Installing Showers: A Guide to Building Your Own Cubicle



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The bathroom is arguably the most valuable room in the house, so it’s understandable that homeowners aspire to create their very own ‘dream’ bathroom cubicle.

The shower and bath are the centre piece of any bathroom, and nowadays shower cubicles are all the rage – and can be installed fairly cheaply if you do it yourself.

And by buying your own kit, you can customise your bathroom to suit your taste.

It all sounds great, but do you know how to install a shower of this kind? Read on and discover how to build your own cubicle.

Decide on a location

A shower installation is a very precise process, so every part of it needs to be planned perfectly.

The first issue is choosing the best area in your bathroom to install your new shower enclosure. You should consider the shape and size of your bathroom and which way the glass door would open, in order to place hinges correctly.

You also need to locate the shower tray in an area that can easily be connected to your external drainage system. A handy tip would be to mark out where you’d like your shower tray to be located on your bathroom floor, before marking round it with a pencil.

You should also mark the position of the trap below the waste hole on your tray.

When you take a step back, you will notice whether the location is suitable, taking into account other bathroom fixtures, shower fittings, and most importantly, whether it’s close enough to your drainage system.

Install a waste pipe

Before you begin work on your new bathroom, it’s essential to create a blue print of a system that works.

One of the most important calls you’ll have to make during your bathroom renovation is how you’re going to connect your new waste pipes to your existing system.

You need to ensure that your pipes are laid with great support to ensure that they don’t sag whilst buried under the floorboards.

Carefully measure and cut a hole into your bathroom flooring for where the waste pipe should enter. Adding wooden battens will ensure protection and resistance to damage. Then, you need to connect your waste outlet to your shower tray before guaranteeing that there are gaskets surrounding the outlet. This is to ensure that the water supply is tight and supported.

Create mortar mix

Before fitting a shower tray, you will have to create a mortar mix to ensure it remains stuck into your flooring.

Creating mortar is fairly straightforward and all you’ll require for this task is a small amount, so there’s no need for the use of a cement mixer.

To begin, grab yourself a wheelbarrow and fill three quarters of it with sand and fill the other quarter with cement.

Mix the sand and cement with a shovel going back and forth until you notice a difference in colour.

Your next job is to add clean water into the wheel barrow, filling the divots you’ve created in the mixture. Continue to stir until the water has dried into the mixture. Keep repeating this until every part of the mixture has come into contact with the water.

Collect the amount of mortar you need with a bucket, before applying it to the tray area. All you need to do then is to add the tray itself and make sure it’s fitted to the floor securely.

Connect your waste pipe to the outside

The final thing you’ll have to do is connect your waste pipe to the outside world.

This is done by connecting your waste pipes to the main drainage system in your home.

Once you’ve lined your shower up with the drain, then it’s time to take your waste pipe through your external wall. You will have to mark the circumference of your waste pipe on your internal walls, to ensure that when your hole is cut, no additional air and water will be let into your home.

When the hole has been successfully cut, and your pipe in now outside the external walls, you will then have to cut a hole external drainage pipes.

You can connect your waste pipe with the rest of the drainage system by solvent-welding the pipes together.

Before you start building your very own shower cubicle, consider using Shower Wall Panel kits, which are ideal for two and three-sided shower enclosures. This will speed up the building process considerably for you.

These tongue and groove panels can both be cut down to size, countering any space issues that arise.

But the main benefit of wall panels is that they are 100% waterproof and do not require grout, making them so easy to simply wipe clean. They come in a range of colours and designs so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste.

Now you’ve taken these tips on board, you’re now ready to get started creating your very own shower cubicle.