to create that spa-like vibe.

3. Tile dilemmas

Choosing tiles can feel overwhelming. However, the reality is there are endless possibilities; why not add your own flair by creating a statement shower wall, or perhaps you'd rather go for a more timeless look by using some larger format, stone tiles?

If you're budget conscious, there's not actually a need to tile everywhere - instead, just do it where it's necessary (the wet areas, behind the toilet etc). This is a great way to bring the costs down.

If you find you opt for partial tiling, be sure to use some bathroom specific paint – as an added benefit it prevents premature peeling too.

4. Beneath your feet

Your shower trays are a great way to show off your true colours, as you can create colour matches for certain products. If you'd like to create a wet-room vibe, you could ask for a floor to be designed that is level with the rest of the room. For instance, a linear drain which is positioned nearest the wall, so the water can run towards the edge, creating an Italian spa vibe.

5. Brassware

It's not worth skimping on brassware - you can ask an expert for help if you need advising on the best options based on water pressure and type. It's worth spending a little more if it means you won't be stuck facing a costly issue down the line.

Visit one of Ripples 14 UK showrooms to speak to a design - find out more here: ripplesbathrooms.com

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