Bespoke Matki Preference shower tray with notched corner

Everything You Need to Know About Matki Preference Shower Trays & Floors

If you are looking for an alternative to standard shower trays, the Matki Preference could be just what you are looking for. Stylish, strong, innovative features, standard and bespoke sizes, Matki Preference shower trays and floors have much to offer. Read on to discover more about these great shower trays.

What are Matki Preference shower trays?

Preference by Matki is a premium low profile shower tray made in Britain using Matki’s own solid surface material. A stand-out feature of the Preference shower tray is the discreet matched waste cover, available in solid and slatted styles, that does away with the usual metal waste grate, giving a clean modern look. The range includes two tray styles, the Preference Shower Tray, and the Preference Shower Floor.

  1. Preference Shower Trays

A Matki Preference low-profile shower tray made from solid surface stone material with matching waste cover in white

The Preference Shower Tray is a low-profile shower tray featuring an upstand around the sides. Trays can be mounted on the floor or on a raised plinth and are suitable for use with all types of shower screens and enclosures. At only 35mm thick, including the upstand, they have a clean modern look and allow for easy access to the shower area.

Matki Preference shower trays and floors are finished in a slip resistant semi-matt white colour. The surface has subtle riven texture that mimics the look and feel of natural stone and also provides a good degree of slip resistance. A selection of standard sizes are offered, and bespoke sized and shaped trays can be made to order.

  1. Preference Shower Floors

A made to measure flush fitting Matki Preference Shower Floor in white with concealed waste

The Preference Shower Floor is an ultra-low-profile flat version of the standard Preference tray without upstands, intended for use as an alternative to a tiled wetroom floor. Measuring only 20mm-27mm in thickness (depending on the size of tray), they are designed to be flush mounted with the finished bathroom floor, giving an ultra-modern look and lip free access to the shower area. Trays have a lightly textured stone effect and slip resistant surface with a contemporary semi-matt white finish.

Preference Shower Floors are compatible with most wetroom shower screens and enclosures, including luxury 10mm frameless shower screens. Matki suggest that their shower floor trays should be installed in a “fully tanked and prepared wet room area”.

Preference Shower Floors are made to order and can be manufactured in an extensive range of sizes.

What are Matki Preference shower trays made from?

Matki Preference Shower trays are made from a solid surface material rich in ground marble

Matki Preference shower trays are manufactured in Britain using their own “Preference” solid surface material, a mixture of ground marble and polymers. Trays are of solid construction and finished by hand at their manufacturing facility in Cornwall. This innovative material allows the Preference shower tray to be thin but also very strong. And because the trays are manufactured in the UK, Matki can also produce bespoke sizes and shapes to order.

How thick are Matki Preference shower trays and floors?

Matki Preference shower trays measure 35mm in thickness. When mounted directly to the floor, the low profile allows for easy access into the shower.

Preference Shower Floors measure 20-27mm in thickness depending on the size of the floor and are designed to be flush mounted with the floor tiles. Removing any raised lip and providing level access into the shower area.

What sizes are Preference Shower Trays & Floors available in?

Matki Preference Shower Trays are available in 800x800mm, 900x900mm, 1000x1000mm, 1200x900mm, and 1500x900mm standard sizes. Bespoke sizes and shapes can also be made to order.

Matki Preference Shower Floors are made to order and can be produce in a range of shapes and sizes. The bespoke size and shape options offered by Matki are discussed in more detail below.

Bespoke Matki Preference Shower Trays and Shower Floors

A great benefit of Matki Preference Shower Trays and Shower Floors is that they can be made in bespoke sizes and shapes. Perfect for when a standard shower tray will not fit or for creating an oversized luxury shower.

Bespoke Matki Preference shower tray with notched corner

Matki can produce bespoke Preference Shower Trays in sizes from 800×800 up to 2050x1150mm and Preference Shower Floors in sizes from 650x650mm up to 2000x1100mm. Preference trays and floors can also be made with corner or side cutout sections for accommodating features such as boxed pipework or nib return walls. Furthermore, they can be specially made in a range of shapes including square, rectangular, angled, pentangle, and curved formats.  It is also possible move the waste position; this can be useful for avoiding floor joists. The lead time for bespoke and made to measure shower trays and floors is approximately 4 weeks.

