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Old 02-10-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Floating Bench

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I am looking for advice on a custom floating bench. I have researched quite a bit and there seems to be little out there in regards to this topic. I am knee deep in this remodel and wondering what suggestions anyone would have. You can see the bench in the attached mock-up below. The dimensions are 22" x 48" at the front lip. At of now this project is down to the subfloor and studs. From what I have found, there are no prefab options for this shape. I was hoping that I could possibly combine two pieces from the better-bench product line, but the dimensions won't match up.. At this point I am thinking that it would be best to build it out of 2x4's, put a plywood top on it and waterproof it.

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Welcome Chris.

Those types of benches have been successfully built from wood, concrete, steel, foam, etc... lots of options. Whatever you do, make sure it will support any weight that you're puttin on it without flexing more than L/360 for ceramic/porcelain or L/720 for natural stone.

Do an advanced search in the "Pro's Hangout" for benches, floating benches, bench support, and similar. They have been discussed.

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Personally, I think I'd consider getting someone to weld up a pan similar to the Better Bench design out of SS rather than using wood. But, if you could support the ends with structure (like jack studs for a door frame), that would work. The harder thing is to get the whole thing waterproofed well.
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This seat started out as Stainless steel pipes with a couple cross pieces welded on, kinda like a ladder. Once I drilled holes in the walls and got it installed and watertight, I built a wood box around it and poured the box full on concrete. That's concrete that you see in this pic. Later it was covered with marble.
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My answer depends on how you are fixin to waterproof your shower.

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I believe with some work you could re-work a BB and make it work

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Thanks to all for your responses..

@ dhagin - I'll check out the Pro's Hangout

@ jadnashua - Like the idea of welding something up. Just install the same as a BB..

@ Davy - That is impressive. No issues on waterproofing the bench with that install, just a tight seal where the supports meet the wall..

@ Houston Remodeler - I have gone back and forth on this depending on how to go about the bench. I feel like I have to determine how to build the bench before deciding how to go about waterproofing. Not sure if that makes sense??

@ Hammy - Problem I find with reworking a BB is the dimensions.. The rectangular one is only 14.5" deep and I need 22".
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