37 Fantastic Frameless Glass Shower Door Ideas

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Frameless glass shower doors have surged in popularity in recent years as homeowners develop a taste for clean and minimalist aesthetics. Manufacturers have responded by creating a wide selection of frameless shower door designs and styles. While having options is a good thing, it has also left many homeowners torn about the best choice for them. Which type of glass is the best? What kind of hinges do I go for?

We try to answer these and many more questions in our comprehensive frameless doors guide. Whether you are thinking of doing a bathroom renovation or you are in the process of building a new home, follow along.

If you are just getting started with your bathroom remodeling project, take a look at this other post: “6 Questions to Ask Before a Bathroom Remodeling Project“.

What are Frameless Glass Shower Doors?

Frameless glass shower doors as just that–glass shower doors without framing. Traditional framed glass shower doors make use of metal, rubber or some other material to secure the glass along the edges. The result is a bulky look that can become an eyesore especially for small bathrooms.

A frameless shower door does away with the framing, creating a cleaner and less cluttered look. Many homeowners will also agree that a frameless shower door is less of a hassle to clean and maintain. A quick wipe is enough to get it looking sparkling clean.

But the beauty and airiness of frameless glass shower doors comes with a number of downsides. For one, the cost of a frameless shower door is much higher than that of framed doors. This is due to the increased complexity to design and install frameless glass shower doors. Secondly, these doors come with a higher risk of leaking water into other areas of the bathroom. Proper design is essential in preventing this.

With good installation and proper maintenance, a frameless glass shower door is one of the best bathroom upgrades you can make. It leaves your bathroom feeling airier, brighter and bigger.

CLEAN & PRETTY

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A great frameless glass shower door in this pretty bathroom–so clean and sleek.

MOUNTAIN RETREAT

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ADA – Arata Hatanaka Design Atelier

Nice glass frameless shower in the center this timberframe home.

MASTER SUITE

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Cynthia Karegeannes, Registered Architect

Pretty blue mosaic tile in this shower.

RUSTIC WARMTH

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Staprans Design

This bath feels so warm and inviting. Great sink area–the levels are a nice departure from the standard vanities you always see.

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QUARTZITE SHOWER

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Kelly & Stone Architects

This gorgeous expansive shower showcases Quartzite strips.

FRESH & NATURAL

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Tim Clarke Design

This bath brings in many outdoor elements to make it feel tranquil and fresh.

BRILLIANT AQUA

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Dunn Architecture Studio

You can’t ignore the brilliant color in this contemporary bathroom.

RUSTIC ESCAPE

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Lands End Development – Designers & Builders

So many great rustic accents in this space!

BLACK & WHITE

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CB Showers

A sliding frameless door is featured in this contemporary bathroom.

SHOWER GLASS

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Colin Cadle

A frameless shower screen was used in this contemporary bathroom.

CONTEMPORARY COOL

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National Kitchen & Bath Association

Awesome shaped tub complements the frameless glass shower.

MALIBU BEACH

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Jamie Bush & Co.

This beach-style California bathroom definitely has a more unique look.

SLEEK SANCTUARY

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Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, PLLC

Great overall space. Lots of light and love the storage cabinetry.

ELEGANT BATH

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Jim Deen/Kitchen Kraft

This bathroom is just so elegant.

CENTER STAGE

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Amoroso Design

This frameless shower is definitely the focal point in this bathroom.

LIMESTONE CHIC

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JRP Design & Remodel

A little glamorous and a little rustic–featuring charcoal grey limestone.

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TAKE A SEAT

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Estes/Twombly Architects, Inc.

Love the seat in this shower.

WOOD ACCENT

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Fine Focus Photography

Wood accents add warmth to this gorgeous bath. That frameless shower is huge!

HEAVENLY SHOWER

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Sebring Design Build

Those shower heads are awesome! What a nicely designed traditional shower.

ROLLER GLASS

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Ira Frazin Architect

The teak mat/shower tray definitely stands out in this shower, but you can’t discount the cool roller sliding glass door and the unque hardware in the shower door.

POLISHED GREY

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Jordan Smith

This shower/tub features grey polished porcelain tile.

NATURAL FEEL

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Cornerstone Architects

Natural lighting and natural materials in this bathroom creates a relaxing and functional space.

ROLLER TOP

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Sebring Design Build

Another great roller top frameless glass shower. So many great features in this bathroom.

