Whilst many bathroom installation tasks are best left to experienced professionals, you can still save time and money by fitting your wooden bath panels.

Wooden panels are a great choice, as they can be designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your furniture. Your choice of bath and its position within your bathroom will ultimately dictate how many wooden panels you'll need. The majority of straight baths will require at least a front panel (the long panel that runs down one side), but you may also need to fit an end panel (the shorter panel that fits on one end).

You can find fitting instructions for other bathroom products by clicking the links below:


What is a wooden bath panel?

A wooden bath panel is commonly used with straight baths, to hide the unsightly plumbing and underside of the bath itself. It also provides protection to the floor beneath the bath from splashes.

Wood is sometimes preferred to other materials (e.g. acrylic) as it can give provide a range of beautiful finishes that fit in with your bathroom décor. Panels can be fitted to the side (front panel) and end (end panel) of the bath.

Drift oak wooden bath side panel 1700

A straight bath with a Drift oak wooden side panel (left) and end panel (right)


Before you do anything

Always unpack your bath panel 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
  • Hack saw
  • Pencil
  • Sealant gun
  • Standard screwdrivers
  • Tape measure

Check you have the following:

Usually supplied with panel:

  • Wooden plinth

Will need to buy separately:

  • Length of 38 x 25mm wood batten – approximately 3.3m in length if fitting a side panel or 2.3m if fitting an end panel
  • Silicone sealant
  • Wood screws
  • Wood varnish (if panel or plinth requires trimming)

Typical time to complete:

  • 30 mins

Fitting your wooden bath panel

The instructions below are for fitting a front panel only. If you’re fitting both a front panel and an end panel, skip to "Fitting front and end wooden bath panels”.

At VictoriaPlum.com, you’ll find our wooden bath panels are crafted from high quality materials for a superb finish and durability.


Here's how to fit your wooden bath panel

Step 1

First off, using your tape measure, measure from the floor to the underside of the bath rim.

Step 2

Attach the plinth using 12mm wood screws to the back of the bottom of the panel to match the height you just measured.

Step 3

If required, trim the lower edge of the plinth with your saw to compensate for any unevenness in the floor. You may also need to trim the panels to fit around skirting boards or pipes.

Handy hint: If you do trim your panel, try to do this at the wall end and seal the cut edges with two or more coats of varnish—this will help protect it from moisture.

Step 4

Fix your softwood batten (38 x 25mm) to the floor. It should run along the length of the bath, inset from bath edge by 19mm.

Step 5

At both ends of the bath, fix a 300mm long batten vertically to the wall. The batten should be inset from the bath edge by 16mm and should be positioned above the top of the plinth.

Step 6

Put the panel in place and adjust the batten positions if necessary so the panel fits neatly under the rim of the bath.

Step 7

Using your electric drill, drill 3 evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the plinth 12mm from the lower edge, and a further two holes at each end of the panel, 12mm from the edge, making sure they align with the batten.

Step 8

Secure the panel to the battens with 25mm wood screws.

Congratulations, you’ve now fitted your bath panel.


Fitting front and end wooden bath panel(s)

Step 1

Follow steps 1 – 8 as above to fit your front panel, but only secure a batten to the wall at one end. You will also need to cut back your floor batten and plinth at the “open end” to allow for the end panel plinth to be fitted.

Step 2

Position a batten vertically on the rear edge of the end panel, inset 16mm from the panel end and secured using 32mm wood screws.

Step 3

Fit a batten to the floor, running the length of the end panel, inset by 16mm.

Step 4

Fix a 300mm long batten vertically to the wall. The batten should be inset from the bath edge by 16mm and should be positioned above the top of the plinth.

Step 5

Put the panel in place and adjust the batten positions if necessary so the panel fits neatly under the rim of the bath.

Step 6

Using your electric drill, drill 3 evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the plinth 12mm from the lower edge, and a further two holes at each end of the panel, 12mm from the edge, making sure they align with the batten.

Step 8

Secure the panel to the battens with 25mm wood screws.

Congratulations, you’ve now fitted your bath panels.


A final word...

Whilst fitting a bath panel can be a good way to save time and money, you should always hire a qualified professional to plumb and install your bathroom products.