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Shower Enclosure vs. Walk-in Shower: Exploring Design and Shower Ideas

When it comes to designing a shower space, choosing between a shower enclosure and a walk-in shower can significantly impact both functionality and aesthetics. Below, we outline key differences between these two options and provide some innovative shower ideas:

Example of an enclosed and walk in shower


  • Shower Enclosure: Typically features walls and a door, creating a separate, enclosed space within the bathroom. Consider incorporating unique shower tile designs or mosaic patterns to enhance visual appeal and complement the enclosure.
  • Walk-in Shower: Embraces an open design, seamlessly blending with the rest of the bathroom without doors or barriers. Install a rainfall showerhead or add LED lighting for a luxurious spa-like ambiance.

Space and Accessibility

  • Shower Enclosure: Requires dedicated space for installation, making it suitable for bathrooms with limited space. Optimise space by incorporating built-in niches or shelves for storage within the enclosure.
  • Walk-in Shower: Offers flexibility in space utilisation and easier accessibility, especially for individuals with mobility issues. Consider adding a built-in bench or seating area for added comfort and convenience.

Visual Appeal

  • Shower Enclosure: Available in various styles, including framed, frameless, and semi-frameless options, often featuring glass panels for a sleek, modern look. Experiment with different shower enclosure materials, such as frosted glass or textured tiles, to create unique visual effects.
  • Walk-in Shower: Can be visually appealing with aesthetically pleasing tiles, fixtures, and decorative elements. Incorporate accent tiles or a statement backsplash to add personality and style to your walk-in shower.


Both require regular cleaning, but shower enclosures may accumulate more water spots and soap scum due to their glass surfaces and enclosed space, making cleaning potentially more challenging than for walk-in showers. Consider installing a self-cleaning glass coating or investing in a squeegee for easier maintenance.

Example of an enclosed and walk in shower
Example of an enclosed and walk in shower


  • Shower Enclosure: Tends to be more expensive due to additional components like glass panels, doors, and frames. However, you can save on costs by opting for pre-fabricated shower enclosure kits or DIY installation.
  • Walk-in Shower: Generally more cost-effective, especially simpler designs. Explore budget-friendly shower fixtures and materials that would suite your needs.

Water Containment

  • Shower Enclosure: Effectively contains water within a specific space. Add a waterproofing membrane or sealant to prevent water leakage and ensure proper water containment.
  • Walk-in Shower: May lead to more splashes, akin to a ‘wet room’ environment, potentially affecting furniture placement and causing wet floors outside the shower area. Install a glass partition or splash guard to minimise water splatter and improve water containment.

Ultimately, the choice between a shower enclosure and a walk-in shower hinges on factors such as bathroom layout, available space, aesthetic preferences, and accessibility needs. Incorporating innovative shower ideas can help you create a personalised and functional shower space that meets your needs and enhances your bathroom design.

If you would like some inspiration take a look through some of our completed projects which showcase both shower enclosures and walk-in showers.

For further inquiries or assistance with your shower renovation project, feel free to reach out. Let’s turn your shower ideas into reality!