Direct to stud shower enclosures are a great way to update your bathroom without having to do a complete remodel. They can be installed in a few hours and don’t require any special tools or skills. This article will show you how to install a direct to stud shower enclosure in your bathroom.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- Tape measure
- 1/8″ drill bit
- Nails or screws
- Shower enclosure kit
1. Measure the width and height of the space where you will be installing the shower enclosure.
2. Using the measurements from step 1, select a shower enclosure kit that will fit in the space.
3. Assemble the shower enclosure following the instructions that come with the kit.
4. Install the shower base according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Place the shower enclosure in the space and mark where the wall studs are located.
Measure the space where you want to install your shower enclosure
You’ll need to know the width and height of the space so that you can purchase an enclosure kit that will fit. Most hardware stores or home improvement centers will sell shower enclosures in standard sizes. If you have a non-standard size space, you may be able to special order an enclosure or find one online.
Purchase a direct to stud shower enclosure kit
Once you know the size of the space, you can purchase a kit. These kits come with everything you need to install the enclosure, including the walls, base, door, and hardware. If you’re installing a shower in an existing space, you may need to make modifications to the framing or plumbing to accommodate the new shower. If you’re starting from scratch with new construction, the framing and plumbing for a shower enclosure are the same as for any other type of shower.
Prepare the space for installation
Before you begin installation, it’s important to make sure the space is clean and free of debris. Remove any old shower doors or enclosures. If you’re working with new construction, make sure the studs are in place and the rough plumbing is installed.
Install the base
The first step in installing a direct to stud shower enclosure is to install the base. Most bases are made of acrylic or fiberglass and can be easily installed with a few screws. If you’re installing the base on an existing floor, you may need to use adhesive to secure it in place. Follow the instructions that come with the base for best results.
Install the walls
After the base is installed, you can install the walls. Most direct to stud shower enclosures come with two or three walls, depending on the size and style of the enclosure.
The walls will have either a tongue and groove system or a track system that allows them to fit together snugly. Follow the instructions that come with the kit for best results.
Install the door
Once the walls are in place, you can install the door. Most doors are hinged and fit into a track on the wall. Some doors come with a handle, while others do not. If your door does not have a handle, you will need to purchase one separately.
Follow the instructions that come with the door for best results
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- Add a shower liner to the inside of your enclosure to protect the walls from water damage.
- Apply caulk around the edges of the door and wall panels to keep water from seeping out.
- Install a shower head that is adjustable so that you can direct the water where you want it to go.
- Add shelves or a shower caddy inside the enclosure to store your soap, shampoo, and other bathing essentials.
- Test the water pressure before using the shower to make sure it is adequate. If not, adjust the water flow accordingly.