The pace of life changes our preferences, many take a shower instead of sitting in the bathroom for an hour. Demand creates supply, and showers evolve into multifunctional boxes. Now you can not only take a quick shower in the morning, but also in the evening, after a tiring day, relax under a pleasant stream of warm water imitating tropical rain.
A shower box is a device with which you can take a shower, relax, feel yourself in a sauna or under a warm shower, inhale floral aromas, and listen to music. It is hermetically sealed on all sides. It can be installed anywhere in the bathroom. A similar design differs from a cramped shower stall in comfort and functionality. Especially practical models with a bath. As necessary, you can use both of them in the same area.
Before making a choice in favor of a hydromassage cabin, you should familiarize yourself with all the advantages and disadvantages of the design. The benefits include unconditional comfort and additional treatment options. Modern boxes are able to economically consume water and electricity. Such showers can replace a real sauna, but they cost much less, so owners of private houses often prefer showers to saunas.
The disadvantages include the large size of the structure. She requires constant care. If you do not wipe the glass walls with a dry cloth each time, a coating will form on them. The hydrobox is installed a little more complicated than the shower cabin, in addition to connecting to the drain, it must be equipped with electrical wiring. All this is not a big problem and an occasion to deny yourself the daily pleasure of taking a shower in comfortable conditions.
How is it different from an ordinary shower?
After the repair in the bathroom comes the moment of acquiring modern plumbing. If a shower is preferred over a bath, the next step will be to choose between boxing and a conventional shower. Understanding the pros and cons of using a shower box, it’s easier to make a decision.
The shower cubicle does not have a ceiling; it is attached to the walls in the corner of the bathroom. To ensure that the installation is airtight and water does not leak, the surfaces of the room must be perfectly leveled, and the angle should be brought out exactly at 90 degrees. The walls of the shower should be tiled. The cabin consists of a pallet, two walls, a door. The maximum that a shower is equipped with is the lighting and adjustment of the shower. Sizes of a square cabin are from 70x70 to 120x120 cm. Usually they are installed in small rooms.
The shower box is closed on all sides, has independent walls, so it can be placed in any part of the room. In addition to walls, the box has a pallet, ceiling (cover), doors and various options. Square boxes are sizes from 130x130 to 170x170 cm, rectangular - from 140x90 to 170x90 cm. To install the box does not require aligned walls and corners, since it can even be placed in the center of the bathroom. This design has the functions of hydromassage, Turkish bath and others, it is equipped with many additional options.
The difference between the two models is obvious. A shower cabin is suitable for those who have a small bathroom and are used to taking a shower quickly. For fans to soak in warm water with a hydromassage and other functions, a box with a high pallet is necessary.
Hydroboxes are popular, in the plumbing market you can find a wide variety of these products. They are divided by function, shape, size, arrangement of pallets. Boxes are open and closed, angular, infrared, built-in.
Open - these are prefabricated models without a roof, relatively inexpensive. The pallet is installed and connected to the sewer system, a plexiglass wall is erected around it.
Closed hydroboxes have a pallet, roof and walls. They are completely isolated from the bathroom. They are simple and multifunctional. The first are endowed only with a shower and a pallet, in their working properties they do not differ from a bath with a shower. Functional designs come with a hydromassage, a sauna, a Turkish bath, steam and other features.
Showers are not only functional difference, they are diverse in shape.
Rectangular are traditional boxes, they can be selected by color, they look good in the bathroom. The shutters are made of tempered glass, which actually do not break. They are endowed with additional options, have a radio, telephone, hydromassage, steam generator and other devices. Of the minuses - a rectangular design takes up a lot of space, if the water pressure is less than two bars, then you can use only a shower, additional functions can not be performed. Tempered glass requires careful care, after each shower, the booth should be wiped dry.
Semicircular cabins are installed in the corner of the bathroom. They take up less space than rectangular boxes. They come in symmetrical and asymmetric shapes.
Showers differ from each other in a variety of trays. Designs are sedentary and lying. Pallets are made of steel, acrylic, cast iron and earthenware. Cast iron - strong enough, it is heavy and heats up for a long time. The steel tank heats up quickly, but the water striking the surface creates a lot of noise. A beautiful but fragile earthenware pallet. Lightweight and inexpensive acrylic models.
Shower boxing is a wonderful invention of mankind. It not only serves for hygienic purposes, but also allows you to relax and rest after a hard day.
In addition to the pan, the mixer and the shower itself, it is equipped with many pleasant options.
- Hydromassage is a uniformly distributed nozzle, from which water comes out under different pressures. Horizontal hydromassage is applicable for the bathroom, vertical - for the shower.
- The function of the rain shower is carried out thanks to special nozzles in the ceiling. The procedure well reduces muscle tone.
- Turkish bath. With the help of a steam generator, warm humid air is supplied; these processes are regulated by the remote control.
- Sauna. Using a steam generator, you can organize an active steam room, changing the intensity mode at your discretion.
- Aromatherapy, inhalation. Steam passes through flavored containers and fills the box with odors.
- Modern cabins have a chromotherapy function that provides light treatment.
- Expensive boxes have a voice control option. With its help, you can change the temperature regime and the effect of steam.
