Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you are competent at DIY, you can still save time and money on your bathroom installation cost by fitting your new acrylic bath panel.

The number of panels you’ll need to fit will depend on the size, position and type of bath you have. All straight baths will usually require at least a front panel (the long panel down the side of the bath), but may also need an end panel. However, some baths (like our Cayman curved bath) may only need one specially-designed panel.

If you’re not sure which bath you have, check out our bath buying guide.

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

What is an acrylic bath panel?

An acrylic 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. Panels can be fitted to the side (front panel) and end (end panel) of the bath. The best bathrooms tend to have panels which fit with the rest of the decor (e.g. oak to match oak furniture).

Acrylic bath panels

A typical straight bath with front panel (on the left) and end panel (on the 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
  • Standard screwdrivers
  • Tape measure

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
  • Wood screws

Time to complete:

30 mins


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 acrylic bath panels”.

Fitting your acrylic bath panel

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

Step 1

First off, make sure your panel fits the bath you’ve fitted, using your tape measure.

Step 2

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 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Using your electric drill, drill 3 evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the plinth 12mm from the lower edge, making sure they align with the batten.

Step 6

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

Fitting front and end acrylic bath panels

Step 1

Follow steps 1 – 6 as above to fit your front panel. You will need to cut back your floor batten at the “open end” to allow for the end panel floor batten to be fitted.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Using your electric drill, drill 3 evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the plinth 12mm from the lower edge, making sure they align with the batten.

Step 5

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


Congratulations! You’ve now fitted your bath panels.


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 products. The instructions above are simply a guide to fitting your new acrylic bath panels and shouldn’t be used to attempt full plumbing and installation.