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Shower bench seat construction begins with good framing. If the shower bench is framed incorrectly, it could lead to a water leak at the wall or at your shower glass or shower doors. So today, we’re going to show you how to build a shower seat out of 2x4s.
And then in a later site, we’ll show you how to waterproof it using the Wedi Shower System, tile it, and add the quartz bench top. So make sure you stay tuned to this awesome site series that we’re going to be filming for you. It’s going to be phenomenal if you’re going to be redoing your shower or if you’re doing a complete bathroom remodel. All right, we’re going to frame our bench first because this bench is really going to dictate the size of the shower pan, and we’ll get into that a little bit later, but it’ll explain why it’s important to kind of frame the bench first and then do your shower pan. Basically we have just over 36 ½” from rough framing, and we’re going to do a solid top bench top. So we’re getting a piece of quartz made for the bench. And just like any countertop, you want to have an overhang. So we’re going to frame this bench so that when we tile everything, we have an overhang for the bench, and the bench top will meet to the edge of our corner. So you might want to just frame everything flush to this wall because then you would have an overhang sticking out. Some would say that looks just fine. I personally think it would be nicer to have that top bench top to stop at the edge of the wall. So what I did was I’m holding this back 2 inches for my framing because then we’re going to be adding half-inch Wedi board, and then that’ll give us 1 ½” overhang on the countertop. Well, we actually got tile obviously, too. So the tile’s going to be probably 3/8″ thick. So we’ll have roughly about an 1″ to 1 1/8″ overhang on that bench top. So like I said, we have 36 ½” and I’m making this about… Oh, I’m sorry. Thirty-six and three-quarter. So we got 34 ¾”bench. Now, we’re going to leaving this tile floor in place. We’re not going to be redoing the floor either. So we’re going to cut this tile to meet up with the new shower system. Basically, I’m just going to mark from the edge of my rough-in framing is, and then my Wedi would just sit over top of the tile. Thirty-five inches. I’m going to give myself a little bit of wiggle room on it. So we got 35 1/8″. There’s no reason to be completely tight to the framing on this. So cut that. And then our shower pan is going to be 48″. So we’re going to have a 12″ bench. That’s basically the idea. So we’re going to cut this at 12 inches. So we’re going to cut this and then we’ll cut this tile once we figure out exactly where we want our shower base meeting up with the bench. So what I have to cut this with is I’m going to use a wet sponge so that the dust isn’t terrible. And I do have a respirator that I’m going to be wearing. This is actually just a… it’s kind of nice. It’s called a Sundström respirator. It’s kind of small. It just easy to have hanging on you.
But I’m going to be using this Fein grinder. And I really like these blades. These are Montolit CGX 115. This is a 4 ½” grinder wheel. But I really like how it cuts because it has all these diamonds kind of like on the edges of the rim. So I don’t know. I just wanted to have a really nice cut, especially on porcelain tile. So we’re going to go ahead and… I’ll just wet my sponge. As you can see, this angle grinder and the CGX 115 diamond blade do a great job cutting through the existing tile. Now I will say this: Steve is a professional, so be very safe if you’re doing a similar type of cutting job. And also, we’ll put the links to the CGX 115 and our angle grinder down in the description here on YouTube. So if you’re interested in those, you can check them out there. So now as you can see, I overcut this. You don’t have to be too accurate because we’re going to have the Wedi board overhanging it, and then we’re going to have tile. So we have plenty of room. So there’s no reason to be 100% accurate on it. So you see how easily that came off. So as you can see, I have plenty of wiggle room here, so I’m not really worried about it being completely tight against there. Okay, so I’m going to go ahead and frame the wall, which is basically like a mini wall for the bench. Most common size benches, like if you were to buy… like Wedi makes a bench that you can, as a kit, put in-and so do many other manufacturers-and they’re normally about twenty inches tall before tile. Normally, I think anywhere in between-after finished height-anywhere in between twenty and twenty-six inches is about where a normal bench height is. So I’m going to make my rough framing level out of twenty inches, and then we’re going to have a quartz top that will be an inch and a half. And we’ll also have the Wedi board on top that we will be putting on there. So our total height of this bench will be twenty-two inches, and that’s typically a normal height. So we’re just going to frame this like as if you were to frame a wall. You can use screws, obviously. I’m just going to use my nail gun. Every twelve inches is good enough. So I’ll make sure that this looks level. See what the subfloor looks like. And we look like we’re almost a good eight inch off level. The way that it’s in between studs here, I’m actually just going to get a place of blocking in between my studs here to anchor this to, and I’m also going to put a ledger board so I can have my Wedi screw into something long this edge. So we’ll cut a 14 ½” piece there, and then we’ll run another piece down. I want to make sure the pan can fit here. So we got 48″ for a pan size. I just want to make sure that stays consistent where you put this. But to level this out, I’m actually just going to shim up my… basically like shimming up a wall. You want to make sure that this is obviously level. You don’t want to have water running towards your shower door. Where you want it to be. You want to make sure you have it level before you nail it. Make sure this sits level. That’s good. I got a piece of blocking behind here as well. Okay, so I’m just putting this little ledger block so I have something for my backer board screw into. I’m going to put a block in between here. Seven inches. Okay, so for the bench top, I would recommend just gluing the top of this plywood down. And I’m using ¾” plywood for this. You’re better off to go with ¾”. Half-inch could span this little area, but obviously the sturdiness of the plywood will ensure that you’re getting a nice, solid top. I always like to screw these in; you can nail them as well. But I like to make sure that everything is well-fastened here. We’re just using two-inch galvanized screws on this. This is what the shower bench looks like when we finished it. This is right after we installed the Wedi Fundo Primo shower pan, too. What are your thoughts? Would you like a shower bench or not? Let us know down in the comments. Now on our next site, we’re going to share with you how to install the Wedi Fundo Primo curbed shower pan step-by-step. We’ll put that site right here. If you missed our prior site, which was Steve tearing out the one-piece fiberglass shower surround, you can read that site right here. And then finally, if you are doing a complete bathroom remodel, and you want access to all of our sites and one-on-one support, you can read those sites and join Bathroom Repair Tutor right here. And that’s a phenomenal course if you are doing a complete bathroom remodel. Thanks for reading this site. We really appreciate it, and we’ll see you in the next one. .