Frameless Glass Shower Ideas

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Frameless Glass Shower Ideas
A frameless glass shower requires little more than a good squeegee and regular wipedowns to remain almost invisible. (raindrops image by jovica antoski from

A frameless glass shower is a terrific way to modernise an old or awkward bathroom. There are prefab or custom models to suit even the oddest bathroom configurations. An all-marble room with a centre drain looks elegant and a too-tiny bath with barely room for a shower looks bigger. Use a frameless shower to create a separate shower room in your bath or to add a functional guest bath anywhere in the house.

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A glass room inside a wet room appears minimalist but high style. On a stone or tile floor that drains in the middle of the room, place a three-sided glass structure against one wall. Make all three sides glass so you can see right through it---in effect, the shower disappears. Install a door that swings open in the centre panel, so the only things visible are two door hinges and a handle. If you put a high-mounted rain showerhead in this room, it won't even look like a shower.

Single Panel

A frameless pivot shower door of clear glass fits neatly into a monastic cubicle of marble or white tile and downplays the presence of a shower. This is another invisible treatment that complements a separate shower room of any size in a bathroom. Hardware at the top and bottom of the glass door allows it to turn out to open the chamber or turn in for showers. But the pivot points are so unobtrusive that you don't notice them. The only danger with this frameless shower is that someone uninitiated might not see it and might walk right into the glass.

Small or Slanted

A free-standing shower unit with a tile or moulded base and glass walls and door can fit into the smallest or the oddest-shaped bathroom and manage to look designer-perfect. For an attic bathroom where slanted eaves make shower walls a challenge, you can get a self-contained unit with a custom-sized front panel and custom side glass. The standard hinged door and base don't need customising and you can install the shower into a pre-tiled space with no adjustments needed. Incorporating the awkward eave slant allows for a spacious-feeling shower while the tallest user has enough headroom to be comfortable. In a very small bathroom, attach a free-standing glass semicircle to the tiled wall with the shower faucets and fixtures. The frameless glass tube can have one or two doors that swing out. The hinges and door handles are all but unnoticeable and the shower does not visually crowd the bathroom.


An Italian company makes a coloured glass or Plexiglas tube, hinged on both sides, that splits in the middle and swings open or closed. The base is a round platform with the drain in the centre. The water pipes and showerhead form a spine up the back and the clear orange, blue, green, or other hued half-circle bivalve doors keep the water in or push open to let you out.

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