If you have a desire to buy a shower cabinIt is necessary to think a lot of things. How to correctly and competently approach this issue - give advice and question experts Old bathroom tired? The shower needs to be replaced? Bathroom and need a significant space saving? Attracts the aesthetics and functionality of a full-fledged shower enclosure? We have tried to highlight the topic of selecting the latter as much as possible so that all aspects of the problem can be solved, as they say, "on the shore". Before you start picking in your interiorBathroom shower cubicle instead of bath, it is necessary to undergo the procedure of coordination in BTI. This applies to those cases when in the established space you want something new. The plans of the BTI always display large plumbing fixtures, so when replacing the position or the unit, one must also make a documentary change in the plan. Having done this, you can proceed to the selection of the cabin based on the size of the room, desires and, most importantly, financial opportunities. Nina Novikova, "Hogarth-Art": - When deciding on the choice, it is important to determine the type of product for yourself: a cabin with a pallet and a roof or a curtain with a pallet / without a pallet, as well as dimensions, the manufacturer and the desired set of functions - the presence / absence of chromotherapy, Aromatherapy, hydromassage, steam / Turkish bath options. These options are either included in the shower enclosure, or, in the case of curtains, can be realized with additional equipment. Shower type They can be closed andOpen. The first differ in that they are completely hermetic and form a single internal space between the ceiling, walls and the pallet, allowing to expand the range of functions many times, not limited only to the shower. Of course, the minus of such a system will be the price, so basically an open version is selected, which is attached to the wall and does not close from above. The resulting element is more of a shower corner, but not a full cabin. Nina Novikova, Hogarth-Art: - The advantage of the cabin is that this solution is "turnkey", hermetically sealed and functional, requiring no additional effort to choose the way of draining the water, massage jets, shower and so on. Disadvantages - standard sizes and configurations, limited height (as a rule, for people taller than 185 cm cabin in use inconvenient), a smaller choice of design. Advantages of curtains - the ability to choose a product for every taste and size, complete it functionally at will, as well as a wide choice of decor and design. Cons - the humidity in the room due to the lack of a roof, the need in most cases to use built-in floor and / or wall ladders, elements of upper showers, hydromassage jets, more complex installation and connection of the entire system in the aggregate. Pallet Basic dimension characteristicThe shower cabin is a pallet that immediately sets the compactness parameter (the width range is from 60 to 200 centimeters). Depending on the form - a square, a semicircle, a rectangle - the appearance of the entire structure will change. If the pallet is high (about 20-30 centimeters), then it is necessary to step over it to get inside, but it will be possible to conduct some water procedures that are impossible with a low and flat version. This type of pallet is also undesirable when the sink is slow. And for those who are accustomed to bathing only in the bath, there are variants of combined, in which in one part - a full shower, and in another there is the opportunity to lie down in the water and relax. Vadim Matevosyants, interior designer: - I prefer metal pans with enamel, but this is not so democratic. Also there are acrylic pallets, which is very budgetary, but fanciful in operation. Be careful with detergents. Most often they come complete with glass curtains and a shower system, as well as a hydromassage. Material When choosing a shower enclosure, a specialAttention should be paid to the material of the pallet. Gradation included: cast iron, steel, acrylic, ceramics (sanitary ware, sanfarfor), artificial and natural stone, kreon. Acrylic is the most popular, it is loved for its simplicity of care, practicality and low price. The steel pallet has high strength and thermal conductivity, but not sound insulation. Therefore, it has a very strong noise of drops of water falling on the surface, especially with a small thickness of the sheet. But the most solid and reliable option will be cast iron, although the price (and weight) is overestimated. The ceramic pallet is prone to chips and scratches, but otherwise durable and beautiful. And do not forget about the relief coating on the pallet against sliding! Nina Novikova, Hogarth-Art: - I recommend to pay attention only to well-known European brands, whose products really meet high quality standards. Such as Kermi, Duka, Teuco, Huppe - each of these manufacturers has its own high-tech development, allowing to extend the life of the product, as well as make its use as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Cabin The geometric dimensions of the pallet mustBe at least 80 centimeters in length and width, so that in the cockpit you can at least turn around and raise your hands. The height depends on the ceiling of the bathroom, but mostly ranges from 170 to 270 centimeters. The doors are installed either swinging, or rotary-sliding, or sliding. Roller mechanism of opening the latter significantly saves space, so they usually choose them. The material of the walls - glass or plastic - should be selected based on the budget and expectations for reliability of operation. The frame is made of aluminum or the same plastic. Also worth paying attention to the transparency of the wall and its thickness (from 3 to 10 centimeters). Vadim Matevosyants, interior designer: - You need to choose a shower cabin primarily based on the dimensions. The standard desirable size for the cab is 900 x 900 mm. When planning it is better to lay this size and more. When very little space - you can do and the size of 800 x 800 millimeters. Read also:. How to take a shower Standard equipment -Faucet and faucet. But the cabin is more expensive, the more interesting variants of the control system are offered by manufacturers. A special console allows you to adjust the temperature, hydromassage modes, feed speed, ventilation, the number of jets, put on a timer and even include music and receive phone calls. All information is displayed, and you can even control it remotely from the console. Vadim Matevosyants, interior designer: - They also come with a built-in sauna and a kind of functional mixing of the bath and the shower. I try to choose cabins with a top shower ("rain rain") and a hand shower. I also advise you to pay attention to such an addition as foot massage, and be sure to look at the presence of forced ventilation. And if you are a music lover, then choose a shower with the presence of a radio or Bluetooth-system. Additional functions Closed cabinsAre equipped with mirrors, shelves, shampoo dispensers, headrests, seats, and their functional characteristics can be the most that neither is wide. Ozonation, aromatherapy, chromotherapy, contrast shower, the atmosphere of a hammam or a Finnish bath - and that's not all. Hydromassage of all parts of the body is possible due to the chaotic, at first glance, arrangement of nozzles throughout the volume. The required pressure is 3 atmospheres, but if there is a weak head in the house, there are cabs working at 1.5 bar. Nina Novikova, Hogarth-Art: - What pleasant and useful additions should be paid attention to:
- Water repellent coating - facilitates cleaning and contributes to the preservation of glass cleanliness;
- Special mechanisms that allow the car / curtain doors to be opened both inside and outside;
- Possibility to decorate the glass;
- Possibility to use with curtains pallets cut from the size of various materials, as well as ladders with a wide selection of grids of various designs to create a unique bathroom.