Your L shaped bath will look incomplete without bathtub panels. Not only do panels cover the gaps on the sides, but they also give your bath installation a perfect finishing touch. You usually get them installed when replacing or new bathtub installation. However, sometimes, you may need to remove them to check the plumbing under the bath to find out some leaking or any similar things. Which sometimes proves to be damaging for an I shaped bath panels. Therefore, you may need to replace them.
A new bath panel may cost hundreds of pounds, including the plumber’s chargers of the fitting. But if you are a DIY lover, then it is not much difficult to make a new bathtub panel and fit it on your own. It will save you a significant amount of money so, if you are planning to make an l shaped shower bath panel over the weekend, then here the possible ways to get it done perfectly.
Choose The L Shaped Shower Bathtub Material
Bathtub panels come in different sizes and materials. So, the first step is to know what size of the bath panel you will need to make. And second is the material. A bath panel for your L shaped bathtub can be made with acrylic, plastic, MDF, Wood, Stone, or any other similar material. The cost of the bath panel usually depends on its material. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons. Therefore, you should choose the one for your bathtub carefully. In case you are going to replace it, then take the size of the older bath panel. Otherwise, you will have 1500mm, 1600mm,1700mm,1800 mm bath for the front side panel. That means it is the same size as your bathtub. For the end side panels, your bath panel size may be 700mm, 750mm, or 800mm, depending on the size of your L shaped bathtub.
Tools Set You Will Need.
Before you plan to make a bath panel for L shaped bathtub, it is important that you look for the following tools set.
- Your Choice of Material, Acrylic Sheet, or MDF Sheet.
- Hacksaw for cutting
- Screw Drivers
- Drill Machine
Time Required for Completion.
Although the time required for the completion of the task varies depending on your skills and choice of material, you should expect to complete it with fitting in around 2 hours.
Process of Making L Shaped Bath Panel.
You will need to take the following steps in order to make a bathtub panel for your L shaped bath.
Step 1. Cut the Paneling to Make the L Shape
First step of this process is to cut your choice of material into L shape. You will need to take a lead pencil and draw lines from where you want to cut the panel into the required shape. You will need to cut various pieces that will cover the exposed sides of the bathtub. Use Hacksaw to cut down the pieces one by one. Make sure that each of them is cut down according to the measurements.
Step 2. Assemble the Panels with the Screws
Once all of the panels are cut into pieces according to the required sizes, you can now start fitting them on the bathtubs. Depending on the material, you may use screws to fit them into the wood brackets down on your bathtub. Alternatively, a sealant or double-sided tape can also be used. In case you have some important plumbing under the bath and think it will need to be removed to get things done, then it may be a good idea to use screws, or a double side tap instead of sealant. So, you can easily remove it when required.
Step 3. Attach The Panels to The Bathtub Using the Drill Machine.
If you are going to attach the bathtub panels with screws that it may involve creating holes in the wood bracket frame on the bathtub. You can do it simply by making the mark with a lead pencil on the wood bracket. The use the drill machine to create the hole so screws can fit into it easily. Once it is done, you can create similar holes on panels too. In the last step, bring the holes on the panel over the similar space on the wood frame and add a screw tightening it up with a screwdriver. Make sure it is perfectly tightened up and that is not too loose or too hard.
Once all of these steps are done, you can repeat the same process with all other panels.
DIY making your own bathtub panel for L shaped bath can be a great way to save money. However, you will need to have a basic understanding of using the tools like saw and drill, etc. In addition to that, you will need to be careful while choosing bath panel material. The durability, ease of cleaning, and style in mind should be in your mind. Moreover, water-resistant materials like acrylic and MDF are good options that will stand up to regular exposure to humidity.