Glass Shower Screens: A Buyer’s Guide

When you’re trying to create your perfect bathroom, it’s easy to get stumped on the details.

A glass shower screen, you might think, should be a simple purchase. However, given the various considerations that need factoring in, such as budget, style and positioning, it can quickly become overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.

In this guide, the Bridgewater Glass team will talk through all of the options available to you, ensuring that you are armed with the correct knowledge when it comes purchasing a glass shower screen.

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The budget

Before you go off hunting for the shower screen of your dreams, it’s best to figure out a budget. You certainly don’t want to go and find the perfect screen for your bathroom, only to realise it’s just a little too dear. So, in this sense, a budget will help you save time and reduce the chances of you being led astray during the research process.

The space

Firstly, you will want to consider the space of the enclosure. Is the screen for an ensuite? Is it for a main bathroom or an independent shower room? The size of the room and the room itself will influence whether you want a regular enclosure, a walk-in shower, a wet room or a shower bath.

If you consider these things properly, such as the room and height available to you, it will be able to make the most out of the space you’ve got. For example, you might be able to squeeze a shower into a tight area like a recess, freeing up room elsewhere in the ensuite.

The positioning

While the space you have to work with will certainly feed in to the positioning of your shower, there are some important things to consider, here. That is, the positioning of your shower will also have an impact on the type of screen and enclosure you require. For example, if you want a corner shower, then perhaps a standard enclosure would fit the bill. However, if you would like a central position, then your bathroom would benefit from a semi-circle enclosure.

It’s worth keeping in mind that if you are replacing an old shower, then it’s best to keep your new one in the same position so the plumbing doesn’t have to be altered.

The type of glass

As we’ve discussed, your budget, the space and the desired positioning of your shower enclosure will influence heavily the style of enclosure you will eventually choose. However, you still need to decide on the right glass for your screen.

Here are a few pointers to consider when choosing the type of glass:

  • For durability, safety and a long-lasting option, 8mm and 10mm tempered glass is a great option.
  • If you decide this is a little out of your budget, 4mm or 6mm are still excellent alternatives and boast the durability to last for years.
  • It’s worth considering that the larger your screen, or the greater the curve, the less thickness that can ultimately be achieved. So, if thickness is a priority, then perhaps simplicity will be your best option.


Here at Bridgewater Glass we provide the highest quality glass for all purposes shower screens are no exception. All of our screens are constructed from the highest quality glass, and can be tailored to your needs. To find out more about our products and to discuss how they can enhance your home or commercial premises then get in touch with us today.