Home Design Guides: Shower, Bathroom

How to choose a shower

How to choose a shower

Showers span the gamut of tastes, come in more shapes and styles than you can imagine, and need to be planned sensibly. Find out what kinds of things you'll need to consider when planning your shower.

Shower types

Shower types

If you're choosing a shower, there are a whole host of different options to consider. What type of shower stall do you need? Do you need a shower stall at all?

Wet rooms

Often the most comfortable type of shower is one without a stall at all. Wet rooms are especially useful in small bathrooms and for people with mobility impairments.

Cold water diverter

Cold water diverters

In most plumbing setups, it takes a while for hot water to reach the hot tap when it's turned on. Cold water diverters recycle the cold water which would otherwise pour down the drain in this time.

Soap dishes and recesses

Nobody likes to drop the soap. Ensuring that you have somewhere to put it is not complicated, but it's good to know what your options are.

Traps, drains and wastes

Traps, drains and wastes

Also called drains and plugholes, wastes are the grills through which water is drained as it leaves your bathroom. Find out what variations exist for wastes.

How to choose a shower head

How to choose a shower head

The business end of the shower. Shower heads are often the most decorative aspect of a shower, as well as being vitally important to the shower's functionality.

Types and styles of taps

Types and styles of taps

Taps can come in matching bathroom sets, but can also be mixed and matched to great effect.

Mould and rust on taps

How to deal with mould and rust

Cleaning mould is not simply a matter of wiping it off and assuming the job's finished. Find out how to effectively clean rust stains and get rid of mould for good in your bathroom.

Unblocking a drain

How to unblock a drain

Blocked drains in your kitchen are no fun - but thankfully they're not too difficult to deal with. Read our guide on how to unblock a drain and save yourself from a watery disaster.

Cleaning a shower

How to clean a shower

Find out how to deal with stubborn water film on glass, how to clean a shower head and how to wash tiles to make your shower sparkle like it's new.

Shower maintenance

Shower maintenance

Cleaning your shower is a necessary evil. If you do it regularly (and properly), your shower will only need a light clean every time.

Shower head

Water efficient shower heads

The shower head you use dictates how much water you use. Just because a shower head is 'water efficient', it doesn't mean it's weak.

Shower water efficiency

Shower water efficiency

Changing a shower head to a WELS rated efficient shower head is a relatively simple and cheap step to take but the results can make a giant impact on your bills and the environment.

Framed shower

Shape, layout and positioning of showers

The available space in your bathroom will play a significant role in what type of shower you choose and where you put it.

Frameless shower

Wall and floor materials in showers

The types walls and floors in your shower will affect how much maintenance it needs, how long it lasts and how safe it is.

Different types of shower heads

Types of shower heads

The shower head you choose will make or break your shower in terms of how nice it feels.

A special needs-equipped shower

Special needs shower enhancements

Seats, handles, grab rails and special taps are all available to ensure that those with special needs can use showers with greater comfort and ease.

An anti-slip mat for showers

Anti-slip enhancements for showers and baths

If they're not set up properly, showers can be very slippery and dangerous. Find out more about how to slip-proof your shower stall.

A combined shower and bathtub

Shower screens and shower stalls

There are a surprising number of variations when it comes to shower screens - and an equal number of factors that are likely to affect your choice if you want one.