To make the bathroom as aesthetic as possible, it is necessary to mask all communications. In this regard, bath screens are of great importance, which should be not only aesthetic, but also functional. Depending on your own preferences, you can choose a stationary or sliding structure. The latter can also become an additional storage location. The screen can be made of different materials, have any design and even be mirrored. What should be considered when choosing a screen for a bathtub so that it meets all the requirements and is as functional as possible in a particular bathroom? We have collected some useful tips that will definitely help you in choosing.
# 1. What types of screens are there?
Depending on the design, all bath screens are divided into three types:
sliding and hinged. This is one of the most practical and convenient options, because it allows you not only to hide communications, but also to use the space under the bathroom with benefit, storing there household chemicals or other things;
removable non-sliding screens are usually installed under acrylic bathtubs. They allow you to relatively quickly get access to communications if something needs to be repaired, but the not quite simple screen removal system does not allow you to store things that are constantly needed there;
stationary screens look aesthetically pleasing, because the bathroom space is perceived as harmonious and monolithic, but this place cannot be used for storing things, which may seem irrational.
# 2. Sliding screens: pros, cons and features
Sliding screens are the most profitable designs that allow you to leave the space under the bathroom available, and in which case, repair work can be carried out immediately. At the same time, numerous shelves will become an excellent place to store the necessary things: household chemicals, remnants of building materials after repairs, etc. Such structures are easy to install and clean, offer a huge selection of various colors, but they are a little flimsy, and experience suggests that they often have to be repaired.
The very design of such a screen consists of guides and panels that move along them. The quality of the screen depends on the material of these elements. Guides can be as follows:
plastic. This is the cheapest and, moreover, quite durable material, which is characterized by absolute resistance to moisture. In addition, the color of the plastic does not change during operation, because it does not wash off and does not peel off. But plastic will not withstand mechanical damage: a more or less strong blow to it can lead to a complete resolution of the structure;
aluminum frames are much stronger than plastic ones, they can take impact, are highly moisture resistant, and can be painted in absolutely any color. The only drawback of this material is that the type of metal may not fit into the bathroom interior;
- the roller mechanism is very different from conventional frames, which, rather, resembles the principle of operation of a wardrobe. In this case, the guides are completely hidden, and only the facades of the doors are visible to a person, and they slide along the guides very smoothly and noiselessly. True, such a solution is more expensive, and you will have to make the entire system to order, because there are no ready-made solutions.
Doors can be made of a material that will be resistant to high humidity and constant temperature changes, will not change color and shape, will be stable and reliable. The features of materials that can be used for these purposes are discussed below.
No. 3. Who are hinged bath screens suitable for?
Hinged screens can be called one of the types of sliding systems. They are distinguished only by the peculiarities of opening the doors. Hinged screens can be used in bathrooms where there is enough space for the door to open freely without taking up half of the free area of the room.
This solution has many advantages. So, if such a screen is designed in the same style as all the cabinets and bedside tables, then the bath will resemble one of the elements of the headset, which will certainly decorate the interior and make it more harmonious.
No. 4. Removable fixed screens: pros and cons
Such screens are often found as an element of modern acrylic bathtubs. Its main advantage is that it can have almost any shape, so with its help it will be possible to close the space under the bathroom of any configuration. Such screens have a good appearance, and with it the bathtub is perceived as something one.
The purpose of the removable screen is to hide all communications away from our eyes, but, at the same time, to leave convenient and easy access to them, which is a mandatory security requirement. Installation of such screens is not as easy as, for example, sliding screens, and it is not so easy to remove them, so the space under the bathroom cannot be used for storage. Although, in principle, you can put items there that you may need every two years.
No. 5. Stationary screen – an immortal classic
Such screens are usually made individually. They are considered the most aesthetic, as they allow you to best fit the bath into the interior of the space, tiling with the same tiles or mosaics as the walls of the room. However, even such screens provide you with access to communications to detect possible problems: a small door can swing open, slide open, tilt back or take off, like a hatch cover, but nothing can be stored behind this door.