There are many additional components: a chair, a backlight, a locker for small things, a radio, ventilation, dispensers.
It's nice when all the functions that you expect from the shower fit in a box that fits the size of the bathroom. Sometimes we want much more than our premises can accept. Boxes come in different types and sizes: square (symmetrical), rectangular (asymmetric), compact, medium and large.
You can always choose the option for your bathroom.
- Compact boxes of square sizes are 130x130 cm. Rectangular have sizes: 120x80, 135x90, 140x70 cm. Even a small room can take a similar version of a shower.
- Medium boxes having a square shape correspond to the dimensions of 150x150 cm, and rectangular boxes are 150x70, 150x80, 150x90 cm.
- As for large-sized boxes, their square shape is 170x170 cm, and rectangular ones are: 170x70, 170x80, 170x90, 190x120, 220x120 cm. Such dimensions of the shower box are suitable for private houses, where large rooms are allocated for bathrooms.
The height of the box in different versions is 200–220 cm. When choosing a shower room, one should take into account not only the room's facilities, but also its own. It is not necessary for a large person to buy a tight box for the sake of square meters.
Shower boxes come to the domestic market from manufacturers from different countries: Italy, Germany, China. Well-established production of Russian structures. They have a fairly high rating and positive customer reviews.
River models are found in a rectangular shape. The shower room is equipped with a steam generator, a hydromassage, and a tropical rain function. Depending on the number of options, the price fluctuates.
The Miracle brand hydromassage box can be with a bathtub or a pallet. It has all kinds of functions, as well as a mirror, shelves, towel holder, hoods and other elements. All options are controlled using the touch panel. The pallet model is quite compact.
Apollo brand products look beautiful and are considered the best. In addition to hydromassage, they have a cascading shower, massage mode for legs and a sauna.
How to choose?
The choice of a hydromassage cabin depends on the dimensions of the room, the size of the owner and the functions that are preferred. The depth of the pallet is selected according to the purpose. For older people, it should not be deep; a shallow side is easier to step over. For those who like to soak in warm water, you can choose a bath box. Of the materials, light and durable is considered acrylic.
When buying, you should check all the components , ask if there are any spare parts for the shower on sale. It is worth paying attention to the upper door rollers, for a longer service life, they should be double. Hydromassage for the legs - this will make it possible to relieve muscle tone, rest well and relax. It is worth paying attention to this option when choosing.
When buying, check the stability of the pallet. To avoid slipping, the bottom is better to choose a relief structure. On advertising samples, you can test the height of the seat and the strength of the structure itself. You should pay attention to the warranty periods, they should concern not only the electronics, but also the design itself.
Replacing a bathtub with a hydromassage cabin does not require BTI permissions, since no special changes are made to the room. If you carefully study the circuit, the design can be installed independently. The box consists of a pallet, a screen (it is under the pallet), vertical racks, walls, doors, covers. It is better to assemble the structure in a free area. Perform a preliminary installation without sealant and double-check the availability of all parts. If the water drainage system is not located directly under the shower, it must be connected with corrugated hoses.
Having dealt with the drainage, the box should be disassembled and installed in its intended place. Start with mounting the pallet on the legs. It is necessary to level the structure by tightening the locking screws and checking operation with a level. If the pallet does not have legs, it is installed directly on the tiled floor. Acrylic structures are installed using a cross and legs, if they are missing, the pallet is mounted on concrete. A silicone layer is applied to all the compounds, and after solidification, water is collected and the tightness is checked.
Next, proceed with the installation of the walls, they are put on glue. Then install the door. In order not to confuse the top and bottom, pay attention to the details of the design: the guides at the top are wide in shape, and the doors in the upper part are equipped with a large number of fasteners. All joints are coated with sealant and glass is inserted, carefully pressed with a screw, filled out with a sealant. Then the back wall is mounted and the joints are sealed with silicone. When working with sealant, make sure that it does not fall into the recesses for draining water. The silicone dries for several days, then you can connect the structure and check for leaks. You should also try out all the options: backlight, radio and others.
By purchasing a shower box, we bring a bit of comfort into our everyday life.
Perhaps some tips will help in the selection and operation of such a design.
- Options are controlled using the remote control and touch panel. In order not to harm the electronics, you should carefully study the instructions.
- Some functions have medicinal properties, but they can be contraindicated in certain diseases, this must be clarified before operation.
- Whirlpool cabins equipped with many options will require more electricity. It would be more reasonable to extend an additional line during installation.
- If there is a choice between ordinary and plexiglass for construction, it is better to give preference to plexiglass, as this is a light and unpretentious material, it lends itself to coloring.
- Even before buying, you should find out the water pressure in the apartment, if less than two bars, then the operation of the functions will be difficult.
Beautiful examples in the interior
- Beautiful models of shower boxes organically fit into the design of bathrooms.
- A shower cabin combined with a bathtub.
- It is pleasant to take a “rain shower” in such an interior.
- Corner shower box with a high tray.
- Monoblock shower with sauna.
- Shower box with bathtub.
- Hydroboxing unusual shape.
Shower boxing is a great plumbing for the whole family. Of the many functions, everyone will find in them those that will appeal to you.
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