You may be thinking what is a shower tray and how does it affect my bathroom? Well, Showerpower is here to shed some light on the importance of something you may not have even considered, the modest shower tray.
What is a Shower Tray?
Shower trays, floors, bases, or pans are what you step on when you enter your shower. Whether you have an enclosure or a wet room these come in different shapes, sizes, colours and perform differently. Although you may not consider it as an essential component of your shower design, the shower tray is something you stand on every day and so it needs to be hard-wearing and comfortable as well as being stylish.
Walk-in shower trays are often large in size and slightly raised from the lower floor level. They most likely feature a comfortable-sized area for washing and then another area for drying. These are now available in a variety of colours, so you can find one that works for your walk-in shower, complementing your bathroom design.
A wetroom shower tray or kit gives the appearance that it is all on one level, creating a smooth modern transition from the bathroom into the showering area. You can opt for a shower kit that sits underneath tiles as well, for that aesthetic. These are also a great option for people that struggle with mobility or have a disability, as they are easy to navigate.
What do you need to consider?
Shower enclosure trays are can be very diverse, allowing the design to be deep, large, narrow or small. Just make sure when purchasing your tray, that the design will work with the enclosure doors. You can always contact Showerpower for more information on our bespoke designs and advice.
When considering what shapes you can choose for your shower tray, you can choose from square, rectangle, quadrant, or pentagonal. But with our bespoke designs, we work with you to create your dream space which could feature a more awkward or unique shower tray. But if buying and fitting your own, you need to consider your size and space in your bathroom.
If you are planning on measuring your own space, you need to make sure that you do this correctly. You can use a number of tools to help you measure this correctly, including your sketch/measurements of the proposed shower, a tape measure, a notepad and pen/pencil and/or masking tape has proven to be beneficial when measuring.
There are lots of different materials out there that can be used to create shower trays. The most popular would probably be acrylic plastic as it’s durable, easy to clean and naturally a non-slip surface even when wet as well as being price friendly. But there are other options including natural stone, ceramic, resin and steel. These all have different qualities and provide you with a different look, so it’s important to consider your interior design before deciding on material.
If you’re looking to be very intricate in your bathroom design, you may also want to consider the placement and shape of the drain/waste disposal. The most common would be the chrome, circular drain but some more modern designs may feature a square or other shapes and other finishes. When considering location, some drains can be found in the middle, one corner, or linear. This can depend on the positioning of showers or on taste.
If you need help choosing your shower tray, or would like to speak to one of our advisors about your shower tray design, contact us now on 01403 829020.