The old standard was a bathtub/shower combo with a shower curtain on rings. The problem with this early shower method is that shower curtains inevitably leak and their liners get moldy, since they rarely have time to dry out completely. The only stylish thing about the set up was the shower curtain, and even that was a “maybe” situation.
Next came the sliding glass door attached to the bathtub via an aluminum channel. Better looking, but that darned channel seemed to collect “gunk” like nobody’s business and was not exactly a breeze to clean either!
Enter, the frameless glass shower door, superior in so many ways. They’re sleek and modern with thicker glass, and a whole heck of a lot easier to keep clean with no track to worry about! You can even have them “customized” to open from the right or from the left, whichever works best in your bathroom. And best of all — they look downright gorgeous! If you need proof, take a look at the following 6 links to rooms that would be okay without their frameless shower doors, but earn the “Wow” factor with them:
- Not only does this frameless shower door add elegance and modernity to this bathroom, but it lets additional light into the room via the in-shower window. The same applies to this small bathroom, which might feel a bit claustrophobic without the light from the window coming through the sleek frameless door. When a room is small, keeping the look clean-lined and modern makes the space feel larger, too.
- The expanse of glass around this shower with its frameless door maintains continuity and adds a sense of calm to this monochromatic bathroom.
- This modern bathroom is the epitome of luxury with its frameless glass shower, arched window with etching, and an etched glass entry door. The funky chandelier doesn’t hurt the ritzy feeling either!
- A tiny shower benefits from the use of a pivoting glass shower door’s ability make it seem larger.
- Proving its versatility, a corner shower with a frameless glass door looks right at home in a vintage bathroom, too. They work in traditional and even rustic settings too, lest you imagine that a modern bathroom is the only place they’ll look “right”.
- One of the best things about a frameless glass shower door is that it shows off the beautiful interiors of many of today’s showers, such as this one with marble inlay, allowing a clear, unobstructed view.
It’s worth noting that the frameless glass shower doors shown in the links above are the pivoting variety, meaning they open just like a regular door. You can also get a bypass frameless door, which are simply sliding sheets of glass that allow entrance into a shower or shower/tub combo. And you can upgrade either option with etching for a frosted effect if you prefer a little privacy in the shower.
If you’re considering a frameless shower door, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can install one yourself. This is project that is not a DIY weekend job. For one thing, they’re heavy (up to 70 lbs.) and difficult to install. Considering that they’re an investment, installation is definitely a job for a professional.
As you can see, frameless glass shower doors allow for more creative layouts than framed shower doors, and since they’re cut to size, you get a custom fit instead of having to limit yourself to stock sizes. They have a distinctive visual appeal that makes any bathroom look more stylish and beautiful! If you’re renovating a bathroom or planning one for a newly built home, they’re definitely an asset worth considering for turning a “nice” bathroom into an outstanding one!