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How to Frame a Shower Bench

DIY expert Amy Matthews shows how simple it is to add a built-in bench to a shower.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Cut the Lumber for the Top of the Bench

Measure the space and sketch out a rough design for the shower bench. The bench in this project is simple: a rectangle made from 2x4s, supported by the wall studs and two legs. Use a miter saw to cut 2x4 lumber to length for the top of the bench.

Step 2: Secure the Pieces

Lay out the four pieces to form the rectangular top of the bench and secure the pieces with a framing nailer.

Position the rectangle at the correct height for the top of the bench and nail one corner to the wall stud. Level the bench and nail the other end to a wall stud.

Step 3: Measure and Cut the Legs and Cross-Pieces

Measure and cut the legs for the front of the bench from 2x4 lumber and attach them with the framing nailer.

Measure and cut 2x4 cross-pieces to give the top of the bench extra support.

Nail these into place with the framing nailer.

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