For many years people were restricted to shower curtains to avoid splashes of water getting on the floor; then the industry advanced and introduced bath shower screens. This made way for a solution that addressed the same issue the curtain did but in a much more elegant and hygienic way. The range of bath and shower screens from Plumbworld combines construction of the highest quality with stylish designs to prevent water getting everywhere. With a wide range of screens currently on offer, not only do they represent terrific value for money but they’re also one of the simplest and cost efficient methods of visually upgrading the look of your bathroom.
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If you’ve set your heart on having a bath screen as opposed to a shower curtain, that’s great news. But there’s also some other things you’ll need to take into account first such as styling, fitment, space requirements and accessibility. Will it be fitted to the wall directly or do you require a solution that is mounted on the bath itself as well? Is there enough room to get into the bath safely with a screen fitted or do you need one that swings or folds away to make access easier? These points are expanded on below to ensure your purchase will suit the requirements of you and your bathroom.
Styling: Whilst the styling of bath screens are all very uniform and quite similar in many aspects, the small variations in design can have a huge impact on the room you install it in. The main styles available include the most common square or rectangular screen, a curved top edge or a sail screen. A square or rectangular screen is exactly what it says; all lines are straight and the design is extremely neat and standard for the bathroom. This model of screen lends itself well to modern bathrooms where straight lines are prominent in other units. The curved screen has a top corner curved whereas the rectangular screen has a right angle. This minor alteration in the design of the screen means it’s much more suited to bathrooms with softer edges and curvaceous styling. It may well be the more suited screen to traditionally styled rooms, but by no means is it exclusive to this design. The final and most recent of all screen designs is called ‘sail’ due to the shape of the outer part of the screen being shaped like the sail of a boat. This is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing of all the designs and it does certainly draw attention to itself; but due to this it may only be suited to a bolder looking bathroom where design etiquette is strong. Installation in quite a bland room may pull too much focus to it and make it more of an eyesore than a centre piece.
Accessibility & Space: Screens will obviously vary in length to suit your requirements. If your bath is long or your shower is extremely strong, a wider screen will be beneficial to reduce water splash as well making it look smarter. However, if your bath is smaller or your shower doesn’t create too much mess, you might be able to get away with a smaller screen. Most bath screens offer some type of manoeuvrability whether that’s the ability to swing on the hinge or completely fold away. Screens that swing inwards or outwards make cleaning and accessibility much easier; however, you need sufficient space for the screen to swing which isn’t always available. On the other hand a folding screen doesn’t require any extra space as it folds into itself essentially, this is fantastic for accessibility, but cleaning and looks may be slightly compromised in comparison to a regular screen.
Extras: Whilst a screen is pretty much a one trick pony that does exactly what it sets out to do, some do have the additional option of a towel rail on the opposite side. This allows for towels to stay dry and within a reachable distance to grab after showering so you don’t have to soak the floor on your quest to get a towel.