Install A Shower Screen

  • A renovated bathroom with new shower screen

Frameless shower screens are ideal for small bathrooms, as they make the space seem bigger and evoke a sense of being in a luxury hotel.
 
The shower screen for this bathroom is from Highgrove Glass and was custom made to suit the 900 x 900mm recess, which is slightly larger than their standard size.
 
To keep the look streamlined in the small bathroom, the shower was designed without a tray. The shower door opens both inwards and outwards, which is a useful feature in such a compact space.

Aluminium angle was installed before tiling to form the shower recess and a mortar bed was laid to create a slope.
 
The tiles were laid, then the glass panels installed above the angle to conceal it.

Step 1. Set out the brackets

Mark the centreline of each panel on the floor and use a spirit level to mark vertical centrelines up the walls to 2000mm high. Mark the screw holes for the brackets along the panel centrelines on the floor and walls at the recommended spacings.

Step 2. Attach the brackets
Use a 6mm ceramic drill bit to drill the marked holes to a depth of 30mm, applying even pressure at low speed. Insert the supplied plastic plugs into each hole and trim the excess using a utility knife. Attach the brackets using the screws, then loosen the grub screws.
Step 3. Install fixed panel

Cut the rubber blocks to 6mm and position them in front of each bracket to support the glass. Lift the panel into the floor brackets, slide it into the wall brackets and tighten the grub screws using an Allen key. 
TIP Use glass-lifting gloves.

Step 4. Secure hinge panel

Repeat with the hinge panel, checking the door opening is 6mm wider than the door panel and the gaps between the walls and the panels don't exceed 12mm, then tighten the screws with an Allen key.
TIP Place rubber blocks above the brackets for an even gap.

Step 5. Seal the gaps

Apply silicone along the gaps between the panels and the wall. Use a silicone spatula to push it into the gaps and scrape away the excess, smoothing the surface with the rounded corners.
TIP Seal the gap between the floor and the panels after the door has been installed.

Step 6. Attach the door panel

Secure the hinges to the recesses in the hinge panel. Position rubber blocks in the door opening, lift the door onto the blocks and attach the hinges. Check all gaps are even, tighten the screws and remove the blocks. Cut away excess rubber from the other panels.

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