Sliding or hinged shower doors: How do you choose?

If a shower renovation made it to the top of your to-do list during the quarantine, there are a few big decisions to make when it comes to your new set-up. Namely, how do you plan to get in and out?

There are two main configurations we see at Precision Glass Services when it comes to residential glass shower doors: sliding or hinged. Each has its own pros and cons, but finding the right fit for your Kansas City home is essential to accessibility and your satisfaction.

Sliding Shower Doors

Also referred to as bypass doors, a sliding shower door is a great space-saving option in smaller bathrooms. They feature two or three glass panels that slide across tracks in a similar fashion to a patio door. This allows for them to open in-line without restricting floor space. Sliding doors can fit both stand-alone showers and combination tubs making for an easy upgrade from a traditional shower curtain as well. 

We typically recommend sliding shower doors for smaller bathrooms where storage space is at a premium and young families who still need to supervise showers, baths and tooth brushing. 

Hinged Shower Doors

Hinged doors offer more opportunity for customization, but also require extra clearance when in use. These operate with a side-mount hinge like other doors in your home meaning they will need to open outwardly to at least a 90-degree angle. 

This versatile style can be modified to fit almost any shower design standing alone or attaching to inline fixed panels for a wider enclosure. It also presents the option for a framed or frameless door to match the aesthetic of your home. 

Aside from their design benefits, hinged doors also offer a practical solution when accessibility is a priority because they allow for easy access to walk-in showers. 

If you are still debating which style will work better in your home, contact us for an in-person assessment to make sure you are making the most of the space you have. Contact us at (816) 781-0087 or request a quote on our website when you are ready.