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Shower tray buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 5 years ago 7 min read

Buying a shower tray to go with your new shower enclosure? Read this expert buying guide first and choose the right size and design for your bathroom.

We'll give you an overview of the types of shower tray available, along with the things you should look out for when making that all-important purchase.

Shower tray shapes

The shape of your shower tray needs to match the shower enclosure above, so there are no gaps for water to escape. It’s worth thinking about which shape will best fit your bathroom too, especially keeping in mind how the doors open and if they need extra room.

Square shower tray

A square shower tray is a versatile choice and can be used with a variety of door styles, including bifold doors, which would make it a good choice for smaller bathrooms.

Rectangular shower tray

This more spacious shape is often used with sliding shower doors, so it can still be space-efficient for smaller rooms. However, a rectangular shower tray will give you a little more room than, say, a square version.

Quadrant shower tray

A quadrant shower tray features a curved front for a set of sliding or hinged doors, creating a luxurious shower enclosure that fits neatly into a corner space.

An offset quadrant shower tray is also available, combining rectangular and curved shapes, for a slighting more spacious space-saving design.

Designer quadrant stone shower tray

One of our designer quadrant stone shower trays, with scratch and stain-resistant acrylic capped construction and sleek, concealed waste

Shaped shower trays

These are the more unusual shapes available, such as D shaped, P shaped or pentagonal shower trays, designed to go with a matching enclosure.

Walk in shower trays

If you're looking to buy a walk in shower enclosure, you will need a specific walk in shower tray. You can find out more about these in our walk in shower tray buying guide.

Shower tray sizes

Our shower trays come in standard sizes to match our shower enclosures, so you’ll always be able to create a complete shower system. Make sure you always measure the space in your bathroom first to find a suitable size and take into account how much space an outward opening shower door would need.

Shower tray materials

ABS acrylic capped stone resin

This material is made from shards of stone in a special resin, which is moulded and polished when finished. The acrylic cap means the stone core is protected, and the surface is more scratch-resistant and durable.

Rectangular stone shower tray

Our designer rectangular stone shower tray comes complete with a contemporary low profile for easy access


This is a popular choice for shower trays and provides a durable and contemporary finish that’s easy to clean and will stay looking fantastic for years. It’s also naturally non-slippery when wet.

Virtually all of our shower trays come with an acrylic coating, whether you choose our Simplite polyurethane foam trays or opt for stone resin, you are assured a quality product.

Raised or flat?

You may see options for shower trays to be raised on a plinth or riser. These are designed to accommodate pipework that isn’t set into the floor, such as the waste to drain the water away. If you wish to increase the height of any shower tray, we have a wide range of shower tray riser kits available, with adjustable legs and clip on panels.

If the plumbing in your bathroom is set into the floor, then you can go for a slimline tray that has a much lower profile.

Shower tray colours

Whilst the vast majority of shower trays come in a simple white colouring, we also stock black shower trays with a granite effect finish, which can add fantastic contrast to your bathroom decor and even on-trend grey shower trays.

Mira shower trays

We now stock the high quality Flight Safe range of shower trays from Mira, one of the most trusted brands in UK showering. Manufactured with an anti-slip coating, our selection of Mira shower trays also come with BioCote® technology which reduces bacteria and mould by up to 99.9%. A superb vortex waste, which drains at an incredible rate of 25-30 litres per minute is also included with each tray.

Shop shower trays at

All our shower enclosures have matching trays, so you’ll always be able to create a complete shower solution when you buy from Just be sure to check if the shower tray is included with your chosen enclosure in its product description on the website, as you might need to buy it separately.

Ready to buy? Go ahead and find the right shower tray for you.

Find out more about shower trays and enclosures

With easy-to-follow guides and installation advice, you'll find plenty of helpful resources right here at Victoria Plum. Simply click on any of the links below.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 5 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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