How to choose a shower tray? What size ? What material ?


Did you know that the bathroom is one of the “favorite” rooms that can trigger a real estate sale? For a rather reasonable budget compared to other works, it can be brought up to date or brought up to date, in particular thanks to the difficult to detach from the walk-in shower!

Other elements can provoke the blow of heart, in particular the washbasins to pose, the waterfall taps, the massaging jets, or the alliance of wood with white or anthracite. But let’s come back to our shower, and more precisely to the receiver. The shower is a design element as a whole today, and the choice of its shower tray takes its place. There is no right or wrong, everything will depend on the space to equip, the style of the room, your budget, your needs and your desires. Here are some tips for choosing the right equipment.

Define the space to choose the right size

The space you have is obviously the first criterion to take into account when choosing your shower tray.

For the smallest spaces, 70 x 70 cm square models exist, but practicality does not always combine with comfort. Depending on your build, this type of already very cramped receiver can quickly become a real constraint. The classic and more acceptable format corresponds to the 80 x 80 cm that will generally be found in “turnkey” housing.

Square models of 90 x 90 cm also exist but are less widespread because they take up more space. In this case, we will prefer the rectangular model 120 x 80 cm, which is probably the best compromise between comfort and optimization of space. On rectangular formats, we will still find less frequently the 180 x 80 cm tray, which is suitable when it comes to refreshing a water room with the replacement of a bathtub by a shower.

Which shape to choose?

Remember the walk-in shower mentioned earlier. Apart from the fact that it is very trendy, and has been for a few years now, it also has the great advantage of not having to step over a step or a bathtub rim. During development or redevelopment work, we generally have a thought for “and in 20 years? “: Welcome grandma to the house, and if I break a leg or even myself, I take a little bottle. If the bathtub appeals more to families with young children for the baths, the shower more satisfies households over 50 years for its aesthetic and practical aspects. Two models of receivers exist.

  • The receiver to pose : it is the most traditional model and the easiest to install. It has the advantage of being placed directly on the ground if the connections converge below, or on a plinth, which makes it the preferred element in renovation since no masonry work is to be expected. It has been modernized over the years, and some are only 3 to 5 cm thick, which allows an “almost” level for little work;
  • The shower tray embedded in the ground : More modern and more stylish, of course, it is the “real” shower tray for walk-in showers. Perfect on one level, it still has the constraint of requiring heavier masonry and plumbing work. If this is not a problem on new, it can become a problem with renovation. It will be necessary to clear a space on the ground to embed it, while taking into account the drains and maintaining a sufficient slope so that the water drains correctly. On the other hand, if it can very well remain in the state, it can also be covered with a particular material which will give it a style or a decoration. This can be a special shower floor tile, mosaic, mineral resin, pebbles, etc.

The choice of material

By becoming a “favorite” room, the bathroom has been able to reinvent itself. The traditional glazed ceramic of the shower tray has given way to new materials that were not previously found in these water features. Anyway, no matter what material you choose, it will be essential to ensure that it is non-slip to avoid domestic accidents. We promise you, design can go hand in hand with safety!

The enamelled stoneware tray

Also called ceramic, it is very easy to maintain but nevertheless very heavy to install. We prefer it on a ground floor or at least on a resistant floor. Generally white, it remains relatively classic for a cost ranging between 200 and 800 €;

The acrylic tray

Lighter than ceramic, it has the advantage of being luminous by its shiny and generally white appearance, of being in various square, rectangular or rounded shapes. However, for the most artists, modernists or futurists at heart, it only offers so-called “standard” formats. For originality, we will move on to the next material. As for its cost, count between 100 and 300 € depending on the quality and the format chosen;

The receiver to be tiled

Very fashionable, it has the advantage of being able to be cut to the right size desired, which can allow some eccentricities. Creatives will be able to give it to their heart’s content by covering it with tiling or mosaic tiles, which also allows you to leave room for your imagination. An important point of vigilance, however, not to be overlooked: Beware of water stagnation in the joints. You will have to think about these options to scrape your shower very regularly, ideally after each wash, just like the glass walls of the walk-in shower if you want them to remain shiny!

The mineral resin tray

Also called synthetic resin, this catcher is probably the favorite of modern and architectural homes. Extra-flat and very solid, it has the advantage of being able to imitate raw materials such as wood, concrete or stone, which can bring a new decorative element to the water feature, or even combine floor / wall materials. / receiver between them. Obviously, modern quality has a price: count between 500 and 1000 € all the same for this type of receiver.