Floating shower benches are great for relaxation during or after showering or to support shower accessories as shower storage. Although shower benches come in different sizes and shapes, the fundamental processes of installation are almost similar. With proper preparations and precautions, you can install one yourself.
Hereby onwards, we will devise you two methods of building a floating shower bench. You can check and see which method fits your shower area and choose from them. As we sail towards the end, seeking advice would just seem a sarcasm to you.
How to Build a Floating Shower Bench
Floating shower bench is a perfect combination for a walk-in shower. For this option, we’ll show you how to install a standard floating shower bench using brackets. Not only they are durable and comfortable, but they are also resistant to wet environments making them perfect for shower purposes.
Step 1: Preparation
To get started, get yourself a wooden shower bench which should be about 15 inches deep and at least 3 inches in thickness. The length of the board doesn’t matter much as you’ll have to shape it par your requirement to fit the bath area. Also, gather other utilities such as drill machine, silicone adhesive, circular saw, and two Sutherland bench brackets.
Step 2: Cut the Bench to Size
Once you’re done with the design specifications and preparations, it’s time to shape the bench to size. Use a circular saw to cut the bench down to your required size. We recommend using a circular saw cause it gives you a clean and clear cut.
If you’re not comfortable with a circular saw, then you can make use of hand saw. While there’s a fair amount of chance that you won’t get a nice cut, it should be just enough to get by. In case you’re not sure about using either of these, try contacting a lumberyard worker to get it done.
Step 3: Measure the Positioning
The next step is to measure the horizontal positioning of the bench bracket and mark it using a carpenter’s pencil. After that, measure the vertical positioning of your bracket from the floor and again mark it. Anywhere between 20 to 26 inches is the normal bench height.
Now extend both horizontal and vertical lines using a level. The extension of the horizontal line should be nearly equal to your bench length. Get the Sutherland bench bracket and locate the center of the top flange. After the locating is done, mark a centerline.
Step 4: Align the Bracket and Mark Drill holes
The next step is to align the top and center of the bracket with the lines on the wall. While holding the bracket in that position, mark the drill holes.
Step 5: Drill the Fasteners
Drill a pilot hole in one of the markings using a drill bit that is smaller than the inner diameter of the fastener you’re going to use. Then again take the bracket, place it on the wall and tighten the first fastener smoothly to the hole you just made. Level the bracket carefully and tighten the fastener completely.
Now drill the remaining pilot holes using the same drill bit you previously used. Similarly, install the remaining fasteners and tighten them up precisely.
As for the other Sutherland bench bracket, follow the same procedures to secure it on the wall. Make sure both of the brackets are on the same level.
Step 6: Embed the Bench Using Adhesive
The last step is to fetch your bench material and attach it to the brackets. Use silicone adhesive to secure the bench to the brackets. And just like that, you will have your floating shower bench.
Alternative | Installing a Corner Floating KERDI Bench
You can use a KERDI board for custom design and specifications. They are waterproof and solid. Typically a corner floating bench is installed during tile installation. Making this type of bench requires the following steps.
Step 1: Shape a KERDI Board to Fit Your Bath Area
Get a KERDI board with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. Use a circular saw to cut the board and to fit your design specifications.
Step 2: Install the Profile
Use a KERDI-BOARD-ZA or -ZB profile to reinforce the panel. To install a profile, make use of thin-set mortar. As the edges are exposed to a wet area, seal them and the joints up by KEDRI-BAND. Install the band using a thin-set mortar.
Step 3: Apply and Smoothen the Mortar
Apply the mortar using a V-notch trowel. Mix the mortar smoothly so that fluid consistency is ensured. Now set the membrane using a drywall finishing knife. Ensure that the 2 inches overlap at all seams and penetrations.
The bench should be installed using a thin-set mortar. Spread out the mortar to cover the whole surface of the bench that will meet the wall.
Step 4: Embed the Bench Using a Support
The final step is to set the bench into place at an elevation of 19 to 22 inches. Use support underneath until the thin-set mortar sets. Make sure a proper slope is ensured so that water doesn’t accumulate.
Building a floating shower bench is a task of great accurate measurement and they are different from building a shower bench. Whatever your build process is, the key is that you must always make sure your bench is tilted forward a bit to drain off water. As for the height, it depends on the preference of the user. So don’t always go for the standard.
Your bench doesn’t need to be huge either. The processes may seem a bit complex to deal with, but maintaining them strictly will certainly give you the best possible outcome.