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  1. How much is a Bespoke Shower Tray?

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    The most common question we get when people contact Versital is ‘How much is a bespoke shower tray‘?  Although this is not a straight forward question, we will try to explain some general pricing guidelines.

    Bespoke shower trays are very different from off the shelf shower trays and therefore priced very differently.

    A bathroom is likely to be used daily. Whether it is for your own home or your client, you want to ensure you have the best quality product for the job.

    If the shower tray is for a hospitality installation, such as a hotel – an issue such as a leak could lead to damage to other rooms, and potentially bedrooms being out of action. Because of this, most clients choose to get the best quality product for the long term.

    Luxury bathroom with bespoke shower tray

    How much does a bespoke shower tray cost?

    Bespoke shower trays from Versital range in price anywhere between £795 + vat to £2000 + vat. The cost will vary depending on the overall square meterage, as well as other extra’s or features that you might wish to add on. You can opt for additional extra’s such as additional height, channel drains or even multiple waste positions.

    Made from Composite Stone Resin

    All Versital shower trays are made from composite stone resin and available in a huge colour range. For comparison, a standard off the shelf stone resin shower tray can range anywhere from £100 + vat up to £800 + vat.

    However, made to measure shower trays offer a lot of important benefits over a standard off the shelf shower tray that can save you lot of money in the long run.

    Vanity Top, Shower Panels and Tray in Sandstone Granite Finish

    Bespoke shower trays can save on Installation costs

    Installation is by far one of the biggest costs for any bathroom, and a lot of the custom features of a bespoke shower tray will help to bring those costs down

    1. Completely custom size – no need to move walls to make a shower tray fit
    2. Custom shape – can be any shape, including curved sides, as well as include cut outs round corners.
    3. Custom waste position – no need to move pipework
    4. Fully waterproof and ready to install – no need to tank in most cases, or re-seal in years to come
    5. Fall slopes to the waste calculated and engineered to suit therefore no need for a former or slope to be created on the floor

    How big can I get a bespoke shower tray?

    Bespoke shower trays are available up to around 2.5 square meters. The main limitation is down to weight and us (and you for that matter!) being able to handle it and install it.  Our team of experts can advise you on your individual project so the best thing is to get in touch.

    How do I get a price for a bespoke shower tray?

    For an initial estimate all we need is the overall width and length of the shower tray you are looking for, and we can give you an estimate based on that. They start from £795 + vat and vary in price depending on the overall size and shape.  You can call us on 01204 380780 for a quick price over the phone, or send us a quote request for an official written estimate.

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    Why are bespoke shower trays more expensive than off the shelf shower trays?

    The reason a bespoke shower tray cost more than an off the shelf shower tray is mainly down to the labour intensive manufacturing process. Each shower tray is individually made to clients specifications for size, shape, waste position and colour.

    An individual mould is manufactured to suit the exact details a customer needs, and a shower tray is cast from that mould.

    How do bespoke shower trays compare to Wetrooms?

    At first glance a wetroom might seem a more cost effective option. Including a former for the base, tiles and tanking a starting cost might be around £500 + vat. However, this is without installation which is by far one of the most expensive costs in a bathroom. It can also be potentially one of the most costly mistakes if not done properly.

    A wetroom requires tanking and waterproofing before the former is fitted and then tiled on top of. It also needs to have a floor fall to the waste that has been properly calculated, as well as adequate drainage, which is another major cause of wetroom issues.

    By the time the installation costs are taken into consideration for a wetroom shower area, they are more than likely to be comparable to the cost of a bespoke shower tray.

    A Turn-key Solution

    With a bespoke shower tray there is the peace of mind that all the technical details such as floor fall, waste position etc have already been correctly engineered into the tray and is ready to install. Bespoke shower trays are manufactured in one piece, with no seams or joints to cause any potential leaks or issues going forwards.

    This is a much quicker and less costly installation option that could actually save on the overall cost of the finished bathroom.

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    Huge Colour Range

    Bespoke shower trays from Versital also have the added benefit of being available in an extensive colour range, the majority for no extra charge. Choose from over 100 colour options in custom solid colours, true to life marble and granites to the more exotic sparkle finishes.

