Tips & tricks for assembling shower cubicles

Posted by wobam89732 on April 9th, 2024

This article is about assembling shower cubicles. Installing a new shower stall can be a big challenge, especially if you have no experience in this area. But no worry! Anyone can install a shower cubicle with the right tips and tricks. In this guide, we will give you everything you need to know about installing shower cubicles so that you can install your new shower safely and successfully.

Table of contents

  • 1. These models are suitable for self-assembly

  • 2. This guarantees that your installation will be successful

  • 3. Install a frameless shower cubicle

  • 4. The most important tool

  • Recommendations from our shower cubicle range

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A hundred years ago they were completely missing, but today they are an integral part of every bathroom: showers. However, anyone who wants to modernize their shower cubicle or wants to set up the bathroom in their new house is often faced with the challenge of how to install the shower cubicle. Can I assemble the shower cubicle myself? What tools do I need for this? Maybe I'd rather let the professional do it? It is difficult to give a general answer to these questions because the best way to assemble a shower cubicle depends on many different factors, such as the model selected or the tools available. In principle, however, no one should shy away from self-assembly - even if sensitive materials and sometimes bulky individual parts must be handled with care.

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1. These models are suitable for self-assembly

Anyone who learns about the installation of shower cubicles will quickly realize that the basic installation is almost always identical. Still, the pitfalls lie in the details and differ from model to model. For example, framed or partially framed shower cubicles are installed differently than frameless models. The framed shower cubicle is very stable because it has a complete profile between the glass and the wall and the glass pane is framed all around. The partially framed models also have a profile between the glass and the wall, but the remaining side edges of the glass pane are not framed at the top and bottom. Both fully framed and partially framed shower cubicles are often easier to assemble and can be easily installed yourself with a little craftsmanship, as they forgive small measurement errors and uneven walls thanks to the large adjustment range. In frameless shower cubicles, the glass connects directly to the wall and the cubicle is attached to the wall using fittings. Frameless models are more problematic due to the lack of wall connection profiles with odd walls because the walls must be vertical when installing a frameless model. If in doubt, it is better to let a specialist get to work to ensure that the frameless model is installed professionally and that nothing stands in the way of showering pleasure.

2. This guarantees that your installation will be successful

Measurement and checking:
What sounds obvious and banal is the be-all and end-all when assembling a shower cubicle and determines the later appearance, functionality, and longevity: the correct measurement. You should work precisely to select the right model with the right dimensions. If there is already a shower tray, its dimensions must be taken into account. The legally required minimum distance from electrical components such as sockets must also be maintained. In addition, the condition of the tiles and the wall should be carefully checked with a rubber mallet, after all, these are intended to give the shower cubicle the necessary stability later.

Installing wall profiles
For framed and partially framed models, the wall brackets must then be attached. The drill holes are marked on the tiles using a spirit level and then drilled. The manufacturers of shower cubicles often supply the appropriate dowels and screws. Since drilling into the tile backsplash is always tricky, you should first drill without impact so that the tiles do not shatter. The impact drill can only be used when the drill head hits the wall underneath the tiles. It is best to use special stone or tile drills for this work, which produce a sharp and precise drill hole. And it should be ensured that no pipes in the wall are damaged by the drilling process.

Attaching the floor profile
If the shower cubicle has a floor profile, this must then be attached, either to the floor or to the shower tray. This is first marked and then glued on.

Inserting the side wall
Once the floor profile is attached, the side wall can be lifted and aligned according to the assembly instructions. Two additional helping hands are an advantage here for careful work. In addition, the glass wall should be transported and used carefully to avoid scratches or cracks. Once the pane is aligned, it can be fixed in the wall profiles. You should be very careful with a cordless screwdriver so as not to damage the material. If in doubt, it is better to screw it by hand.

Installing the door
Installing the shower door in the same way as the wall elements and is then either hung or screwed in. The door can be precisely adjusted using the hinges. Under no circumstances should it drag on the floor, otherwise it would quickly become damaged. Door handles, stops, and sealing profiles are now also attached.

Seal the shower cubicle and possibly attach a telescopic arm.
Depending on the manufacturer's installation instructions, the shower walls must now be sealed inside or outside with silicone. A joint smoother should be used for clean and beautiful workmanship. The silicone then needs to dry for approx. 24 hours. If the shower cubicle is not closed, the telescopic arm must be installed to give the cubicle additional support. The manufacturer of the shower cubicle specifies the exact dimensions where this is to be attached.

3. Install a frameless shower cubicle

Frameless models are mounted on the wall using fittings. First, the dimensions for the glass height and the outer edges of the glass must be drawn. For uneven walls, the vertical interior wall ceiling is used to draw in. If the fittings are already pre-assembled on the glass wall, they must be stopped on the bathroom wall and the drill holes marked. The holes are then drilled and the wall fasteners are screwed on. For frameless models, the glass components must be aligned vertically and vertically and, if necessary, the glass inclination in the elongated holes in the wall mountings and the width must be adjusted using Allen glass screws. The door can then be hung and the door hinges attached. Here too, silicone ensures that the shower cubicle is completely sealed and no splash water escapes.

4. The most important tool

This tool is required for assembly. Make sure you have these tools before you begin installation.

Materials

  • Screws and suitable dowels

  • silicone

  • duct tape

  • Rubber gloves, safety glasses

  • Pencil

  • Rubber mallet

  • Drill including matching tile drill

  • Cordless screwdriver or screwdriver

  • Spirit level

  • ruler

  • Silicone gun

  • Joint smoother

 

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