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The 5 most important things to consider when buying a shower
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The 5 most important things to consider when buying a shower

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 5 months ago 3 min read

In the fast-paced environment of the modern world, a quick shower is becoming a staple of everyday life and a great way to let off some steam after a busy day.

Your shower can often be the most important element in your whole bathroom and, with the huge number of options available, choosing the right model can be tricky.

To help you make those difficult decisions, we’ll take you through some of the most important considerations when purchasing a shower.


1. Size

There are a multitude of sizes to select when picking a shower. The size and layout of the bathroom needs to be carefully considered. For example, if you want to add a shower pump or upgrade to a power shower (and in some cases, this can be a necessity), then you'll need to allow more room for the increase in water flow.

If you're looking to install a shower tray, enclosures or shower bath, all the measurements need to be carefully considered beforehand. By drawing up a blueprint, it can give a clear indication of how everything will fit into the bathroom.

Handy hint: Why not use SketchUp 3D Design Software to plan out your bathroom?


2. Style

There is a mixture of style options to choose from when it comes to showers. If you are having a complete overhaul, then the design of the shower enclosure is a treasure chest of ideas; from the walk-in style to a sliding door enclosure.

The popular Mode 8mm walk in shower enclosure pack (below) comes complete with a durable stone shower tray, giving you easy access.

Mode 8mm walk in shower enclosure pack with stone shower tray

As more modern designs are made available, it is important to consider how the style will affect the shape of the bathroom. Overcrowding a room with an elaborate design could prove to be unsightly and not what was originally intended.

Handy hint: For further advice on shower enclosures, check out our shower enclosure buying guide.

As to the shower itself, you’ll find a wide range of styles to match your overall bathroom design. From traditional showers with rain can heads and elaborate valves to sleek contemporary models with a variety of on-trend finishes, like black or gold, you’re bound to find something that matches your chosen look.


3. Position

With the style and size also comes the positioning. Where the shower is finally positioned could change the whole dynamic of the room, for better or worse. However, access to the water pipes should always be the priority consideration when deciding on this.


4. Height

Consider the differing heights of the people using the shower. If you're looking to use a shower head in a fixed position this may look very good in terms of style but the height will have to be considered carefully. With other moveable heads this may not be a problem, but it is vital to always consider the comfort factor in bathrooms when modernising.

Mode Harrison thermostatic slider rail mixer shower

A slider rail kit, like the Mode Harrison slider rail mixer shower (above), means you can easily adjust the height of the shower head.

One other very important thing to consider is the height of your shower in relation to your water inlet pipes. Make sure you measure the distance between these and your ceiling and carefully check the full height of any shower you wish to buy to ensure you have enough clearance.


5. Cost

Consider your budget for decorating and decide whether you want to spend a large chunk of it on the shower. By carefully considering all the elements above and concluding what you need and don’t need, you should be able to work this out relatively easily. By spending a bit more, you'll obviously gain a better quality product, but this could be at the expense of other items in your bathroom.

Handy hint: Find out more about the latest bathroom fitting costs.

With the shower being an important element for many people’s bathroom, the choice cannot be taken too lightly. A slightly differing water pressure or fitting could affect the overall look and performance, but if all the options are considered, you should be well on your way to years of showering pleasure.


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At Victoria Plum, you’ll find a huge range of showers from simple slider rail kits to smart showering systems, all at low prices. Browse our full selection now by clicking on the image below.

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Further advice on showers

For further advice on choosing the right shower, read our shower buying guide or check out our any of our expert bathroom guides.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 5 months ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 7 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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