In most cases, the side part of the bath, not having a "ceremonial" look, requires special design. With this role, decorative screens, which have a certain functionality, work well. Before choosing a screen for a bath, you need to determine how the swapped space will be used for business needs. Perhaps it is only necessary to provide relatively simple access to communications for their maintenance.
The scheme of the device is a bathroom with a screen.
The design of the side of the bath is the solution, above all, of the aesthetic question. The screen is a kind of a point in the process of creating a complete view of the entire bathroom. And one of the most reliable and popular ways - brickwork under the bathroom with subsequent finishing. This stationary type of screen with the appearance of modern building materials has found its development, and instead of a heavy construction a light version is being constructed, for example, using gypsum plasterboard systems (but using only moisture resistant materials), then decorating with ceramic tiles, mosaic, artificial stone, etc. Such a screen for a bath can suit people who are convinced of the use of swapped space only for servicing communications. For access to them there is a functional opening closed by a special removable panel.
Screen mounting scheme.
It should be considered in more detail what kinds of screens exist that do not require large-scale construction works in the bathroom, but provide an aesthetic appearance to the room and the rational use of space beneath the bathroom.
To stationary types of screens can be attributed and completely removable options. Basically they are used for installation under acrylic bathtubs and are often sold complete with them. Despite the fact that in their open form they provide access to the entire space, it is difficult to use them for storing any household items: it is difficult to remove them and put them in place, so this operation is performed only if it is necessary to audit or repair communications.
Such screens for a bath with sliding, swinging doors, as well as drawers belong to the functional varieties of these products. They can be made independently, under the order or to buy already in the finished form. The basis of this screen is a frame with guides, usually made of metal, to which the doors are attached. The most functional for the bathroom is the option with sliding doors, as they easily provide access to any part of the space under the bathroom and do not require a place to open them, unlike the swing doors.
The easiest installation from the factory models: it is enough to install it and secure it by a wedge method. Some models have special support feet, allowing you to adjust the height of the screen.
Advantages and disadvantages
Scheme curvilinear screen under the bath.
Such screens for a bath allow you to quickly and easily complete the final finish of the bathroom with the lowest possible financial costs for this. As a result, you get a beautifully designed side of the bath, to the free space of which access is possible at any time and at the first necessity. An obvious plus (in some cases, a drawback) are the standard sizes of screens: they are produced under the most common types of baths. The linear dimensions of this screen are mainly 1.5 and 1.7 m, more rarely 1.6 and 1.8. Height from 0,5 to 0,65 m, standard - 0,6 m.
They are made mainly of laminated plastic, and the frame is made of aluminum or plastic profiles: due to this they can serve for a long time, since these materials are not affected by the increased humidity of the room. They do not lose their original appearance, they do not deform. Very practical in maintenance because of their inertness to most chemical compounds used for cleaning. But they require careful and accurate treatment: an easy blow to the plastic can cause them to break.
To create a single style solution for the interior of the bathroom, the screens under the bath are distinguished by a variety of decorative finishes: they can be white, colored with imitation of natural materials, including textural. Despite their standard sizes, they are well adapted to specific conditions. Plastic, like profiles, can easily be reduced with the help of a tool (saw, electric jigsaw) to the required parameters. These kinds of screens refer to sliding systems, the doors easily move along the guiding profiles and allow you to freely reach the communications or get any of the items stored under the bathroom. If necessary, you can buy and the end part for the side of the bath, if the front is not only open.
To make a screen for a bath, you need to acquire some tools. You will need a drill (or a drill-screwdriver), a screwdriver, a jigsaw or saw, a tape measure, a paint knife, a level.
Regardless of what type the screen will be, you will need to assemble its frame. For this, metal profiles and corners are used. For sliding structures, guides will also be required, which can be either conventional or roller, and for the opening, loops are required.
First, measurements are taken, places for fixing the frame are marked, material is cut out.
Scheme of the dimensions of the frame of the screen for a standard bath.
After this, the frame is assembled. This step can be carried out in two ways: to assemble directly in place or first to completely prepare the frame, and then the finished product should be mounted under the bath.
The next stage is the covering of the structure with the material or the installation of doors. In the first case, the screen under the bathtub will be deaf, and for its plating, moisture resistant gypsum board can be used, which will then be ennobled with finishing materials, usually the same as the whole room. This will create a single space. But other materials can be used, for example, decorative plastic, glass and even MDF. But it should be taken into account that this material can not last long enough and it will have to be replaced 3-5 years later.
A jigsaw or a saw are cut from the material of a piece of the right size and attached to the frame. The final stage of manufacturing a screen of a deaf type is decoration with decorative and facing materials. In addition to the traditional ceramic tiles, for which liquid nails are used, mosaic is often used.
To make such a screen under a bath it is possible not only for a bath of the classical form, but also for angular. The order of work is the same. Only here on the profile it is necessary to cut at a certain interval in order to ensure the necessary curvilinear design.
For opening constructions additional elements are mounted: guides and hinges - and doors are installed. Be sure to take care of the processing of their edges. If this is not feasible at home, then their manufacture, together with the processing of the ends, should be ordered in the workshop. There you can make an order for the manufacture of structures with drawers or shelves.