How to Install A Low Profile Shower Tray

Title: A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing a Low Profile Shower Tray


A low profile shower tray is a popular choice for modern bathrooms, offering a sleek and contemporary look while providing a practical and functional solution. Installing one may seem daunting, but with the right tools and step-by-step approach, it can be a straightforward DIY project. Here’s a guide to help you install a low profile shower tray successfully.  Please note that this guide is generic so you will need to check the manufacturer’s guide for your tray to ensure a correct installation.

If you are installing the tray directly onto the floor it is likely that you will need to remove some of the floor section first to access/install the waste outlet pipe.

Tools and Materials: Before you begin, gather the necessary tools and materials:

  • Low profile shower tray
  • Spirit level
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Silicone sealant
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Screws
  • Saw (if adjustments to the tray are needed)

Installation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Floor:

    • Ensure the floor is clean, level, and capable of supporting the weight of the shower tray.
    • Use a spirit level to check for any uneven surfaces.
  2. Position the Tray:

    • Place the low profile shower tray in the desired position.
    • Check its alignment with the waste pipe and walls.
  3. Adjust if Necessary:

    • If the tray doesn’t sit perfectly, you’ll need to level it using sand and cement or tile adhesive.  There will usually be instructions from the manufacturer as to what is best.  If your tray is going on a leg set, you will need to adjust each leg to ensure that it is supported adequately in all directions.
  4. Install the Waste Outlet:

    • Connect the waste outlet to the tray according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Ensure a watertight seal by using the provided gaskets. Sometimes you’ll also need to use a good quality silicon sealant
  5. Secure the Tray:

    • Using the adjustable wrench, tighten the tray’s adjustable legs to secure it in place if it is being positioned on a leg set.  
    • Ensure the tray is level in all directions using the spirit level.
  6. Apply Waterproof Membrane:

    • Install a waterproof membrane around the edges of the tray to prevent water leaks. You can buy tile upstand strip to do this.
  7. Seal the Edges:

    • Apply a generous amount of silicone sealant along the edges of the tray where it meets the walls and floor.
  8. Connect the Drainage:

    • Connect the waste pipe to the drainage system, ensuring a secure and leak-free connection.
  9. Test for Leaks:

    • Run water through the shower to test for any leaks.
    • Check the waste outlet and connections for any signs of water escaping.
  10. Final Checks:

    • Recheck the tray’s level after installation.
    • Allow the silicone sealant to dry completely before using the shower.

By following these steps and taking the time to ensure a proper installation, you can enjoy a stylish and functional low profile shower tray in your bathroom. If in doubt, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details related to your particular shower tray model.