Fully Framed, Semi Framed or Frameless? Determining the perfect shower screen for your space
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When it comes to bathroom renovations or designs, one of the most important decisions you will make is the type of shower screen you select. Although you may disregard this as important, it makes a large difference to the overall appearance of your bathroom space. To frame or not to frame? The main decision you will need to make is when it comes to framing the glass. This can be easily broken down in three different categories.

  • Fully framed shower screens: these shower screens include every panel consisting of a fully framed screen, including the door. Usually toughened safety glass is used for extra security.
  • Semi-framed shower screens: these shower screens offer a minimalist look and allow homeowners to have the best of both worlds. These shower screens provide you with the design flexibility by having minimal framework, however, is not completely frameless!
  • Frameless shower screens: these shower screens offer a completely sleek and elegant look. They have no frame for support, however, use a thicker glass panel.

Sydney, weigh up the pros and cons of steel-framed, semi-framed and frameless shower screens:

Choosing a shower screen needs to be done with careful consideration. We are here to provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of each, helping you secure a decision!

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When installing a fully framed steel shower screen for your Sydney home, you must ensure it is properly installed, providing you with a safe and effective enclosure. Steel fully framed shower screens offer a variety of benefits. These include:

  • Versatility: fully framed shower screens are supported on all four sides and are completely versatile, suitable for a variety of bathroom layouts, designs and sizes. You can also choose from a range of frame colours as well as clear, frosted or patterned glass. Fully framed shower screens also allow you to choose between a sliding door or pivoting door.
  • Economical: fully framed shower screens are the most affordable choice out of the three shower screens. This is because they are held with frames and don’t require such a thick shower screen in comparison to a frameless screen.
  • Longevity and maintenance: these shower screens also guarantee to withstand the test of time. They last for a very long time without needing a replacement!

Along with the pros, there are always cons. Fully framed shower screens have a couple of drawbacks you should be aware of. They are slightly bulkier looking in comparison to semi-frameless and frameless designs. However, if you have a large bathroom space, this shouldn’t be a problem. Steel-framed shower screens also don’t offer the sleek and ultra-modern look which many homeowners are looking for today. Therefore it is important to consider what kind of look you want to achieve before selecting a shower screen for your bathroom design or renovation.


This style is an extremely popular choice amongst homeowners as it allows you to enjoy a screen that meets in the middle. The advantages of choosing a semi-frameless shower screen include:

  • Appearance: modern, sleek and clean look. These shower screens offer a contemporary look in comparison to fully-framed shower screens. If you are considering a more modern design, semi-frameless screens are probably more suited for your bathroom.
  • Low-maintenance: these shower screens require less maintenance as they have less framework.
  • Affordability: these shower screens are not as affordable as fully-framed shower screens, however, are an affordable option if you want a modern look and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a frameless shower screen.

The disadvantages of semi-frameless shower screens are that the lack of tame around the glass often means it doesn’t perfectly seal which can lead to a small amount of water escaping.


Frameless shower screens offer a completely minimalist and sleek look! This is because they have no frame for support, leaving a sense of transparency in the space. Offering an elegant and sleek look, frameless shower screens make the room look bigger, creating a seamless design. Some other advantages of frameless shower screens include:

  • Minimalistic: no frames to break up the glass – creating clean lines
  • Reduces chances of mould: as there are no frames holding the glass in place, there are fewer places for water to collect, therefore decreasing the chances of mould accumulating
  • Flexibility: with no frame to restrict the door movement, you can open a frameless shower door both inward outward to suit your room

In saying that, frameless shower screens also have a few drawbacks. They are one of the most expensive options on the market due to the heavy-duty glass and installation method. They can also be water escaping if the door is not sealed adequately.

The choice is yours. What will you choose for your Sydney bathroom? Custom framed shower screens, semi-framed or frameless?

Lucky for you, at Panorama Shower Screens we offer you all three designs with a variety of designs and options. Having trouble deciding which to choose?

Have a chat with our team on (02) 9724 3051 or contact us online.