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Tips for Choosing the Right Shower Tray

Tips for Choosing the Right Shower Tray

Choosing the right shower tray can be very tricky as there are many factors like its shape, size, material, and cost that you need to consider. This article gives important pointers that will help you decide on which shower tray to buy.
DecorDezine Staff
Choose a tray that is made of good quality material, of the right size, is easily installable, and does not cause a hazard while entering and exiting the shower area.
Shower trays are ideal for those who want a separate shower area or enclosed showers. They make the bathroom look more sorted and sectioned. They give the image of a well-planned bathroom. But the only glitch in buying a tray is its selection process, but it has been simplified for you in this DecorDezine compilation.
Selecting a Shower Tray - Made Easy
Material
In the market, even though there are shower trays made of numerous material, stone resin, acrylic, and ceramic shower trays are the most popular.
Stone resin trays are those that are made from crushed stone and a resin-based glue. Once the mix has been prepared, it is poured in a mold, and then set to harden. It is then coated with a gel-based coat to give it a smooth feel and white coloration. They are durable, sturdy, and look very classy.
Acrylic shower trays are lightweight and easy to install. They may not be as sturdy and durable as stone resin trays, but still are very popular. Many alterations have been made in the development of acrylic shower trays, therefore, making them sturdy and durable. They are very affordable, and prove to be a good choice for those on a budget.
Ceramic shower trays are of very high quality, but they are very heavy, often in need of reinforcing once fitted, and are not suitable for all floors.
Shape and Size
There are four basic sizes of shower trays―square, quadrant, pentagonal, and rectangular.
Shower trays
Shower Tray Shapes
Square shower trays are ideal for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. You can place this tray in the corner, middle, alcoves, and any recesses. This is the most versatile shape available and is immensely popular. They are available in various sizes ranging from 700 mm x 700 mm to 1000 mm x 1000 mm.
Quadrant shower trays are ideal for smaller bathrooms. They have two straight edges with a curved front, due to which, even though this tray has a smaller size, you get ample amount of space for showering. A quadrant shower tray, however, needs a shower enclosure, making the installation of this variety a little expensive.
Rectangular shower trays are ideal for large bathrooms. They provide a larger shower area and look very classy. Like square trays, you can place rectangular trays anywhere in the bathroom. They come in various sizes, and are apt for those who want to give their bathroom a touch of finesse.
Pentagonal shower trays look very similar to quadrant shower trays, but have straight edges on all 5 sides. They are apt as a corner fitting, and they hardly take up any space. They are immensely popular, as they look stylish and are also very compact.
Shower trays come in various sizes. The selection of the size completely depends on you and the size of your bathroom. If your bathroom is large, you can select a medium or large size, but if it's small, ideally you should be selecting a smaller tray.
Height
Height is a very important factor while selecting your tray, as higher the tray, more difficult it is to enter and exit the shower area. Shower trays come in two basic constructions―slimline shower trays and easy-to-plumb shower trays, with the latter having height-adjustable legs under the trays.

Slimline trays look more appealing, as they are flat, fit perfectly to the floor, and are ideal for walk-in showers and wet rooms.

Easy-to-plumb trays are an ideal choice if you want trays that can be easily installed. These trays have legs attached to them that have an adjustable height. They are good if easy installation is your prime focus, but they can also be a trip hazard, as they have a good height of at least 40 mm - 80 mm above the ground.
Whatever tray you choose, make sure you choose wisely. Take some time, deliberate on your options, and then make the purchase. If you still cannot decide, set a budget, and choose the option that is closest to your budget.