    Versital also offers made to measure shower panels to match the shower trays, offer a great alternative to create a wet room look.

    Large master bathroom in cream marble with contrasting sparkle skirting

    Benefit over real marble shower trays

    Unlike real marble, Versital offers true to life marble finishes that are 100% non porous and stain proof. It does not suffer from watermarks and is extremely easy to clean.

    Versital also has a cast certified anti slip to the standing area, which real marble does not include.

    Additional Hygienic properties from SteriTouch®

    Versital bespoke shower trays include a protective gel coat with the additive SteriTouch® for additional antimicrobial protection.

    SteriTouch® offers increased protection and will restrict the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and mould, including Serratia Marcescens. You probably know it better as the reddish-pink residue in your bathroom; found frequently on tiles, shower trays and around your shampoo.

    According to, “What’s This Pink Stuff in My Bathroom” published in AWWA’s November 2000 edition of Opflow, “Serratia marcescens has been found to be pathogenic to some people, having been identified as a cause of urinary tract infections, wound infections, and pneumonia”.

    The antimicrobial properties of Versital have been verified by independent laboratories using the ISO22196 test method.

    Matching products available

    As well as bespoke shower trays, Versital offers made to measure shower panels and vanity tops to complete the bathroom fit out, for a high end finish.

    Anti slip certified standing area cast into the shower tray

    All Versital custom made shower trays include a certified anti slip cast finish into the surface of the standing area. This is suitable for domestic and hospitality bathrooms. It’s worth remembering that tiles used in wetroom’s are unlikely to include this important safety feature.

    How long does it take to make a bespoke shower tray?

    Typically the lead time for a custom shower tray will be around 4 weeks from order to delivery. It is always worth asking if you have an urgent need or installation date and we will do our best if we have any availability.

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  2. Sleep & Eat – The Seasonal Inspiration Exposition

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    London’s Exclusive Interior Design Exhibition

    To get inspiration for the coming year our team went down to London for the incredible exhibition of world’s best interior designers, suppliers and manufacturers – Sleep and Eat.

    Sleep and Eat event is targeted at the whole commercial and domestic interior design industry. It offers an incredible array of displays and exhibitions aiming not only to showcase products, but also coming trends and concepts. For us at Versital it offered a great opportunity to meet many of our clients, associates and to celebrate the industry we work in. We kept our eyes open, and scanned for current and upcoming trends to provide our customers with the most up to date products.

    Sleep and Eat Event

    Marble is a Major Trend

    One of the most striking findings at the Sleep and Eat exhibition was how popular marble is becoming. It has moved way past the bathroom and shower panels, and is introduced into more and more in spaces like bedrooms and living rooms. Many interior designers used it to compliment soft colours and furnishings to create a calming, modern designs that have a really soothing ambience.

    Back Lit marble panel

    Marble seems to also be a hit in the hospitality sector, with many people specifying it for bar and table tops. As we spoke to many of the designers and specifiers, they said that they often turn to marble alternatives (out of which many chose Versital) in order to accomplish the same visual result but increase the lifespan. We were also very proud to find that Knightsbridge Furniture had a stand featuring one of our marble finish table tops in ‘Perlato’. The table top was matched with interesting modern base and surrounded by navy blue carpets and an interesting, contemporary furniture that created a really nice result.

    Table top in Perlato

    Many designers seem to also move away from the classic white marble and towards more strong and striking colours like blue, green or mustard. Because of that, right after our team brought in the inspirational pictures from the show, our engineers begun to experiment with our colour palette to cater to that new, growing trend.bathroom freestanding sink at sleep and eat

    Rich Blue is Taking Over

    As if everyone had pre-arranged it, many stands featured deep midnight blue as their key colour. Those that did not feature blue, normally opted for deep shades of green or soft grey. Strong colours interestingly complimented the softer, and rounder silhouettes and textures of many items.

    navy blue geometric sofa

    The whole show featured an incredible amount of curved lines, featured mainly on very popular top mounted basins, sofas, chairs and table tops. To contrast the soft lines of the fixtures many designers used geometric or heavy printed wall paper, or decorative elements like vases and bowls that worked together very well.

    lights and blue sofa

    Metal is Slowly Creeping In

    Although it was not as pronounced as the blue – metal elements seem to have risen high in the world of interior design. Many stands featured furniture which was embellished with metal accents of rose and plain gold.

