A Little Shower Bench

We wanted to have a bench in the shower. Well, I wanted a bench in the shower. I'm a lazy bastard and getting to sit down while shaving my legs sounded really exciting. When originally planning the layout for the bathroom I thought about framing a bench in, but then Chris had the brilliant idea of getting a bench that could be mounted on the wall. Enter my Amazon wishlist and at Christmas I was gifted an awesome wall-mount teak shower bench from my dad and step mom

Wall Mount Teak Wood Folding Shower Seat

(image found here)

And that bench sat on the ground in the laundry room for 3 months waiting till we were done enough with the bathroom so that we could actually install it. Well my friends, that time is now

We wanted it to go on the larger wall that shared the shower faucet. Sitting here will be nice because the water won't blast me so it won't wash off shaving cream or get water all in my eyes. Plus, there's a larger area on this wall for it

The directions were of course not super helpful in that they indicated we should install the bench 11.8" on center. Really, 11.8 inches? What the hell tape measure do we have that gives tenths of an inch?

Luckily the stupid directions didn't deter us too much. 

To figure out the height of the bench I sat on the toilet, figured that was a good height, and then measured the distance from the top of the pot to the ground. We're very scientific. Chris held up the bench to our desired height and we marked it off

Then it was time to drill for the brackets

We used our handy dandy tile bits and went right through the tile for the first hole

The instructions called for the bench to be drilled into blocking for support, so after we had the first hole drilled we went around into the laundry room and installed our blocking. The instructions suggested using a 2x6, but we went with a 2x8 because we had one in our scrap wood pile

Once the blocking was in we went back around to the bathroom side and drilled the remaining holes (we only needed to drill for 3 because of how we were installing it, but we did 4 just to be safe for extra strength)

After the holes were drilled Chris squirted in some silicone into the holes as he was installing the brackets to help waterproof the area

Then, after the brackets were installed he squirted silicone all around the brackets for waterproofing again.

After that, the hard part was done. Chris popped on the bracket cover and installed the bench

Chris made sure it was level and then installed the bolts to hold everything in place

And again, we went for more waterproofing :) This time around the edge of the bracket covers

There is officially no chance one drop of water is getting anywhere near inside of the bench or the wall.

The last task was sealing the bench

2 coats went on to make sure it holds up against the water really well, with 72 hours wait before we could shower in there again. Doh! I miss the showers... :( Soon again though, soon :)


Bunny @ 86n It said...

We are on some weird DIY wavelength together. I was just shopping for a (freestanding) shower bench today!
Yours looks great!
How nice is it to have that wall open to install blocking?
Our tile guy threw away the drawing that I had marked our blocking locations on. Good thing I have a good memory!

aptpupil said...

Nikki, if you don't have access to the other side of the wall to install blocking then I would recommend using Wing-Its. They have a variety of toggle bolt-esque brackets that work really well. They require a pretty big hole in the wall, but that's the only downside.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

That is genius. I would love to sit down while shaving! Is there a weight limit? It looks too cute to sit on.

Sarah@ St. Paul Haus said...

Soo cute!

meryl rose said...

I will shamefully admit I have yet to sit down on it because I am so terrified to break it, ha! It does have a weight limit (250lbs) and we used 4 screws on each bracket so really it should be no problem at all. Once I finally get over myself I will comfortably shave :)

Anonymous said...

Teak is an oily wood. Are you sure that urethane will adhere for the long term?

aptpupil said...

No, we're not sure. The spar urethane doesn't say anything about not working on teak, but it does say that we can expect longer cure times on woods with a high oil content. True to form it's still tacky so we'll see how it goes...

Anonymous said...

I've worked with teak and, due to the oily nature of the wood, it doesn't like a solid finish. The good news is that you can sand it off. I normally use a marine teak oil (you can find it at better hardware stores or marine supply shops). Deft makes one. I use it on my daughter's teak patio furniture which, after several years of environmental abuse, still looks good.

If you are forced to sand it, take it outside and wear a mask - then blow out your sander as the dust sticks to everything.

Ask me how I know... (I had to clean out my furnace, toasted a Porter Cable sander, and the stuff was stuck to every horizontal and vertical surface in my garage).