The modern rhythms of life are such that business people are less likely to take baths (aromatic, relaxing, soothing), but more often they use the services of a shower. It saves time, space and money.
Features: Pros and Cons
At the peak of popularity today are deep shower trays. These miraculous devices allow you to combine business with pleasure: the ability to use a shower as a mini-bath and save the useful area of the bathroom.
The main features of showers with deep pallets are their quality advantages, in comparison with bulky bathtubs, namely:
- quick warming up of the cabin interior;
- convenient use as a baby bath;
- some high models are equipped with a seat box, on which it is very convenient for people with disabilities and elderly people to sit;
- unpretentiousness in leaving.
Among the shortcomings are the high cost of some designs, the presence of a too high sill, which makes it difficult to get into it as comfortable as possible, minimalistic design.
Until recently, everyone was accustomed to using only bathrooms. Therefore, they continue to huddle in small rooms, acquiring mini-baths, in which it is sometimes impossible for an adult to relax. The shower, on the other hand, allows you to stretch out to your full height, relieve fatigue, and get your portion of the charge of freshness and energy.
For complete conservatives, you can combine the corners of the mini-sink with a standard bathtub. To do this, you need to purchase a whole structure called a hydrobox. However, do not forget that such solutions are only possible for bathrooms with a large area.
Shower trays come in three types:
- flat - up to 100 mm;
- medium - 100-180 mm;
- deep - more than 180 mm.
Each type of pallet has its own material, shape and functionality, harmoniously suitable for this particular variety.
Materials of manufacture
To justify your choice, it is absolutely necessary to deal with such an important characteristic of deep shower trays as the material from which they are made. Revealing the advantages of booths, let us dwell on each raw material element of shower structures.
Cast iron is a classic option for bathtubs. Previously, cast-iron bathtubs were considered a sign of well-being and taste. Today we can all find a complete replacement for this bulky and complex material. However, cast-iron shower trays are present in the modern line of bathroom accessories, so we will dwell on the characteristics of this material in more detail. The high strength and durability inherent in cast iron allow pallets to function adequately almost twice as long as structures made of any other material. Cast iron surfaces heat up slowly but retain heat for a very long time. In a closed shower cubicle, having a bath of hot water, you can create a mini-steam room, a room for aromatherapy.
Acrylic pallets are a classic of our time. Such material allows you to get a wide variety of shapes, sizes and even textures. The average service life of such structures is from 10 to 15 years. They are convenient to operate, unpretentious in maintenance and easy to repair. It is enough to get a special paste-putty - and minor mechanical damage is eliminated. Usually, acrylic pallets come with an additional inner reinforcing (iron) layer - a structure that serves as a metal frame for the product. Without this option, the shower mini-bath will break under the weight of any family member.
Quaril is a universal mixture of acrylic and quartz. Thanks to the second element, pallets from this raw material last longer and are more durable. The cost of structures made of quark is currently somewhat overstated, compared with the same products made of acrylic.
Ceramic shower trays are beautiful, expensive, but very impractical. The service life of products made of this material is very long, and the operation process itself is noted for pleasant comfort. However, it has very significant shortcomings: it heats up slowly and cools quickly, very fragile, does not tolerate a rude attitude. The main problem is that the ceramic shower tray can be easily broken even by dropping a shower head on it.
Natural and artificial stone is becoming a very popular material for interior decoration. Even shower trays have been honored to be made using this raw material. Indisputable advantages include its aesthetic function and durability. However, people who want to save money, it is better to do with shower trays made of other materials.
Stainless steel pallets are rare, but are found.
Unfortunately, such designs have more disadvantages:
- The “ever-cold” surface heats up for a very long time and does not retain heat;
- the steel pallet is the noisiest material of all. The thinner the bowl, the louder the drops drum on it;
- lack of deep designs.
Among the advantages, it is worth noting the economy and durability.
The choice of the form of shower trays should be done on the basis of the room in which you want to install a shower with a deep tray.
Today there are such varieties of forms of shower structures:
The most common form of such a design in Russia is a semicircle. This is such a shower cabin, which is installed in the right corner of the bathroom. Two walls of the cabin are the walls of the room itself. Designs of this type are most often deep than others. Despite its compactness, the corner shower tray is so functional that it can be used for various purposes: bathing babies as in a baby bath; soaking and washing delicate clothes that require only a manual method of cleaning; some models equipped with an extra seat will become assistants for elderly or disabled people who cannot take a shower while standing.
Sometimes semicircular shower trays are equipped with additional hydromassage "engines", then the bowl of the cabin can be used as a jacuzzi.
