How To Choose The Right Shower Tray

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How to choose the right shower tray

Deciding your perfect shower space, starts with selecting the right shower tray. Nowadays, there's a vast array of shower tray models available, varying in shapes, sizes, and materials. With such a variety, it can be challenging to navigate through the options, and make the best decision. But don’t worry, we’ve put together all the tips to help you choose the perfect shower tray.

Selecting the most suitable type of shower tray

The shower tray is an essential component of the shower, ensuring your safety. It's essential for it to have a non-slip surface and be completely watertight to prevent any water damage.

You can choose from three main types of shower trays:

  • Surface-Mounted Shower Tray: This type is installed directly onto the floor after creating a shallow trench for the waste and drainage. It's the simplest option to install, particularly during renovations. By placing feet beneath the tray, it can also be increased to a desired height. Use Kinedo’s high quality adjustable shower tray feet to position and securely hold your tray at the correct height.

  • Tiled Shower Tray: Ideal for seamlessly integrating a walk-in shower with your bathroom floor. Walk-in showers have been trendy, especially in new homes, and are particularly suitable for the elderly or those with reduced mobility.

  • Recessed Shower Tray: Perfect for creating a level-access shower area, such as a walk-in shower. It involves clearing the floor to embed the tray and drainage system.

Choosing the size and shape of your shower tray

Shower trays come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Standard sizes are great for space efficiency, especially in en-suites, while larger trays provide added comfort and are ideal for spacious bathrooms.

  • Square Shower Tray: The most common model, fitting snugly in a corner or against a wall. Square trays optimize bathroom space while allowing for easy movement. Sizes range from 70x70 cm to 100x100 cm.

  • Rectangular Shower Tray: Rectangular trays offer more space and comfort, and are the preferred option in spacious bathrooms. They are also commonly used in recessed shower areas. Dimensions vary from 90 x 70 cm all the way up to 200 x 100 cm.

  • Quadrant Shower Tray: Perfect for compact bathrooms, fitting neatly into a corner and saving space. Its small footprint allows for better movement while in the bathroom. Sizes range from 80 cm to 110 cm.

If your bathroom has an irregular shape, with corners for example, you can opt for a customisable tray which can be cut to your room's shape. The Kinemoon, Kinerock Evo and Kineline shower trays can all be cut directly at the installation site for added convenience.

When selecting your shower tray, it's crucial to consider the drain and shower column's positions. Correctly planned positioning ensures effective drainage and simplifies installation, reducing costs.

The main shower tray materials

Shower trays come in four main material groups, each with unique properties to consider:

  • Acrylic: Known for its lightweight and non-slip surface, acrylic trays are easy to maintain. They are popular for their durability and affordability, although they can be prone to scratching.

  • Enamelled Stoneware or Ceramic: Highly durable and cost-effective, but heavy and potentially slippery.

  • Natural Materials (Wood or Stone): These add a touch of elegance and design to your shower, but come at a higher cost.

  • Synthetic Materials: Increasingly popular for their versatility in appearance and colour options. Lightweight, durable, and easy to maintain.

Kinedo opts for synthetic materials for its shower tray range, offering a wide selection of designs while ensuring installation simplicity. For instance, the Kinemoon tray features a textured moonstone appearance, adding elegance and uniqueness to your bathroom.

To choose the most suitable shower tray, consider your bathroom's size and shape, existing drainage system, budget, and design preferences. Don't hesitate to seek advice from professionals to ensure you make the right decision.

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