Shower corners are an optimal solution for small bathrooms, if you need to achieve ergonomics and functionality. Consider the features of such a low pallet design.
Features of the design, advantages and disadvantages
A feature of a shower corner is its compactness and ergonomics. This design adjacent to the walls of the bathroom, that is, the walls of the room simultaneously serve as the walls of the shower corner. For convenience, the latter is usually placed in one of the corners of the bathroom, although it can simply lay down to the wall.
Unlike shower boxing, Shower corner has fewer walls, has no ceiling. Constructive features are one of the advantages of the corner – it can be placed even in a small bathroom.
Shower corner can have many options forms and sizes, Therefore, it will be able to “enter” even in small niches, the premises of a complex. As a rule, for a shower corner of plumbing is purchased separately. This allows you to choose products suitable in class and, accordingly, price.
However, shower corners due to their design features have a lower functionality compared to closed boxes.
Shower corners can be with a pallet or without. In most cases, installation of the product with a pallet is lighter and less labor-intensive compared to the installation of an analog without pallet. This is due to the fact that the latter require laying of pipes and other communications under the screed. Besides, It is necessary to roll the floor under a certain inclination so that the water does not spread throughout the bathroom, and was going to stock.
Installation of products with a pallet in this regard is simpler – Usually you only need to connect the design to the existing water supply system. In addition, the pallet reduces the risk of flooding.
Depending on the pallet height, it can be low, medium and deep. Low pallet height – 5-7 cm. It is especially convenient for use of the elderly, people with disabilities – all those who do not physically pass through the high pallet. In general, this is a convenient design that visually does not clutch the room, which sometimes occurs in the case of using a high pallet for a corner.
However, if you plan to use a shower area also for seating baths, then it will be impossible with a low pallet. According to user reviews, such a model is not the best option for families with young children, pets. Unless, of course, there is still no “full-fledged” bath.
Form and dimensions
The shape of the cabin is determined by the form of its pallet. The most popular shapes of a shower corner are a triangle or more smooth version – 1/4 of the circle. Also “running” are the square square and rectangle. If the size of the bathroom is allowed, then this may be the pallet in the form of a semicircle, then the corner is adjacent to one of the walls. For those forced furniture or complex bathrooms, you can choose a trapezoid pallet or other asymmetric shape.
Standard sizes for a shower corner are considered to be 90×90, 100×100, 1100×1100 and 120×120 cm. Of course, there are more compact models – 80×80, 85×85 cm, but the use of them is not so comfortable. Visually, such cabins have a kind of an equal triangle.
If we are talking about the products of a rectangular shape, then trains are often found in the dimensions of 80×100, 80×120, 100×80, 100×90, 110×80, 120×80, 120×90 cm. In this case, the first point is the length of the cabin, then – width. That is, the product is 120×90 cm in size – this is not the same as the pallet 90×120 cm.
When it comes to material for shower corners with a pallet, refers to the material of the walls and the pallet itself.
Walls and doors Corner can make plastic and glass. Plastic structures have a smaller weight and cost, but they are less durable – over time they lose the initial geometric shape. In addition, plastic is complicated in care – after a short period of operation, traces and soap divorces appear on the plastic surface.
Glass, despite the seeming fragility, turns out to be a more reliable and durable option. The fact is that for the production of the corner uses a special durable glass with a thickness of at least 4 mm. There is also a variant of the tempered glass products, the thickness of which reaches 6 mm.
Finally, you can choose Overhead glass – triplex. It is made according to the principle of automotive glass – 2 layers of glass with a transparent reinforcing film laid between them. Material thickness can reach 8 mm. It is resistant to mechanical damage, and even in case of breakage, such glass will not split on hundreds of wounded fragments, but will remain on the film.
Glass environmentally friendly, does not lose shapes, and thanks to a special coating with it easily removed leaks of water and soap.
Glass cabins can be transparent or color, smooth or matte. In most cases, the choice in favor of this or that option is made on the basis of the personal preferences of the owner.
However, it is worth remembering that if scratches appear on smooth glass, it will not be possible to obfinate. But in the case of a matte product it will do.
Let us turn to the possible variants of the material for the pallet.
It is characterized by durability, durability (the service life reaches 50 years), but has a lot of weight, which is why difficulties with transportation and installation may occur. In some homes of the old planning, the cast-iron tray may require additional flooding. However, again, due to the large weight, the pallet does not vibrate and not deforming, does not make noise during the water set.
Cast iron pallets usually do not have a wide variety of forms, which is associated with the difficulty of giving the product of the desired configuration. As a rule, it is triangular, square and rectangular models.
Material has low thermal conductivity, so water in such pallet cools slowly. In general, reliable and high-quality, but quite expensive option.
Steel pallets are usually covered by enamel, which gives them external attractiveness, strength and increases service life. Such products have a wide range of forms and sizes. However, due to the small material density, the material is often deformed, vibrate and make noise when set of water. Steel pallet – not the best option for people with overweight.
Besides, The product is worse than the heat compared to the cast-iron analog. When falling into the pallet of any object on the enamel surface, cracks may appear.
In this case, the product is recommended to replace the new.
One of the most popular materials. This is due to its high quality, long-term (up to 25 years) service life, attractive appearance, hygiene and pricing accessibility.
Acrylic is plastic material at the production stage, so pallets can have the most diverse, even complex asymmetric shape. In addition, they may have different shades and sizes. Preference is worth peting acrylic. It is more reliable and durable than the one that is produced by extrusion. Sometimes a plastic bowl is issued for the acrylic pallet, covered with an acrylic layer from the inside. However, such a product has a service life for no more than 10-12 years, deformed, the temperature drops are afraid.
Another variety of acrylic – kvaril. This is the same acrylic, but with the addition of quartz sand. Due to this, the material becomes more durable and durable.
Such a pallet is very attractive externally. Due to a sufficiently large weight, it will be stable, will not be deformed. However, at the same time Ceramics is a fragile material, even drop in a small subject can cause damage to the pallet. In this case, it becomes impossible to use it, replacement.
Usually mean artificial stone. Natural is not used due to its greater weight, the complexity of treatment, the porosity of the surface (nonhygienic) and the presence of radiation background. Artificial stone is a composite material that is stylized under a natural stone surface. He, of course, is easier than a natural analogue, but still has a big weight.
The pallet can be performed in any form, always looks stylish and respectable.
How to choose?
When choosing an corner, you need to consider the size of the bathroom. Different dimensions depend on this. In small rooms, it is convenient to place angular models with a diamond shape of 1/4 of a circle or square. For a narrow long bathroom, a well-defined design will also be a rectangular design.
When choosing an angular cabin, you need to immediately decide what kind of corner it will be located. In accordance with this, the right-or left-sided models are selected.
Preference is worth giving glass models. If it is a framework, it is better if it has a metal frame. As for the guide and other elements, the metal version is always preferable.
For small bathrooms often recommend cabins with sliding doors. When buying this option, make sure that the guides are made of metal, have magnets and rubber lining. Only in this case can be guaranteed the tightness of the design and long service life.
If you choose a model with a hintage door, make sure that when opening it does not close the passage or does not cause other inconveniences.
For the purpose of saving, many prefer the cabins with one door. This is a suitable option, provided that the doorway has a sufficient width (at least 50 cm).
Market leaders are products from Italy, Germany, France. However, they have a fairly high cost. Do not give way to them in quality, but cost an orderly corner from the Czech Republic, Finland.
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