How to Tile a Shower Bench

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  • 4-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-250
What You'll Need
Mortar trowel
Thin mortar
Backer board
Screw driver or drill
Wet saw
Utility knife

Tiling a shower bench can be a messy and time consuming job. Most people prefer not to do this kind of work on their own because tile is an expensive material. If not properly installed, the tile can fall off or become crooked. Steps must be taken before you embark on such a project. You must select both the tile and mortar. You must also create a cost estimate. With the right instructions, the best materials, and lots of patience, you can tile your own shower bench in no time.

Step 1 - Add the Backer Board

A backer board reduces humidity and prevents mold between the bench and the tile. Measure the shower bench to determine the size of the board.

Step 2 - Cutting the Board

Once you have determine the size of the backer board, you can cut it to the correct size with a utility knife.

Step 3 - Placing the Board

Screw the backer board to the corners of the frame of the shower bench. Install the screws over the wooden studs.

Step 5 - Adding the Mortar

Add thin mortar to the surface of the backer board. Tilt the trowel at a 45-degree angle to create a bed that is uniform and even.

Step 6 - Setting the Tiles

Once you have made a bed from the thin mortar, begin placing the tiles. Start by setting the tiles that are complete in length. In most cases, you will have to use fractioned tiles to finish the bench. Cut the tiles with a wet saw.

Step 7 - Dry Time

Allow at least 10 hours for the tiles to dry. Remove the excess grout with a wet sponge. To keep the shower bench watertight, add caulk to the corners.