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The Definitive Guide To Shower Trays: What To Know Before Buying

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Shower trays are perhaps the most underrated element of a bathroom upgrade. Finding the right shower tray to suit both the shape of your shower plus the design of your bathroom is essential, and we’re here to help you through the process. The first step is to get the right sized shower tray, then you can move on to shapes, colours and design. In this post we’ll run through all you need to know about shower trays to complete your bathroom.

What are shower trays?

Before we look at the most common types of shower tray, let’s first define what we mean when we say shower tray. These days shower trays are two-toned and have a key function: to hold a basin under the tap (or shower) and to provide storage space underneath. Shower trays can be custom-made to suit a certain room and purpose. For example, you might want an acrylic shower tray to look like a floor, or you may not want your shower tray to clash with your bathroom flooring. Designers and plasterers use a number of different shower tray types when creating new bathrooms. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to measure your shower tray using a pencil to sketch an ideal size onto a sheet of paper. Then you can go into choosing the design, texture and shape of  your shower tray with a rough idea of your shower dimensions. Now you have a clearer idea of what we mean, here’s how you can go about selecting the right shower tray.

What size shower tray do I need?

Shower trays come in all shapes and sizes. For most showers enclosures, shower trays range from 25mm to 40mm tall and the average width and depth of a shower tray typically lies between 70mm and 1700mm.

What type of shower tray should I buy?

You have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to shower trays. However, the most popular tend to be the round tray. This design looks great on a square tiled bathroom, and on a number of different floor tiling patterns too. It’s also great for a downstairs bathroom, the curved design maximises the space within the enclosure for a perfect relaxing shower experience. A good option for smaller bathrooms or those with a curved or sloping shower wall is the oval tray, which looks stylish and gives your bathroom a unique look. 5”x15” shower trays are most commonly seen in bathrooms, showers generally take up a very small amount of space, so this size shower tray is perfect for smaller bathrooms. A shower tray of this length will need to be narrow with rounded corners to ensure it doesn’t show too much of the surface of the bathroom. The 5”x15” shower tray is also suitable for standard tiled showers and showers with good water flow, but if you’re opting for a shower with a TILT or some other type of spray, then you need to choose a shower tray of a different height.

What is the difference between the shapes of shower trays?

There are a number of different shapes and styles of shower tray to choose from. Each shape has its own purpose and benefits, so it’s important to choose the right one for your home. A unique shower tray is the perfect way to make your shower enclosure the centrepiece of your bathroom, you could go for an oval or pentagon style tray and add some flare to a quick bathroom revamp. 

Shower Tray Shapes:

  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Quadrant
  • Pentagon
  • Oval

Choosing the perfect shower tray shape for you will be dictated by the space you have available for your enclosure or shower space. It is also essential to bare in mind the type of shower enclosure you would like to install over shower tray. Some enclosures have sliding doors whereas others have doors that open outwards so you will need to factor in these designs to your shower tray. On the other hand, if you are simply replacing an existing shower, we would advise a shower tray of the same shape and style for a quick and easy installation.

Another great thing about shower trays is they typically score very low on the list of expensive bathroom features, for a clearer idea on cost of bathroom remodel you’ll need to evaluate every item you intend on using, or alternative take a read of our bathroom remodel cost blog.

What are the different colours of shower trays?

While you can choose from a range of shower tray designs, the ones we see most often are circular, square and rectangular. The larger a piece of tile is, the more you can do with it. You’ll find curved and rolled edges in square, round and rectangular shapes, and the size and shape of the glass may depend on the type of shower you’ve got. For square and rectangular tiles, you may also find a chrome finish or a diamond-cut finish, or something even more elaborate and expensive like a rhinestone border.

Nowadays you are able to get shower trays in almost any colour. From a classic pure white to a vibrant orange or cool turquoise, you can make your shower tray your own. If you’re going for a bold shower tray colour, we would recommend getting some colour samples ahead of time so you can see how your colour palette will look in your smaller bathroom space.

Shower Tray Colours (depending on stockists)

  • Almond
  • Autumn Tan
  • Avocado
  • Aqua
  • Bali Brown
  • Bermuda Blue
  • Burgundy
  • Cameo Pink
  • Champagne
  • Chiffon Pink
  • CM White
  • Coral Pink
  • Cornflower Blue
  • Creme
  • Damask
  • Dense Black
  • Flamingo
  • Harvest Gold
  • Heather
  • Honeysuckle
  • Indian Ivory
  • Beige
  • Lavender Water
  • Green
  • Melba
  • Mink
  • Old English White
  • Oyster
  • Skyblue
  • Primrose
  • Sepia
  • Sage
  • Apricot


With the wide variety of shower tray designs and colours available, you can truly make your shower your own. Whether you love neutrals and curves or bold bright colours and sharp angles, there’s a shower to suit your style. Our key tip is to always measure your shower enclosure space before deciding on a tray shape or design. What would be your ideal shower tray colour and shape combination?

Jessica Bosward

Jessica Bosward

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