If you want to upgrade the appearance of your bathtub but aren't too keen on ripping it out and replacing it with a new
one, there is a fantastic, cost-effective solution available: bath panels. These stylish and practical panels will simply
replace the old ones on your bath, leaving it looking like new. In this guide we'll explain your options and also discover
how to fit them yourself.
When it comes to choosing a new set of bath panels, you're spoilt for choice really. Whether you want plain white items
to freshen up the look of your existing panels, or something a little more fancy, there will be something out there that is
perfect for what you have in mind.
There are stunning wooden and acrylic bath panels available, which come in various colours and finishes so you can
harmonise your bath with other aspects of the room. If you're upgrading the general look of a bath rather than simply
replacing a single panel, then you'll need to get matching front and end panels for a complete transformation.
It's worth mentioning too that some bath panels actually feature storage facilities; this involves a slot on the front
panel which is part of the design but can be removed to allow you to store cleaning products neatly under the bath and out
of view. It's also handy for servicing baths too!
Bath panels aren't massively difficult to install yourself but they can be a bit fiddly if you don't have experience
with this sort of thing. If you aren't confident in your own abilities we highly recommend getting a qualified professional
to carry out the installation. If you think you're up to the task however, read on and we'll explain the best fitting
First, you need to assemble a frame to support the panels. The frame will usually be made using wooden planks which will
form a laddered structure (2 horizontal and 3 or 4 vertical planks). These will reach from the underside of the bath to the
floor, allowing you to install your panels securely. The wood will need to be cut to size (you can purchase 50 x 50mm
wooden battens at most DIY stores and they will be perfect for this job as they are easy to trim down to the required
Take some measurements of the area below the edge of your bath to establish how big your panels will actually need to
be. The panels will need to attached snugly to the wooden frame, without overlapping at the end so it's vital that your
measurements are accurate. Either screws or a strong wood glue can be used to secure the frame to the wall or floor.
Once you have a frame which is ready to support your panels, it's time for the next stage. Offer the front panel up to
the frame and check that the fit will be straight and flush with the bath. The side panel should be attached first,
followed by the front panel. You can secure these panels either with a sealant or discrete screws. Install the bottom part
of each panel first then the top, making sure the fit is perfect.
The final stage is ensuring that everything is secure and waterproof. A sealant should be used where the top of the
panel meets the lip of the bathtub. The area where the panel meets the wall should also be sealed to prevent water from
getting behind it. This should be all you need to do to completely overhaul the look of your old bathtub!