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.
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.
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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.
Sail bath water deflectors are named as such because they resemble the sail of a ship or tall boat, that said it is not the triangle shape you may be thinking of but more a gentle rectangle with one corner rounded. Think gently billowing in the breeze. Sail bath deflectors can either be hinged of fixed each having its own benefits. A hinged screen can easily be swung away from the bath to allow for easy cleaning along the out edge of the bath tub. They do however lend the opportunity for young children to swing on the door itself and potentially slam it, thus smashing the screen itself. Whilst all deflectors are made of safety glass which shatters much like a car windscreen it is still highly undesirable.
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.