May 3, 2024

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The shower tray: a ‘must’ for today’s bathrooms

The shower tray is an essential element that brings spaciousness, light and functionality to the bathroom.

The shower tray transforms the experience and perception of the bathroom. And it uses less space than a bathtub. With the various advantages of the shower tray, you will achieve a spacious and hygienic room. In this post we explore the different types of shower trays and their possibilities in interior design.

Bathroom environment with Slate shower tray, by Noken.

Some ideas for choosing a shower tray

First of all, when choosing a shower tray, consider the space available in your bathroom. Depending on its composition, each shower tray offers different characteristics in terms of durability, slip resistance and aesthetics. Before we list the types of shower trays, here are some tips to help you make your choice.

  • Thickness is crucial to the perception of space. While extra-flat shower trays are ideal for small spaces, deep shower trays provide exclusivity and comfort. Further on, we will tell you about the built-in shower tray, which is integrated into the floor and has a concealed drain.
  • The material is decisive. Ceramic is durable and easy to clean, and the solid surface is light and strong. Stone shower trays, on the other hand, add elegance.
  • Texture is also a relevant aspect. Non-slip trays offer safety, especially for children and the elderly or people with reduced mobility. If you want a shower tray with more prominence, opt for designs with a wood or slate effect (Par-ker® Bruselas Fresno or Image Cream, by Porcelanosa). This way, you will add a unique aesthetic touch to your bathroom.
  • Don’t forget accessibility. Floor-level shower trays are ideal for people with reduced mobility, making it easier for them to get in and out. Finally, choose a design that fits in with the overall style of your bathroom, making sure you create a harmonious and functional space.

Krion Shell® Atrium plate and Attica shower enclosure, by Krion.

Types of shower trays

Depending on their material and design, shower trays are divided into several types. The most common are solid surface, ceramic, acrylic and natural stone. The choice depends on the style and specific needs of each bathroom. Here are some of the most important ones.

Plato de ducha Krion Shell® Line y mampara Yove Especial, de Krion.
Krion Shell® Line shower tray and Yove Especial shower enclosure, by Krion.

Solid surface shower trays. The solid surface shower tray retains lightness, flexibility, stability and tolerance. Krion Shell® shower trays contain, in addition to a high mineral content, 5% recycled PET, can be cut to suit the customer’s needs and have high definition textures for added safety.


Ceramic/porcelain tile shower tray. They are an elegant and functional option for modern bathrooms. Their versatile design adapts to any decorative style, while their smooth, durable surface makes them easy to clean and maintain. Their resistance to water and wear makes them a popular and durable choice. With XTONE’s different collections you can achieve a wood, stone or slate effect for your shower tray.

Plato de ducha con XTONE.
Shower tray with XTONE.


Plato de ducha con acabado especial Finish Studio, de Noken.
Shower tray with special Finish Studio finish, by Noken.

Resin shower trays. They are a popular choice thanks to their durability and versatility. Made from a blend of resin and mineral fillers, they offer a smooth, slip-resistant surface. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, they complement any bathroom style with elegance and functionality, such as the Slate resin shower trays with Finish Studio finishes, by Noken. The shower trays from the firm incorporate the Noken Eco-Stone technology with recycled materials. Specifically, they are made of 60% natural calcium carbonate, recycled from white marble quarries.


Shower tray with screen. This type of element multiplies the space, provides luminosity and generates a greater visual amplitude of the space. It is a hygienic and safe choice. A wide variety is available: without fittings around the glass, with discreet appliques or framed. Krion has recently launched new finishes for Yove, Java and S+Line screens: copper, gold, white and titanium.

Plato de ducha Krion Shell® Slope y mampara Yove 9 Black, de Krion.
Krion Shell® Slope shower tray and Yove 9 Black shower enclosure by Krion.


Plato de ducha Essence Habana Dark, de L’ Antic Colonial.
Essence Habana Dark shower tray, by L’ Antic Colonial.

Stone shower trays. Stone shower trays are one of the best options for a designer shower. Thanks to its resistance to impacts and the passage of time, this material guarantees maximum stability and rigidity. In fact, Carrara marble is ideal to give a classic and timeless touch to the bathroom.

Built-in shower tray: an aesthetically pleasing and functional option

Trends are evolving. Today, we are looking for spacious homes, with interconnected spaces and visual continuity on the ground. This last point is key. With the floor of the shower tray you can tile the whole house, any room. In this way you achieve a uniform aesthetic in the home.

Butech’s shower tray system is a versatile and customisable option for your bathroom. It adapts to any space and design, thanks to its in situ manufacture with cement or mortar. Its integration into the floor eliminates physical barriers, making it an ideal option for the elderly or people with reduced mobility. On the other hand, grids or shower trays of a different colour and appearance to the rest of the floor disappear.

