Add the Convenience of Sitting While You Bathe
Walk-in showers are great because you can, well simply walk in and take a shower but it would also be nice if you could sit down while enjoying a good soak.
Installing a corner ceramic shower seat in your bathroom is not only a great convenience, but it is also an attractive installation where you can sit while you enjoy a refreshing steam bath or it can be used as an easy to reach storage ledge for your bathroom accessories.
There are many portable plastic shower seats you can buy but if you are wanting a more permanent solution that blends into your current shower wall tile, then a custom installed shower seat is the way to go and can be bought at any specialty tile shop.
Currently with your shower seat kits you have the option of installing the seat before you install any ceramic tile or you can purchase a kit that you install over your existing tile. As in the latter case, the wall tile should sit on top of your seat just as it would sit on the top edge of a bathtub.
These kits are great because you don’t have to install a PVC waterproofing membrane within the wall framing. You don’t have to build your own frame, rip out any tile or unnecessarily tear open your shower wall.
Corners Offer a Simple Space Saving Option
A corner shower seat kits usually includes a triangular aluminum pan that you fastened directly to your existing tile wall. This pan is then filled with mortar and covered with matching ceramic tile. Just remember to lay the top-surface tiles first, then the seat edge tiles next.
You also want a slight pitch in the seat towards the center of the shower as this allows water to drain effortlessly off the seat.
While you can install a seat in a 42 inch long shower, a slightly bigger enclosure would give you a little more leg room. First determine where you want your shower seat to be. A seat height of about 16 to 20 inches above the shower floor provides the greatest comfort and versatility. The only prerequisite is to make it attractive and waterproof.
In part two of the Do-It-Yourself Corner Ceramic Shower Seat Installation Tutorial we will show you how to install the shower seat.