What Size Shower Enclosure do I Need?

In today's dynamic world of bathroom design, shower enclosures have shifted from luxury to essential. The quest for the ideal shower enclosure size can be daunting. 

In this guide, we'll navigate the options, ensuring you choose the perfect size to elevate both style and utility in your bathroom.

Standard Shower Sizes

The choice of shower cubicle size depends on the availability of space, your needs, preferences, etc. 

However, a standard shower size is 800 x 800mm, which is suitable for most shower spaces. 

You may choose this size for your standard family bathroom in the UK , which usually measures 2000mm x 2000mm. Other popular standard shower sizes you can choose from are:

Shower Size in Inches

Shower Size in mm

28″ x 28″ 

700mm x 700mm

30″ x 30″ 

760mm x 760mm

32″ x 32″ 

800mm x 800mm

35″ x 35″ 

900mm x 900mm

39″ x 32″ 

1000mm x 800mm

47″ x 32″

1200mm x 800mm

47″ x 35″

1200mm x 900mm

55″ x 32″

1400mm x 800mm

67″ x 28″

1700mm x 700mm

67″ x 32″

1700mm x 800mm

Standard Shower Enclosures Size for Small Bathrooms

Small Shower Enclosure

Considering a small and congested space, you are left with limited options to try out. 

However, in most places, the smallest available size for shower enclosures is 800mm x 800mm. You can always choose other sizes depending on your needs.

Bi-fold and quadrant shower cubicles are the most popular options due to their better space-saving designs. 

They are also a better alternative for square and rectangular cubicles that require ample space to fit in.

The curved shape outline of the enclosure offers maximum room without compromising the bathroom space. 

If you don’t want the enclosure protruding in your bathroom, making it even more congested, you can use the space between two adjacent walls. 

This will not only provide spacious shower space but will also add a cleaner and better finish.

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Enclosure Size For Large Bathrooms

People with larger bathrooms have it easier. There are no limitations to what you can install in the bathroom if you have profound space. 

However, with a larger space, you have to install bigger shower cubicles that complement the size of the bathroom altogether. 

The typical shower enclosure size for large bathrooms starts from 48″ x 36″ inches or 1200mm x 900mm. 

Other size options for large bathroom shower enclosures are 1400mm,1500mm,1600mm, and 1700mm enclosures.

The typical shower enclosures for large bathrooms include square and rectangular enclosures. 

If you choose a rectangular enclosure, then you may have to ask for customization of the size, as these are available in relatively smaller sizes. 

Walk-in shower enclosures and wet rooms are also standard options for people with larger bathrooms.

Walk-in Shower Size

Walk-in shower cubicles are increasingly becoming a popular choice in the UK. These offer more functional shower space than the standard shower enclosure. 

You can install them anywhere and enjoy a shower with ease of access and safety. 

You have more customization options available with the shower enclosure. However, the most common or standard sizes for a walk-in shower are:

Shower size in Inches

Shower size in mm

47″ x 28″

1200mm x 700mm

47″ x 32″

1200mm x 800mm

55″ x 28″

1400mm x 700mm

55″ x 32″ 

1400mm x 800mm

55″ x 35″ 

1400mm X 900mm

63″ x 28″ 

1600mm x 700mm

63″ x 32″ 

1600mm x 800mm

67″ x 28″ 

1700mm x 700mm

67″ x 32″ 

1700mm x 800mm

67″ x 35″ 

1700mm x 900mm

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the choices or need personalized guidance for your bathroom project, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of bathroom experts. 

We offer free one-on-one consultations to help you make the perfect choices for your space.

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Best Size for Your Bathroom

Bathroom Size

The size of your bathroom determines the size of the shower enclosure. For spacious bathrooms, choose a shower enclosure that matches the room's size. 

Likewise, smaller bathrooms require small and compact designs that complement the bathroom layout. 

For example, a 700mm x 700mm plaza square shower enclosure can be perfect for a small space.

Available Space

Make sure you finalize the layout design of your bathroom before picking an enclosure size to go with. Carefully plan the areas where different fixtures would be installed. 

Position your vanity unit based on the bathroom's shape, whether adjacent to or perpendicular to the toilet. 

As for the shower enclosure, choose the corner opposite the toilet to have a more specified space, especially if you have a small bathroom layout.

Shower Enclosure Position

You can’t install a shower enclosure just anywhere. Positioning your shower enclosure is one of the most critical elements in a bathroom layout design. 

Determining the right place for an enclosure wouldn’t be an issue if you have a spacious bathroom. 

However, for smaller compact bathrooms, position the enclosure in a place that poses no hurdle to your usual use of the bathroom.

How to Measure Your Bathroom Space for Shower Enclosure?

Measure the designated space to determine the appropriate size for the shower enclosure. 

To take proper measurements, you need to know the designated place's height, width, and depth. If you are doing it for the first time, here are some tips you can follow:

The size of the shower tray in an enclosure determines how much a cubicle will protrude into the bathroom. 

