What Type of Showers Are There? [3 Main Categories]

Looking at renovating your bathroom and unsure what shower to use?

In this blog I’m going go through each different style and which style shower design is going be suitable for your space, stay tuned.

The different types of shower designs are framed, semi frameless, or frameless.

A number of these shower options can also come in a hinged or pivot door as well as sliding.

As its name suggests, a framed shower has a frame around the perimeter and around the door, framed showers usually have thinner glass than the likes of a frameless.


From there we move up to a semi frameless shower screen, which means that the door, or the side lights to the shower are usually unframed.

semi frameless shower screen

This uses a similar glass thickness to a framed shower, with a 6mm  toughened glass.


These can be built in many different configurations to suit your space.

The next option would be a frameless shower screen.


These are the cream of the market, they have a much thicker glass and can be fully customized depending on your style or your space.

When you’re considering a shower type in your bathroom, the main things to consider would be the location to begin with.

A number of showers can’t be installed in specific locations due to vanity or bathroom fixtures that are in the wrong place, so we really need to customize a solution that would fit your space.

The second thing to consider would definitely be cost, there’s a wide range of pricing options from a framed, to a frameless, so it really is dependent on your budget.

The main type of shower that can be customized to suit your space is always a frameless shower.

There’s multiple different hardware options, glass options and finishes that we can custom design to suit your bathroom and your style.

Price questions are something that we get asked on a daily basis here at Economy Glass.

There’s a big difference between a framed or telescopic semi-frameless shower, and something at the higher end of the scale, like a custom made semi or a frameless shower screen.

Generally speaking, an Optima Telescopic shower screen or a framed shower screen are at the lower end of the market.

These can be produced quickly, they have a thinner glass, and they come in set hardware finishes that make them easy and fast to produce.

A frameless shower screen on the other hand is custom made to suit your space, there’s a lot more work that’s involved and measuring, cutting, producing, and making sure that that shower screen is exactly perfect.

Thanks for reading, I hope that helped. If you’re after any more information on frameless glass, feel free to download our free guide “Latest Tips for Great Frameless Glass” or reach out to me on email or phone.

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