How to Anchor a Frameless Shower Door on Glass Tile

Glass tile.
  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 20-50
What You'll Need
Glass drill bit
Permanent marker
Leftover wood scraps

Dealing with glass tile during the installation of a frameless shower door can be a bit challenging, but it's nothing you can't handle on your own. Follow the steps below to do this project all on your own.

Step 1 - Plan for the Holes

Follow the steps necessary to determine where the holes need to be for your anchors. Make sure that all of your measurements are level, and figure out exactly where the hinges for the door will be going. Make a mark on the tile for the spots where you will be drilling.

Step 2 - Measure the Hole

The anchor pack should come with a recommended hole size. It may be wise to measure out just a little bit bigger than that to avoid cracking the glass tile. The hole itself though needs to abide by the package requirements so that the anchor does not sit loosely in the wall. Note how big the hole will need to be.

Step 3 - Find Your Drill Bit

Based on your measurements, determine what size drill bit you need. Most drill bits go up in 1/8 inch increments. Use a bit that is as close to the size of the hole you need as possible. Since a lot of plastic anchors require a 3/16 drill bit (which isn't available in glass bits), you may have to consider getting a masonry bit for the project.

Step 4 - Drill the Hole

Assemble your drill as usual and begin slowly drilling the hole. Do not rush through this part of the process because that may cause the glass to crack. Take your time and apply light pressure, slowly grinding the glass away. In time, you should push a hole through. If necessary, put a scrap of wood under the drill as a means of support. You may also look into using a piece of plexiglass on top of the holes so that you do not potentially scratch the tiles.

Step 5 - Installing the Anchor

Use a rubber mallet or a hammer to lightly guide the anchor into the designated holes. Be very careful here to avoid hitting the glass. Use a piece of scrap wood, if necessary, to hammer along a wider surface. Do this until all of the anchors are in place.

Step 6 - Test the Anchors

Before you put the door on, simply screw the hinges themselves into the anchors. Pull on them a bit to apply the same amount of pressure that the door will when it is installed. You want to make sure that everything is sturdy enough to handle the weight of the door because it is breakable. If it falls off, you have an expensive mess o your hands.

Step 7 - Complete Installation

If the anchors are tested and strong, all you have to do is finish out your installation of the frameless shower door.