Bespoke Shower Glass for Attic, Loft, Dormer and Sloped Ceilings | A Comprehensive Guide

Not sure where to begin with your Shower Glass in an Attic, Loft or Dormer Conversion Project? You start with Marvin and Pinch.

One of the most common requests we receive is can we supply glass for an attic, or sloped ceiling shower room or wet room. The simple answer is yes we can. We've been designing, trouble shooting, supplying and installing attic shower glass enclosures for years, to the point where we can't refine further.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with key information that can in turn enable you to make an informed decision on what you may need and want moving forward with your attic or loft shower glass project.

Bespoke glass enclosure for an loft conversion space

Let's take it from the beginning, the decision has been made to put a shower enclosure in the attic space, what should be considered at this stage for your attic shower?

Space is likely a premium, so getting the most out of the shower enclosure is a must. We see with regularity the inclusion of a towel radiator, sink or toilet close to the proposed shower glass enclosure. Having these furnishings in close proximity will often mean that hanging a glass shower door directly on the wall is prohibitive, and that hinging the shower door from a 'soldier panel' or a 'fixed panel' will be required to enable adequate clearance for entry to the shower.

So, when looking to create a shower glass enclosure for an attic conversion, firstly consider whether the door can be hinged from the wall or not. Simply put, are you going to require a two panel or three panel set up.

Custom shower for sloped ceiling space

 

As an example we'll examine a typical two panel set up for an attic shower enclosure with a sloping ceiling. The glass shower door will be hinged from the wall, and then a fixed glass panel for the remainder of the space, to create the attic shower enclosure.

As mentioned above where possible it is advised to hinge your door from the wall. Primarily the reason for this that it can help ensure greater rigidity overall and keeps the financial enclosure cost down.

A glass shower door is typically 700mm to 750mm in width and 1900mm to 2100mm in height. Evidently reduced/restricted heights can and do play a part with some doors never being taller than 1800mm. Obviously everyone has a different requirement and problem they're looking to solve, hence the requirement for bespoke glass for an attic conversion shower. To find out a bit more on shower door sizes take a look at our comprehensive guide here.

The shower door can easily be shaped to follow the roof line.

The following photograph shows a door hung from the left hand wall with offset wall to glass hinges, a 6" pull handle and a shaped fixed panel secured in place with U Channel. All components have a Chrome finish.

 

Two panel set up for an attic shower enclosure

In order to hang a door you need hinges. What hinges are normally used for the wall mounted glass shower door? 

There are broadly two types of wall to glass hinges, and the differentiation is down to the back plate of the hinge. We refer to them as either offset or inline. For doors with a width over 750mm, we advocate using 10mm glass, as the hinges required for larger spans (up to 900mm) work with 10mm and 12mm glass thicknesses.

An offset back plate hinge is one that has the articulation point to one side, this type of hinge allows for the front face of the glass door to be as close as possible to the edge of the shower tray. Often tiling stops inline with the shower tray, therefore the offset back plate hinge is perfect.

Offset back plate hinge in Chrome
Offset back plate wall to glass shower door hinge in Chrome

An inline back plate hinge has the pivot point for the glass in the centre of the back plate, meaning that the back plate width will be equal on both sides of the glass, if the tiling runs past the tray for example there would be no issue in using these types of hinges, but in order to have the glass sit flush on the edge of the tray, you would have to ensure the back plate can be mounted sufficiently, and centrally for the glass to sit in your desired position.

Inline back plate wall to glass hinge in Chrome
Inline back plate wall to glass shower door hinge in Chrome

Both offset and inline hinges allow for 180 degree of movement from the closed or 'inline' position, 90 degree in swing and 90 degree out swing.

The difference in the back plates can be seen below more clearly in comparison.

Offset and inline back plate wall to glass shower door hinges in Chrome

The third option for hinging a door from a wall is a full height pivot hinge. The full height reference meaning that the hinge is the same height as the glass door. The finish of this product is more limited, namely a Chrome, Polished Stainless and Matte Black finish, 8mm glass is the thickness required to work with a full height pivot hinge, with a maximum width of 900mm.

M&P Full height pivot hinge for bespoke glass attic enclosure

A fourth option, is to use Bi folding hinges, these can be secured to the wall, and in a glass to glass configuration. This option is commonly used in tight spaces.

Bi folding hinge door for a shower door

If the two panel set up requires the door to hinge from the fixed panel, then glass to glass hinges are the answer. These enable 90deg in swing and out swing, the same as the wall to glass variants. All the hinges we supply with the exception of the full height pivot hinge require hinge cut outs (fabrication) in the glass, we don't supply any hinges which use clamping or suction.

