5 Steps to Dress a Bathtub

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5 Steps to Dress a Bathtub

5 Steps to Dress a Bathtub

 

Contents

– 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
Pencil
Spacers
Cutter
Mastic glue
Tape measure
Spirit level
Drill
Ruler 60 cm
Leveling ruler
Jigsaw
Notched spatula
Screed
Screwdriver

1. Locate and mark out the position of the bathtub apron

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– 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

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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.

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