We are experts in bespoke and made to measure showering products, offering a variety of styles and options for shower enclosures, screens, and shower trays. Please do contact us to discuss your requirements.

What finishes are Preference showers trays available in?

White Matki Preference shower tray with matching concealed waste cover

Matki Preference shower trays are finished in a semi-matt white colour with an attractive lightly riven finish that mimics the look of natural stone. While Matki Preference Shower Floors feature the same matt white colour with a lightly textured stone effect. Both provide a good degree of slip resistance under foot. Preference Shower Trays and Floors are certified to DIN51097-B as “Anti Slip” and have a PTV 36+ “Low Slip Potential” rating.

Can Preference shower trays be repaired?

Matki Preference shower trays are very strong and durable, but in the unlikely event that the surface of the shower tray is damaged, chips and marks can be repaired. Matki state that their Preference trays are “easy to clean, durable and fully restorable”. Kits to repair shower trays can be obtained by contacting Matki directly.

How long is the guarantee on Matki Preference shower trays?

Matki Preference shower trays are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty for parts and labour, with a further 8 years on parts covering domestic usage. The product guarantee must be registered with Matki within 30 days of installing the tray. Full terms and conditions can be viewed on the Matki website.

What is the delivery time on Matki Preference shower trays?

For standard sized Preference shower trays, the delivery lead time is approximately 3 weeks. Matki Preference Shower Floors are made to measure products, the lead time for these, and bespoke Preference Shower Trays, is 4 weeks.

What do our customers think of Matki Preference shower trays?

Here is what one of our customers had to say about their experience using a Matki Preference Shower tray.

White stone effect Matki Preference shower tray with matching white waste

“We were looking for a quality shower tray without the usual chrome or metal waste grate, and we loved the look of the matching stone waste cover of the Matki Preference shower tray. The 1200x800mm size we required was not a standard size, but Matki were able to make the size we needed quickly. When the tray arrived, it was very well packaged, and we were really impressed with the quality. Being a solid stone shower tray, they are quite heavy, but it was easy for two of us to lift and install. The fitting instructions were easy to follow, and we simply bedded the tray on flexible tile adhesive. The tray was also perfectly flat, unlike the standard stone resin trays we used in our last house, and very easy to level. Installing the shower tray, including fitting the waste, took under an hour. We have a 3 bar shower pump fitted and, given the shallow profile of the tray, we were slightly concerned about drainage, but the waste clears the water with ease even on full power. Our shower tray has been installed for over a year now and is used every day. Cleaning is simple and the tray still looks like new. We could not be happier with the shower tray and will be purchasing another one for the other shower in our house. – Owen Josey, Pulborough West Sussex”  See images of this shower tray installed here.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a premium shower tray, or an alternative to a tiled wetroom, Matki Preference should be on your shopping list. Preference shower trays and floors offer a compelling combination of style, quality and bespoke options that mark this British made product out from mainstream shower trays. To see the Matki Preference shower tray for yourself, or for more information and advice on bespoke options, please visit our bathroom and tile showroom in Wareham Dorset or contact us.

Introducing The New Drench MATTE Shower Screen Collection

With Christmas on the horizon, what better time to unwrap a few early presents? Our latest treat comes in the shape of a brand new range of coloured shower screens: the Drench MATTE collection, boasting four stylish ranges of fixed shower screens in a wide choice of matte colours.

drench matte frame lite shower screen in white close up

All four shower screens boast their own unique style and character, from the oriental look of Suzhou to the eye-catching geometry of Hexagon. In this article, we take an in-depth look at each one of these fabulous ranges and explain the many different options at your fingertips.

Which styles are available?

Hegagon drench matte shower screen in grey close up

All Drench MATTE fixed panel shower screens boast a singular design in high quality materials and finishes. Fans of minimalist design will love the Border range. It looks exactly as the name suggests, with an elegant slim outer metal frame to keep things simple. The Suzhou range, meanwhile, draws from traditional Japanese room dividing screens, adding an exotic flavour to your bathroom.