    Marble table with metal banding

    The designers matched it with either deep colours like brown, burgundy or midnight blue or with a soft wood and off-white porcelain and ceramics. It is very clear that metal accents are on the rise and many trend report suggest that in couple of years they will play a major role for designers and customers alike.

    Back to Nature

    Alongside the recently rising sustainability trend generally visible in retail, interior design sees a rise of natural greenery and plants. Many exhibitions proudly featured flowers or green walls that seamlessly blended with the striking colours and soft shapes.

    hanging greenery baskets with metal accents at sleep and eat

    Many designers contrasted greenery with metal accents polished to a mirror finish.  As a company deeply committed to sustainable development, our team marvelled at some of the set-up rooms created by England’s most renowned designers. Furthermore we saw that many of the greenery stands involved marble elements, creating a really striking effect.

    Inspiration Gallery

    For more information on our marble finish bar tops, table tops, vanity tops or other products take a look at information guide. If you would like advice, samples or wish to place an order, please call us on 01204380780, or email us at sales@versital.co.uk.

  3. Tiles vs Shower Panels

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    Tiles vs Panels: an In Depth Look at Your Choices

    The choice between tiles and bathroom wall panels is not simple. The range of styles shapes and colours available can make the decision cumbersome to say the least. Here is a guide evaluating the pluses and minuses of both solutions, so you can concentrate on creating that ideal bathroom look. (more…)

  4. How to Design a Bathroom from the Clients viewpoint

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    Q & A – How To Design a Bathroom From the Clients Point of View

    With this latest bathroom we wanted to get an insight into how our client designed their bathroom, and how they came to choose their bathroom products, including the Versital shower wall panels and vanity top.

    Our lovely client Charlotte Howarth from Buxton was kind enough to agree to an interview with us.

    Gemma at Versital: Where did you get your ideas for the new bathroom?

    Charlotte: My ideas and inspiration were in my head initially and then developed from searches on Google and Pinterest and many many magazines. I then put them all together and come up with the colours and design. I then took my ideas to our local building supply shop, who set about doing a plan.

    V: What made you choose Versital?

    C: We chose Versital as we had been round local stone warehouses and their panels were more like kitchen worktops (for thickness). They were also too heavy and too cold. So more internet searching and I found you! We loved all the colour options at Versital (spoilt for choice!) and the fact that it won’t spoil with water.

    V: What bit of the bathroom are you most happy with the outcome?

    C: The vanity unit using the Versital vanity top and splashback – this was a last minute addition when I found a beautiful picture of a similar one in a house in California. I managed to persuade my builders Martin & Patrick Wright to make the base for us.

    I love interior design and I am always planning the next room! Our office is next…

    V: What was your overall feeling about Versital now you have finished?

    C: Versital is a fantastic product. It looks and feels so amazing. We love how easy it was to install and to cut out the relevant areas for basin/taps etc, the colour and the finish. It is so easy to clean. The courier who delivered the product was really helpful.

    The Finished Look

    This beautiful bathroom design is created using Versital shower wall panels and vanity top. Shower panels used in the shower area and behind the bath ordered made to measure to Charlotte’s chosen sizes. All panels in white marble style finish ‘Arabesque’.

    White marble shower and vanity top

    Vanity top with seperate splash back made to measure to suite the Charlotte’s cabinet, also in ‘Arabesque’ white marble style finish – similar to Carrara Italian marble.

    White marble shower and vanity top   Arabesque bathroom panel

    For more ideas to design a bathroom, please take a look at the inspiration gallery. For further help and advice please call the team at Versital on 01204380780, or email through a contact form for a member of the team to get in touch.