DIY Glass Shower Panels

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Whether you choose them for a framed or frameless shower, glass shower panels around a shower stall provide a sleek, modern look to any bathroom. They can make a room appear larger. Purchase ready-made glass shower panels to install or custom-cut glass shower panels for your bathroom renovation. Either style is simple enough to install as a do-it-yourself project.

Measure Your Shower Stall

  • Finish the walls of your shower stall before you measure so you can get accurate readings (see Reference 1). Use a non-permanent marker or glass marker to mark on the tiles where you want the shower panels to go. Do not mark on the grout because the ink may stain it.

    Locate the center of the curb of the shower tray. That typically is the installation line unless it also corresponds to a grout line on the wall, in which case you can move it either way.

    Determine how high you want the shower stall to go. Typically, shower panels are tall enough to hide the showerhead.

    Step back from your marks to make sure everything looks even. View the marks in a mirror to see how the shower stall may appear from that vantage point.

    Take the measurements of the area you marked.

Choose Your Glass Shower Panels

  • Select the glass shower panels you wish to install. Pick either framed or frameless. Keep in mind that frameless showers are a bit harder to install (see Reference 2). They also cost more and weigh more because the glass is thicker. To install frameless showers, measurements must be precise. A framed shower allows you a bit of wiggle room.

    Remember to allow for the door to your shower as you place your order. Also make sure your walls can support the weight of the shower panels, especially frameless ones.

Install the Glass Shower Panels

  • Attach the base plate of a framed shower along the curb of the shower.

    Install the door jamb. Drill holes in the wall to support your shower panels including the door. Anchor these holes so the glass panels don't pull out.

    Put the door in place on its jamb. Continue to install the remaining shower panels. Either slide them into the base plate of a framed shower stall or attach them to the anchored hangers for a frameless model.

    Slide the top rail down onto the glass in a framed shower. Make sure the door operates properly. Screw the rail into place.

    Apply clear silicone caulking to all seams of the shower installation. Allow it to dry before using your new shower. Put the drip rail on the bottom of the shower door with the sealant that comes with it.

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