Brushed Nickel glass to glass hinge

So once the hinge type has been decided upon, the next common consideration is how will the door be opened, either with a door knob, pull handle or a polished finger pull.

Door knobs are the simplest and most cost effective way of opening the shower door. They will only require one drilled hole in the glass, and the component cost is less than a pull handle.

 

Chrome door knob
Brushed Nickel door knob
Matt Black Classic type door knob

The door handle or door pull options are commonly a variant of either 6" or 8" in length, they require two drilled holes in the glass and are ultimately either rounded or square in appearance. There are other types of handles of course, these are just what is commonly considered with good stock availability.

 

shower handle
Matte black 8" pull handle for shower door

A further option is to have a polished finger pull in the glass, due to the cost of CNC these can add a minimum of £100 to the cost of any glass. An alternative is to have an insert for a drilled hole, of approx 50mm in diameter.

 

Polished finger pull

 

Finger pull insert for shower door

How is the glass door perimeter made as water tight as possible? The only way this can be achieved is with seals, which vary in appearance and functionality.

So the other component element that relates to the door is the seals. These are effectively clear clip on plastic seals which help to keep the water where it's wanted, these can be removed if required but we advise having them in the first instance. Magnetic seals are often used to assist in keeping the door and fixed panel in line when closed, but more often an H seal or Bulb seal are used to seal the gaps.

This image shows the bulb seal in position on the hinge side of the door, this helps to seal the edge between the glass and the wall.
M&P Hinge and bulb seal

For the underside of the shower door a Drip seal is used to help deflect the water back into the enclosure. The following image is viewed from inside the shower enclosure.

M&P Drip seal & bulb seal

In conjunction with the Drip seal a clear threshold (pictured below) can be siliconed to the wet room floor or shower tray, if there is an issue with water escaping over time, essentially forming a double barrier. Securing a threshold, is also a retrospective option if a significant amount of water is escaping.

 

Threshold siliconed in position

 

Once the glass shower door dimensions have been decided upon the remainder of the space will be a glass panel, commonly needing to follow the roof line, therefore becoming a shaped glass panel.

There are several ways this shaped glass panel can be fixed in place, the most common and universal way is with the use of U Channel. This U Channel is an aluminium U shaped channel that is cut to size once received, and then fixed around the perimeter edges to the sloped ceiling, vertical wall and along the shower tray or wet room floor. We advise using stainless steel screws to fit any U Channel, these can be purchased from most DIY stores. If there is underfloor heating we advise using a stainless screw cut down so to reduce the length, and then used to fix the floor U Channel in place.

U Channel in situ

As an alternative to U Channel, glass clamps can be used, both to secure the glass along the roof line, the vertical wall and to the floor. These clamps require a drilled hole in a specific location on the panel, and therefore would increase the glass cost due to the additional fabrication. There are two main types, the difference being the size. One is smaller and the larger clamp has the same dimensions as a hinge, so when placed opposite can look very smart.

Clamps on the roof line
Chrome toe and wall clamp
Larger Chrome wall to glass clamp
Glass clamps being used in a shower glass installation

In the past customers have opted to use a combination of both U Channel and clamps, being a trade between visual aesthetics and the structural stability and integrity of the fixed glass panel. To find out a bit more on these option take a look at our blog post here.

In either case we advocate securing the panel to the floor or tray, if silicone is used on it's own, over time the operation of the door opening and closing can loosen the silicone, resulting in water escaping!

 

Now let's look at the typical three panel set up for an attic shower enclosure with a sloping ceiling. In this configuration the glass shower door will be hinged from a solider panel, with the remainder of the space being a shaped fixed panel.

The fundamental difference is the inclusion of a third panel, of which the door hinges from. As mentioned at the beginning, the need for this extra panel is normally due to a restriction in some way, prohibiting a door being hung directly on the wall e.g. a towel radiator, toilet sink etc.

The image below shows a door hung from the left hand soldier panel, secured with U Channel, glass to glass hinges, a door knob and a shaped fixed panel on the right hand side secured in place with U Channel. All components have a Chrome finish.

Three panel set up for an attic shower enclosure

The door hinges required are known as glass to glass, and would be indicative of the image below.

Chrome glass to glass hinge

Seals remain the same in that they are placed around the perimeter of the door itself to help with water retention.

The way in which the solider panel is secured is more important however, as the door will now be articulating from this panel. In most cases a support bar is added to help stabilise the top corner. These retrospectively fit-able support bars can be orientated in three ways; vertically, horizontally or at a 45 degree angle, as with the U Channel the support bar itself is cut down when installing to suit the scenario.

