How to Measure for Custom Shower Doors How to Measure for Custom Shower Doors

What You'll Need
Measuring Tape
Paper
Pencil
Level
Protractor
Tapered Filler (if needed)

A crucial step in installing custom shower doors is the proper measurement of the shower room area to ensure perfect fit. If the measurements made are not accurate, you might end up with a custom shower door that is too small allowing for water spills outside the shower area ruining floors and furniture. In some cases, the custom shower door ends up to be too big that it won’t fit the shower room area or may cause inconvenience to users if installed. What’s nice about a custom shower door is it’s made to fit your unique bathroom design and requirements.

Step 1 – Check the Surface

Take note of what kind of surface the door will be attached to. There are different types of bathroom surfaces. There are various surfaces such as ceramic rile, marble, acrylic, fibreglass, and many more. This would help determine the hinges that are compatible to mount your custom shower door.

Step 2 – Check the Tiling and Layout

Check if the tiling, surfaces, walls, panels, enclosures and plumbing of the shower has been completed before measuring to make sure there will be no more changes on the layout and panels. This can affect the measurements you are about to take.

Step 3 – Repair the Areas

Using a long level, check if the opening is perfectly square. If the opening is out of-level by more than 3/8-inches, use a tapered filler. Fix and repair other areas which need to be wider or narrower.

Step 4 – Sketch the Layout

Make a sketch of the bathroom layout and include the position of the showerhead, doors, towel bars and panels. Make sure the sketch has a top view and a front view.

Step 5 – Get the Measurements

Take the measurements of the shower area opening using your measuring device. Measure the opening starting from the base to a height of 5 feet and take a centerline dimension of the halfway mark. Make measurements of the top opening, bottom opening, middle opening and all corner to corner openings to ensure that the opening is perfectly square. To make sure you have all that you need, below is a checklist of measurements needed:

  • Centerline dimension of the threshold
    1. Bottom width of the entrance; from left panel to the right panel
    2. Middle width of the entrance; from left panel to the right panel
    3. Top width of the entrance; from left panel to the right panel
      • Centerline dimension of the return panel(s)
        1. Bottom width of the return panel(s); from left panel to the right panel
        2. Middle width of the return panel(s); from left panel to the right panel
        3. Top width of the return panel(s); from left panel to the right panel
          • Maximum height allowable for the custom shower door
          • Your preferred height for the custom shower door
          • The degree of angle on any return panel(s)
          • Buttress measurements (if applicable)

          Ensure measurements are precise up to 1/16 inch. Remember to give an allowance for the body of the measuring tape. Double check all your measurements and make sure your notes are clear and easy to understand.

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