Build A Wall Around Your Whirlpool Tub Build A Wall Around Your Whirlpool Tub
Once your whirlpool tub is installed it can be hidden by a wall or fascia built around it. This wall will be built for aesthetic purposes to conceal, not support, the tub.
Measuring for Materials
Measure the height of the lip of the tub above the floor and the length of the tub. Measure the depth of the lip at the top of the tub. You can now purchase the materials you will need.
(Example: If the tub lip is 4 inches deep, 22 inches high and 86 inches long, you will need to build a frame 86 x 22 x 4 inches. Top and bottom of the frame will be two pieces 82 x 4 x 2 inches and the ends and studs in the frame will be 18 x 4 x 2 inches; 6 of these will be enough. The fascia will be a piece of plywood 86 x 22 inches)
- Screw driver
- Counter-sink bit
- Sand paper
- Paint brushes
Seal the Pieces
Before building the wall it is a good idea to seal all the pieces that will make up the wall. This is not strictly necessary, but it will stop damp penetration from a high-moisture content atmosphere.
Build the Frame
The frame will be concealed but still needs to be accurate. Starting at one end of the bottom rail, nail the end pieces and studs at 90 degrees. Check that the edges are all flush. Turn the assembly over and nail the top rail in place, securing the ends and the studs.
Present the frame
Position the frame in front of the tub and slide it into position under the lip. The edge of the top of the frame should follow the edge of the tub. Nail the bottom of the frame to the floor taking care not to move the frame out of alignment. It is also wise to take care that your hammering does not cause the frame to knock unnecessarily against the tub.
Prepare the Fascia
Use a fine-grade sand paper to smooth what will be the upper edge of the fascia. Lay the fascia against the frame and mark the position of the center lines of the studs. If there isn’t room for this, you can measure the distances and mark them that way.
Drill holes about 10inches apart along the four edges of the fascia and 1 inch from the edge. Drill holes at the mid point of each of the stud lines. Use a counter-sink bit to create a shoulder in the holes. This shoulder will enable screws to be driven below the surface of the plywood.
Attach the Fascia
Carefully line up the fascia and fix it into place with wood screws. Drive the screws so that they lie slightly below the level of the fascia surface.
Varnish the Top Edge of the Fascia
The top edge of the fascia may be exposed. If it is, give it a nice smooth finish by applying varnish. Use two or three shallow coats and mask the tub.
Finishing the Wall
The fascia board can be decorated with tiles, painted or given any other finish that will fit into the bathroom. A simple effect can be achieved by using tile-effect vinyl sheeting.
Exposed plumbing detracts from the beauty of a whirlpool tub. Concealing plumping with a nicely tiled wall will create a much better bathing atmosphere.