Vertical support bar in Chrome
Horizontal support bar in Matte Black

 

45 degree support bar in Matte Black

 

Another common three panel set up is when a 'Apex' shower enclosure is required.

The image below shows an apex roof configuration, using three panels. The two wing panels have been secured using U Channel, with a central door.

 

Apex configuration loft shower enclosure

So the decision has been made to have either a two or three panel set up, what else needs to be considered?

The next obvious decision is what glass is required, typically shower glass for either a two panel or three panel setup is either 8mm or 10mm thickness. On a three panel set up, 8mm is often considered as it helps to keep the weight down, therefore lessening the potential issue of a panel being moved or pulled through use.

Along with the glass thickness, the component finish is often a big consideration. Chrome is the most widely used finish, and is uniform across a large range of hardware, however in recent years Matte Black, Brushed Nickel, Satin Brass and other finishes are commonly available. Once the choice has been made in terms of the set up and the preferred component choices e.g U Channel or clamps to secure any fixed elements, we can then elaborate on what finishes are available for the components.

IN CONCLUSION, IT'S NOW TIME FOR YOU TO MEASURE YOUR PROPOSED SHOWER GLASS ENCLOSURE OR ATTIC/LOFT SPACE, AND THEN GET IN TOUCH!

Throughout this guide we've looked to provide information on the most common considerations customers go through when looking to plan and source a custom shower enclosure for an attic. There are numerous configurations that can occur, and we're here to assist you in making your shower a reality.

Some further examples of attic and sloped ceiling shower enclosures are as follows;

Shower glass enclosure for attic conversionSloped ceiling with support bar
Wall hung sloped ceiling configuration
Three panel glass shower enclosure for an attic
Inline bespoke shower enclosure
Sloped glass shower glass with return panel
Apex shower glass enclosure
Door hinged off a shaped panel shower glass
Bespoke shower enclosure for sloped ceiling
Three panel custom shower set up for sloped ceiling
Wall hung door and shaped panel with chrome shower glass components
matt black shower enclosure for attic
Custom shower for attic bathroom
Bespoke shower glass solution for attic with corner tray
Custom shower for sloped ceiling with satin brass fixtures
Attic shower enclosure
Two panel custom shower enclsoure
Made to measure shower screen for loft space
Custom shower enclosure for sloped ceiling
Made to measure glass shower panels

In summary we hope that after reading this you now have a better idea of the choices you need to make, and information we require in order for us to assist in creating your bespoke glass shower enclosure for an attic and sloped ceiling space.

How do you get a price from Marvin and Pinch?

Now in order for us to help with providing a cost for your enclosure, we need to know the dimensions of the space. We advise measuring once everything is finished, tiling etc, however for approximate costs we also need to know the dimensions, see our measuring templates below; These can be filled in and emailed over, or if you prefer just list the dimensions in an email next to the relevant letter e.g. C = 1200mm etc.

Template 04
04. Attic Shape Template with Slope on Left
Template 05
05. Attic Shape Template with Slope on Right

 

Important points to consider that can ensure we get an accurate price for you first time.

Do you want 8mm or 10mm glass? (10mm is generally the default)

Do you want Clear Glass, Low Iron Glass, a Frosted Glass, or perhaps a 10mm Grey or Bronze Tinted?

Do you require a three, two or more panel set up?

What height and width do you want the door to be?

What height and width do you want the 'fixed' elements of the enclosure to be?

Do you want offset, inline, a pivot or bi-fold hinges?

Do you want a door knob, pull handle or another method of opening the door?

What finish do you want the components? Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Gold etc?

Do you require an EasyClean solution on the glass, this helps in hard water areas.

Where are you located for delivery? This is important as the cost of delivery varies.

Once ready email us at sales@marvinandpinch.co.uk

Obviously there are a lot of things to consider so we're always here to discuss on 01225 667537 on weekdays only.

Our U Channel, seals and support bars come in a stock length and need to be cut to the relevant size but yourself or whoever is carrying out the installation.

All tolerances for fixtures and fittings we supply would be taken prior to production, and confirmed with an elevation plan for approval.

Average turn around with delivery is 10/14 working days approx from payment and production commencing. Delivery location does have an influence on these timescales and so can be longer. However, we aim to get all glass to our customers as quick as we can. Please note a definitive date for glass delivery can only be confirmed once it is ready and transport have scheduled on a route, the driver would update with and ETA on the day of delivery.

Further terms will be listed on any invoices.

