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DIY Ideas: A luxurious shower makeover

When planning to remodel the shower, consider installing a shower bench to add luxury and comfort to your space.

When planning to remodel the shower, consider installing a shower bench to add luxury and comfort to your space. Shower benches have become one of the most popular additions to the bathroom and give any stand-up shower a spa-like feel without breaking the bank. DIY Network Canada’s BATHtastic! (airing Fridays at 9pm ET/PT and 9:30pm ET/PT) offers a step-by-step guide to framing and constructing a shower bench to fit any space.

Step 1: Plan it out
Measure the space in the shower and sketch out a rough design of where the bench will go. The simplest design is a rectangle that spans the width of the space against the back shower wall.

Step 2: Make a frame
Start construction by making the top frame for the bench. This will be the piece you sit on in the shower. While wearing safety goggles, use a miter saw to cut 2x4s to the measured length and width of the bench. Lay out the four pieces in the shape of a rectangle and secure together with a framing nail gun.

Step 3: Secure the top
Bring the newly-created top piece of the bench into the shower and position it at the desired height. Level the bench and nail each end into a wall stud against the back shower wall. To reinforce the top piece, measure its inside length and width and construct a cross-shaped piece out of 2x4s. Using the framing nail gun, nail the cross-shaped piece inside the constructed top piece.

Step 4: Add some legs
To make legs, measure the height between the bottom of the shower and the bottom of the mounted frame. Cut the legs from 2x4 lumber and attach to the frame with the framing nail gun.

Step 5: Cover and tile
Cover all the framing with a waterproof membrane and backerboard. Using silicone, caulk all seams. Tile the bench using mortar and a tile pattern that complements the shower’s design and round the edges with a masonry stone. When the mortar has dried, grout the joints and clean the tile. After the grout has dried, seal the grout lines with a sealant.

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