Creating an interior of such a multifunctional room as a bathroom, every detail is important. An important design element is screens for a bath or a shower cabin – glass doors that protect the rest of the space from water. Choosing the material, size, design, way of fastening and opening of screens is very important moments creating convenience, functional and beautiful style of the room. Let us consider in more detail the options for creating a reliable and practical separation of the premises from the shower or bath area by the example of a selection of a wide variety of design projects for bathrooms. The article subject is related to shower cabin, but here we will explore glass bathroom screen. Types, design, interior application, advice and real-life photos of succesful interiors
Glass screens. Pros and cons
Glass is very practical and convenient to use material. It can easily be used in the bathroom, without disturbing its aesthetics and even transforming the space. This material has excellent moisture resistance and it is resistant to temperature changes. But this isn’t all its advantages. So, a few undeniable advantages of using glass screens in the bathroom:
- screens protect the entire space of the bathroom from moisture from the shower or bath;
- it’s easy to take care of glass surfaces, you can use household chemicals and the surface will not lose its aesthetic appearance;
- durability, wear resistance and practicality of the material;
- the glass surfaces are not prone to the formation and spread of the fungus;
- it is not difficult to choose the screens of the desired size and shape;
- a variety of design options: you can choose a smooth glass or corrugated, transparent or matte, toned or with a picture, photo printing, decorated with stained glass, laser engraving;
- safety even when it’s broken – thanks to a special film on the screens, it is impossible to cut on the screen’s shards;
- the tempered glass is very strong, resistant to shock and mechanical impact.
Glass screens have only one significant disadvantages, compared with polycarbonate and acrylic surfaces, plastic products, a high price.
Types of screens for bath or shower
In modern bathrooms to protect the segment with the highest humidity (bath or shower) from the rest of the room, one of four types of glass screens is used:
- sliding (door-compartment);
The type of screen is chosen based on the design of the room, its dimensions, the possibility of implementing a particular type of door opening (depending on the amount of free space in front of the shower or the bathroom). The type of screen also depends on the size of the zone with the highest humidity, from the dimensions of the bath or shower.
In addition to the separation by the type of opening, all screens can be classified into products with a frame and without it. Frame models are glass sheets inserted in a plastic or metal frame (metal is most often used as the most durable and long-life material). Frameless screens are glass products with accessories for fastening and opening.
Folding glass screens are not a popular option for fencing a zone with high humidity in the bathroom now. Before the wide spreading the sliding door, folding screens were often used in small rooms. Folding several times the folding screen takes up little space. Glass sheets connected by hinges are often framed by a frame. As a result, the production of such a screen requires more material and its cost increases, which means that the market price also increases.
A quite popular way opening screens in the bathroom is sliding. This method is widely used everywhere – from the opening of interior doors to the way of storage in cabinets. The way of opening by the “sliding” principle is convenient for doors or screens, because there is no need for additional free space. The glass cloths move along the guides. This is an excellent opportunity to organize zoning in small rooms with a deficit of useful area.
Sliding doors can be presented both in a frame version (the most common model that is easy to use) and they are sheet glass equipped only with fittings. Frame models can not have handles. Screen’s frame can be used to impart a movement of the sheet glass along the guide. In products without a frame doorknob are usually provided for the convenience in use and fewer amount of hand marks on glass surfaces.
Sliding doors can lean against the bathroom floor (or pallet), enclosing the shower area in the bathroom or toilet in a combined bathroom …
Or rely upon the surface of the bath, forming something like a hydro massage shower cabin for someone who likes creating uneasy protection for the rest of the room from water splashes, but also the steam room effect during the adoption of water procedures …
Screens with swinging doors look like ordinary doors, but they are made from glass. You need a lot of free space for comfortable use this type of door for a shower or a bath. If the screens open outwards, you should have a lot of space in front of the booth or bathroom. If the doors open inward, then you should have quite spacious hydro massage shower cabin. In short, the swing type of glass doors is suitable for medium to large sized bathrooms.
In terms of design, swing doors can have many options: clear or matte, tinted or patterned, embossed or smooth, with photographic printing or monophonic. There are a lot of variety of doorknobs and accessories. They have to be combined with the rest of the interior accessories of the bathroom.
Static screens or screen-panel
A static-type door is a glass panel-screen attached to the floor (in the case of a shower cabin) or to a bath, also it can be fixed to the ceiling. On the one hand, you get a place for water procedures that is not completely closed from the rest of the room (it’s good for those who are afraid of enclosed space). On the other hand, the width of the static screen is sufficient to prevent splashes from the shower getting onto clothes and interior items outside the segment with the biggest humidity.
One of the advantages of static screens- fences: they are suitable for absolutely any style of interior design of bathroom of any size. Clear screen-panel can be installed for both shower enclosure and bathtub, in a spacious bathroom or in a small room for water procedures. If you do not want to puzzle over the design, you cold just choose a rectangular sheet of transparent glass. You can be sure that it integrates equally seamlessly into a small bathroom decorated in a modern style or a large room which is made in classical stylistics.
The screen-panel made of glass has a laconic and versatile appearance. It is easy to install and subsequently operate this screen. Caring of a glass surface without accessories and frame is incredibly simple. You should just use a cleanser for glass and a soft sponge. Also you should dry the surface after finishing water procedures that the screen serves you during many years without losing its shining appearance.
A variety of design options for glass screens
So, you have chosen the size of the glass screen, its type of opening or a stationary version. It’s time to choose the design of the glass screens. Of course, you should consider the style of bathroom’s design, attracting attention to the screens, harmoniously merging this element into the overall view of the room.
One of the simplest, concise and universal option is a transparent glass sheet without accessories. The option is indeed a win-win, but it’s rather trivial. What is it possible to diversify the appearance of such a simple, but at the same time important element of the bathroom’s interior, like a glass screen? For example, you can choose the original form of the screen – any deviation from the traditional rectangle will be a small step on the way to creating a unique interior.
To keep the privacy of the shower area you should use screens made of frosted glass. If a shower and a toilet are combined in one room, such variant is in incredible demand for large families. Especially its advantages can be felt in the mornings and evenings in the midst of preparing for bed, when bathroom can be used by more than one household simultaneously. While someone enjoys water procedures, hiding behind the opaque surfaces of glass screens, other family members can brush their teeth.
Surface of the screens may be matte till a certain level. The combination of transparency and opacity in the manufactures can look laconic and original.
Tinted glasses look great in the modern style of the interior design of the bathroom.
Glass with a pronounced texture looks original and elegant . Whether it’s just a relief or any drawing – it will bring sophistication into the bathroom interior.
Glass with pictures looks more spectacular. Currently, there are many special techniques that allow you to apply absolutely any image on the glass surface. Screens with a picture will become an accent element of the bathroom’s interior inevitably.
Carved golden accessories of the screen will be appropriate for the Classical style, Baroque and Moroccan. Original chromed elements of screen’s accessories can decorate the modern interior of the bathroom.