How to Install a Two-Way Shower Door

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Paper & Pencil
Shower door suitable for double action hinges
Two-way door hinges (compatible with shower door) with hinge screws
Phillips head bit
1/4-inch Masonry Bit
Vinyl sweep

A two-way shower door is ideal for homeowners who need a shower door that fit in a tight bathroom space. This shower door has a double-action hinge which means it can be pushed outwards or inwards. Aside from double-action hinges, this door comes with accessible door handles in both sides making it easy to open and close. Installation of this type of door is economical. With its space-saving design, minimal or no remodeling is required in the bathroom area. A two-way shower door installation is easy if you have the right tools and materials and precise measurements of the shower area opening.

Step 1 – Get the Measurements

Take the measurement of the shower area opening using the measuring tape, take. Measure the opening starting from the base until to a height of 5 feet and take a measurement of the halfway mark. Make sure measurements are accurate up to within 1/16 of an inch. Make sure the tiling of the shower area has been completed before measuring.

Step 2 – Check the Opening

Check if opening is plumb using a long level. If the enclosure or panels are not level, determine which sections will need to be wider or narrower and amend accordingly.

Step 3 – Sketch

Draw sketches and include measurements of the shower area using the paper and pencil. Include front and top view of the shower area and make sure there are no obstructions when the door is opened outwards or inwards and take note of the kind of surface the door will be attached to. Take the sketches, information & measurements with you when you purchase the two-way shower door. Two-way shower doors are made with different types of finishes. You can choose from brass, silver, and with various glass types, such as clear, patterned or opaque, frameless or with frame.

Step 4 – Place the Hinges

Take the two-way shower door hinges and place it at the middle of the shower door's hinge slots. Carefully tighten the rear screws of the hinges. Attach the handles that come with the door.

Step 5 – Position the Door

Carry the door into position. Since shower doors are normally heavy, this step may require the help of another person. Align the door in such a way that there is 3/8-inch clearance from the base to serve as an allowance for the sweep. Mark positions for holes.

Step 6 – Drill Holes

Drill holes unto a stud or by using premium wall anchors right on the markings made using the masonry bit. Align the shower door and starting with the outside top and then outside bottom holes, insert the screws using a drill, through the hinge and into the wall. A screwdriver and wrench may be needed. Do not over tighten screws.

Step 7 – Attach the Vinyl Sweep

Get hold of the vinyl sweep and attach to the glass door base. Using the scissors, trim at a on each side of the door. To ensure that there is a 1/2-inch allowance, trim the sweep at a 45-degree angle.