What our customers have to say

Please find a number of reviews from previous customers, relating to all aspects of our services. From supply only of glass and components, to site consultations and full glass installations.
Very good customer service and kept us up to date with progress and delivery options.
Clive Fowler
Clive Fowler
15:19 05 Jul 24
I was able to get a piece of shower glass cut to the size I wanted. The service was excellent.
David Levi
David Levi
09:48 05 Jul 24
Found Marvin and Pinch online as I had to get a bespoke size shower screen made up, I tried several other companies who failed to return emails and calls. Joe was quick to respond and very helpful and kept me updated all the way through. I am very happy with the screen and the time it took to get it delivered. Would defiantly recommend Marvin and Pinch.
Alastair Runciman
Alastair Runciman
18:57 07 Jun 24
A big thank you to Joe for all you help with our order, you gave us great advice. First class service. We are so pleased with our shower door. Will definitely be ordering again for the other 2 shower rooms we have planned to renovate.
Lisa Knights
Lisa Knights
09:49 06 Jun 24
A fabulous job from start to finish for a bespoke shower door to fit a very fiddly and tricky space. Couldn't be happier.
Jane Lomas
Jane Lomas
14:14 28 May 24
I needed to order glass, hinges etc for a shower screen over a bath. I have never installed such a thing before, so I needed help!Joe was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful with me - excellent service!
Andy Miller
Andy Miller
09:35 30 Apr 24
Bespoke glass shower door ordered and delivered, great quality and no complaints!
Laurence King
Laurence King
13:17 11 Mar 24
Superb service. Knowledgeable sales team and swift delivery. Would definitely recommend Marvin & Pinch
Kay Burley
Kay Burley
05:25 08 Mar 24
Joe Hesford
Joe Hesford
09:19 03 Mar 24
Joe and Darren were very helpful and went above and beyond to ensure our shower screen was exactly as needed. We were slightly concerned as one piece of glass had to be cut an angle but it is perfect. Thank you so much for a great service from start to finish - prompt, efficient and very professional.
Helen West
Helen West
17:03 23 Feb 24
Really impressed with my new shower screen. Great quality and workmanship. Highly recommend 👍
Claire Fallon
Claire Fallon
23:58 31 Jan 24
From first informal enquiry to having bespoke glass panel delivered they could not been more helpful with advice for measuring and final fitting. Really happy with price. Kept informed on delivery day of ETA. Great customer support and company. Really happy with end result. Would definitely use them again.
David Gooding
David Gooding
15:00 20 Jan 24
Following a catastrophic bathroom incident (I dropped a bath shower screen into the bath, which immediately exploded into a gazillion pieces), Marvin & Pinch were able to supply a new glass panel for us along with plenty of info and advice along the way. They have been an absolute Godsend. Cheers.
Andy F
Andy F
11:36 20 Dec 23
Superb company. courteous, professional, quick and friendly.
trevor wright
trevor wright
15:42 03 Nov 23
Great service start to finish. Very helpful at ordering stage. Delivery was within 10 days.
Tim Poole
Tim Poole
09:12 27 Oct 23
Matt Sinton-Hewitt
Matt Sinton-Hewitt
11:13 12 Oct 23
Fantastic service from Joe at Marvin and Pinch. He was happy to come round and give us advice in person. Then answer my many questions over the phone and by email until we nailed the design. He also sourced posts within our budget and then personally delivered the glass. Wouldn't hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others.
Celia Laurence
Celia Laurence
07:30 14 Jul 23
Excellent service and very pleased with our new shower door. Exceptional quality. Thank you to Darren and Joe
James Broadbent
James Broadbent
20:56 07 Feb 23
I was searching on line for bespoke shower glass for a refurbished ensuite and by chance came across Marvin and Pinch. What a superb service I received! From the onset of my enquiry, Joe from sales could not have been more helpful giving me expert advice on my requirements. Because I was fitting the glass myself, nothing was left to chance and I received both tight fit and tolerance based elevation diaagrams to ensure things were right before cutting was agreed. The glass was delivered in just 6 days from point of order.Overall, Marvin and Pinch provided nothing less than a first class and very reasonably priced service. Highly recommended indeed.
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
13:45 03 Feb 23
Bespoke shower door supplied for my new bathroom amazing service and quality!
Philip Lauder (Phil)
Philip Lauder (Phil)
16:23 18 Oct 22
Excellent from start to finish. A seamless process and a beautiful result. Would highly recommend. Such friendly and communicative people!
Emma Thornton
Emma Thornton
07:38 11 Oct 22
Very nice people, well done job, reasonable price!
Isa’s Crafts
Isa’s Crafts
08:49 30 Sep 22
