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Shower styles that fit your space

The shower is actually the hero of your bathroom and it’s the first thing to consider when designing your new space. There are a number of different shower styles available that give you flexibility in creating your dream bathroom, but not every shower is suitable for every space. In a bathroom renovation you might be restricted by the space you have and the plumbing layout, but in a new build you’ll have a bit more flexibility. We’ve made it easy for you to narrow down the shower options best suited for your new space.


Step 1: Tiled or lined?

Lined showers feature an acrylic tray and wall liners. They’re a popular choice in New Zealand homes and are easy to clean and relatively straightforward to install. Sold as a complete kit set, lined showers come in a range of sizes and shapes to suit your bathroom space.

Tiled showers are a bit more of a luxury option and usually require qualified and experienced tradies to install. They offer quite a few more customisation options as you can make them any size or shape you like, and with almost endless options for tile styles and colours, you can really make it your own. Tiled showers tend to be more expensive, and because of the grout used in the tiles, can be a bit trickier to clean.


Step 2: How many sides?

Two sided showers are placed in the corner of your bathroom. In a lined shower, they can be square, rectangular or round. A two sided tiled shower can be any size square or rectangle you like.

Alcove (three sided) showers are placed inside a dedicated alcove. For a lined shower, you’ll need to make sure you choose a shower with the right size tray to fit the footprint of your alcove.


Step 3: What style of door?

Pivot doors - A pivot door opens outwards on a hinge, and you’ll need to make sure there’s enough clearance in your bathroom for the door to open. They usually offer the widest entryway.

Sliding doors - A single sliding door usually slides into the internal space of the shower, making them a great option for small bathrooms. Double sliding doors do the same thing, but move to opposite sides.

Round doors - Round doors are typically available for lined showers only. These doors are essentially double sliding doors, but designed to fit a circular shower enclosure. A great option for small bathrooms.

Stacker doors - Stacker doors are an interesting option for rectangular showers, they consist of two individual sliding doors that nest inside each other, saving space while looking smart. 

No door - This unique design for a tiled shower doesn’t have a door and features one glass panel that acts as a wall to keep the splashing water contained. A frameless walk-in shower works best in a rectangle layout, keeping the water from splashing outside of the shower. 



Showers with a Liner


Stacker Door


Tiled Showers


Frameless Walk In Panel

Step 4: Customisations and accessories 

Tile over shower trays - A tile over shower tray is a tray that can be installed in your bathroom and then tiled over to provide a customised or more luxurious look.

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Shower trays - Shower trays can be purchased individually for renovations or custom designs. They come in different configurations to fit your space.

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Channel drains - A channel drain is a sleek, slimline drainage channel that helps a tiled or tile over tray shower maintain a clean, minimalist look.

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Shower domes / steam roofs - A shower dome (or steam roof) is an acrylic dome that fits over the top or your shower. It forms a seal, and keeps steam inside the shower where it condenses back into water and drips down the drain. They reduce mould and mildew build-up in the bathroom and protect painted surfaces. They come in a range of sizes to fit most showers, can be trimmed to fit, and include easy-to-use installation kits.

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Shower accessories- You’ll need somewhere to put all your shower essentials. There’s plenty of options to keep everything you need close at hand.

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