Choosing the ideal shower tray: some useful tips

Shower trays have become a real decor accessory and should be chosen to fit coherently into the bathroom project. Measurements, finishes, colours, shapes: study everything carefully; the models now available will integrate harmoniously into any bathroom scheme. But let’s take a closer look at how to choose the ideal shower tray. Which tray to choose: dimensions, materials and colours.

If you are planning your shower area and the many alternatives on the market are confusing you, this post will give you some useful information.
Start with the fundamental criteria: which elements must you consider to understand which shower tray is the most suitable for your bathroom?


1. Shower tray dimensions

There are three types of shower trays:

  • trays with standard dimensions that cannot be modified (e.g. 70×90, 80×100, 80x120cm);
  • trays available in a variety of dimensions that vary just a few centimetres from each other. These are more versatile and suitable in most cases (e.g. the width of some trays is fixed – 70cm for example – and lengths vary from 80 to 180cm);
  • bespoke trays produced to customers’ drawings, with irregular shapes.
ONDA, for example, is an Aquatek shower tray that will adapt to any project, even in the case of a round tray. It measures up to 210cm and its five colours (white, cream, cappuccino, grey and black) go well with different styles. The tray can be fitted with or without a border, laid on top of the floor, or flush with it, and it can be used for wall panels, which makes it extremely versatile in the event of renovations or when replacing a bath tub with a shower. The round drain is in the same material and colour as the shower tray.


It’s clear that you have to keep in mind not just your wishes and taste, but also the bathroom layout, to see if you have the space for a standard shower tray, or if you need one made to measure.
In the event of a more complex bathroom, for example with a column, out-of-true walls or irregular niches that rule out a standard shower tray, you need one made to measure for you, or one that can be adapted during fitting: in other words, you don’t have to forego design and style, even with rooms that are difficult to plan.

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2. Fitting

Shower tray flush with the floor or laid on top of it? Often the decision is conditioned by the space needed by the drain. If your house is under construction, there’s no problem, just remember to tell the fitter in time.
If on the other hand you are renovating, you should see about laying a recessed shower tray: the designer will need to check whether there is enough space for the drain (luckily, there are flatter drains to solve this problem).
In either case some models come with a border, which is both attractive (some people don’t like flush trays) and useful for containing water (or if the shower enclosure profile is not so minimal and requires more centimetres at the base).

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Another important point regarding fitting is the choice of a shower tray that slopes or one with a fixed pan (the internal part used for washing) and a flat part. This depends on the position of the shower taps and the type of shower enclosure: in the case of Walk-in (our shower with an open, unglazed side) for example, it makes sense to leave the threshold flat and the pan with the drain in the part enclosed by glass.

STREET is an Aquatek shower tray with a long, rectangular drain in the same finish and colour as the tray. The drawings illustrate well whether the solutions with a sloping tray (e.g. if the tray measures 150cm, the slope is along the entire length) are suitable, or not (in this case the length of the pan must be defined, to leave the rest flat). Street also comes in five colours (white, cream, cappuccino, grey and black) and is truly versatile, as it can be installed with or without a border, flush or on top of the floor. Like Onda, Street can also be coordinated with wall panels in the same finish and colour.


3. Shower tray: which material?

Contemporary production technologies provide infinite finishes for modern shower trays. There are acrylics and ceramics (currently the standard choice), stone or stone-effect shower trays, trays in resin or technical materials (see below), and ultra-smooth to rough textured finishes. This means the style of your bathroom can be enhanced also by the type of shower tray you choose.

If you’re wondering what type of material is the best for a shower tray, the answer is there isn’t one: it depends on preference regarding aesthetics and personal needs.

There are materials with a rough texture (such as Solidgel) that are great in more rustic or industrial style bathrooms, and others that are smooth and minimal for more modern ones (Tecnogel, for example). To find out which is best, think about your priorities (Good looks? Colour? Possibility of a bespoke design?) before you make your choice.

LINEA is a linear Tecnogel shower tray available in a choice of six different colours (white, cream, sand, clay, concrete and anthracite) with a discreet border, and can be installed either flush with the floor or on top of it. Also in this case there are numerous solutions available, from round to square or diagonal, with accurately calculated fitting.


4. Shower tray colours

Just as coloured bathroom fixtures are back in fashion, coordinated with the furniture or tiles, shower trays can be coordinated with the bathroom decor thanks to the choice of colours available for each model. Colour is one of the factors that helps to create harmonious, customised interior design that oozes style and personality. Think about coordinating the shower tray with the finish of your cabinets, for example, or with the top and integrated wash basin

PIANO is a Solidgel shower tray featuring a rough, sandy finish. It can be cut to size for special needs. In this case the drain is a metal square and six elegant, neutral colours are available (white, cream, sand, clay, concrete and anthracite). The photo shows the warm cappuccino colour, perfect matched with wood.


Note: never neglect cleaning the shower tray

When choosing a shower tray, it is important to assess the material used also according to ease of cleaning and maintenance. The simpler the surface is, the easier it is to clean and the longer it will maintain its attractive appearance.
Each material has its peculiarities and needs (for example, it is better to avoid aggressive detergents on some of them, whereas it is not an issue for others). Ask the seller or search the company’s website for such information, or read the product instructions carefully.

JOIN is a Tecnogel shower tray that comes square, rectangular or round. Versatile in dimensions, it is available in a choice of six colours (white, cream, sand, clay, concrete and anthracite), in line with contemporary trends. The square drain in the same finish is a defining feature of the tray’s design.


If you are still in doubt, or you’d like to have more information, contact one of our dealers nearest to you: you can see our shower trays hands-on and choose the one most suitable for your bathroom.

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