So you’ve bought a new bath and you’re anxious to install it and get soaking in your bath...not so fast. Unless you’ve bought a freestanding bath, there’s something else to consider: bath panels. Generally used to enclose an acrylic or steel bath, (and hide all the unsightly plumbing) bath panels will do a lot to determine the overall look of the bathroom. It’s not just a matter of aesthetics, however. The enclosure and bath panels you choose will also add durability and insulation to your bath. So you do you pick the right bath panels for your house?

With over 30 years experience, we know everything that goes into creating the bathroom of your dreams. We have curated our selection of products to represent the best quality and value on the market, with a vast range of design options. If you have any questions on selecting or fitting bath panels, please get in touch with one of our friendly experts!

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A three wall alcove bath will only need one long side panel, which is called a front panel. For other configurations you will also need at least one short end panel. Corner baths can be a challenge to fit, and may need manufacturer-specific or custom-made bath panels.

Materials You Need to Consider

Bath enclosures can be made of almost anything, and in very high end custom bathrooms you may find stone, tile, or wooden panels encasing a bath. The vast majority of bath panels on the market, however, are made of either acrylic or MDF.

Acrylic: bath panels are affordable, come in a huge range of sizes and colours, and are very easy to install. Not all acrylic bath panels are alike: lower quality acrylic is more bendable and flexible, and may be more prone to discolouration or splitting over time, so keep that in mind.

MDF, or medium-density fibreboard, is another very popular material for bath panels. MDF comes in a wide variety of thicknesses: thicker panels are less likely to bend and will give a more solid-looking finish. Be sure that any MDF panels are properly treated for water resistance. Vinyl wrapped panels have been coated with a thin layer of plastic to seal them from moisture. MDF panels are usually installed over a frame for extra support.