How to Install an Acrylic Shower Tray

shower tray
  • 10-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 500-1,000
What You'll Need
Shower tray
Measuring tray
Motor drill
Thinset mortar
Waste traps
Duct tape

An acrylic shower tray is among the two main types of shower trays, the other being the stone shower trays. A raised shower tray has legs or is raised with a space between floor and the tray, which minimizes the weight on the floorboards. Installing an acrylic shower tray makes the connection of pipe work easy and accessible; it is especially useful in caravans and mobile homes. Choosing the right shower tray for your bathroom from the many varieties available in the market requires a little bit of market research and a proper assessment of your needs.

Step 1 - Measuring and Buying the Appropriate Shower Tray

Before buying the shower tray, measure your shower area. Purchase the tray according to those measurements. When buying a shower tray be sure to check material for durability.

Step 2 - Preparing the Floor

Level and clean the floor before placing the acrylic shower tray. If the floor is uneven, add a 2-inch layer of sand and cover it with using a trowel. Let it dry for a day, then cover it with a layer of thin et mortar for an even finish. If you are installing the tray in a mobile home, this step can be omitted and the shower tray will be the basic mobile home type.

Step 3 - Installing the Shower Tray and Plumbing

Attach the waste traps to the tray. Cover the waste trap joints with thread and then duct tape. Carefully place the tray in place on top of the prepared floor.

Step 4 - Securing the Tray

If the tray comes with screws, you will need to use a drill to put them in place.

Step 5 - Finishing Up

The sides of the tray can be covered with boards and moldings, which will add to the aesthetics and cover the pipes. Fill the corners of these cover ups with mortar to seal them.

Step 6 - Take Necessary Precautions

Prevent leaks. A leak can result in mildew and an eventual decay of the floor and walls, not to mention a bad smelling bathroom. Secure all plumbing joints carefully. An acrylic shower tray might be heavy for a single person to carry; therefore, get help placing the tray. If the slope of the floor is uneven, it does not matter because the tray comes with its own gradient slope for an efficient flow.