How to Install a Shower Door

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Masonry bit (for ceramic tile)
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's level
  • Screwdriver
  • Miter box
  • Hacksaw
  • Fine file
  • Hammer
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Center punch
  • Utility knife
  • Pliers
  • Caulk gun
Materials Required
  • Hinged shower door and
    installation hardware
  • Silicone caulk
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses

Before You Begin

Shower doors are manufactured in many sizes and styles and designed for installation inside the shower stall opening so they must fit perfectly. When shopping for a door, make sure you have accurately measured the shower stall opening. Many older homes don't have parallel walls and the wall-to-wall distance may vary from the top of the stall to the bottom. Take the measurement in three places: the top, middle and bottom, and use the smallest of these measurements to order the door.

Measure wall to wall

These are general instructions on how a hinged shower door is installed to give you an overview of what's involved. Since some of these doors are designed differently it's important to carefully read the specific instructions for the door you chose. First, read them to understand how the parts of the door go together, then reread them to identify all the parts and components. When you're ready to install the door, clear the room so you have plenty of space to lay out the door and components.

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  • Step 1 : Decide the hinge side

    Decide the hinge side

    Most hinged shower doors are designed so they can be installed with either a hinge on the right or left side. Make your decision based on the space around the shower allowing for fixtures and obstacles that may interfere with the door opening.

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