There’s also the Frame Lite range, an updated version of Drench’s classic Frame range inspired by industrial Crittall style windows. Last, but not least, is the dazzling Hexagon range, boasting a hexagonal frame feature quite unlike anything in our Drench collection. All four ranges come with optional support bars in a matching colour and finish, available at an extra cost.

What colours are available?

Pale Pink Border shower screen from Drench MATTE collection

The MATTE shower screens collection is available in 12 standard matte colours. These include bold colours such as Lemon Yellow, Tangerine and Pale Pink, ideal for homeowners looking to make a splash. More discreet options include Graphite Grey, Forest and Latte. All MATTE shower frames are powder coated, ensuring a luxury matte finish worthy of the luxurious designs.

What’s more, the Border range is available in a choice of 6 metallic finishes inspired by on-trend brassware and modern taps. These brushed anodised finishes ensure a gorgeous industrial sheen that doesn’t corrode over time. Take your pick from steel, brass, chrome and bronze effects with stunning light and dark textures.

What makes the glass special?

Suzhou shower screen with frosted glass by Drench

Drench shower screens are renowned for their virtually indestructible glass panels. The new MATTE range is no different, with 8mm toughened safety glass as standard. Drench have coated each glass panel with “Enduro Shield”, a quality chemical coating that reduces the build-up of calcium oil and soap deposits.

All MATTE shower screens come with clear glass at the basic price. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, there are extra options available. Room H2o customers can upgrade their order with fluted, frosted or grey tinted glass – each adding 30% to the standard cost.

How much does the Drench MATTE collection cost?

This very much depends on which range you choose, as well as the width of your screen. The Border range starts from £662.50 at 700mm, rising to £839.00 for the 1200mm screen. The Hexagon range starts at £959.88 for the 700mm wide screen, with the 1200mm version rising to £1,447.50. The full list of prices can be found on each product page.

How long does delivery take?

Lemon Yellow hexagonal shower screen frame by Drench

Drench’s MATTE shower screens are available to order now via our website. The rough lead time for all MATTE products is 6 weeks, with mainland UK delivery as standard. Unfortunately, customers living in Scotland are not currently included in the delivery area.

We do not currently have any new MATTE shower screens on display in our Dorset showroom. However, we do have a black “Deco” shower screen with matching black taps and shower controls, plus a decorative fabric laminated glass screen.

To learn more about the exciting new Drench MATTE range, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team, or visit the showroom in Wareham. As the exclusive provider of MATTE shower screens until early 2020, we are currently the only place to buy these game-changing products.

Room H2o Launch New ‘Inspirit’ Coloured Shower Screen Range

At Room H2o, we’re dedicated to offering our customers the very latest in high-quality bathroom products, so we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our very own brand of coloured shower screens – Inspirit.

New Inspirit Vita Beige Shower Screen by Room H2o

Our new Inspirit brand shower screens bring a new dimension to bathroom design, with a stunning selection of colours and sleek finishes. The first collection we’re launching is ‘Vita’ – a stylish array of fixed designer shower screens in stunning colours ranging from black and graphite grey to beige and bronze.

Coloured shower screens of exceptional quality and style

Made exclusively in the UK to the very highest standards of craftsmanship, our Vita coloured shower screens are designed in partnership with our in-house bespoke showers team. With a 15mm slim outer frame, our designer bathroom and wetroom shower screens offer a gorgeous minimalistic look, alongside practicality. Suitable for both shower trays and wetroom floors, our Vita range comes with clear 8mm toughened safety glass, with an easy clean coating as standard, at a height of 2100mm. Various widths are available to accommodate most bathroom and wetroom designs – 800mm, 900mm, 1000mm, 1200mm and 1400mm. They also have a frame adjustment of 20mm for walls that aren’t square, and a colour-matched top support bar for rigidity and durability.

Black semi-frameless shower screen by Room H2o

Six fabulous colours to choose from

Our Vita collection includes stunning colours ranging from black frame shower screens to bronze shower screens – making them the perfect complement for any style of bathroom design. For a classic addition to both contemporary and traditional bathrooms, black offers understated style, as does the lighter touch of our white shower screens. For a slightly bolder look, grey shower screens and beige shower screens sit beautifully within any décor, while luxurious brown shower screens give a subtle twist on tradition. For a statement making design, our bronze shower screens bring a real wow factor to any bathroom or wetroom.

