The growing consumer demand for bathroom wall panelling and why it’s the natural choice for installers

Spending more time at home is encouraging consumers to look at new ways in which they can improve their living spaces. This is providing a great opportunity for installers and plumbers, with demand for tradespeople, who can provide invaluable advice and skills, remaining high.

It’s just one of the reasons that we decided that now was the right time to launch our Find a Fitter campaign. After all, bathroom wall panelling is one of the fastest growing markets.

Offering a practical, decorative and hygienic alternative to tiles, it has really captured the imagination of homeowners keen to transform their bathrooms into sleek, stylish and low-maintenance retreats.

The panels are also quick and easy to install, which is making them a firm favourite with plumbers and installers, too.

postiano terrazzo bathroom

Positano Blue Terrazzo wall panelling is one of 84 designs available from Showerwall.

Ideal for use in shower enclosures, around and behind baths, or to create impressive feature walls, Showerwall HPL panels come in a range of sizes and a choice of square edge or seamless Proclick installation. Showerwall is a 100% waterproof panelling system backed by a guarantee of up to 15 years.

More design choice

Long considered something of a low-cost and less inspirational alternative to tiles, bathroom wall panelling has undergone a transformation in recent years. Manufacturers have really upped their game, investing in design and product development and utilising advances in print quality and surface textures to revolutionise the market. As a result, there is now a truly stunning selection of sophisticated designs to choose from. Showerwall, for example, offers consumers 84 stylish decors, including subway and hexagon tile designs, terrazzos and minimalist prints. Panels that replicate the beauty of natural marble and stone with the high performance and lower price point of a man-made material are also readily available. It’s resulted in consumers now considering bathroom wall panelling as an aspirational product and the market is showing impressive growth year on year.

Perfect for use in shower enclosures, around baths, behind basins or to create an eye-catching feature wall, panels provide a large, waterproof and hard-wearing surface with near invisible joints for a seamless look. As there are no grout lines, your customers will find them super easy to keep clean and more hygienic as there are no hiding places for mould, dirt or germs.

Fast to fit

Incredibly versatile, our high pressure laminate and acrylic wall panels can really transform the look and feel of a space and are ideal for a partial or full bathroom renovation. They are easy to transport, cut and handle and, using simple joinery tools, can be fitted to a wall or on top of existing tiles by a sole installer in less than a day. Great if you want to get in and out quickly, our panels, which are 4mm thick in acrylic and 10.5mm thick in HPL come in sizes of 600mm, 900mm and 1220mm x 2440mm, can be fitted in less than half the time it would take you to tile a like-for-like space.

Satisfaction guaranteed

In our experience, consumers also love the manufacturer’s guarantees that come with bathroom wall panelling – in Showerwall’s case up to 15 years – as it gives them added peace of mind. We also expect our Find a Fitter scheme, which reflects our commitment to support plumbers, joiners, builders and bathroom retailer fitting teams by creating a recognised pool of professional installers of Showerwall panels, will provide a further boost to the market as a whole.