When it comes to choosing and styling a brand new bathroom, there are plenty of things that you need to think about and choose from. One of these is a bath. Baths are a large fixture and take up a considerable amount of space in the room, which means that you will want to make sure that you get your choice right.
Not only this, but if you are trying to do most of the work yourself, you will also need to think about how to go about installing a bath.
Not sure where to start? Here are our top tips on how to go about installing a bath.
The first thing to think about when it comes to installing a bath is just where it will go. If you are replacing a tub that you currently have, then the best thing to do is probably to put it where the old bath already is; however, this will rely on you thinking about the shape and size of your new bath.
If you are planning on moving it to another spot in your bathroom, you will need to measure up (and you must do this stage of the process). You also want to know where your pipes and your waste will be (or already is) as this will give you a reference point to work from.
The best place to start when it comes to bath installation is from the feet up. You need to leave your bath in its packaging and turn it upside down. Attach the feet to the tub according to the instructions set out by the manufacturer of your bath. It is essential to know that there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to installing a bath.
When you have attached the feet, you need to think about installing your taps. These will make it much easier and smoother during the rest of the installation process. The tap will slide through a tap hole; then, the gasket can be added. Once you have the tap washer secured, you will be able to connect the pipe tap.
Once your taps are in place and secure, you need to install your waste and your overflow. It is most common now to see baths that have both of these combined, making it much easier to install. However, no matter which type you have, you need to be extra careful when installing as a leak in this part of your bath can cause a real issue.
The last thing to add is your bath. Your bath needs to be level, so it is always best to create guiding marks to make sure this happens. It is also a good idea to ensure the floor is fortified underneath the bath; this is easiest to do with plywood, as this will help make sure that the floor can take the weight of the empty bath when it is full.
You also need to ensure that your bath is watertight and waterproofed. This should not be overlooked as this can cause you problems later on in the life of your bath.
Installing a bath is not always easy if you don't know what you are doing, but it is worthwhile. The sense of achievement in being responsible for your bathroom and enjoying your hard work is definitely worth the effort you will have put in. If in doubt, we always recommend booking a quality installer to do it for you.
You can browse our entire collection of baths here or you can speak to one of our team who will be more than happy to advise.