In recent years, shower baths have become the number one choice for those tight on space.

A compact alternative to having a separate shower separate to your bath, shower baths elegantly combine the two without sacrificing any functionality.

Leaving a similar footprint to a standard bathtub, they’re a no-brainer for families with small to medium-sized bathrooms.

If you’ve been checking out our range, you may have noticed that many of our shower baths allow you to choose between Left Hand and Right Hand options. But what does this mean? And how can you tell the difference?

It’s surprisingly important that you choose the right orientation for your space. Failing to do so could result in you having to rearrange the entire bathroom!

Or, worse still, you could have to pay for a plumber to reposition water inlets.

We’ve put together this brief guide, along with some handy diagrams, to help you decide which would be best for you.

A Left Hand Shower Bath

Left hand shower baths resemble standard baths yet with a slightly wider section for showering. This is situated to the left, and will sometimes feature a bath screen.

A Left Handed Shower Bath
A shower bath with its larger showering area to the left.

The left hand version of this Appleby 1700 LH Roll Top Shower Bath with Screen + Chrome Leg Set is the ideal choice for those wanting to create a compact traditional bathroom.

Appleby 1700 LH Roll Top Shower Bath with Screen + Chrome Leg Set
This left hand shower bath from Appleby is an exemplary, classically influenced option for those who want the best of both worlds.

The Appleby’s surprisingly spacious roll top provides a luxurious bathing experience, while its wider showering area to the left allows for exhilarating and uncompromised showers.

Don’t worry, it’s available in a right hand option too!

A Right Hand Shower Bath

A right hand shower bath is simply the opposite. You’ll find a wider showering area to the right, often accompanied by a shower screen.

A Right Handed Shower Bath
A shower bath with its larger showering area to the right.

The right hand version of this Cruze Shower Bath Enclosure is our elegant, contemporary shower bath of choice. Boasting an expansive shower area and a highly effective shower screen, installing a Cruze shower bath can massively enhance the style of a modern bathroom space.

Cruze Shower Bath Enclosure - 1700mm P-Shaped Inc. Screen + Panel
This distinctive right hand shower bath from Cruze offers a showering experience to rival that of dedicated square shower enclosures.

Boasting an expansive shower area and a highly effective shower screen, installing a Cruze shower bath can massively enhance the style of a modern bathroom space.

Shower Bath Alternatives?

In some cases, a shower bath may not be the best way of utilising your bathroom space. With this in mind, we’ve put together a handful of suggestions.

Not too keen on bathing? Try a Walk in Shower!

If you’re only going to spend time in the tub on very limited occasions, swapping it out for one of our stylish Walk in Showers and Wet Rooms could be the answer.

We stock a number of highly sophisticated options, the most popular of which is this eye-catching Arezzo Matt Black Grid Wetroom Screen.

Arezzo 1950mm Matt Black Grid Wetroom Screen + Support Arm
Available in a number of sizes, this matt black grid wetroom screen from Arezzo is an on-trend substitute for a shower bath.

Bathroom still a bit cramped? Opt for one of our Square Shower Enclosures

For some bathrooms, highly limited space can make even the smallest of shower baths a bit of an eyesore. In these circumstances we recommend trying something from our range of Square Shower Enclosures.

Our most popular square option is this minimalist Apollo Frameless Enclosure, perfect for corner installations.

Apollo Frameless LH Hinged Door Square Enclosure
This Apollo Frameless Enclosure is an incredible option for those looking to keep things simple and seamless.


Enjoyed our guide to picking the right Shower Bath? Why not pick out the perfect shower to accompany it with help from our guide on Picking the Right Shower for Your Home?