Renovating the bathroom is normally one of the most important factors when refurbishing any house, since bathrooms aim to strike a perfect balance between practicality and aesthetic value. Each bathroom is different, and so are the requirements of each home. This means that when choosing the layout of your bathroom it is essential to bear in mind the space that is available and the way in which the bathroom will be used.

In this sense, the choice of toilet and sink, the space to be used for the shower and the location that will be used for the towel rail and other accessories are the key factors in the renovation of a bathroom. One of the first decisions to be made is where the shower should be positioned, since the shower is the feature that takes up the greatest amount of space and determines the position of the rest of the utilities.

However, sometimes it is impossible to set out the bathroom as we would like to, or doing so would require more modifications than expected. Ventilation systems, downpipes, drains and power sockets are the elements that determine a bathroom’s layout. The golden rule when renovating any bathroom is that power sockets must be placed a minimum of 50 centimetres from water outlets, meaning that it is essential to check the position of the power sockets before deciding on the position of the shower. Once you are clear about this layout, you should fit all of the pieces together as if your bathroom were a jigsaw puzzle.

If you are renovating your bathroom and are still not sure where to place your shower then keep reading because we, as experts in showers and made-to-measure bath enclosures, will explain the key elements to be taken into account to help you to choose correctly.

The perfect shower for large bathrooms

A bathroom’s greatest ally is its size. A large bathroom opens up a wide range of possibilities when positioning the shower. Those of us that love bathrooms dream of having a large shower that occupies the entire main wall of the bathroom, with a hinged enclosure that enables total freedom of movement, because comfort is an essential requirement in our day-to-day lives. The wall facing the door is the perfect place for positioning the shower if you have a large bathroom because from an aesthetic point of view this lends the room a sense of harmony and consistency.

Large showers for small bathrooms

However, the dimensions of a bathroom do not always allow for the ideal option and in many cases it is necessary to measure the space that is available for the shower before positioning it.

In medium-sized bathrooms, folding enclosures can be an excellent option for saving space without compromising on having a large shower because they are just as functional and practical as hinged enclosures yet they do not require extra space for opening.

If your bathroom does not have enough space to place the shower against the length of an entire wall, you can choose to reduce the size of the shower and position the toilet next to it. Doing this will allow you to maintain the spatial proportion and the feeling of roominess without having to waste a single centimetre.

Showers for small rooms

In smaller bathrooms the options are more limited because the positioning of the shower is restricted by the space that is available. Corner shower trays are the perfect option for the smallest of bathrooms as they help to maximise the use of space and they leave a large enough gap for the other two essential components of any bathroom: the toilet and the sink.

Sliding enclosures are the best fit for corner shower trays because they enable the entire surface of the shower to be covered, creating a more spacious impression and coming to be an almost-invisible element of the bathroom.

Positioning a shower in narrow bathrooms

Some bathrooms, on the other hand, have narrow proportions. In these cases, the option of positioning a large wall-to-wall shower is not possible because the space that is available does not allow for this and because corner shower trays would create an excessively small shower space.

This makes rectangular shower trays the best option for this type of bathroom and means that the furthest wall from the door will be the best position for the shower, as this will provide the greatest freedom of movement.

In this type of bathroom, ground-level showers with walk-in enclosures will help to create a feeling of greater width, and the higher the enclosure the more verticality this brings to the space, creating a perspective effect which alters the spatial perception.

Perhaps your bathroom does not fit any of the previous descriptions? Whatever the proportions of your bathroom may be, use our virtual decorator tool to find the perfect shower for you, or contact us with your special queries. We will look at your situation and present you with the best made-to-measure solution.