Room H2o Inspirit Vita 15mm white shower frame

Prices start from £720 including VAT and there is a lead time of three weeks, as we make our coloured shower screens to order. At the moment, we aren’t offering bespoke sizes or colours, however all of our Vita shower screens come with a lifetime warranty, giving you peace of mind that you’ll be able to indulge in a luxurious shower experience for years to come.

To see our stunning new collection of bathroom and wetroom shower screens, visit our large showroom in Wareham, Dorset. And, with our extensive range of products, you’ll be inspired for any project you have in mind.

Fabulous Fluted Glass Shower Screens From Drench

Fluted glass, also known as reeded glass, is making a real comeback in bathroom design. While the original style was popular back in the 70s, the modern take on fluted glass brings an effortless sense of sophistication when used for shower screens and bath screens, sitting stylishly within both traditional and contemporary settings.

We’re thrilled to be able to offer an exciting selection of fluted glass shower screens from the revolutionary Drench brand. As one of four finishes in the Drench range, fluted glass gives a sense of light and space and depth, with the practical benefits of privacy too.

Super stylish fluted glass

Drench shower screens fluted glass

More so than other kinds of distorted glass, the bespoke reeded glass shower screens from Drench offer a natural retro chic, and a subtle concealment that isn’t overpoweringly decorative. With fluted glass you get the sense of space, making it the perfect choice for a shower or bath screen in a small room. And the sleek lines perfectly complement any fixtures and fittings, while effortlessly diffusing light.

Reeded glass for practicality

As with all of the Drench screens and shower doors, the fluted glass shower screens are made with the highest quality toughened and safety glass, and are treated with a special coating to make them easy to clean. Reeded glass offers many practical benefits, with privacy being just one. Using fluted glass on vanities is also a great way of displaying bathroom products, without fully revealing them.

Drench shower screens

Drench bath screen in classic grid style

The innovative Drench shower screen collection offers made-to-measure screens in an extensive selection of styles and colours. Whatever the size or shape of your bathroom or wet room, Drench shower screens and bath screens can accommodate any space and allow you to customise the colour, style and glass effect to your own unique taste, so you can indulge in your dream surroundings.

Exciting new products

Hinged shower door from Drench Frame collection

The Drench range we offer is now expanding, with the addition of shower doors, return panels and bath screens, alongside their stunning selection of shower screens and enclosures. A reduced size version of the shower screen, the Drench bath screen offers sleek sophistication for those who love a bath, and is available in both pivot and fixed options. The innovative shower doors are both robust and stylish with a pivot or hinged mechanism and magnetic closing, for a secure seal. You can also complete the look with pull handle and towel holder accessories. And with the new range of return panels, you can add a side panel to your door to create a stylish shower cubicle.

To find out more about the Drench range of fluted glass shower and bath screens, and to view these fabulous products, please visit our large bathroom showroom in Wareham, Dorset.

Drench Shower Screens Offer Bespoke Solutions in Over 1,500 Colours

Sometimes, space constraints don’t allow for standard or ‘off-the-shelf’ shower enclosures. And awkward angles, like in loft conversions or small rooms, demand more complex solutions. Thanks to the revolutionary range of Drench shower screens, we can offer you made to measure shower screens and bath screens – in a massive choice of colours and styles – to suit almost any situation.

Drench Art Deco shower enclosure in black colour

We want to help you indulge in the perfect shower experience – whatever the size or shape of the bathroom or wet room. With the innovative range of Drench coloured shower screens, it’s possible to have the shower you desire, in any colour that takes your fancy!

Made to measure shower screens for any space

Drench black shower enclosure with made to measure dwarf wall side panel

With the stylish bespoke shower screens from Drench, you can have a shower enclosure to exactly fit your space – from a small en suite or a loft extension to an end of bath or over bath screen – these made to measure shower screens can be designed to your exact requirements. Combining both comfort and style, we can help you create a luxurious and extremely practical addition to your bathroom or wet room. The stunning bespoke shower enclosures and bathr screens are available in four highly chic designs, with an array of colour and glass options. Like a traditional shower door, they have a frame around the glass panels, but with metal frames laid onto the glass to create sophisticated grids.

