There are four basic shapes of Frameless Pivot Door Shower Enclosure and then a few others. The basic shapes are rectangular and square which are pretty self-explanatory. The third basic shape is the quadrant, this is a shape designed to fit into a corner with two straight sides and an arc from the radius of a circle joining the two together, i.e. a curve at the front joining the two straight sides along the wall. Quadrants are called offset if one of the straight sides is longer than the other. The fourth basic shape is the pentagon, these are similar to the quadrant but instead of a curved front they have two small panels at an angle and a larger third panel in the middle where the door is. Any basic shape may appear in a bow-fronted form, in these cases one edge of the enclosure, in the case of the quadrant the curved edge, bows out giving more space in the showering area, obviously bow fronted enclosures need to have appropriately curved shower doors.


Types of Shower Door

With all shower doors you should pay particular attention to the clearance required to open the door and the maximum opening of the door some shower doors on small enclosures mat open only as far as 30cm, so check this if you need to.

Hinged: Hinged shower doors are hinged at one side to a wall or to another panel in the enclosure the usually open outward and need as much space as they are wide to open fully.
Pivot: Pivot shower doors are hinged at the top and bottom to the frame and/or floor or tray part way along the width of the door. This means that they pivot with part of the door opening into the room and a smaller part pivoting into the enclosure space, this means they take less space up opening into the room but they opening is not as wide as the door and not as wide as an equivalent hinged door.


Bi-Fold: Bi-fold shower doors fold in the middle and then slide open on a rail.
Slider Doors: A slider shower door is one that slides open on a rail, single sliders have one door, twin sliders have two that open in opposite directions.