If you’ve only ever had a shower curtain, you might not know that glass shower enclosures offer many options: from fixed, to sliding, to pivot doors! But what is a pivot shower door?
Keep reading to learn more about pivot shower doors, including what they are, what benefits they offer, and what kind of bathrooms this door type works best in.
What Is a Pivot Shower Door?
Shower doors can be boiled down to three basic types: fixed doors, sliding doors, and swinging doors.
A pivot shower door is a swinging door. However, it works a bit differently than a regular hinged swinging door. Its pivot hinge allows the door to swing 180 degrees in either direction. That means you can open the shower door inward and outward. You have the option to mount the hinge on one side of the door or in the center of the door—creating a kind of revolving glass door into your shower.
Pivot doors come in both framed and frameless options, as well as multiple options for glass opacity for privacy.
Benefits of Pivot Shower Doors
Pivot doors have a number of benefits over a traditional sliding shower door.
- Increased cleanliness: Since there isn’t a track like in sliding doors, there’s nothing extra to clean. You don’t have to worry about the track getting dirty and grimy over time and impeding the opening and closing of the shower door.
- Elevated design: Pivot doors look more luxurious and high-end than your typical sliding glass shower door. Choosing this type of shower door can really elevate the look of your bathroom.
- Good for tricky layouts: Pivot doors are great for corner showers and bathrooms that offer limited space for the shower entrance. Sliding doors need an overlap, which limits the amount of space available to get in the shower, while pivot doors don’t have this issue.
- Ideal for mobility: The wider opening offered by pivot shower doors is ideal for those who have mobility challenges or use a wheelchair. Pivot shower doors can make it easier and safer to enter and exit the shower.
Should You Go with a Pivot Shower Door?
There are many different types of glass shower doors: fixed, sliding, hinge, steam, pivot, and more. What kind of glass shower door you choose will depend on a few things, including the desired style of your bathroom, the bathroom layout, and accessibility needs.
If you prioritize a luxury look and ease of cleaning, have mobility concerns, or have a bathroom with a tight layout, a pivot shower door may be a great option for you.
However, if you’re not sure, that’s where Jack’s Glass can help!
We’ve written extensively about glass shower enclosures—from which shower door will work in your bathroom, to when to consider a walk-in shower, to the five important bathroom design details you need to know, and more.
Of course, we offer more than just our blog: Jack’s has bathroom design experts here to help every step of the way: from conception to installation. We can help you explore your options, determine the glass shower enclosure that will suit your bathroom layout, and install the final product.
We offer custom, quality products and the highest safety standards. Together with our design experience, we promise a beautiful shower and bathroom that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
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