Bespoke bath shower screens

Drench Art Deco style made to measure bath screen with black frame

When it comes to shower screens for a bath, the Drench range offers an exceptionally stylish solution. Whether at the end of a bath or over it, these bespoke bath shower screens offer practicality and indulgence. Whatever the size of your bathroom and however the layout, the Drench shower screens can accommodate any space. If you don’t have room for a separate shower, you can still enjoy a luxurious experience by customising your shower screen in a style and colour of your choosing, giving a wonderfully chic dimension to your bathroom.  You can even utilise the space at the end of your bath with the addition of a made to measure shower enclosure, which uses a standard height shower screen, with a dwarf panel that sits on top of the bath to create one side. This is an ideal solution for small bathrooms, creating more wall space for a towel rail or even a sink.

Stylishly coloured shower panels

RAL colour chart includes over 1600 colours

The Drench range offers the opportunity to completely customise your coloured shower screen with any RAL colour. While black is always a timeless and popular choice, there are 1,625 you can choose from! Whether you want a classic look or a contemporary effect, whether you’d like your coloured shower panels to seamlessly complement your fixtures and fittings or create a stunning contrast, the Drench range offers it all. From yellows, beiges, oranges, reds, violets, blues, greens, greys, browns and whites, you can inject personality to your bathroom and even add frosted, grey, green, fluted and ultra-clear glass too.

Drench made to measure shower screens offer a beautiful blend of privacy and light, with the aluminium bars giving a sense of concealment, while natural light is beautifully diffused by the glass, giving a fabulous and sophisticated bathroom design.

See these stunning range of bespoke and coloured shower screens from Drench for yourself, at our showroom in Wareham, Dorset.

Bath Out, Shower In For Disability Bathroom Project

We were recently asked to replace a bath with a shower as part of the redesign of a customer’s bathroom in Bere Regis, Dorset. As an elderly and disabled lady, the client needed a bathroom that would offer ease of use and long-term convenience. By replacing the existing bath with a large shower, the design would work for the client now, and continue to meet her needs in the future.

Future-proofing with a walk-in shower

Replacing baths with large walk-in showers is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many people – not just the elderly or disabled. The convenience and practicality of replacing a bath with a shower gives a long-term solution for people looking to future-proof their homes, enabling them to remain independent as they get older. With the demand for these sorts of bathroom makeovers, manufacturers are now offering a wider range of large shower trays and doors with this type of project in mind. This opens up more opportunities to embrace style alongside functionality.

The disabled bathroom project’s challenges

Underfloor pipes in disability bathroom renovation
We were asked to remove the client’s bath and replace with a shower and tray to accommodate her specific needs. There were a few issues we had to overcome, which became apparent as the project evolved. To start with, we had to re-run radiator pipes under the floor and reconfigure the water supply and drainage pipework. Initially, we were only going to remove the tiles in the area of the bath, however the client then decided to remove all the tiles in the bathroom and replace with white tiles, which gave a nice sleek look. We also found that after plastering and re-tiling, the slider we’d quoted for (Simpsons Elite 1700mm) wouldn’t fit, so we had to find another with a different adjustment.

Bathroom installation considerations

Fiora shower tray in new disability bathroom
As with any bathroom design and installation, there are many things to consider to ensure the end results meet the customer’s requirements. With this particular project, we had to make sure the bathroom met the client’s needs as an elderly and disabled lady and would continue to do so over the coming years. For ease of access, we used a sliding shower door, so it wouldn’t protrude into the room and cause an obstruction and potential hazard. The walk-in shower needed a level-access shower tray and we made sure the drawers on the basin unit were easy to use too. We also had to consider the location of the seat within the shower, as well as the grab bars.

