About Me

Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Welcome to my blog. When I was a teen, I started dabbling with coloured glass and stained glass art. Later, I helped work on a number of houses, and my partner and I often changed the windows in those houses. Through that experience, I learned a lot about maintaining, protecting and repairing glass. Currently, I am not working on any projects, so I decided to create a blog full of the information I have learned about glass over the years. Whether you are an artist, a glass installer, a homeowner thinking about new windows or anyone else with a question or concern about glass, this blog is designed for you.

Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Customising a Glass Shower in a Compact Bathroom

by Catherine Smythe

If you're installing a custom frameless shower in your bathroom, you can design it any way you wish. Thus, in a compact room, you can customise it to create a sense of spaciousness. Here's how.


You can decide on the configuration and size of a custom shower. In a compact area, you could opt for a hexagon or curved shower which will leave more free floor area. These showers won't intrude into the bathroom so much without a sharp protruding corner. They'll maximise space especially if you nestle the shower in the nook where two walls join.


If you want your bathroom to seem bigger, install frameless screens. These are held in place with brackets that are relatively unnoticeable. The shower will almost look like freestanding glass without metal components. Frameless showers help in a small room, as they don't function as dividing screens that separate the area into zones. On the other hand, opaque screens and shower curtains block off the shower, so the bathroom appears smaller. They block your eye-line so you can't see as far.


You may love decorative frosted glass, but if your bathroom is compact, it's best not to gratify this preference. The problem with frosted and other decorative glass panels is that they block the view into the shower. They have a similar effect to shower curtains. Instead, choose transparent or low-iron glass that lets you see into the shower enclosure without obstructions. Low iron glass is ultra-clear, as it doesn't have the green tinge of standard glass. See-through glass screens are also shiny, and they bounce light around the room so it seems brighter and more open.

Door Handle

Don't forget about the handle on frameless glass shower doors. You can select from options such as a minimal pull knob or an H-shape ladder handle. Handles can use square configured metal, or they can be tubular. They can also be simple or ornate. If you want to make the shower as unobtrusive as possible so the bathroom appears bigger, opt for a streamlined knob design. That way, you'll look past the shower to the tiled walls and flooring.

The tiles can also help to give the impression of a larger space. Stick with light colours and avoid strong contrasts. You could extend the tiles to the ceiling to create a seamless impression. Also, continue the floor tiles inside and outside the shower so the flooring looks more expansive. Speak to companies like Pride Design: Shower Screens & Built In Wardrobes to learn more.