How to build a tile bench in a shower

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How to build a tile bench in a shower
Install a seat in your shower. (shower image by green 308 from

After a long day at work you might not even have the energy to stand up in the shower. Imagine how relaxed you will feel when you can sit down in the shower to truly enjoy the spray of the hot water on your tired muscles. A tiled shower seat isn't just useful, it can also instantly upgrade your shower. Once the seat is built the rest is easy. Installing tile in a shower is similar to any tiling project. Tiling a shower seat is a project that most homeowners can tackle.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Water proofing membrane
  • Wood block
  • Tile
  • Tile adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Spacers
  • Tile cutter
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Install waterproofing membrane over the shower seat. Most seats are built from concrete block. Waterproofing membrane will seal the concrete and prevent it from getting damaged. Peel the paper backing off the sheet. Start at the base of the seat and press the membrane firmly onto the seat. Use a wood block to smooth out any air pockets.

  2. 2

    Peel the backing from another sheet of membrane. Overlap the first sheet by 1 inch. Press the sheet firmly in place with the wood block. Cover the entire shower seat.

  3. 3

    Start at the bottom of the seat. Spread enough tile adhesive to hold the first row of tiles. Set the first row of tiles in place. Use spacers to keep the tiles evenly spaced. Set the remaining rows of tiles using the same method. Work up the sides and front of the seat and onto the top. Place all whole tiles.

  4. 4

    Cut tiles that need to be placed at the edge of the seat. Use a tile cutter to trim the tiles to the correct size. Back butter the tiles by applying the adhesive directly to the tile. Press the tiles firmly onto the seat. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Slide a flathead screw driver under the spacers and pop them out of the adhesive. Grout the top and sides of the seat. Spread the grout with a grout float, working the grout into the spaces between tiles.

  6. 6

    Dip a sponge into clean water. Remove all of the grout residue from the face of the tiles. Rinse the sponge often. Let the grout dry completely.

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