Materials used to replace the bath with a shower

Disability shower seat and grab bars in walk in shower area
We used the Fiora Silex Black slim shower tray, which was made to measure to fit the space. While Fiora do supply a 1700×700 shower tray specifically designed for replacing baths, this standard size wouldn’t fit for this particular bathroom installation. We used the Prestige 1700mm sliding door and a chrome-finished shower column from Vado, along with a Cassellie Bali Ash white unit and shower seat. To complement the black level-access shower tray, white suite and tiles, we finished the bathroom off with Karndean Opus flooring.
Easy access disability shower area with glass sliding door
Room H2o bathroom installer, Steve, sums up the project: “We removed the bath, toilet, flooring and all the tiles. We prepared the walls for plastering and tiling, installed the shower screen and vanity unit and painted the ceiling. In total, it took three weeks to replace the bath with a shower and complete the bathroom installation.”
The outcome is the client now has a highly functional and stylish bathroom that will continue to work for her in the years to come. The total cost of the bathroom installation was £8,000. Any customers who are registered disabled don’t have to pay VAT, which gives significant savings on bespoke disability bathrooms.
To find out more about our bathroom design and installation services, and to view our displays, please visit our large showroom in Wareham, Dorset.

Why We Are Shower Enclosure Experts

At Room H2o we pride ourselves on our extensive levels of expertise when it comes to shower enclosures. From our survey and shower installation services, to our shower enclosure design, we help our customers create the perfect shower experience, with a service that’s second to none.

Large industrial style black shower enclosure with grid style glass by Room H2o

Survey and shower installation

Often, space constraints don’t allow for standard, ‘off-the-shelf’ shower enclosures, and awkward angles such as in loft conversions can require more complex solutions. With our survey and shower door installation expertise, we can help you create the perfect made to measure shower – whether you just want a site survey by one of our expert technicians or a survey with installation too.

Room H2o shower technician measure for a bespoke shower enclosure

Our head technician, James Foster, has 20 years’ experience of both standard and bespoke showers and has specialised in bespoke frameless glass showers for the last decade. Available in Greater London, Berkshire, Bucks, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex, our professional shower installation and survey service can help you transform any space into a luxurious shower.

Bespoke shower design service

Using the latest in 3D shower design software, alongside our knowledge, experience and technical ability, we can design a completely bespoke shower enclosure – from highly stylish and contemporary grid showers to made to measure shower trays, with easy access showers in between.

A design for a large frameless glass shower enclosure created by Room H2o

We know that sometimes our customers are looking for something innovative or unusual. While a shower needs to be practical, it doesn’t have to be boring. Adding personality and character to your shower enclosure, with our made to measure solutions, means you can create the ultimate indulgent experience.

Frameless loft shower enclosure with large angled side panel by Room H2o

We’re specialists in disability and easy access showers, creating stunning bathrooms to offer both practicality and style. We take time to understand the individual – and often changing – needs of our customers, so our shower design service ensures functionality for both now and in the future.

Innovative shower products

We offer the most up-to-date products, from a variety of manufacturers, including the revolutionary Drench Showers, which perfectly combine the demands of both comfort and style, to create a luxurious addition to any bathroom or wetroom.

A black Drench walkin shower enclosure with white Fiora shower tray

Our own exclusive brand of frameless made to measure shower screens offers stunning solutions. Each is individually manufactured, to the highest quality, to meet your own specific requirements, and can be engineered to fit into virtually any area – from indulgent walk-in showers to angled shower enclosures where space is tight or awkward.

A large frameless shower enclosure with gold fittings in a wetroom by Room H2o

We also have a stunning range of coloured standard and made to measure shower trays, offering the perfect bespoke finishing touch to your shower enclosure. Exceptionally strong, our shower trays come in a choice of three finishes and eight gorgeous colours (or any RAL colour for an extra charge).

A made to measure slim shower tray in rich sand colour with cut away side by Room H2o

A comprehensive service

Our customer service and project management is unrivalled. We’ll look after your complete shower or wetroom project for you – from measuring and specification, to design and shower installation. And, whether you want a standard shower or a made to measure enclosure, you’ll always get the same top-quality service from us.

We undertake projects in both domestic and commercial settings and always strive to offer fast turnaround, alongside our highly competitive prices. We also offer finance on all shower enclosures, shower trays and bathroom products (excluding survey and installation costs).

To view our fabulous range of shower enclosures, or to discuss your bespoke project, please contact us or visit our large showroom in Wareham, Dorset.