Shower doors. We chose to order our shower doors online, mostly because Home Depot did have them in stock. But before ordering the shower doors or even building the shower, we took measurements to make sure that shower doors were even available in the right size, and ones that we liked. If you are making a shower from scratch, it’s just one thing that you need to think about. Are there shower doors that will fit my shower, or do they need to be custom made? Some other things to think about are, Sliding doors or pull out doors? Finishes, like chrome, or nickel? or gold (not suggested)?
So, this is how the shower doors were shipped to us. I figured that it would be a good idea to take a picture of them before I even opened the box. I mean, come on, they’re GLASS! What torture did they go through on their journey to us? With a package looking like this I was sure they were broken. Well, to my surprise, they were just fine. So we unpackaged the doors and read the instructions. The instructions are pretty straight forward, so it is time to get to work.
The first thing to do is make sure all the parts are there, and do a test run and make sure all the parts fit together and that everything is going to work. Since these doors are able to fit showers that are a bit different size than ours, I needed to cut a few pieces to make them fit. Going by the way the instructions told me to measure, I cut the top and bottom plates to fit. The bottom plate doesn’t get screwed in, but gets siliconed down. I aligned the bottom plate and siliconed it in place. No screws are needed to maintain a water tight seal. Water would find a way to ruin everything if screws were used on the bottom.
Then comes the sides. The sides are held in by a few screws that are drilled through the tiles and into the 2x4s behind. I screwed the sides into place, after making sure they were level, of course. Next comes the top plate. The top plate is cut to size and slid on the two side pieces. No screws again? Yeah, nothing really holds the top in place except for gravity, and the weight of the doors. It seems like there should be more holding the doors in place, but that is how they go together. The sliding doors, which are glass, are very heavy and run on wheels attached to the top plate. They are lifted into place and gravity holds them on. And now we have shower doors.
Shower doors installed and complete. They came out great. After letting the silicone dry, they were ready for use.
Another view of the finished doors, and shower for that matter.
And now the left side of the shower. Because of space constraints, we went with the sliding doors, and we both like them better any way. Shower doors are pretty easy to install and make the bathroom look nice. They show off the beautiful tile shower and match with the other hardware in the bathroom, tying everything together.
Don’t mind the ugly red towels. It was laundry day. These pictures make it look like Christmas time, even though it was in August.
So what do you guys think of the finished shower? We really like how it turned out and using it was even better.
Lisha is soon going to post the big before and after for the master bathroom, so come back for that.
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