5 Steps to Dress a Bathtub
– Step 1: Locate and mark the location of the bath deck
– Step 2: Cut the ready-to-tile panels to size
– Step 3: Make the inspection hatch
– Step 4: Assemble the tub deck
– Step 5: Lay the tiles on the panels
Dressing the bath is an essential step in any bathroom design. There are various options available to you. You can opt for a simple solution: a ready-to-install acrylic tub apron that matches your bathtub. But you can also choose to clad your bathtub with ready-to-tile panels that will allow you to personalize your bathroom and give free rein to your desires. To determine how to clad a bath effectively, follow this step-by-step guide.
Materials needed to clad a bathtub
|Ready-to-use tile adhesive|
|Ruler 60 cm|
1. Locate and mark out the position of the bathtub apron
– Draw a line on the wall perpendicular to the edge of the bathtub. Use a ruler and a spirit level to do this.
– Do the same at the other corner of the bath, marking the mark on the floor.
– Draw a line on the floor connecting the 2 marks.
– Draw another line on the 2nd wall perpendicular to the bathtub’s edge and connect it to the line marked on the floor previously.
– Draw a second line along the entire line at x cm (x = thickness of the ready-to-tile panel) from the first.
– Measure the height between the floor and the edge of the bathtub.
– Cut 2 strips to this height.
– Fix them to each wall, positioning them on the first line drawn.
2. Cut the ready-to-tile panels to size
It is advisable to use expanded polystyrene rigid foam panels mounted on adjustable feet To design the bathtub cladding.
– Take the dimensions. To do this:
◦ Measure the width between the wall and the corner of the bath. For ease of use, use the line drawn on the floor.
◦ Measure the height between the floor and the bathtub, taking into account the height under the bathtub’s rim. The plate will fit under this.
– Do the same for the other side, subtracting the thickness of the first panel from the measured width.
– Cut the panels using a ruler, a cutter, or a handsaw.
3. Make the access panel
The inspection hatch is essential to gain access to the drainage system in a leak under the bath or a blocked drain. If you want it to be inconspicuous, the dimensions should be in proportion to the tiles laid later.
– Take the measurements of your tiles.
– Choose the size of your trap door according to the dimensions of your tiles.
Note: a large hatch will give you easier access to the drainage system. Covered with tiles, it will be very discreet.
– By placing the trapdoor on the front panel (at the siphon level) and drawing the contour, you can transfer the trapdoor’s proportions to the front panel.
– Drill 4 sufficiently large holes in the 4 corners of the outline.
– Insert the jigsaw blade and cut out the location of the hatch.
– Position the door frame on the cut-out and mark the fixing holes with a pencil.
– Fix the frame with the screws provided.
– Assemble the flap according to the assembly instructions.
There is a second method of making the access panel using the cut-out part of the panel:
– Install an access panel mounting accessory on the front panel.
– Screw the cut-out onto the accessory.
– Fold-down the removable panel.
4. Mount the bathtub apron
– Apply a bead of special foam panel adhesive to the top edge of the front panel.
– Insert the panel under the edge of the bathtub while pressing it precisely against the support strip on the wall.
– Adjust the height of the panel legs with a spanner until it is firmly under the bathtub rim.
– Do the same with the other panel, gluing the side edge.
– Screw the panels together with suitable screws.
– Fasten the panels to the battens.
5. Lay the tiles on the panels
– Apply tile adhesive to the panels with the notched trowel.
– Place a tile starting from the bottom.
– Place a cross-bar at each corner of the tiles.
– Lay your tiles one after the other.
– Tile the inspection hatch and allow it to dry before putting it back in place.
– Once the tiles are in place, apply a silicone seal around the bath.