BROOKLYN BATH

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JP Warren Interiors

This eclectic NY bath has some cool features like the huge shower head, sconces and unique vanity.

FEMININE CHARM

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Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.

This bathroom has a more feminine feel to it. Looks like a great place to escape to.

GLASS VESSEL

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Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

That glass vessel sink is just so cool!

OUTSIDE IN

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Dumican Mosey Architects

Bringing the outside inside in this modern San Francisco bathroom.

MASCULINE CONCRETE

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AVB Inc.

This bathroom definitely has a more masculine feel. Love the sealed concrete floor.

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TRANQUIL

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Matrka Group

So soft and tranquil–great contemporary shower space. Love the sink too.

RUSTIC SPA

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Zone 4 Architects, LLC

Ahhh–Just relax and forget your worries in this bathroom. Impressive frameless shower in the center of this bath.

CORNER SHOWER

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Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Nice frameless glass corner shower in this bathroom.

CONDO SLEEK

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Serret Residential

This bathroom is located in a Boston condo. Love the wall tile and the wall mounted toilet and flush plate are so different!

DARK & DRAMATIC

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Sebring Design Build

Wonderful large shower showcasing a rich dark tile.

SUBWAY FUN

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Architect Hewson

The pops of color within the subway tile add a little more interest to this white bathroom.

ZEN BATH

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Buttrick Projects Architecture + Design

This bath features raked shower glass.

GORGEOUS BATH

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Sebring Design Build

If this bathroom was in my house, I’d never leave!

Key Considerations When Buying a Frameless Shower Door

If you have decided to go ahead with a frameless shower door, there are some essential considerations to keep in mind as you look for the right one.

1. Fully Frameless Glass vs. Semi-Frameless Glass

One of the biggest frustrations when it comes to buying a frameless glass shower door is the lack of standards. One seller will define a frameless shower door in a different way from another and a third one will choose yet another definition. Honestly, it can be pretty confusing to a lot of homeowners.

Two terms you will come across are fully frameless and semi-frameless. Some shower doors make use of long U channels at the bottom or sides of the door to secure it. While some sellers will still say this is a frameless door the more accurate term agreed on by many in the industry is semi-frameless. Other frameless shower glass doors use clamps to secure the glass door to the wall or a fixed glass panel. This is what many refer to as a fully frameless shower door.

When you go shopping ask whether the door uses U channels or clamps (sometimes called clips). Clamps generally have a more minimalist look compared to U channels.

Related: 27 Walk in Shower Tile Ideas That Will Inspire You

2. Type of Hardware

Another very important issue is the type of hardware used on the door. This refers to the material used in the U channel (for semi-frameless glass doors) and in the clamps (for fully frameless glass doors) as well as any other component including the hinges.

You will find terms like brass construction, aluminum construction and anodized construction. If possible, always go for brass hardware. Shower frameless glass doors are quite heavy, sometimes weighing up to 200 lbs. The hardware used must be able to bear all that weight safely and ensure structural integrity. Brass is much better at this than aluminum and many other materials you encounter.

You can then choose to have the brass components coated in a finishing of your liking. Common finishes include chrome, oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel.

One tip that can help you determine that you are buying the right hardware is to ask for part numbers. Look up the part numbers online to find original manufacturer information. This will tell you exactly what materials are used and safe weight tolerances as stated by the manufacturer.

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3. Type of Hinges

For the door to open and close, it must be fitted with a hinge. Installing a hinge on a glass door and a frameless one at that, is an entirely different kettle of fish from installing a hinge on a normal door. The hinge must be able to support the weight of the door and allow it to turn smoothly without any problem.

There are three types of hinges you can use for your frameless shower door: door-to-wall hinges, pivot hinges and glass-to-glass hinges. Ask your contractor for recommendation on which is best in your situation. Each hinge comes with its own benefits and complications.

For example, a glass-to-glass hinge is more problematic to install compared to a glass-to-wall hinge. A pivot hinge has the advantage of allowing the shower door to open 180 degrees in either direction.

Take a look at some great images and additional information we found at Dulles Glass & Mirror.

4. Type and Thickness of Glass

Lacking in framing, frameless shower doors must be thicker to achieve proper support and structural integrity. There are two sizes that are recommended: 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch. Anything thinner than this and your shower door will keep wobbling whenever you open or close it. Note that 1/2 inch frameless shower doors cost more than 3/8 ones.

