An easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to fit a shower enclosure.
A new shower enclosure will give any bathroom an upgrade, and with so many designs to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect one. At BigBathroomShop you’ll find a huge range of shower enclosures including quadrant enclosures, corner shower cubicles, walk-in showers and shower doors all in a variety of sizes to suit any bathroom, small or large.
Fitting a bathroom should be carried out by a qualified trades-person to ensure a professional result. Attempting to install your new bathroom yourself may seem like a good way to save money on bathroom installation costs, but we recommend hiring an expert. This guide on how to install a shower enclosure is intended to demonstrate how an enclosure is fitted.
Installing a shower tray
If you haven’t done so already, you will need to fit the shower tray first before installing the shower enclosure – see our full guide on how to install a shower tray for step-by-step instructions.
If you are fitting an acrylic shower tray, you will need to screw the feet into position first and inserting the waste outlet and trap.
Position the shower tray and use a spirit level to ensure it is perfectly level. Connect the tray to the plumbing.
To conceal the plumbing underneath the shower tray, you will need to attach the panel by clipping it into place.
Seal around the edges of the shower tray, and where the panel meets the floor and tray to ensure a watertight finish.
Before installing your new shower enclosure, you should check it over for any damage or faults immediately after delivery. Make sure the water is turned off before attempting any DIY in the bathroom.
The below instructions are to be used as a guide for fitting a square shower enclosure into the corner of the bathroom, where only a door and side panel are needed. But the same principle applies to other types of shower enclosures.
Tools and items required:
Steps for fitting a shower enclosure
1. Place the wall channels at the corner edges of the shower tray and use a spirit level to make sure they are vertical.
2. Use the electric drill to drill pilot holes in the wall. Once you’ve done that, insert wall plugs and screw the channels to the wall.
3. Decide which side the shower door will be on, before taking the side panel and slotting it into the appropriate channel.
4. Next, fit the shower door into the other wall channel – you may need an extra pair of hands to help with this part.
5. The shower door and side panel will now be in place on the outside edges of the tray. They will then need fixing together at the corner.
6. Use the screwdriver to screw the panels into position with the supplied fixings and fit the handle to the door.
7. Use the silicone sealant and sealant gun to seal the outer edges of the shower enclosure but avoid the inside edges.
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DIY is a great way to save time and money, however to avoid disappointment, invalidating your warranty, and potential injury we recommend hiring a trained professional. This guide on how to fit a shower is for your information only and if you do decide to be bold and try it, we cannot be responsible for any outcome.
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