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Bathroom Wall Panel Guide


To create your bathroom look you will need to think carefully about how everything will tie together. How you decorate your walls will make a big impact on the outcome of your bathroom update or renovation. Unlike other rooms in the house, the bathroom is often a damp and humid space. Anything that is installed in a bathroom will need to be resistant to water.


Bathroom wall panels have been growing in popularity. Not only do they provide you with a stunning look but they are also a waterproof alternative to tiles for your bathroom or shower space.


In today's blog, we will be discussing everything you will need to know about bathroom wall panels. We will help you to understand the different types of panels available, the benefits they have, and more.

What Are Shower Wall Panels made of?


PVC Wall Panels


The PVC variety of panel is typically the more affordable option. PVC is strong and waterproof making it a perfect material for family bathrooms.


Obsidian Marble Economy Collection Multi-Panel



With 1M tongue and groove installation, you can fit these panels into your bathroom in a short amount of time. These PVC panels replicate the unique patterns that marble is known for.


Rustic Brick Economy Range Premier Multi Panel




These panels are perfect for creating a feature wall in your bathroom. They are designed to be easy to clean and require very little maintenance.

Acrylic Wall Panels


Acrylic bathroom wall panels are slim but can feel quite weighty when holding them. Acrylic panels are often produced in bolder colours and they can also be semi-transparent. They’re durable and hygienic.


Blue Gloss Reflect Collection Multi Panel



These wall panels create the depth and illusion of glass. They are useful to visually enlarge the space and add a pop of colour.


Red Gloss Reflect Collection Multi Panel



This an effective alternative to back-coloured glass. This panel showcases a bright shade of red that would look great in modern bathrooms.


Vinyl Wall Panels

Vinyl is impervious to water making it a good option for bathrooms. One advantage that vinyl boasts is that it does not get cold in the winter and is generally more comfortable to walk on.


Grosfillex Beige Small Tile Effect Wall Panelling



Grosfillex panels are made from a highly decorated vinyl and are built with a V-groove joint. These panels are attractive and highly resistant to water damage.


Multi Panels


Multi-panel Classic wall panels are 9mm waterproof plywood core with a high-pressure decorative laminate bonded to the face.  Multi panels are grout free and are easy to maintain.


Stardust Classic Collection Premier Multi Panel



Create a starlit scene in your bathroom with the unique and decorative stardust panels. The panels are high-quality and will look great for years to come.


Calacatta Marble Linda Barker Collection Multi Panel



Multi panel has teamed up with Linda Baker to create this stunning collection. These panels emulate marble and would look fantastic in any bathroom suite.


What Surfaces Can Bathroom Wall Panels Be Fitted On?


Shower panels can be fitted onto almost any surface. Unlike tiles, they can be installed on an uneven surface. You can also fit wall panels directly over existing tiles or wall coverings. However, an ideal installation would see the panels being applied to a newly plastered and sealed wall.


What are the Benefits Over Tiling?

  • Are usually the more affordable option, especially if you’re working with a larger bathroom suite.
  • They are a lot easier to install as no grout is required!
  • You won’t need to pay for the expense of a professional tiler.
  • They require less maintenance than tiles.


How to Install Wall Panels

Installation of panels will differ slightly depending on the material construction. Each manufacturer will also provide their own advice as to how their product should be installed. Here are a few general rules to follow when you’re installing wall panels.


  • Whether you are simply updating the internal walls of your shower enclosure or working right around your bathroom, you’ll need to know how many panels you will be using. It is important to measure the wall you are using the panels on so you know what quantity to purchase.
  • As a general rule, panels should be in a bathroom for 30-60 minutes prior to installation. Bathrooms are humid and often some materials will need to adapt to this to avoid any movement occurring after installation.
  • Ensure all surfaces are clean before installing panels.
  • If walls are clean, in good condition and are flat adhesive can be used directly onto the panels for them to be attached to the wall. Adhesive can be applied to the wall or the back of the panel with total coverage.


What if I Need to Cut the Panel?

It is imperative that each panel is cut to the correct size as you will be attaching them to the studs on the wall. Use your tape measure carefully, always remembering that your first panel will begin in a corner. Repeat your measurements to be safe, draw a line and proceed to cut the panel. For the best results, panels should always be installed from left to right. Measure correctly so you will not have a thin cutting edge at the other end of the wall. Again, it is important that this is done with care as you don’t want to waste panelling by making an error.


Remember that if you do not feel comfortable installing wall panels you can always seek the help of a professional.


We hope you have enjoyed today’s article and that you can take away a few pointers that you can put to use when you install wall panels. We are big fans of them and believe that they are a fantastic alternative to bathroom tiles. For more inspiration, visit our Pinterest profile. We will be sharing plenty of bathroom design ideas featuring an array or wall panels so be sure to check it out.