All power to the shower

The increase in the number of showers in UK homes, coupled with the decrease in floor space within them, calls for bespoke solutions for a seamless finish. Simon Boocock, CRL Managing Director, looks at some of the options

Second bathrooms are becoming more of the norm in the UK, with en-suites often being added to a property without extending the floor space. Created from a spare corner of a master bedroom, squeezed into a converted loft space or created from an under stairs cupboard, these spaces are often compact in design and require clever thinking to make them work.

Conventional shower solutions such as ‘standard’ shower enclosures simply won’t work in bathrooms that are anything but standard in shape. What is needed in such spaces is a bespoke solution, designed to fit seamlessly into the bathroom regardless of its shape or size. Even in bathrooms where space isn’t so much of an issue, the trend is towards a minimal finish that is neat, uncluttered and creates a high-end look and feel. Frameless glass enclosures with as little in the way of hardware on show as possible is the current direction of the shower market.

CRL has a wide range of frameless shower hardware, enabling a minimal, high-end and bespoke shower area to be created in any space. Providing a clean-looking alternative to U-Channels, CRL Glass Clamps help to maintain the frameless appearance of a contemporary shower enclosure, with square cornered and bevelled edge hinges that can be exactly matched, for a sleek finish. Suitable for use with 8mm to 12mm thick toughened safety glass, this is an easy to install solution that provides a robust fit.

An alternative solution which works particularly well in the smaller bathroom is to opt for a sliding shower door. This offers maximum versatility, with CRL’s Sliding Shower Door Systems able to accommodate a wide range of shower designs as they are available in several lengths and finishes.

This option keeps architectural hardware to a minimum for a neat finish, with only the header support bar and track holder being visible. Where support bars and brackets are on show, ensuring they fit with the overall style of the bathroom is key, and again less is more. CRL offers a square support bar, for example, that responds to the trend for geometric design, while its extensive range of brackets includes a slimline option, measuring just 15mm x 15mm.

Such solutions make it possible to create a comfortable showering area and high-end finish in practically any bathroom situation.

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