Benches are a public space for contemplation and private refuge for relaxation. Whether in an open, community area or a spa-like shower at home, benches create a sense of comfort and safety. However, in order to create this atmosphere, one must first have the proper tools and knowledge to form a safe and secure installation. Many factors are involved in the installation of a floating or supported bench, not only to ensure the bench and bench top remains secure, but also to protect and shield the surrounding areas and substructure.
Things to Consider Prior to Beginning:
While general guidelines recommend that braces be no more that 32” (80 cm) apart, most homeowners and contractors chose to shorten this length to maximize the carrying capacity of the bench and have complete security in their project. Several key factors are involved in determining proper installation procedure.
Adhesive or Fasteners
Some may choose to create a bench in their shower using grout and their choice of tiling or stone, but a more modern approach is to create a bench with the appearance of floating or flowing directly from the wall through the use of appropriate stainless steel supports. The bracket or brace should always be fastened into studs or a supportive substructure for maximum strength and long-lasting support. Use appropriate bolts for individual support, hole, and application styles. When installing a floating bench using a bracket or brace ensure that waterproofing steps are taken, as stated in the installation guidelines.
Depending on the materials, thickness, and location different methods may be used to secure the benchtop and complete the installation. Use an industrial-strength adhesive, such as 3M™ VHB Acrylic Tape or silicone (if in a shower), when you are installing a clear or thin surface for a seamless, modern look. Glass or stone benchtops with stainless supports as shower benches are a perfect example of this method of installation, whereas other materials may be better secured with fasteners. Teak or other wooden benchtops may be installed using fasteners in routed holes to connect with the support structure.
For more information on bench installation procedures, visit Federal Brace online at www.federalbrace.com or contact their experienced design & contracting teams toll-free at 1 (877) 353-8899.