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14/05/2012, 01:03 AM
Hey folks - we wanted to get a frameless shower cubicle for our new bathroom, but recently realised that all of these have swing doors and seem to have a real child-finger-amputation risk at the hinge of these doors!
Does anyone know of a style of door that doesn't have this?
What I mean is that most of them have a gap, when open, that's a good size for a finger to go into, and then when they are closed that gap squeezes the two panes of glass together till they are flush. I know it's not the most dangerous thing in the world, but still seems an unnecessary risk to take for aesthetics. However the sliding door etc showers just don't seem to look as good and as unobtrusive. Any suggestions for an alternative style of shower that looks nice, also welcome!
14/05/2012, 09:05 AM
We have always put frameless shower screens in, and have had no problems with little fingers getting stuck. We always have the door shut though when we are not using the shower and the doors are pretty heavy, so no real chance of DS opening it and then closing again on his own fingers. Sorry, not giving you an alternative but just saying that we havent had any problems, and DS is a VERY inquisitive into everything little boy.
14/05/2012, 09:20 AM
Same as the PP, never had an issue with either of our inquisitive boys sticking their fingers in them.
Reason being the doors are shut when not used, opened quickly, shut and wash, open quickly get out shut door. Dont over think it!
Oh and to add my DS1 is the boy who is obsessed with everything dangerous, electricity is a fave, so a shower door never appealed.
14/05/2012, 09:26 AM
You could just skip the door altogether. Less to clean that way:) Our bathroom is small (not draughty) so we are installing an open shower in the middle of the room between bath and vanity. No doors.
Skip to my Lou
14/05/2012, 02:27 PM
You get that same wide gap when open, small gap when closed for showers that have frames too. Like others have said, I really wouldn't worry about it.
14/05/2012, 03:25 PM
We have a large frameless double shower in our ensuite and the gap in between the glass wall and door is too wide for little fingers to get caught in. Limited water goes through it as it is away from the two main shower heads.
Same sort of enticingly-fingerchopping gap for ALL doors!
15/05/2012, 12:21 PM
Cool, thanks folks!
Yes I was thinking the other day that it's all doors - but there's something particularly sharp and choppable about the frameless shower ones. Even the framed shower ones seem to have a plastic rim that seems like it would hurt/crush/stick before it cut straight through.
Probably my overactive imagination!
15/05/2012, 08:30 PM
Neither of my kids have managed to lose a finger yet, we have two frameless showers and have had since before DD was born.
But if you want to avoid the risk, as a PP has mentioned, I have seen several bathrooms designed with open showers, just glass on one or two sides and open at the remaining side. They look terrific.
16/05/2012, 09:48 AM
Not on the safety aspect, but when we got insurance for our new place they specifically asked if we had frameless shower screens. So, don't forget to put your building insurance up to cover replacement - and be ware that they may ask your specifics!
Skip to my Lou
16/05/2012, 10:01 AM
Probably because frameless cost more too..
edited to fix spelling
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