This type of screen can be called the most durable, and in terms of cleaning it is as simple as possible. But, at the same time, it is necessary to point out some disadvantages of such screens. So, a small window may not be enough for full access to communications, and then you will have to disassemble the screen. The same will have to be done if the bath is replaced. The floor under the bathroom behind the screen is unlikely to be thoroughly cleaned, since these places are difficult to access. In terms of installation, such screens are also not simple: first, the frame is mounted and sheathed with plasterboard, or brickwork is created, and then the tiles are laid. When creating such a screen at home, do not forget to leave a small gap at the very bottom, near the floor, so that it is convenient to come close to the bath.
№6. An alternative to bath screens
You can also close all communications under the bathroom in another way – hang curtains. This is the simplest and cheapest option in terms of implementation. It is enough just to install a pipe under the side or even stretch the fishing line, attach curtains of a suitable size and color to it, and the screen is ready. All the advantages of such a screen are limited to simplicity and economy, since it is short-lived, not very convenient and often does not look very presentable. Although it is necessary to make a reservation that there are types of interiors, where exactly such a screen will look as harmonious as possible: this is, for example, country and Provence.
No. 7. Screen material
As mentioned above, the screen can be made of any material that will withstand all the conditions of the bathroom and will not lose its appearance. Today’s assortment offers to choose from the following possible options:
PVC plastic screen is not affected by moisture, does not lose shape and color, even under constant exposure to high humidity. In addition, such screens are distinguished by the widest range of different colors and patterns, so choosing the right shade or even a pattern for the interior of a particular bathroom is not difficult. Moreover, through photo printing, you can create a screen with any image or photo. If plastic is used in a sliding structure, then the doors come out of it as light as possible and in order to move them out of place, no effort will be needed. But, like the plastic frame, the plastic screen is fragile enough to be damaged by a kick. And the plastic screen looks not very expensive, fully consistent with the price;
Chipboard screens are used very rarely, because the material is not very resistant to moisture. For protection, it is covered with films, which at the same time perform a decorative function, giving the material the structure of wood, stone, leather, etc. But even such a film is not able to completely protect the material from the negative effects of moisture. Prolonged direct contact with water can damage such a screen. Chipboard doors are quite heavy, so it will be a little difficult to move them, they are more suitable for a swing system;
MDF is a material that has absorbed all the positive properties of wood, but at the same time it is more resistant to moisture. The first thing that attracts attention is a huge assortment of different appearance options, so the screen can be stylized for any material and even make it exactly the same as the rest of the bathroom furniture;
plexiglass is a material that is very resistant to moisture, it absolutely does not absorb it, has almost all the properties of plastic, but at the same time it looks more representative, and differs in a huge number of different textures and colors. In addition, doors made of such material can even be mirrored. But plexiglass also has a drawback – fragility;
glass can be used to make doors for hinged or sliding screens. This is a pretty stylish solution, but you only need to use durable tempered glass.
All of the above materials are commonly used in the creation of sliding screens under the bath. But if you plan to organize a stationary screen, then you can pay attention to the following materials:
brickwork is the most durable and reliable bath screen, however, its installation will take time and effort. From above, brickwork, as a rule, is revetted with some kind of finishing materials: most often, it is a tile, and exactly the same one that is used in the decoration of the walls or floor of the room. Some interior styles, for example, a loft, allows you to leave brickwork unfinished;
The mirror can be attached to brickwork for an exclusive screen that will expand the space significantly – great for small rooms. It is important that the reflection in such a screen is aesthetic: rags, buckets and the like are not the best decoration for a room, so in advance you need to look around and analyze what may eventually be reflected in the screen;
mosaics are also attached over brickwork. The option has all the advantages of tiling, only in this case you can create a nice screen even on structures with an irregular curved shape.
No. 8. Screen size
Everything is simple here. The screen must match the dimensions of the bath. If you are looking for a ready-made screen, then on sale there are mainly products with a width of 150, 160, 170 and 180 cm.The height of the structure is 50 or 60 cm.In principle, you can make a custom-made screen with any design parameters, and also it is easier to lay it out on your own if the bathtub differs in non-standard parameters and shapes.
If the screen under the bath allows you to use the space with benefit, then organize there a system of drawer shelves so that you can store as many things as possible, and to find the necessary item as simple as possible. When choosing a specific design, proceed, first of all, from the interior of the bathroom and its dimensions, from the need to organize additional storage space, from the requirements for the strength of the structure, etc. We hope our tips have helped you understand the issue of choosing a bathroom screen.