For this type of shower tray, it is essential to use waterproofing under the ceramic tiles. Also, a good drainage system which avoids dampness. For this purpose, Butech has systems that adapt to each type of shower:

Eco Linear Grille Kit. Includes a waterproof sheet and an ultra-fine grille.

Shower Line. System in which the ceramic grid is in the wall.

Shower Deck. Shower Deck completely flat, which is made to measure for each project. It is integrated into the bathroom floor with drainage through the open joints of the shower tray.

The two main materials of the shower tray, ceramic and porcelain, offer a wide range of designs. In addition, their durability and resistance make the shower tray a long-lasting option for your bathroom.

Plato de ducha de obra Shower Line, de Butech.

Shower Line shower tray by Butech.

Modern bathroom tiles with shower tray

Contemporary and functional ambience. That’s what modern bathroom tiles with shower trays do. With a wide variety of designs, colours and textures available, tiles can completely transform the look of your bathroom. Opting for tiles in neutral shades and large formats will visually enlarge the space. Geometric patterns, embossed ceramics or alternative colours will add a unique touch to the room.

If you want a bathroom with personality, small-format ceramics ( S-tile range, by L’ Antic Colonial) create an original visual effect. Moreover, you will be able to combine the different elements, achieving a result in the bathroom that will not leave anyone indifferent. For this, the Nazari, Mediterranea, Fiji, Touch or Geo collections are some options.

To frame the shower tray area, use a revestimiento diferente. This will create an original atmosphere, as long as you create a harmonious appearance and aesthetic coherence in the room. Keep in mind that it is important to select tiles that are water resistant and easy to clean, especially in areas close to the shower.

The large format is one of the great trends in interior design. No matter what the room, it creates a special effect wherever it is laid. This type of porcelain tile (XLIGHT, by Porcelanosa, or XTONE) is a popular choice for modern bathroom tiles with shower trays. Its large size allows the number of joints to be reduced, making cleaning easier. At the same time, this model offers a minimalist and elegant look.

Environment with shower tray area covered with Fiji small format ceramic tiles, by L’Antic Colonial. Shower tray with XLIGHT Nylo Noir wall tiling, by PORCELANOSA.

Change bathtub for shower tray

Changing a bathtub for a shower tray is a perfect decision to update the bathroom and improve its functionality. There are different reasons. Firstly, the efficiency of shower trays in the use of water, making significant savings possible. In addition, shower trays are more accessible for the elderly or people with reduced mobility. Thus, you eliminate the physical barrier of getting in and out of the bathtub.

The renovation process involves a number of steps. To begin with, measure the space to make sure that the new shower tray fits correctly. Then, select the shower model, always according to your tastes and needs. We recommend that you leave the installation in the hands of professionals to ensure a safe and lasting result.

In short, replacing the bathtub with a shower tray improves the functionality, accessibility and aesthetics of the bathroom. It also requires careful planning and professional installation to ensure a satisfactory result.

Ambiente de baño con revestimiento de relieve Block Butan Bone y suelo Butan Bone (PORCELANOSA).

Bathroom ambience with Block Butan Bone relief cladding and Butan Bone flooring (PORCELANOSA).

Shower tray sizes

Finally, let’s look at an important aspect: the sizes of shower trays. They vary according to the space available and personal needs. The standard trays are rectangular and in a format of 120 cm x 80 cm x 5 cm.

However, they are also available in larger sizes, up to 180 cm x 80 cm x 5 cm. For smaller bathrooms, the square format (between 70 cm x 70 cm and 90 cm x 90 cm) is used. It is crucial that you carefully measure the area where the shower tray will be installed. Keep in mind that you should leave expansion joints of 3 mm on each side of the shower tray.

Plato de ducha Unseen, de Noken.
Unseen shower tray, by Noken.

In any case, most materials allow for a customised cut to adapt to each project (for example, the Lei, Slate or Unseen series, by Noken, and the Krion Shell® shower trays), with the exception of acrylic shower trays. In addition to the size of the shower tray, it is important to consider the height of the shower rim, which usually ranges between 2 and 4 cm. For stone shower trays, the thickness can be greater: up to 5 cm.

In the case of stone shower trays, exclusivity is total exclusivity. For the Basic, Essence and Samui (L’Antic Colonial) models, the natural stone block is hollowed out and shaped to the desired shape and size.

Shower trays are indispensable elements in a modern bathroom. As we have already seen in the post, with the right combination, you can transform your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation and contemporary style.

Visit your nearest Porcelanosa shop to see the most outstanding models of shower trays.

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