Whether you’re renovating a big family bathroom or a tiny en-suite, a shower cubicle is a great option when you want to save on space or add a touch of hotel luxury. They come in all shapes and sizes, meaning there’s a shower enclosure to suit you, no matter how much or how little space you’re working with.
In most cases, you should hire a professional installer to ensure the job is done well. However, if you’re a DIY expert with good knowledge, prior experience and the right tools, you may be able to fit a shower enclosure yourself. In this guide we’ve outlined the different types of shower cubicles you can choose from, the tools you’ll need to fit one yourself, and a step-by-step guide to fitting a shower enclosure.
The different types of shower enclosure
There are a wide range of shower enclosures available, and the one you choose will depend on the size of your bathroom and the space available for the cubicle, as well as personal preference. Here’s a quick look at the most common types:
This type of shower enclosure features an outward-opening door that pivots on discreet hinges – one at the top and one at the bottom of the door.
Bi-fold shower enclosures are designed to maximise space by opening inwardly in a concertina effect. They’re perfectly suited to an en-suite or a small bathroom.
Sliding shower doors are another space-saving idea. In this type of shower cubicle, the door slides inside the other half, providing a wide entrance.
Perfect for a larger bathroom or wet-room, walk-in shower enclosures are stylish and an increasingly popular option in contemporary bathrooms.
Quadrant shower enclosures fit into the corner of your bathroom and feature a stylish curved front, with sliding doors for easy entry.
How to fit a shower enclosure
As we’ve seen, shower enclosures come in a range of shapes and sizes, with different entrances, doors and features, but for this guide we’re focusing on fitting a square shower cubicle into the corner of your bathroom, where you’ll only require one side panel and one door panel. That said, the same principles can be applied to other types of shower enclosure too.
Before fitting your shower enclosure, make sure the shower tray is completely level all the way around, and properly sealed to the wall. Check out our guide for step-by-step instructions on installing a shower tray.
Tools you’ll need to fit your shower cubicle
- Electric drill
- Silicon sealant gun
- Spirit level
You’ll also need
- Rawl plugs
You may also need a second person to help you.
A step-by-step guide to fitting a shower enclosure
Step 1 - Start by aligning your channels – these are where you’ll mount the enclosure – against the wall to find the correct positioning. Use your spirit level to ensure they’re vertical, and mark the positions with a pencil so you have a guide for where to drill.
Step 2 - Drill the holes you've just marked using your electric drill, being careful not to drill into any piping or wiring. If you’re drilling into a tiled wall, use a masonry bit to avoid shattering the tiles.
Step 3 - Insert raw plugs and screw the channels on to the wall.
Step 4 - Decide which side you want the door on, then take the side panel and slot it into the appropriate channel. Fix it in place according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need an extra pair of hands to help you with this step and the next.
Step 5 - Fit the door panel into the other channel.
Step 6 - Using your screwdriver and the fixings supplied, screw both panels firmly into place.
Step 7 - Check the manufacturer’s instructions for any additional requirements, such as door handles, and fit those at this stage.
Step 8 - Seal the outer edges of your shower enclosure using silicone sealant and a sealant gun to prevent water from leaking from the cubicle.