Marvin and Pinch supplied a glass partition and door for a new shower enclosure. The product is of high quality and M&P were great to deal with. They provided the builder with very clear instructions and the product shipped exactly when expected. I recently had to order a new door seal and Joe dealt with my questions around this really well. I paid in the afternoon of one day and the new seal arrived the next day - definitely exceeded my expectations.
Robert Hawker
Robert Hawker
14:16 21 Sep 22
Thank you Marvin & Pinch really good website, the excellent detail on there led me to get in touch with you. Joe took me through the steps to measure a mix of angles to get the correct sizes. He then gave excellent advice on fitting which turned out from worrying to quite straightforward. Thanks again Joe, will definitely use again and will recommend to anyone who needs bespoke glass.
Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark
14:48 04 Aug 22
Excellent job delivered on time and on price.
Mark Norris
Mark Norris
14:30 08 Mar 22
They have done outstanding job, for a really good price. In fact this was the lowest offer we had and we recived better service than expected. Nice and polite team, it was a pleasure to have them working for us. We are very pleased with the glass and fitting, will highly recommended them to all our friends.
Anna “AB” Brown
Anna “AB” Brown
09:40 24 Dec 21
My challenge was to find a bath/shower screen for a low-ceiling bathroom. Most of the off-the-shelf products are at least 1400mm high and wouldn't have fitted, so I began an online hunt for a company that could advise on and supply a custom-made solution for my L-shaped bath.Joe at Marvin & Pinch was very patient in dealing with my particular requirements, and advised on how the screen should be fitted. None of the other firms I contacted came close to this level of help prior to any decision to buy, and I have no hesitation in recommending the company highly. Moreover, pricing was very competitive.Their website bears testimony to the wide range of non-standard glass design challenges the company has undertaken.
Roger Cooper
Roger Cooper
16:33 13 Dec 21
Very happy with bespoke shower surround. Supplied & fitted by two courteous gentlemen. Good price & great products & would have no hesitation in recommending. Great company to deal with.
Michael Keohane
Michael Keohane
14:31 02 Jul 21
I chose this company to supply my shower glass because their website had the best information about how to measure and installJoe was extremely patient and helped me get my dimensions just right. Delivery and the quality of the items was exactly as described and we're really pleased with the end result. High-quality guidance, high quality support and great service. I would happily use them again
James Ness
James Ness
10:46 29 Jan 21
Great product, the shower glass and components look great in my new loft bathroom. Joe from sales was very patient and kept answering my queries throughout the process and provided quotations promptly. I supplied my own measurements and they would come back to you to confirm if the measurements are accurate or not. Driver was also super helpful and provided the delivering timings in advance.
millie chan
millie chan
16:29 04 Sep 20
Excellent service and products from Marvin and Pinch. I basically over spec’d my shower head which meant water was going everywhere. Joe spent time ensuring I got the right product to fix the problem which was a small flipper panel on a full size pivot hinge turning a full 180 degrees into and out of the shower. He helped me with the measurements and ensured I got it right. Excellent delivery despite Covid 19 and delighted with the finished result. Thank you Joe, I will highly recommend Marvin and Pinch.
M Stec
M Stec
08:10 12 Jun 20
Amazing product, great service and very good price. Would definitely recommend Marvin & Pinch
H W
H W
21:08 23 Jan 20
Marvin and Pinch did an excellent job.They first came for a visit and gave us advise on which size and shape of glass we should use to create a bespoke door, along with samples of fittings and seals.They returned to fit both a shower door and bespoke glass panel in 2 new bathrooms.Lovely friendly knowledgeable people, I would highly recommend them.Took great care with the job, and cleared away afterwards, very professional, and offered helpful advise afterwards.Two months on, the look and function of our showers is just what we wanted.True quality and service
Salvador Luther-Payne
Salvador Luther-Payne
12:17 31 May 19
Tim Sparrow
Tim Sparrow
15:02 07 May 19
Fantastic company. Communication and reliability is 100% and filled me with confidence.
Gail Stephenson
Gail Stephenson
20:31 29 Apr 19
Really pleased with the work done by Marvin and Pinch. We needed a shower screen in a room where nothing was square! They were helpful with designing what we needed and did a great installation. Definitely recommend.
Kate Bashford
Kate Bashford
21:17 27 Apr 19
Excellent bespoke service at very competitive price. Advice and fitting carried out with minimum fuss. If your dimensions aren’t completely standard and an off the shelf offering doesn’t fit then these are you people. They made a problem project simple to deal with.
Tim Marsh
Tim Marsh
15:59 27 Apr 19
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