Bathroom Wall Panels – Does Size Matter?

Bathroom wall panels come in all shapes as sizes but which is best?

And do some designs lend themselves to certain applications better than others?

We will look into all of the available options and guide you through the decision making process.

What Are The Options?

In our inventory we have many different sizes but there are other options available on the market that might meet a specific need that you have.

The following table shows the different sizes of panel that are currently in stock.

 

 Range

Width (mm)

  Height (m)

 Ligno

100

2.6

 Vicenza

250

2.6

 Vicenza

250

5.0

 Belmont

333

4.0

 Orion

600

2.4

 Neptune

10000

2.4

 

Please note that most designs are available in one size only – one particular colour or pattern will not available in multiple sizes. If you are in any doubt please see our Panel Range page which has full details of all of the colours, sizes and prices:

 

PANEL RANGE

 

Even though there seems like a lot of options in this table,  the basic question that needs to be answered is:

“Are wider panels with less joints better than narrower panels with lots of joints?”

 

And unfortunately there is no one, simple answer as it depends on the circumstances.

Are you panelling the whole room or just inside a cubicle? If just inside a cubicle is it a new installation or inside an existing enclosure? All of these factors need to be taken into account when asking does size matter and we will address them all individually.

 

tile effect bathroom wall panels example 3

 

 

tile effect bathroom wall panels example 1

shower wall panels more information

 

Which Panels Are Best For Showers?

Shower panels tend to be at least 1000mm wide. Some of the wooden based systems have panels that are 1200 wide (we do not sell this type – see our guide on panel materials for more info). There are some PVC cladding systems such this one that is available in a 3000 x 1200mm size but panels this large are not the norm.

Obviously if you have a cubicle that is smaller than either of these sizes it enables you to cover the whole of one without any joints. We would say that this is an advantage – but not becasue the joints are a potential leak point (they are not) but purely from an aesthetic point of view.

Smaller panels, such as those 250mm wide for example, will do exactly the same job. The panels are tongue and grooved and slot together to give you a waterproof surface. We recommend a thin bead o silicone inside the groove as a “belt and braces” approach to installation. This si only neccessary in the shower area – there is no need if fitting the panels around the rest of the room.

Fitting Panels In An Existing Shower

In these circumstances we would usually recommend that you stick to the narrower 250mm wide panels. This is purely for ease of installation. Metre-wide panels are difficult to manouvre into place inside a confined space such a cubicle. Smaller, narrower panels make the task much easier and will be cheaper as well.

You could try to temporarily removing the enclosure and leave the tray in place but this is usually a tricky procedure. Frames tend to get stuck to walls with lots of silicone so trying to pry them off without damaging them is next to impossible.

Panelling The Whole Bathroom

If you are thinking of a complete makeover for the whole room then you will be faced with a similar choice to that in a shower.

Again there is no hard and fast rule here although it is less usuall to see whole rooms kitted out in the 100mm panels. Price is usually the issue as they tend to be somewhere in the region of double the price of 250mm panels.

Asthetically 7 and a half panels along a wall looks better than one and a half panels. The 7 joints look like part of the design but as there is only one joint on the wall with the large panels it stands out more. And it will be off-centre unless you cut both panels.

Mixing Large Small Panels

This is a great option and will enable you to make a feature wall (or feature area inside the shower). But please note that some panels are different thicknesses. If you are considering doing this contact the sales office and we advise accordingly.

Why Choose Bathroom Wall Panels Over Tiles?

Tiles are great but grout on the other hand…

The main reason we are in business is that tiled bathrooms and showers regularly fail and cause their owners to look for alternatives. Bathroom wall panels are the perfect alternative as they provide an attractive, long lasting finish that is 100% waterproof with none of the drawbacks. So no mould, no scrubbing, no bleaching, no maintenance.