When installing a glass shower, you'll have to choose between alternatives regarding its framing, door style, glass type and enclosure shape. If you have a small bathroom, you can maximise the space by picking suitable options, as outlined below.
Glass shower screens use different framing styles. You can install fully framed screens edged on all sides with metal trim. Semi-frameless showers feature horizontal metal strips along the enclosure top and bottom and along the wall joins. The best option for a small bathroom is a frameless shower that uses small hinges and brackets to secure the panels. Because these showers seem almost invisible, your bathroom will feel like one integrated area. Enclosures with more framing shut off the shower area and create a separate zone, making the entire room appear less expansive. If you can't install a frameless shower, a semi-frameless model is the next best thing.
Compact rooms often have a limited floor area that doesn't offer much scope to move. A sliding shower door glides neatly to the side rather than protruding into the room, which is ideal. Conversely, an outward swinging door can block the way if several people use the bathroom at once. Another possibility is a pivot door that can swing outward or inward, in which case the shower will need space to accommodate the door.
If you're trying to create a spacious feel, the best screen option is a clear or low-iron glass that doesn't emit a faint green cast. You'll be able to see past the transparent screens to the shower walls, and your vision won't be blocked. Additionally, shiny glass reflects light around the bathroom to make it brighter and more open. On the other hand, frosted and patterned glass panels block the view into the enclosure, and these decorative glass screens don't reflect light.
When you're designing a shower, you need to pick a shape. Round and diamond-shaped enclosures in the room corner will help to preserve floor space. After all, you probably don't use the absolute corner region of a shower, and it protrudes into the room. The sharp corner of square and rectangular showers take up the room area. Of course, the best shape ultimately depends on your bathroom layout.
Thus, glass showers suit small bathrooms perfectly. Just make sure you choose suitable alternatives. A frameless glass shower screen will maintain a sense of one integrated space. Sliding doors move to the side rather than protruding into the bathroom. Clear and low-iron glass allows your eyes to roam freely around the room. Also, diamond and curved enclosures eliminate the wasted corner area of square and rectangle showers, helping to extend the free floor area.