We all want to save money on our bathroom installation, don't we? In this expert step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to fit a bath screen, turning an ordinary bath into a shower bath.
Whilst we would highly recommend hiring a professional tradesperson to fit and plumb your bathroom, there are a few things you can attempt yourself. A bath screen isn't too difficult to install if you are confident in your DIY skills.
Bath screens, or bath shower screens as they are sometimes known, come in a whole array of sizes, shapes and designs, including:
- Static (doesn’t move)
- Hinged (moves outwards or inwards)
- Foldable (concertinas and folds away)
You can find fitting instructions for other bathroom products by clicking the links below:
A bath screen is most commonly used with straight baths so that a shower can be used whilst standing up in the bath. The bath screen keeps water from splashing into the bathroom when using the shower. Shower curtains are sometimes used for the same purpose but are considered a bit old-fashioned and unhygienic when compared to easy-to-clean bath screens.
Before you do anything
Always unpack your bath screen immediately after delivery. Check for any damage or faults as it’s better to find them now, rather than during installation.
Always turn off your water at the mains before attempting any DIY in the bathroom.
Tools you’ll need:
- Electric drill
- Masking tape
- Sealant gun
- Spirit level
- Standard screwdrivers
- Tape measure
Check you have the following:
Usually supplied with the panel:
- Glass screen and frame
- Screw caps
- Wall channels
- Wall plugs
Will need to buy separately:
- Silicone sealant
Time to complete:
- 30 mins
These instructions are for a simple, hinged bath screen. If you have a different type of bath screen, please see the instructions that came with it.
Fitting your bath screen
At VictoriaPlum.com, you’ll find our bath screens are manufactured with high quality safety glass. If the glass were ever to be struck with considerable force, it has been designed to shatter, so as not to leave any shards which could cause major injury.
Here is how to fit a bath screen
Fit the seal to the bottom of the screen. Make sure the flap is on the inside of the screen (this will stop water from getting beneath the screen).
Drill three holes in the wall channel at equal lengths along it, large enough for screws.
Move the bath screen into position, so that it sits along the inside edge of the bath (this will help water to run straight down into the bath).
Move the wall channel into position. Using your spirit level, ensure it’s perfectly vertical. Mark the drill positions using your pencil.
Drill your pilot holes for wall screws and insert your wall plugs, using your hammer to lightly tap these into place if necessary.
Add a line of silicone sealant to the back of the wall channel and screw to the wall using your screws.
Insert the screen into the wall channel. Tighten up the top and bottom screws on the frame where it attachs to the wall channel.
Adjust the top and bottom screws to ensure the seal at the bottom of the screen lightly brushes the edge of the bath evenly along its length. It’s really important that the seal isn’t too tight or leaks may occur.
Add screw caps to the top and bottom screws.
Using silicone sealant, seal the outer edges of the bath screen around the base of the wall channel where it meets the bath and about 50mm up the wall channel where it meets the wall.
Don’t seal the inside part of the bath screen.
Handy hint: Treat your screen with Showerguard easy clean bathroom coating kit, making it easier to clean and maintain.
Congratulations, you’ve now fitted your bath screen.
Whilst DIY can be a good way to save time and money, you should always hire a qualified professional to plumb and install your products. The instructions above are simply a guide to fitting your new bath screen and shouldn't be used to attempt full plumbing and installation.