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The Beginner's Guide to Transforming Your Existing Tub into a Whirlpool Bath

The Beginner's Guide to Transforming Your Existing Tub into a Whirlpool Bath

If you’re on the search for a new whirlpool bath, you may well be thinking that buying a ‘prebuilt’ bath is your only option. But in fact, there’s another quite nifty (and affordable) way that you can bring the true whirlpool bath experience into your own home – without replacing your existing bath. DIY whirlpool bath kits are available in a variety of different flavours, and in today’s blog post, we’re going to see just how they work.

What is a DIY whirlpool bath kit?

Let’s start at the beginning, with a definition. Simply put, a DIY whirlpool bath kit gives you all of the parts and equipment you need to transform almost any modern acrylic bathtub into a premium-quality whirlpool bath. That's right: jets, bubbles, sheer luxury – the whole package! Even better, the DIY whirlpool bath kits we offer at The Whirlpool Bath Shop are designed to be as easy-to-install as possible. We’ll go into more detail shortly, but suffice it to say, if you know how to use a drill, you’ll probably be able to convert your bath into a whirlpool tub.

How to install a DIY whirlpool bath kit

Every DIY whirlpool bath kit comes with a full set of step-by-step instructions to help you install the conversion easily, but here are the basics. First, you’ll need access to both sides of your existing bathtub; this allows you to run the tubing and pipework to each jet around the full circumference of the bath shell. Next, you’ll need to drill a number of holes for the body jets themselves. The actual configuration of the jets will depend on the particular kit, but you’ll be given guidance on where to drill before you actually ‘pull the trigger’. Finally, you’ll need to hook up the self-draining pump, inlets, control panel, and so on. All in all, you can convert your existing bath into a whirlpool bath in less than a day – pretty quick, right?  

Let’s talk about jets

No… not jumbo jets or fighter jets, (a shame, we know), but rather the water jets in your new DIY whirlpool bath kit. One of the most important choices you’ll make is the number of jets you’d like in your newly converted whirlpool bath. With pricing options available between £200 and £300, no matter whether you plump for 6, 8, or 12 jets, you’ll be saving a huge amount compared to buying a brand-new whirlpool bath. The number of jets you choose really depends on the experience you want to have, your budget, and perhaps even the size of your current bath. If you’re unsure about which jet layout is best for your bathroom, give our team a call at the number below and we’ll help clear things up.

If you’re feeling inspired to go the DIY route and transform your bath, you can find a range of DIY whirlpool bath kits in our online whirlpool bath shop. And, of course, if you’d like any assistance with the process, our team is here to help anytime on 0800 028 6174.


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