Choosing Between Hinged & Sliding Shower Doors

By Megan

8th Sep 2023

4 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

A shower door is one of the most important aspects of a bathroom, so it is important that you choose one that looks the part and is suitable for your space.

Brass hinged shower door and sliding shower door

A shower door can make or break your bathroom. With so many different designs available, you won't find it hard to find a visually pleasing shower door that coincides with your decor. But, it is also important that you choose a shower door that is suitable for your bathroom.

Some of the most popular shower doors are sliding doors and hinged doors, and both function differently to provide different aesthetics and make navigating your bathroom easier. So, depending on your needs and your bathroom layout, you will need to choose a shower door that is suitable for your space. That is why we are comparing hinged and sliding shower doors so that you can make an informed decision and choose the shower door that is right for you.


What is a Hinged Shower Door?

A hinged shower door, also known as a pivot shower door, is mounted to the wall by hinges which allow the door to open and close in a pivot motion. Making the shower door more sturdy and durable.

The Toreno Brushed Brass Pivot Shower Door is a sleek hinged shower door that would look great in modern and contemporary style bathrooms. This brushed brass shower door will allow for full and easy access to your shower.


  • Provides easy and spacious access to the shower
  • Hinges make the door more sturdy
  • Easy to clean


  • Requires a lot of space to open and close 
  • Difficult to keep the door open


What is a Sliding Shower Door?

A sliding shower door is held in place by two tracks which allow the door to easily open and close by sliding along the tracks. Keeping the door sturdy and in place without taking up space when opened.

The Arezzo Matt Black Frameless Sliding Shower Door is a modern door that will transform the look of your bathroom without taking up any space. This sleek, matt black sliding shower door would look great in modern and minimalist bathrooms.


  • Does not require a lot of space to open and close
  • Makes bathrooms look more modern
  • Door is held in place when open


  • Difficult to clean
  • Less space to enter and exit the shower 


Hinged or Sliding Shower doors

Hinged shower doors are ideal for someone who prefers full and easy access to their shower. However, a hinged shower door requires a lot of space to open and close properly, otherwise you won’t be able to take full advantage of the large shower entrance. This means that hinged shower doors are better suited to large and spacious bathrooms. As the shower door is mounted to the wall with hinges, the door becomes much more sturdy and durable, which is ideal for high traffic bathrooms.

Sliding shower doors are ideal for smaller bathrooms as no additional space is required to allow the door to open and close. But this does mean that you are left with less space to enter your shower. Another great thing about a sliding shower door is that the tracks will keep the door in place, which means you won’t have to worry about a heavy door swinging back and forth. However, this does mean that a sliding door is difficult to clean due to the nooks and crannies which can build up with mould and mildew.



Megan is an expert bathroom blogger, she enjoys writing helpful DIY articles and bathroom inspo blogs. As well as specialist bathroom advice, Megan also shares expert how-to blogs with step by step guides.

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