If you’re like me, you probably think shower curtains are a hassle. They are a pain to move around; they easily get dirty and full of mildew; and if you don’t use them right, you end up with water everywhere. If you’re thinking there has to be a better way; you’re right. A bath screen is a glass or plastic piece that fits onto the side of your shower and blocks the water just like a curtain would. The benefit is that they’re much easier to use and keep clean. They also work better if you have a really strong shower spray.
Bathroom design is becoming more adventurous, and more options are being continually explored. New materials, fabrics and colors are now being used in bathrooms. Approaches to design include a bolder and more stylish look to the components in the bathroom. The typical configuration for most bathrooms is having the shower head over your bath tub. But when the shower is in use, water will often be sprayed or deflected outside of the shower area. Bath screens can be used to confine water within the shower area, to protect other surfaces, such as the floor and walls.
Then came the option of a fixed glass bath screen. The screen was fitted to the wall and ran about 800mm along the top edge of the bath tub. This avoided the need for a curtain and the problems mentioned above. However, having a fixed glass screen permanently in place running half the length of your bath made getting in and out difficult. Bathing children was also made difficult, not to mention the hassle of cleaning! Today, there are a couple of great solutions for bathrooms can only have a bath rather than a shower enclosure.
The previous types of screens generally work best in larger bathrooms because they can take up a lot of space and seem too big in a small area. For smaller bathrooms, you should consider a folding multi-panel screen. These can be pushed up and stored in a small area by your tub, or pulled out to cover the same space as a frameless screen. This way they only take up space when you’re using them.
A second and different style of bath screen is the sliding option. This is a variation of the traditional fixed glass screen, but actually has a second glass screen that slides further along the bath and clicks into place magnetically. This sliding screen allows you to almost double the length of a normal screen of say 800mm to over a meter along the bath. This sliding bath screen is ideal where power showers or body jets are being used as it extends the protective area further along the bath and stops spray from escaping the shower area.