When installing such a pallet, it is worth remembering the need for accurate measurement of the angles at which it will be installed. The problem is that the model has a clear right angle, and our walls, unfortunately, are not always formed in the same exact way. The maximum permissible error is up to 3 degrees in any direction. Otherwise, you will have to resort to auxiliary actions: polishing the main layer of the wall covering (most often it is ceramic tile) in order to fit the edges of the pallet under the wall; or filling the distance between the wall and the structure with silicone.
When choosing a form, you should focus directly on the niche that the installation will occupy. The smaller the room allocated for the bathroom, the more each millimeter is counted. So, for example, it is best to choose such pallets that will have standard shapes; for large rooms, the most original and daring ideas are perfect.
Each form has its own valid parameter scale. Rectangular structures are known for having two parallel sides longer than the other two. Thus, the most common sizes for this type of shower trays are considered to be a range from 70x90 cm (excellent size even for the smallest bathroom) to 150x70 cm (for bath choirs).
Corner pallets are encouraging in that they measure only two straight sides, the dimensions of which fit into such parameters: 80x80, 90x90, 100x100 cm. The largest size of a deep semicircular pan is 150x150 cm. Shower enclosures - squares - are most popular in terms of sides 80 , 90 and 100 centimeters.
The pentahedral models are very pleased with their size range. The sides adjacent to the walls of the room are also taken as a basis. So, for example, you can install a shower tray with puppet sizes of 70x70 or 60x60 cm. But such designs do not have any mandatory parameters. Most often, they are made to order, therefore, completely depend on the imagination of the buyer and the dimensions of the bathroom.
Asymmetric models force designers and manufacturers to take extreme measures and invent strange shapes with sides 100x70 and 100x80 cm. An individual approach to choosing deep shower trays is limited solely by your imagination and the size of the bathroom.
How to choose?
To choose a really convenient, high-quality shower tray for centuries, decide on the main selection options:
- in appearance;
- for comfort in operation.
Let's start with the first criterion. Appearance is of great importance if, for example, you equip your bathroom in a certain style. You need to withstand the entire line of plumbing in one note. However, this is not the most important thing. Exterior details of deep shower trays may be additional safety features. So, for example, absolutely smooth surfaces are very traumatic. Few people want to take a shower where you can be crippled at the end of the procedure. Therefore, there are a number of interesting aesthetic solutions for your safety.
The drawings adapted to the deep shower trays just in time.
They are of two types:
- various prints interwoven into an ornament (flowers, plants, etc.);
- laser engraving (drawing letters, logos, monograms on the surface of the pallet).
Relief security systems differ among others in that they are applied absolutely to the entire surface of the pallet. It can be spirals, imitation of sea stones, waves and the like. The functional value of this type of decoration of shower trays is also in the healing properties. When you step on a surface roughness, you get a precise foot massage.
A shower without sides is a great solution for people with disabilities, the elderly and children. The washbasin is installed flush with the floor. It should be understood that the deeper the pallet, the more you have to raise the floor itself to get rid of the nut as much as possible.
Lack of discharge can frighten the buyer initially. But do not immediately abandon this option, because everything is thought out in it to the smallest detail. Such “smart” pallets are equipped with a special plate of a smaller area, but made of the same material as the main bowl. It simulates the discharge of water as if into an additional bottom. In fact, such a system simply drains the liquid into special gaps between the plate and the tray.
LED backlighting is used everywhere today. Therefore, manufacturers of deep shower trays did not stand aside. Of course, such a lamp will not allow to abandon lighting in general in the bathroom, and has a more decorative character.
It should also be borne in mind that all of the above nuances are worth the extra money. Therefore, do not forget to count on them too, impressed with original ideas.
Choosing deep shower trays is based on functional features and ease of use.
- Surface. The bottom of the bowl should be provided with additional embossed patterns for your safety. Alternatively, you can consider purchasing a silicone or rubber mat to get rid of slipping in the shower.
- Noise. This parameter is least developed for stone and acrylic pallets, but most noticeable for steel.
- The heating rate and the duration of maintaining the optimum temperature.
- Suitable sizes.
Tips & Tricks
Manufacturers strongly recommend the use of deep shower trays only with accessories of the same brand. Thus, the risk of discrepancies in sizes, colors, textures, textures and even methods of caring for the structure as a whole is reduced.
If the area of the bathroom allows, it is better to choose the most spacious tray. The main rule: to freely move all parts of the body and is quietly in the shower without risk of getting an attack of claustrophobia. Most conveniently, deep shower trays are considered with dimensions of 90x90 and 100x100 cm. When choosing a design for a large family, it is necessary to be guided by the weight of its heaviest member.
Russian manufacturers of shower trays occupy their worthy niche in the plumbing market. Our domestic companies go through all stages of certification, and some even comply with the European quality standard. The most famous Russian companies manufacturing deep shower trays are Bandhours and Radomir. The main advantage of their products is their economical price.
See the next video for the sizes and shapes of deep shower trays.