bath shower screen buying guide

Bath Shower Screen Buying Guide

If you want to add a shower above your bath, then you're going to need to install a screen for a modern and clean look.

Shower screens are the 21st-century version of the humble shower curtain but with much more style. They come in a range of shapes and sizes so they will be able to fit your bath with ease and match your bathroom decor. But what are they and why are they popular?

Well, Plumbworld is here to explain everything about shower screens and how you can bring some modern hotel style to your home. We’ll discuss why they’re so popular, how they can help your bathroom look larger as well as how to install them.

Read on to discover more about shower and bath screens, including how to install one…

What are bath shower screens?

what are bath shower screens?

While shower curtains certainly are handy and cost-effective, if you want to add a little more style to your bathroom, bath shower screens can be a better option.

Over bath shower screens do exactly the same job as a shower curtain - keeping your bathroom floor free from splashes - but in a much more sophisticated way. They are, essentially, a large glass panel that fits snugly between your wall and the edge of your bath, providing a stylish way to enclose your over-bath shower.

They are, in our honest opinion, better looking than shower curtains and much easier to clean - curtains can lead to a build-up of mould. This makes them our top choice when it comes to preventing water from getting all over your bathroom floor.

What are the types of bath shower screens?

what are the types of bath shower screens?

Depending on what you're after, for bathroom decor we mean, you'll find several types of bath shower screen available, which include...

Curved screen

These screens can either feature a curved edge at the top, or the whole glass screen itself can be curved. They look great in contemporary bathrooms and particularly good if you complement with rounded shaped brassware to match

Folding screen

folding shower screens

Easily moving your shower screen might be necessary if you need extra access in or out of the bath and even for easy cleaning. Folding screens tend to have chrome profiles to join the panes of glass and come with multiple pane options.

Square screen

These are your standard screen options. Square shower screens bring a real modern feel to your bath. With straight geometric designs, they're perfect for pairing with blocky brassware or ultra-modern looking showers.

Sliding Screen

sliding shower screens

Over bath screens not only need to look great but they also need to be practical too. A sliding screen is a great bath addition because, more often than not, one or more of the glass panels slides out the way to allow easy cleaning or easy entry to the bath and shower.

Sail screen

Sail over-bath screens are another take on the simple curved or square screens. They look simple and minimalistic while reducing the spray onto the bathroom floor from the shower. Sail screens have a modern shape to them which looks fantastic whether paired with square or rounded brassware.

Things To Consider When Buying a Bath Shower Screen

things to consider when buying a shower screen

Shower screens are a popular choice, but if you’ve set your heart on having an over-bath screen there are also some other things you’ll need to take into account 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 will you need a folding or swinging screen for easier access?


While the styling of shower screens are all very similar, the small variations in design can have a significant 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 what it says; all lines are straight, and the design is elegant 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. However, due to this, it may only be suited to a bolder looking bathroom design. 

Accessibility & Space

Shower 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. However, if your bath is smaller or your shower doesn’t create as much mess, you may be able to use a smaller screen. 

Most shower screens offer some type of manoeuvrability whether that’s the ability to swing on the hinge or completely fold it 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. 

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.

How to Fit a Bath Shower Screen

What you’ll need:

  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Sealant gun
  • Spirit level
  • Standard screwdrivers
  • Tape measure

The Process

  1. Remove all of the packaging and check that you have all of the parts using the instructions provided. Plus, check nothing is damaged.
  2. Your wall channel - the metal bit that connects to the wall - should have pre-drilled screw holes. If not, you will need to add these yourself.
  3. Offer the channel up to the wall and mark the screw holes using a spirit level, to make sure everything is straight. Before drilling, make sure you check for wires and pipes with a multi-purpose detector.
  4. Drill the holes into the wall and add wall plugs.
  5. Screw the wall channel to the wall and then insert the bath screen.
  6. Drill 3 evenly spaced holes through both the wall channel and screen. Make sure you use the recommended drill bit size as stated in the manufacturer instructions.
  7. Screw the bath screen into the wall channel and cap the screws when done. The caps will be included in the packaging.
  8. Fit the screen seal to the bottom of the bath screen.
  9. Finally, finish the job with a bead of silicone sealant down the outside edge of the wall channel only - do not seal the inside part of the bath screen.

Tips for choosing the right bath shower screen

bath shower screen tips
  • Your shower screen should be chosen based on your shower layout, the amount of space you have and your bathroom style.
  • When it comes to fitting your screen, taking the right measurements is essential. These will vary depending on your shower type.
  • You must carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions in order for your screen to work properly.

Ollie Lyon

Ollie is a self-trained DIY expert who particularly enjoys kitchen and bathroom renovations. In his spare time, Ollie enjoys cycling and hiking.

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