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COMMON DESIGN CONFIGURATIONS

Single Door

The following images in Figure 4 illustrate the most basic configuration, the single door, using wall mount hinges.

Wall Mounted Hinges

Figure 4: The single door and door and panel configurations are shown using wall mount hinges.

Door and Panel

Starting with a door, an inline panel can be added, as shown in Figures 5 and 6. As shown in Figure 5, glass to glass hinges are used in order to mount the door to the inline panel. Note that in this scenario a header must be used. Figure 6 shows the use of top and bottom pivots to mount the door instead of glass to glass hinges.

Figures 7 and 8 show how the shower can be configured when there is a knee wall in the opening. In these scenarios, the inline panel is installed on top of the knee wall. Note that wall mount hinges or top and bottom pivots can be used.

Glass to Glass Hinges Top and Bottom Pivot Both Examples
Figure 5: A door is mounted to a fixed inline panel using glass to glass hinges and a header. Figure 6: Top and bottom pivots are used to mount a door next to an inline panel. Figures 7 and 8: Single doors are shown with fixed inline panels on a knee wall with wall mount hinges or top and bottom pivots, respectively.

Panel, Door, Panel

Following the single door and then door and panel configurations, the next more involved configuration is the door with panels on adjacent sides. Figures 9 and 10 display the panel, door, panel configuration. Typically the minimum width of a given panel is 6". As was demonstrated in Figures 7 and 8, either panel could be installed on a knee wall.

Both Hinge Examples

Figures 9 and 10: Doors with adjacent panels are shown using wall mount hinges or top and bottom pivots, respectively.

Door, Panel and Return

A very common situation is to have a door, an inline panel, and a 90° return panel, as shown in figures 11 and 12. Note that in Figure 11, a corner clip is used to secure the return panel to the inline panel. An alternative technique is to use a header, as shown in Figure 12. It is also common for the inline panel and return panel to be notched in order to be positioned on top of a knee wall such as for a shower seat. Figures 13 and 14 demonstrate this technique. Again, wall mount hinges or pivot hinges can be used.

Two Inline Examples Two Notched Inline Examples
Figures 11 and 12: The door, panel, and return configuration is shown using wall mount hinges or top and bottom pivots, respectively. Figures 13 and 14: The door, panel, and return configuration is shown with step-up notch cuts for a knee wall or shower seat.

Panel, Door, Panel and Return

The panel, door, panel, and return configuration is just a combination of the standard configurations described above. This configuration is illustrated in Figure 15 and 16 below.

Glass to Glass with Header Top and Bottom with Header
Figure 15: The panel, door, panel, and return configuration is shown using glass to glass hinges. Figure 16: The panel, door, panel, and return configuration is shown using top and bottom pivots.

Neo Angle

The final common shower configuration is the neo angle shower. A true neo angle configuration is defined by 2 panels adjacent to the door at 135° angles. Figures 17 and 18 illustrate the neo angle configuration.

Glass to Glass Hinges with Header Top and Bottom Hinges with Header
Figure 17: The neo angle shower is shown. The door is attached to the left panel using glass to glass hinges. Figure 18: The neo angle shower is shown. The door is attached using top and bottom pivots.

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