A shower enclosure is a great way of creating extra space in your bathroom, but the question is which type of Shower door should you choose. Here we explain the variety of shower doors available and their suitability for different types of bathrooms.

The best Shower Doors for compact Bathrooms.

 BI-FOLD SHOWER DOORS – Best for compact Bathrooms

A bi-fold door provides functionality to any Bathroom but is also great for giving you that extra opening to a narrow space without compromising your bathroom space. The Bi-fold door is a mix of a sliding door and a hinged door. When you open the door, the centre hinges back into a V.

The 2-panel door opening inwards can look very stylish and can make a great focal point to any bathroom.

Shower doors are available in Chrome, Black and even brass or gold finish these days and the bi-fold shows off the colours fantastically, call to our showrooms at 101 Bathrooms to see our display of the black Bi-fold door, from Flair Shower Doors Ireland.


SALOON SHOWER DOORS – Best for compact Bathrooms

A Saloon Shower door provides you with a two-door opening, it is like a pivot door but is made up with 2 small doors that open outward and inward, which works great for small bathrooms.

The Saloon and Pivot Door is also available in a frameless finish, for the more minimalist look, which delivers the bathroom beautifully.


CORNER ENTRY SHOWER DOORS – Best for compact Bathrooms with no Shower cubicle

A Corner Entry door is for use when you don’t have a partition or cubicle wall in your bathroom, The corner entry shower door is 2 small sliding doors which gives you corner access and fits snuggly in the corner and utilises your bathroom space. The Corner Entry Shower door is perfect for compact bathrooms.


SLIDING SHOWER DOORS – Best for long narrow Bathrooms or large Bathrooms

Sliding shower doors can help to save space in bathrooms, as they keep the whole shower enclosure compact and slim. If you don’t want a plain straight shower door or are stuck for space at one end, then there is a curved quadrant or offset quadrant Shower Door option. These types of doors need no extra opening room outside the showering area so the extra space which is saved outside can be used with-in the Shower enclosure.

We also offer the option of a triple panel slider door, which allows you that extra access room.  See our Verve shower doors range from flair Shower Ireland.


When you have lots of Bathroom space.

PIVOT SHOWER DOORS – Best for large Bathrooms

A traditional shower door the Pivot Door an open-shut shower door which can be configured to open outwards but can be fitted to open inwards depending on the choice of the person designing the bathroom. This type of shower door is more ideal for a bathroom with plenty of space as they can make a bathroom feel even more confined when opening out into the bathroom space.  Also bear in mind when you have a pivot door opening outward you will get water drops on the floor, so these types of doors can work best in wet-room style bathrooms or with anti-slip flooring.

N.B. A shower door must be able to open outward due to building codes but can open inwards in addition to outwards. They must never open only inwards. A shower door needs to be able to open outward so that the occupant can be reached in the event of a fall or medical emergency.

The Cara range from Flair Shower Ireland offers a half height door or split doors for easy access for the less abled.


HINGED SHOWER DOORS – Best for large Bathrooms

The Hinged Shower Door is another simple style of shower door, like a Pivot shower door, Hinged doors operate on a hinge system. The difference is that pivot doors can fully open in either direction and the hinged doors only opens outward. The Hinged door like the sliding do is available in both straight or curved offset quadrant shower enclosures.


If a Shower Door is not for your Bathroom.


If the shower door option is not for you, then you could create a full wet room in your bathroom, check out your options for installing a wet-room and benefit from a spacious, door-less room. You can read our blog on Ayo Shower Panels for some inspiration.

Whatever your desired Shower enclosure is I hope we were of some help in your decision on which type of shower door will best suit your bathroom space.

Here at 101 Bathrooms, we have a great selection of shower doors to choose from to create the perfect showering room for your bathroom. If you are looking to create a shower enclosure and are unsure which best suits your bathroom we are here to help.


If you don’t have a shower cubicle or partition in your bathroom this does not compromise your choice of shower enclosure, side panels are available for most of our shower doors. It is always best to speak to an expert before purchasing a shower door and find out what best suits your bathroom space and your family.

Our Shower Doors are reversible for left- or right-hand installation and come with quick release rollers for easy clean. We have an express fit range at a very reasonable price.


Note: Your measurements should be taken after tray installation and tiling. The space left after tiling will determine the shower door size required.







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