How to choose your bathtub panels?
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Definition: bath cladding or panels
A bathtub's cladding is referred to as paneling. It is used for any bathtub on which the actual tub is visible, and plays a role entirely dedicated to bathtub's aesthetic appearance. The bathtub's panel conceals the drain, pipes, bare floor and any exposed feet and sides that lie under the bathtub.
The bathtub's paneling also has a secondary function, though it is generally not common knowledge: it increases the user's well-being by assuring that the bath water stays hot for a longer period of time.
3 types of bathtub panels
Assembling your own bathtub panels
Required materials for assembling bathtub panels
Pre-cut bathtub panels
For amateur craftsmen who may only have mastered the basic techniques, pre-cut panels are a great alternative. They are originally designed with one idea in mind: to be cut and installed without much difficulty. They also come in a wide range of panels, enough to find one that meets all your requirements, depending on the bathtub:
- Its dimensions, different lengths, widths and heights;
- Its maximum capacity, 1 or 2 places;
- Its shape and design, rectangular, round, wave, angle etc.
Unfinished pre-cut panels
Customisable pre-cut panels
Optional bathtub panelling with purchase
If the word DIY has you running for the hills, or if your schedule is too packed, optional panelling is perfect for you! As its name suggests, it is sold as an addtional feature at the bathtub's time of purchase. It is therefore a custom-made panel that does not require any cutting work since it is specially adapted to your new bathtub's shape and dimensions. Everything is installed at the same time. The hardest decision you will have make is to choose its finish: organic stone, synthetic (like acrylic) or natural marterials (like marble). This selection will ultimately depend on the bathroom's decor and layout.
If you are still hoping for a good conscience or you simply want to add a personal touch to the finish, you can always choose to decorate the panel yourself.
Like anything, due its practicality, optional panelling is a little more expensive than the other options, but as the saying goes; tranquility is priceless!
Bath panels: access hatch and adjustable cylinders
Metal is generally avoided in this type of product in an effort to avoid any chance of corrosion. If you build your own access hatch, consider using water repellent materials or applying a protective varnish once it is in place.
Feel like renovating or upgrading your current bathroom equipment? Then follow the links below for bathroom-related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
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- How to choose your bath drain?
- How to choose your balneo bathtub?
- How to choose your shower column or set?
- How to choose your shower drain?
- How to choose your shower tray?
- How to choose your shower head?
- How to choose your shower cabin?
- How to choose your bathroom sink?
- How to lay out your bathroom?
- How to choose your bathroom furniture?
- How to choose your bathroom accessories?
- How to choose your bathroom lighting?
- How to choose your bidet?
- How to choose your wall tiles?
- How to choose your wall and ceiling paint?
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I’m a self-taught DIYer and decoration enthusiast, I love to find and restore furniture and to create unique decoration elements. I completed the restoration of my sister’s house, this was last summer, with my niece: electrical, tiling, finishing, plasterboard...we did it all. And today, if I can share my experience I'm happy to do it. A total DIY enthusiast joke: ‘What’s the difference between a clown and a DIY enthusiast? A sense of humor.’ Good Luck.
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