The right shower doors can make all the difference in the flow and function of your bathroom. But the right doors aren’t the same for everyone. So, if you’re wondering, “what type of shower doors can I install in my bathroom?” this post is for you! We’re going to discuss the different types of shower doors, including semi-frameless, pivot doors, hinged doors, and much more!

What type of shower doors can I install in my bathroom?

The size and layout of your bathroom (as well as bathroom design) will play a big role in what kind of doors work best. In smaller bathrooms, you may be more limited in your choices. But there’s always a way to find a solution that works for you!

Shower door options

Let’s break down the different types of doors and where they work best to help you figure out what’s right for your home. 

Frameless shower doors

Frameless shower doors

Frameless shower doors are a beautiful option that typically involves large tempered glass panels held in place by hinges rather than a frame. While this can be a more costly option than other shower doors because they require thicker glass, it’s a great idea if you want to display your shower tile, stonework, or fixtures without obstruction. They’re also a versatile choice, and they’re also less likely to cause mold or mildew growth than some other types of doors.

Would you like to read more about the pros and cons of frameless doors? We break it down in this blog post.

Framed doors

On the other hand, framed doors have large tempered glass panels bordered by metal frames, rather than being secured by hinges. To prevent the frames from rusting, they’re usually made from aluminum or stainless steel. This is a great option if you want the look of glass doors but at a lower price point than frameless doors. 

Semi-frameless shower doors

Semi-frameless shower doors

Semi-frameless doors are a hybrid of framed and frameless doors. They can include a large frameless panel in addition to a framed main panel. This type of shower enclosure typically costs less than frameless shower doors because they don’t require such thick glass. A semi-frameless door is a great balance between the modernity of a frameless shower door and the security of a framed door. 

Pivot or hinged doors

Pivot or hinged doors

If you’ve got plenty of space to utilize in your bathroom, hinged or pivot shower doors could work wonderfully. Does are secured to hinges and open out into the bathroom. But what if you don’t have ample space in your bathroom? When a shower door is placed strategically, you can still utilize a hinged door in a tighter space. 

Folding shower doors

Folding doors or bi-fold doors offer a great solution if you don’t have extra space for a door. They fold in on themselves in what’s known as “telephone booth style.” And they can easily be installed into a recessed wall. 

Sliding doors

If you’re tight on space in your bathroom, sliding doors might be the perfect choice! Rather than requiring space for shower doors to open out, your shower door panels slide in and out of the frame. That means no additional room is required! They’re installed with rollers on the top and bottom rails. They can also have rubber insulation on the sides to make sure water doesn’t leak out when the shower is on. 

The right doors for your shower enclosure are just one of the important considerations in designing your dream bathroom. Take a look at our other tips for designing your dream bathroom in this post.

Shower curtains vs. doors

You might also be tempted to opt for a shower curtain rather than a door. In some cases, a curtain might be the best choice. But glass doors provide incredible benefits to the look and function of your bathroom. Not to mention, no other option is quite as aesthetically pleasing!

Glass doors also boast more versatility, offer a more secure enclosure with less leakage, and they help expand the look of a space. If you have sloping ceilings or a uniquely shaped shower enclosure, glass doors help you utilize this space much more effectively. 

Help designing your dream bathroom

Coastal Closets and Showers in Stuart, FL., is here to help with designing your dream bathroom! 

We know that adding glass is a beautiful way to add style and luxury to your bathroom. Whether you choose a frameless or semi-frameless door, we’ll help you add a unique and custom look to your bathroom. Stop by our showroom or click here to schedule your in-home complimentary consultation!


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