What is a Folding Shower Screen?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A folding shower screen is a type of enclosure that is mounted around a bathtub or a shower area as a means of containing the water from a shower head within a limited area. Used as an alternative to shower curtains or doors, the folding shower screen is often a less expensive option that takes up relatively little space, making it ideal for smaller bathrooms. Screens of this type often retract into a pocket mounted to the wall, or even into the wall itself, allowing the bathroom space to appear more open and airy.

Woman with hand on her hip
Woman with hand on her hip

There are a number of different configurations for a folding shower screen. One of the more popular is the accordion design. With this particular configuration, the folds are constructed of either glass or some other material that is resistant to water. When not in use, the body of the screen is retracted into the wall or into a pocket or compartment that is affixed to the bathroom wall.

Another common design for the folding shower screen includes several larger panels that also retract into a pocket when not in use. One of the benefits of these larger panels is that the entry to the pocket is often equipped with rubber lining that functions much like a squeegee. As the doors are retracted into the pocket, the edging helps to remove any lingering water droplets, which in turn makes it easier to keep the doors clean and free of mold or hard water stains that are commonly found with more traditional shower curtains and doors.

One of the key benefits of the folding shower screen is that the device makes it possible to open up the area of the shower, so the bathroom appears more spacious. This can be especially important in bathrooms that are somewhat small and appear to be cramped when shower doors or curtains are closed. In addition, the fact that some designs come with their own pockets makes this option ideal for apartment dwellers. Since the pocket is mounted on one wall with a couple of screws, it can easily be removed when the tenant leaves. In the interim, the screen not only provide function but can also serve as a decorating element that dresses the space in ways that would not be possible otherwise, without making any permanent changes to the bathroom.

Purchasing a folding shower screen is relatively simple. Many bed and bath retailers offer several designs that are available in a wide range of colors and prints. The installation process takes very little time, and leaves the bathroom with a somewhat updated look, without the need to spend a great deal of money.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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