How to Build a Tile Shower Seat

What You'll Need
Cement blocks
Carpenter's level
Silicone caulk
Tape measure

A tile shower seat adds not only a bit of charm to the bathroom, but is also functional. A semi-permanent shower seat is a great alternative to portable shower seats and those fastened to the wall. Having one built could cost you several hundred dollars. Building a shower seat is easy and inexpensive to build yourself, and this article will show you how to do it.

Step 1 - Design the Tile Shower Seat

The amount of brick and concrete block you need is determined by the size of the shower seat. The best shower seat you can build will be located in the back left corner, away from the shower head. This gives the seat a perfect location, as the water can easily strike this position with minimal adjustment or a shower wand can be utilized. Determine how large you want it by first figuring out how deep it will be, asking yourself how much of the shower space it will cover. Then measure from there to the wall. The second thing you need to determine is how high you want the seat to be. It should be tall enough that minimal bending is used in order to sit down or get up. Once you know these dimensions you can purchase the correct amount of brick and concrete block.

Step 2 - Mortar

Mix the mortar in the bucket. When you are applying the mortar, make sure to apply enough that when the blocks and brick are placed the mortar will squeeze out of the seams. You will apply a layer of mortar to the walls where the materials will come into contact, as well as the floor. If you go out of your boundaries you can clean it up as you go.

Step 3 - Laying the Materials

Begin by first placing the concrete blocks. Lay the first layer of concrete block on the floor and against the wall. Lay the blocks down with the center holes facing up. Apply mortar to the outside of the blocks, and then place more blocks until the area has a single layer of concrete blocks. Use the trowel to smooth the mortar over the blocks and to apply more to them. Use the bricks to cover the block along the side and top. Repeat this process until you are at the height you want the shower seat to be, finishing with bricks on top of concrete blocks. Constantly use the level to make sure the blocks and bricks are even. You can add mortar to make up the difference.

Step 4 - Tiling

Apply mortar to the outside of the shower seat. Use the trowel to smooth it out. Place the tiles in whatever design you like. Press firmly on each tile and use tile spacers. Wipe off excess mortar. Repeat with the top of the shower seat. Wait for the mortar to cure, then caulk the tiles, smooth it out and remove the excess. Wait for the caulk to cure before using the shower.