This sliding bathtub door from Dreamline is a great replacement for a shower curtain, but there are also hinged doors and glass options for your to consider as well.
Whether you’re designing a botanical oasis, a modern, sophisticated escape, or you're just ready to upgrade from a shower curtain to a door for your bathtub, you’ll need a bathtub door that matches your style. A bathtub door is a large fixture in your bathroom that commands attention, so it's important to think about the overall effect you'd like to achieve and the options available to help you get there.
What Are Bathtub Doors?
Before diving into bathtub door styles, let’s explore what a bathtub door is and why you might need one.
Many people think that if they have a shower-over-tub combination, they have to use a shower curtain, but this isn’t always the case. Instead, you can install a tub door, which is attached to the tub and the wall in lieu of a curtain. They are made of glass, can be framed, and either slide or hinge open.
If you took the time to create a beautiful shower interior, you’ll want a bathtub door, which opens up the space and shows off the shower tile. In addition, it can be a cleaner alternative, and provide more protection from water reaching your floor when you shower. If you have a curtain and liner, you will know that it’s easy for dirt to collect at the bottom, and water to occasionally spill over.
What Are My Style Options?
You have many options when it comes to choosing a bathtub door. How you want to accentuate your space will determine which style you install:
Frameless Bathtub Doors
If you’re looking for modern bathtub doors, frameless doors are your best option. These doors are elegant and sleek because they do not have a bulky metal frame around the edges. They are aesthetically pleasing and do not break up the design of your shower/tub combination.
Because these doors have minimal parts, they're also easy to clean, as there aren’t many places for gunk and grime to collect. These modern bathtub doors are ideal for contemporary bathrooms.
Semi-Frameless Bathtub Doors
If you like the look of metal, consider semi-frameless bathtub doors. A metal frame surrounds the outside of the glass, but in some designs, the metal is thinner (or even non-existent) around the actual door.
Semi-frameless doors are less expensive than their frameless counterparts, but they still look beautiful. If you have a rustic bathroom or a lot of metal accents, semi-frameless doors would be a beautiful addition to your bathroom.
Tempered Glass Bathtub Doors
When looking for bathtub doors, include tempered glass on your checklist of “needs.”
Tempered glass is much stronger and more durable than standard glass. Since the shower is where you’ll be the most exposed, you definitely do not want the risk of glass that breaks or cracks.
Tempered glass can also be etched and sandblasted with a myriad of designs if clear glass isn’t for you.
Sliding vs Hinged Bathtub Doors
The last style choice you need to make when choosing a bathtub door is if you want your door to slide or swing open.
Sliding doors are space savers. If you have a small bathroom, you may not have the space for a door that swings wide open. Sliding doors also have a seamless look, perfect for modern bathrooms. However, framed sliding doors are hard to clean. Gunk and mildew can get trapped inside the frame where the rollers are.
If space isn't an issue, you can install a hinged door. They are much easier to clean, but one of their downsides is that water collected on the door during a shower is likely to drip out when the door is opened afterwards.
In order to make an informed decision when choosing the perfect bathtub door, you’ll need to consider your interior design, the amount of space you have, and how easy it will be to clean your bathtub door. Your bathroom is a place to relax and unwind, and your bathtub door should suit that.