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Useful Bathroom Hints and Tips including how to fit a bath and bath panel and how to save space

man laying in bath


Throughout the site there are various
pages giving advice on many different subjects e.g. how to
shower enclosures
or shower stall
but I also receive a lot of very useful information from visitors. 
This page is designed to share their valuable knowledge with the rest of


Martin Jeeves sent in this very
useful advice on fitting a bath and bath panel.

Fitting a bath, sealing it in place and,
fitting a bath panel

I gutted and replaced our upstairs bathroom 2
years ago (currently doing the shower room) using a good quality acrylic
bath. The cradle supplied seemed more light weight than I remembered
and, hence, would flex more when the bath is used!

The ultimate solution is to build a timber frame
for the bath to rest on and re-enforce the floor (put a second sheet of
flooring grade chipboard under the bath). But in my situation, the
simple solution was to screw battens to the (stud) walls so that the
lower edges of the bath top surround just rest on them – to achieve the
fine adjustment, adjust the cradle’s threaded feet. A floor batten on
the open side and a couple of vertical posts, one third of the baths
length from each end also prevented sag on the open side.

No movement, no cracked or split silicon sealant.

At the outset to the project, it is also worth
considering how the bath facia panel will be fitted. In my case, the
high gloss finished MDF panel needed a frame. The vertical posts
(mentioned above) assisted here.

But my dilemma was how to fix the bath panel in
place without leaving the telltale signs of screws and still be able to
remove the panel easily for access to isolating water valves. The
manufacturer suggested double sided sticky pads or Velcro.

My solution was to use two-piece furniture
jointing blocks at the bottom to locate the bottom edge of the panel
(not using the bolt to secure the blocks together the nodules on the
blocks and the weight of the panel were more than enough).

At the top corners, I used loft latches. Putting
some foam pads on the vertical posts created the tension to hold it in
place without wobbling/rattling.


If you are short on space in the bathroom, here
are two easy alternatives.:-

  • Use a countertop style wine rack to
    store extra towels.

  • Purchase an over-the-door
    shoekeeper.  You can store things like shaving cream, razors, extra soap, hand
    lotions etc.

Thanks to Siren for