Everyone likes to save a bit of cash, especially in this economic climate, so why call out a tradesman to fit your brand new bath screen. Exactly – why spend money on something you can do yourself, plus you might actually enjoy it and get a great sense of satisfaction once you have completed it (perhaps wishful thinking). Bath screens more often than not do not fill the entire run of the bath, instead they shield off just the part where the shower is, allowing a little extra to stop the spray going all over the floor. Most doors come with a hinge to allow for a pivot operation to help with cleaning and also for added safety if your children use the bath for example.
If a big bulky frame isn’t your thing, you should look at frameless over-bath screens. These screens are for baths that are surrounded on three sides. They cover the half of open side that the shower is on. They’re more visually appealing than traditional bath screens because they don’t have big metal frames. The problem I with these screens is that water can splash around the outside or through spaces between the screen and the tub. These screens are best for bathrooms with tile or flooring that won’t get water damaged. Frameless screens are available fixed, or with a hinge so they can open and close.
Bath Screens now come in different styles and formations. The choice that you make may depend on your bath and budget. Fixed screens that are made of a single sheet are easy to use and install. The disadvantage is that they are fixed and cannot move, and you will have to manoeuvre your way around them. If your bathroom has enough space, you can put them on pivots, so they can swing open for easier access to the shower. Folding bath screens are used where space is at a premium. Assembled with individual panels, they can be installed to fold either vertically or horizontally to conserve space, and opened when needed. The color and finish of the frames can be chosen to match the decor of your bathroom.
For many people, installing a stand alone shower enclosure is simply not possible. Bathroom space can limit your choice to either a shower or a bath, but not both together. In this situation most families will opt for a bath over a shower enclosure as small children and babies make a shower a non starter.
Standard sizes for bath screens are either 12 or 24 inches wide, and 50 to 60 inches high. If you do your own design, be sure to take accurate measurements to determine exactly what size will be most suitable. After determining the screen requirements, there are the other parts needed, such as the hinges, door handles, and panel attachments. Shower curtains, although still very popular are being replaced by screens when bathrooms are re-modelled. It is easy to see why, as the screens are more versatile, and offer more styling opportunities.