If you have selected a squared shower, measure the length of the tray edges from the wall. As for quadrant cubicles, set the curved boundary as the protruding point.

In case your dream shower enclosure is designed to be installed between two walls, remember to take the measurements at three different points because there is a high chance that the straight-looking walls are not so straight. 

Once you know, you can purchase a cubicle that can smoothly open and close within the available space.

In case of a corner placing shower enclosure, you must take measurements from both adjacent walls for the right fit.

Bonus Tip - Choose any shower enclosure size from Royal Bathrooms' shower enclosure catalog once you know what size of shower enclosure is best for you”

Next, you need to select the perfect shower tray for your perfect sized shower enclosure. Here you can read our detailed shower tray buying guide

Explore Your Options in Shower Enclosures and Shower Trays

The world of shower enclosures and shower trays is constantly evolving, with new trends and innovations emerging regularly. 

At Royal Bathrooms, we're committed to staying at the forefront of these developments, bringing you the latest and greatest in design.

From sleek frameless designs to versatile quadrant enclosures, our collection offers a wide range of options to suit your style and space requirements. And when it comes to shower trays, we have a selection that matches every style and need.

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At Royal Bathrooms, we recognize that every bathroom is unique, and your shower enclosure and tray should reflect that. 

Our commitment to personalization and customization means you can have a combination that's tailor-made to your specific needs and preferences.

John, a customer who sought a one-of-a-kind shower enclosure and tray: "I had an irregularly shaped bathroom, and I was worried about finding the right combination. 

Royal Bathrooms not only provided a solution but delivered a stunning custom-made enclosure and tray that transformed my space."

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Additional Checks

✔ Layout and Design: Think about the overall layout and design of your bathroom. Do you want a compact, space-saving shower enclosure, or do you have ample room to create a luxurious, spa-like experience? The size should align with your design vision.

✔Functionality: Consider how you plan to use the shower. Is it for a quick daily rinse, or do you want a spacious area for relaxation? Your shower's intended function will influence the size you choose.

✔ ️ Door Style: If you're opting for a hinged or pivot door, make sure there's enough clearance for the door to swing open comfortably without obstructions.

✔ Aesthetic Preferences: Your personal style plays a significant role. Some may prefer a cozy, enclosed feel, while others might want a more open and airy ambiance.

✔ Shower Tray or Wet Room: Decide if you'll be using bathroom shower trays or creating a wet room. The choice impacts the overall dimensions of the shower area.

✔ Accessibility: If you require accessibility features, such as a wheelchair-accessible shower, ensure you allocate sufficient space accordingly.

✔ Budget: Keep in mind that larger shower enclosures generally require more materials and can be costlier to install. Factor your budget into your decision-making process.

✔ Local Building Codes: Check local building codes and regulations, as they may specify minimum sizes for shower enclosures for safety and compliance reasons.

FAQs about What Size Shower Enclosure I Need

How Big Should a Shower Cubicle Be?

Shower enclosures are available in various sizes. However, the maximum size for a square shape shower cubicle is usually 1200mm x 1200mm. 

The size may also depend on the shape or type of enclosure you choose.

What is a Comfortable Size for the Shower?

When it comes to the size of a comfortable shower, a standard shower enclosure typically begins at 30" x 30" (700mm x 700mm). 

However, many individuals find a shower cubicle size of 48" x 36" (1200mm x 900mm) to be more spacious and comfortable. 

This larger size provides ample room for movement and relaxation while showering.

What Size is a Small Shower Cubicle?

The minimum required size for a shower enclosure is typically 28" x 28" (700mm x 700mm). 

However, in the market, you will commonly find shower enclosures starting from a slightly larger size of 32" x 32" (800mm x 800mm). 

It’s important to note that building codes may vary depending on the location and specific regulations in place.

How Long Can a Shower Enclosure Last?

A good quality glass shower enclosure can last up to 30 years, depending on the type of care it receives. 

In short, its lifespan is determined by the type of use and care generally received.

How do you maintain a Shower Enclosure?

The maintenance of the shower enclosure generally involves regular cleaning. You should try using natural or other types of disinfectants and glass cleaners to clean it 2 or 3 times a week. 

Additionally, it is also important to check for leaks and signs of glass breakage to fix them promptly. 

Dust-proof your shower enclosures by using a squeegee or towel to wipe down the glass surfaces after each use, effectively removing any dust particles.

How do you Clean an Old Shower Enclosure?

Cleaning an old shower enclosure is not very different from that of a new shower cubicle. 

You can simply use a vinegar and water mixture, spray it on the glass and then wipe it off to clean the space. 

Alternatively, you can also use commercial disinfectants and glass cleaners to ensure the cleanliness of your shower enclosure. 

For detailed information, you can read our blog Why does my bathroom get so dusty?