Shower screens can also be perfect for compact bathrooms which have just the shower or possibly a separate shower away from the actual bathtub. To help create much more space, the right custom-built screen intended for the corner requires hardly any room and may well make the room appear larger just by continuing the line from the floor together with the walls past the shower screen.
Bath screens come in a very wide variety of styles, materials and colours but the most popular design has always been the sail bath screen. Introduced as far back as the sixties, this style has managed to consistently out sell all other types of bath water reppellors. It has to be said, however that not everyone has the room to fit a luxurious sail bath screen above or along the edge of their bath tub and so they opt for a different style, usually either a four fold or a two fold bath deflector which simply folds back after use, prior to cleaning or as in most cases all the time to allow for space. These types are also beneficial if you have young children as they fold back easily and safely away from the flailing arms and bath toys of your children.
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 Folding Bath Screen does just that – it folds away against the bathroom wall concertina style when it is not in use. These screens are usually made up of 4 or 5 individual panels, connected with pivot hinges that ’click’ into place magnetically when opened along the edge of the bath. A small plastic seal at the bottom diverts water back into the bath. When the showering is complete, you simply fold each panel back against itself and store neatly against the supporting wall.
However, there has always been the option of having a shower unit installed over a bath. This was achieved by using a shower curtain and rail system to deflect water back into the bath. Whilst this option is still used, the shower curtain was a messy affair, stuck your body when wet and did nothing for the look or style of your bathroom.