Among acrylic, steel, cast iron, stone and even glass bathtubs, corner ones occupy a special place. They are usually located in apartments or houses with a non-standard layout. Installing this type of bathtub allows you to get a lot of space for organizing water procedures, and on the other hand, it helps to free up part of the room, to make it, at least, visually more spacious. Corner baths are mostly associated with something small, insignificant in size. However, this is far from the case, some can reach a length of up to 185 centimeters. And all this should be taken into account when installing them.
Features of installing a corner bath
Of course, there are features of installing corner baths , but they are rarely related to the material from which this or that model is made. And to be more precise, the same requirements apply to the installation of the corner acrylic options as to the usual acrylic ones, if we do not consider the unusual shapes. Everything is similar for corner steel and cast-iron baths.
Corner baths are installed when there is a catastrophic lack of space in the room, and competent installation helps to save the situation and solve this problem. Some experts believe that the installation of this type of plumbing can be done independently. After all, for this you just need to put it on legs or on a frame and connect it to the sewer, nothing unusual! However, in practice, everything usually ends up with an incredibly large number of revisions, mistakes made and the need for a significant number of improvements. As a result, all this eloquently testifies to the fact that this procedure requires real professionalism and tools. The fact is that the bed (place under the bath) in classic ones usually looks like something rectangular, and in order to install a corner bath, you will first need to carry out serious preparatory work.
A number of difficulties are associated with the non-traditional form and non-traditional placement. Firstly, it will be more difficult to level a corner bath. Secondly, do not forget about the seams: they are unlikely to be airtight, especially if you do not take care of this in advance.
Installation of a corner bath , like sacramento shower replacement, begins first of all with the removal of an outdated analogue. After that, you should decide where exactly the new model will stand. The choice of a bathtub can often directly depend on this, because even a corner one can be very different, including different sizes and materials, not to mention other configuration parameters.
Next comes the preparation of the walls and floor. The fact is that the floor and walls in your apartment are most likely designed for a classic cast-iron bath. A similar case can be with sewage. And if you decide to take a model not just of a different shape, but also of a different material, then you will need to adjust everything, perhaps buy adapters. If we are talking about modern stylish models, then there is a possibility that before installing the bath itself, you will need to purchase filters for water purification. This will be easier than changing later, for example, a built-in bathtub faucet. Or something like that, because the faucet is far from the only accessory of this kind.
After that, the preparatory stage begins directly, the area is cleaned, you can think about what to do with the design and that part of the room that was previously hidden by the old bath, but now will be visible to the outside eye. All these things are best decided before the installation of the model or, at least, along with it, but not after. Especially if we are talking about demanding and capricious materials, for example, about sophisticated acrylic.
A few points to consider
Corner baths rarely stand alone, most often they are attached to the wall. And in such cases, before the installation process, it makes sense to prepare not only the bath itself, the floor, but also the wall to which it will be attached. All measurements are taken before the model appears in the room: nothing prevents you from moving around the room. And in general, by the time the corner bath appears, everything should be ready, and the preparatory stage is completely finished.
Corner-type models are often highly unconventional. In practice, this can mean 2 drain systems instead of one, or a row of handles that need space. All these features are also best taken into account before the installation begins, so that later there is no need to bring the acrylic bath into the room and remove it from it several times, wasting your nerves and money, not to mention time.
However, thinking about the features of installing corner baths, one cannot fail to say about the general thing that unites it with all other models. During installation, it is necessary to solve the issue of grounding to avoid accidents.
Installation of a corner bath with your own hands
If you are not satisfied with the appearance or condition of your bathtub, you can, of course, restore it (which is a more economical solution). If the bathtub simply cannot be restored or you want to radically change the interior of the bathroom and install a newer, modern model of the bathtub (and preferably a corner one), we will help you in this matter.
They can serve as materials for corner baths
- cast iron
The cast iron bathtub (both classic and corner) is characterized by high strength and reliability. The cast iron bath is easy to install (just put it on the legs). Cast iron baths are durable. Cast iron baths perfectly retain heat. However, cast iron corner baths are quite rare.
The fact is that the production of cast-iron bathtubs is a rather time-consuming process that requires the availability of high-quality and powerful equipment, and not every bathtub production plant can boast of such. And only factories that have the highest level of equipment can afford to produce corner cast iron bathtubs. Accordingly, the price of cast-iron baths (and especially corner ones) will be high. Instead, by buying a corner cast-iron bath, you can be satisfied with it for at least twenty years.
A steel bath, like a cast-iron one, has high strength, but at the same time, it weighs much less than a cast-iron one. The steel bath is not difficult to install and can also be mounted on legs.
A steel bath has high thermal conductivity, and, accordingly, the water in a steel bath cools down very quickly. So you won’t be able to soak in a steel bath for a long time. And the price of steel baths is much lower than others.
In the plumbing market, steel bathtubs are in demand due to their low price (steel bathtubs are the cheapest). A steel (classic or corner) bath will serve you for about fifteen years. But, unfortunately, it is quite difficult to find a steel corner bathtub.
Nowadays, the most common option is acrylic bathtubs. Corner baths are most often made of acrylic. An acrylic bath can be of any size or shape. An acrylic bathtub is not difficult, even one person can handle the installation of an acrylic bathtub. An acrylic bath has almost the same thermal conductivity as a cast iron bath, but at the same time, an acrylic bath has a lower cost. The service life of an acrylic bath is approximately 15 years.
In terms of shape, corner baths can be
- trapezoidal shape
- rounded shape
- oval shape
- square shape
According to the method of installation, corner baths are divided into
Before buying a corner bath, you should know the area of your bathroom, the size of the toilet and other items in the bathroom, and the location of communications in your home.
Having decided on the corner bath model that suits you, you can start installing it. Installation of a corner bath can be carried out both by a professional and independently.
Before installing a corner bathtub yourself, it is necessary to dismantle the old bathtub.
Dismantling the old bathtub is quite simple: we disconnect the old bathtub from the sewer and drain (“putting” the bathtub on its side), we take the old bathtub out of the room.
Now you can proceed directly to the independent installation of a corner bath.
The installation of a corner bath takes place in several stages:
- before proceeding with the installation of a corner bathtub, it is necessary to prepare the walls in advance: the walls must be even and form an angle of 90 degrees. To do this, putty the walls and, with the help of a construction corner, check the correctness of the angle.
- the next stage is the decoration of the walls (for example, with tiles)
- Next, wipe dry and close the drain hole with rags
- we fasten the legs of the bathtub
- we put the bathtub and, with the help of a level, check whether the bathtub is installed evenly
- we check the drain system
- apply silicone to the surface of the base
- install the bathtub and connect it to the drain
- fill the bathtub with water, check for leaks
Done! You have just managed to install a corner bath yourself.