Installing a walk in shower is one of the easiest ways to turn your tired, run down bathroom into a super-modern 21st century sanctuary.

But one thing that many people don't take into consideration when buying their new shower and shower enclosure, is the walk in shower tray.

With this handy guide, we'll explain how a walk in shower tray differs from a regular shower tray, what to look for when buying, and which size or shape you'll need.

What is a walk in shower tray?

With a walk in shower tray, ease of access is of paramount importance, allowing you to do exactly what it says on the tin - "walk in". Whilst they may be slightly lower than their regular counterparts, walk in shower trays can actually vary in height anywhere between 40mm - 60mm. If you did want to raise your shower tray, a riser kit can be used, although with the whole point being easy access, you would then face a step up or step down when getting in and out of your shower enclosure.

Buying the right walk in shower tray for your enclosure

Many walk in shower trays are designed specifically to fit with a certain type of walk in shower enclosure, so it always pays to buy both elements together, to ensure a good fit. If you do buy separately, fully check all dimensions and shapes beforehand, or you could end up having to exchange an item.

Curved walk in shower tray

This shower tray is designed specifically to fit with our Curved walk in shower enclosure, so it pays to buy both together

Walk in shower tray features

Larger walk in shower trays often come with a drying area. This part of the tray is integral to its design, but allows you to stand on an area that remains dry to towel off. Often designed with sloped grooves that allow water to drain back towards the waste, it's a great way to keep your floor clear of excess water, meaning a bath mat isn't required.

Rectangular walk in shower tray

A close up of our Rectangular walk in shower tray, showing the drying area with drainage grooves

All our walk in shower trays come in both left and right hand fitting models. They are made with a tough ABS acrylic outer layer, making them resistant to scratches, scuffs and blemishes, along with a polyurethane foam core, which makes the whole tray sturdy and insulated.

For further advice on a wider range of trays, check out our shower tray buying guide.