In addition to the thickness, you also need to choose the type of glass you prefer. This is mostly a matter of aesthetics and each seller stocks different variations, some with proprietary names. Some of the options you will come across include clear glass, frosted glass and rain glass. One thing they all have in common–they are all tempered glass. Tempered glass is as a result of a special manufacturing process that makes it stronger and changes how it breaks. In case of breakage, it fragments into numerous small chunks that are not as hazardous as normal glass.

A Note About Accessories

Make sure to ask the seller what kind of accessories come with the door and which ones you can add on your own. All shower doors come with a door handle while others also provide a towel bar. Other accessories you may want to include would be a threshold to prevent leakage, towel bar/handle combos and recommended glass cleaner.

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17 Comments

  1. Amanda Drew August 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    That’s good to know that brass is better able than many other metals to hold up the shower door. I want to put in a new shower in my bathroom, and I want it to be fancier than the shower curtain. I’ll have to find someone to put in a good door for me. Thanks for all of the ideas in this article.

  2. Braden Bills August 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I’m trying to decide what kind of shower door I should get. I didn’t know that frameless shower doors could look so good! Maybe that would be a good thing to invest in for my remodel.

  3. Erin McDonald September 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I am really amazed. Which will I choose?

  4. Derek Dewitt September 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    My wife and I are renovating our bathroom but we can’t decide on what kind of shower door to get. I like that you mention how sellers sometimes don’t understand the difference between shower doors. I will be sure to ask if the door uses U handles or clamps when shopping around so I don’t make the same mistake. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Charles Berg September 10, 2017 at 6:31 am

    My wife and I have been thinking about replacing our shower doors soon. Just as you mentioned, we are looking for custom crystal to fit the bathroom subject and get the tinted glass instead. I had no idea that the factories also installed coating that helps prevent stains and soap scum. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Scott September 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I appreciate that you recommend to ask the seller what accessories are included. My wife and I have been talking about remodeling our bathroom. I’ll have to be sure to ask this from the contractor we hire.

  7. Brayden Brade September 27, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I hadn’t even considered the hinge installation process. Thanks for pointing that out. I was considering making this a DIY project but it sounds like hiring a professional is the way to go.

  8. Kevin February 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    You provide great ideas. I think your post will be really helpful for people who are confused when choosing glass shower doors.

  9. Jaque Christo February 12, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Thank you for the fantastic frame-less glass shower door ideas. I love the look of the rustic escape shower and bathroom. I think the wood bathroom next to the stone brick paneling in the shower looks absolutely fantastic. I will have to see if that is something I can do in my own bathroom.

  10. Mitchell February 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    You provide great ideas for glass doors. Thanks.

  11. Patricia Wilson March 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I found it interesting when you said that frameless glass doors can give my bathroom an airier and more spacious effect. I don’t have enough to get my bathroom expanded, so I was looking for ways on how to achieve that roomier feel. I’d be sure to look for a reputable contractor to check out which type of frameless shower door best suits mine. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Allan Mclean March 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    I’ve been looking at renovating my bathroom for a while now, and I’d really liked to change the look of my shower. I really like how you mention that frameless glass shower screens are beneficial since they can be custom designed to fit a new shower. This would be great since I anticipate the size and shape of my shower to change significantly. I wouldn’t mind getting a frameless glass enclosure as part of my remodel.

  13. Moira Blythe April 13, 2018 at 7:44 am

    My husband and I have been talking about redoing the master bathroom in our home. I’d love to do a frameless glass shower! I appreciate your advice, that it could end up being awful unless installed properly with a quality design that would not let the shower leak water everywhere.

  14. Wiktor Johnson April 26, 2018 at 12:32 am

    I am grateful to have find your page about home door designs. Thanks for sharing such a good article. I did get good knowledge about what type of doors should I get designed for my new home.

  15. Gerty Gift June 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I liked what you said about how this will make the room feel larger. We have a pretty cramped area for our shower and we would really like for it to at least feel larger than it is. I think that it would be great to make our area feel like it has more room.

  16. Rachel Smith September 5, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Great article with fantastic glass shower door ideas. Frameless glass shower doors are one of the hottest bathroom design trends. These doors provide a sense of openness, allowing the easy flow of light into the shower space.

  17. Julia October 7, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    When remodeling my bathroom, I had no idea about using the frameless glass shower door. I have learned a lot from the blog about the frameless glass door designs.

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