How to Choose a Shower Enclosure

When you’re looking for a shower enclosure, the easiest decision to make is usually the shape of the shower. Unless you’re doing a complete renovation, it’s best to look at what types and shapes of enclosures will fit the existing shower layout in your bathroom. After deciding between the enclosure shapes that will fit your space, then take a look at shower door styles. Ultimately, it all comes down to your personal preference for shower space, durability, and overall aesthetic. We’ve broken down the general door styles and shower enclosure shapes below to help you start this home improvement project.

Door Styles

Sliding Door

Sliding door shower enclosures come in a variety of price ranges. Great for small spaces, a sliding door enclosure takes up the least amount of real estate in your bathroom. Look for door and full-length panel seals to make sure the shower is watertight where the door slides back.

Pivot Doors

Pivot doors, also referred to as swinging doors, open outward in one smooth motion. These are another great option for small spaces, and especially for a small shower entrance that isn’t wide enough to fit the panels of a sliding door. Because of the small hinges attached to the shower bottom and top, all-glass shower enclosures often feature pivot doors for a clean-lined, modern look.

Hinged Doors

Hinged doors are often used with neo-angle shower enclosures and can be installed to swing in or out. Unlike pivot doors, hinged doors have hinges on the side of the door panel. Look for hinged doors that have seal-through hinges for leak protection and all stainless steel parts for maximum durability.

Enclosure Shapes


Mostly used for corner stand-alone showers, neo-angle shower enclosures feature a swing hinged door and can be installed to open left or right. This type of enclosure is usually for corner shower locations. The neo-angle design also places the door in the center for easy entry into a smaller shower space.

Rectangle and Square

​Rectangular shower enclosures are one of the most common shapes, and can offer a spacious amount of bathing room with a variety of door style options.Square enclosures, on the other hand, offer a clean-lined look for a smaller space or corner.


​Round or curved shower enclosures can have hinged doors or sliding doors, and are best for stand-alone showers situated in the corner. For a corner shower location, a curved enclosure will take up the least amount of space in your bathroom.