7 Tips for tiled shower trays

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Does your bathtub take up too much space in your bathroom? Do you end up taking showers in the bathtub daily and not taking a bath? Or is your shower cabin completely out of date and in dire need of renovation? Well, in this case, you should rethink small works that will enhance your bathroom, as well as bring you more comfort and well-being. One of the options you can consider is installing a tiled shower tray, like an Italian shower. This type of design is much more practical and attractive, as the bathroom floor joins the shower tray, creating aesthetic and visual uniformity.

This proposal is on the agenda and is increasingly sought after by those who want a modern bathroom. In this sense, we address this subject exclusively in today's article.

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The advantages of a tiled shower

Goodbye, shower cabin!

Hello, Italian shower!

These shower models create dream bathrooms while making everything seem more harmonious and natural, without having that white piece taking up a large part of the space. Several advantages lead consumers to look for this type of shower, but if you are still undecided, let's move on to the advantages and let yourself be won over.

- By placing tiles on the shower tray, access is much easier. Everything becomes more practical and functional, particularly for elderly people or people with reduced mobility and children. You can easily place a bench or a grab bar.

- Adapts to any bathroom configuration: in the center, under sloping ceilings, at an angle or in small bathrooms.

- Easy to maintain, as the tile lasts practically a lifetime and is also easy to clean, thanks to the smooth surfaces, without having the variety of corners found in a shower cabin.

- The Italian shower is 100% decorative and fits into any environment. It brings that modern side, but also ancient or even an Arabic inspiration, if you choose mosaics.

- Easily find a glass screen of any type: transparent, frosted, glass block, among others, thus creating greater intimacy.

- The most popular option for covering the shower tray is tile, however, there are other possibilities, such as micro cement, teak and marble, among others.

- The materials used in the shower base allow you to coordinate the rest of the bathroom space.

The channeling

Installing an Italian shower requires that the base of the unit is at the same level as the bathroom floor. In this sense, if you want to change your old classic shower to this type of shower, you may have to make relatively large changes in this space.

What type of evacuation system?

If you opt for an Italian shower, that is, with a shower tray at floor level, you must equip the area with a large capacity floor drain so that the water can be evacuated quickly and avoid any risk of flooding. This is an essential element for your comfort of use.

There are two evacuation systems:

- The soil siphon can be centred or not: it needs to have space under the base and needs to be correctly sized for good drainage.

- The grille is a little more designed, allowing easier access to the evacuation.

Take note :

- Good evacuation efficiency depends on the diameter of the drain, which must be at least 90 mm, as well as that of the pipes, which must not be less than 50 cm.

- You can always install a platform in the shower, to obtain greater comfort and safety, thus limiting the risk of slipping.

The seal

First of all, to prevent water infiltration, the walls and floor of your shower must be completely waterproof. This is a crucial step! The necessary items are found in most DIY stores and are easy to use and/or install.

Fibre cement or drywall sheets (waterproof plaster): These materials are water resistant and therefore ideal for your shower walls (price on request).

Waterproofing Membrane: Installed in fibre cement or plasterboard, it offers extra waterproofing. For a manually made base, the membrane is also installed on the concrete bottom. (On Aki, it costs €17.99).

Epoxy mortar: The mortar is spread over the tiles and makes the gaps waterproof (at Leroy Merlin it costs €58.99 / 5 kg).

Water-repellent blanket: Creates the bottom of the shower with a sheet of synthetic material, making it airtight, before covering it with a blanket. This must respect a drainage slope of 1 to 3% to ensure water flow into the siphon, according to Leroy Merlin's recommendations.

Which tile should you choose for your shower base?

You can put tiles in the Italian shower to match your walls or any other accessory in your bathroom. One of the most commonly used options is the use of tablets (as in the image above) not only for their aesthetic side but also for their safety and anti-fall side. You can even be creative and add tiles to the shower area and a different tile to cover your walls.

As for the format of the tiles, we recommend a classic format of 30 x 30 cm, which adapts to all bathroom dimensions, but especially to smaller spaces.

Finally, consider the manufacturing standards in force when making your choice, generally, PEI tiles are recognized and reliable, as we will talk about in the following point.

Tip: You can always create a mood board to get an idea of the final project. See what it is, here.

Security and maintenance

As in any bathroom, comfort and safety are two essential criteria. Take this into consideration when choosing the tiles for your Italian shower base, choose non-slip tiles. Also, give importance to the resistance and wear of the material. Based on the European manufacturing standard, follow the NP EN ISO 10545-7 standard, known for its resistance.

Finally, if you don't want to spend time cleaning and want the tiles to always remain shiny, you should avoid white tiles, where dirt stains stand out more. You can choose light brown, grey or pastel tones. A slightly marbled or grooved surface tolerates stains more easily.

How much does an Italian shower with a tile base cost?

Installing an Italian shower is expensive compared to installing a traditional shower. It requires more work, more hours and requires other types of skills for a good result.

The price of an Italian shower varies greatly, depending on the components and extras you choose. It all depends on the material and quality chosen.

If you decide to contact a professional, you can count between €1500 and €5000 for the installation of your Italian shower. In addition to materials, labour cost is an important part of this type of work.

Who can help you?

Creating a tiled shower base is not exactly a simple act, it requires wisdom, so that everything is operational, without problems of leaks, infiltrations, unevenness or other embarrassing situations that could make this process a catastrophe. So, if you don't know, don't venture! If you don't have anyone around you, with minimal experience in creating a tiled shower tray, don't venture into Macgyver either! Prefer to spend more, but have a job well done, because as the saying goes, what's cheap can be expensive.

Who should look for?

If you need a design project to remodel your shower or your entire bathroom, you should contact an interior architect. For the application of tiles, a tiler and for the work, a plumber will be the most suitable professional.

Where to look?

Well, you're in the right place! Here, at homify, you have access to everything and all contacts of possible and unimaginable professionals in the area of architecture and decoration. Simply access the professionals tab above and search for the speciality and your area of residence, to reduce travel costs.


Bathrooms with shower

As you can see, this book of ideas contains very useful advice on

shower trays, namely tablet shower trays or Italian shower trays. In recent times, shower cabins have gained preference over traditional bathtubs, gaining space in your bathroom and making it easier to access the shower tray. For more shower cabin suggestions see various articles here.

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