How to Drywall Around a Shower Surround (Complete Guide)

The shower room contains a lot of moisture because of the water that remains after taking a shower. Drywalls around the shower surrounding are quickly damaged due to too much moisture in the room. Therefore, drywalls should be given special treatment to protect them from deterioration, unlike regular walls. 

Placing drywalls in the shower room is not advisable since the drywalls absorb moisture present in the shower room and begin to fall off. If you want to put drywalls in your shower room, consider using waterproof drywalls which cannot absorb moisture rather than drywalls.

How to drywall around a shower surroundhow to drywall around a shower surround

Most of the time, drywall is used together with shower beads. The shower beads are usually fitted inside the drywalls and are available in different sizes, such as half and a fifth over eight. Before fitting the drywall in the shower, first, install the shower bead in the drywall.

Shower beads are mostly preferred because; they require little drywall ingredients. Secondly, the shower beads do not require any bolts and screwdrivers during the installation process. Also, shower beads do not require materials that result in mold growth, such as paper tapes. The following steps will help your drywall around a shower surround.

  • Install a shower bead into the drywall

Most of the shower beads are fitted inside the drywall in the shower room. Begin by getting a piece of the shower bead. Position the shower bead on the bathroom wall and ensure it is flat. If the shower bead fails to lie flat on the wall, try adjusting it until it lays flat on the wall by removing any leg supporting the shower bead.

  • Locate and position the shower bead

After you have removed the leg, try laying the shower bead on the floor until it lies flat. Fit the shower bead after shaping it to the required length. More or less length can be ineffective hence resulting in incorrect results. Therefore, ensure you cut the shower bead that perfectly fits the drywall.

  • Use a spray bottle and an adhesive substance to spray the shower bead surface

Once you have fit the shower bead, use the recommended adhesive and spray carefully while following the instructions concerning how to spray the shower bead using a spray bottle.

  • Place the shower bead to the drywall

After spraying the shower bead with an adhesive, place the shower bed instantly on the drywall before the shower bead dries off. After positioning the shower beads and the drywall, gently position and push the legs to fit into position. Muddle the shower beads to complete the installation process.

  • Clean the drywall

Cleaning the edge you have successfully installed the drywall and shower beads requires removing the tear-off strip. While installing the shower bead, ensure there is no moisture in the shower room to prevent drywall distortion. 

How to install waterproof drywall in the shower surroundingHow to install waterproof drywall in the shower surrounding

Waterproof drywalls are designed to resist any moisture released to the surrounding hence not falling apart. The following steps will help you install waterproof drywall in your shower room.

Step 1: Collect all materials required for the installation process

First, buy all materials necessary for installation purposes. The materials include; drywall tape, waterproof drywall, drywall ingredient, utility knife, hammer, Saber saw, among others. Ensure you collect the required amount of the waterproof drywall.

Step 2: Examine and locate the place which you want to install your waterproof drywall

Check all areas in your shower room carefully and locate the place you want to install the waterproof drywall. After locating the area, measure the space in which you want to fill the waterproof drywall. The measurements must be accurate and effective for the drywalls.

Step 3: Shape the drywall by cutting it in the required shape

After identifying the place and measuring the space keenly, take your utility knife and make a sharp cutting on your waterproof drywall board and bend the board slowly. The drywall requires difficult cuts such as holes for vents, using another tool such as the reciprocating saw. Reciprocating saw cuts the top layer of the drywall quickly and fast after applying more power.

If you don’t have a reciprocating saw, use other cutting tools such as mini-hacksaw, hand-saw, among others. Ensure you cut the paper carefully to avoid damaging its shape. Finally, follow the manufacturer’s instructions concerning how to cut waterproof drywall.

Step 4: Place the cut drywall on the shower wall

Using drywall tape or nails, hammer the waterproof drywall onto the wall stud. Ensure you fit the nails perfectly before pressing them with a hammer on the surface of the wall. If the walls have holes, seal the holes using drywall mud to get a smooth and perfect drywall finish.

Cover the hammered nails by applying the drywall compound on the nails using a utility knife. Ensure the nails are covered perfectly, especially the nail heads. Finally, ensure you hammer the nails carefully to avoid damaging the bathroom walls.

Step 5: Use the drywall tape to smoothen the drywall mud

After hammering waterproof drywall on the walls:

  1. Cover all spaces created using drywall mud.
  2. Spread the drywall mud on the spaces and place drywall tape from up toward downward direction.
  3. Smoothen the drywall mud firmly.

Step 6: Finish the installation process

Use the drywall ingredient on each corner. Repeat step 5 above on reapplying the drywall compound. Leave the compound to dry completely, and then paint using the color of your choice. In addition to that, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to install, use, care and maintain the waterproof drywall.


Drywalls are preferred in the rooms since they are resistant to flames, they are cheap, and they provide the best insulation properties. Despite having many advantages, they can absorb moisture and fall apart. Therefore, ensure you install drywall carefully.

In addition to that, consider using waterproof drywall instead of plain drywall because the waterproof drywall resists moisture released in the shower room. If you want to install a drywall, follow the information above carefully. Finally, install the drywall keenly to prevent damaging the wall, especially when hammering the nails.  

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