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Innovis Better-Bench Pre-Formed Shower Benches

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The Better-Bench® is quick and easy to install, replacing other more complex DIY methods. These fully independent units can be mounted to most vertical surfaces quickly and easily, saving the tile installer valuable time. What once took hours can now be done in about 30 minutes!

Features:

  • Benches are engineered for a 400 lbs. load capacity. 
  • Can be mounted to most vertical surfaces quickly and efficiently, saving the installer valuable time.
  • Self-supporting, one piece frame is easy to install with supplied fasteners requiring no additional waterproofing.
  • Use in wet or dry locations; mount over any U.B.C. approved substrate material.
  • Better-Bench® is constructed of alloyed aluminum which will not rust and is germ-resistant.
  • Includes hollow wall anchors and wood screws.
  • BB-30; 3" x 21.5" x 21.5" x 30" triangular bench.
  • BB-24; 3" x 17" x 17" x 24" triangular bench.
  • BB-ADJR; 3" x 14" x 33.5" to 62" adjustable rectangular bench.
  • Support required if BB-ADJR spread exceeds 36"
  • Support Options (Sold Separately):

    • BT-17S; Mid point corbel support for BB-ADJR.
    • Invisabolt system allows bench to appear free floating, 2 Invisabolts per package.
    • Invisabolt size: 3/4" x 17-1/2".
Click Here For Innovis Better Bench Installation Manual

Question & Answers

When mounting the better bench in a tiled shower stall, should the underside of the better bench be tiled exactly like the top and sides or left untiled?

Normally the underside of the Better Bench is not tiled. If you do tile the underside of the Better Bench a special thin-set will be required to bond to the metal.

We didn't have enough room for the BB-30 seat, so we installed the BB-24 seat, but it is too little. Is it possible to build out the BB-24 from 17" x 17" x 24 to 18" x 18" x 25 1/2 by adding tile on top of the existing tile?

This installation may work however you would void any warranty by Innovis. You are also potentially going to have issues with the tile as it may not adhere properly causing them to break and or come loose

When installing the BB-ADJR at a length of 48" with walls supporting the unit on each side (and back), what spacing should the invisabolts be positioned at? I would assume with the bench being supported at the walls you would want the two bolts closer to the center?

INVABOLTS should be mounted in the three holes closest to the center of the unit when installing the BB-ADJR at a length of 48'' with three walls supporting the bench.

Can the BB-ADJR seat be installed into a two wall corner, no third wall, and with two Invabolts for support? The bench will be extended to 45 inches.

Yes, you can either use two INVISABOLTs or one BT-17S to install the BB-ADJR in a two-wall corner.

Can the BB-ADJR bench be cut shorter than 33.5 inches

Yes, the BB-ADJR can be cut down to a smaller size. Innovis suggests cutting off an equal length from both pieces of the unit using either a circular saw and metal blade or a pair of aviation snips.

how many invisibolts will I need for an installation of a bb-adjr that will be fully extended to 62"? this will be a wall to wall installation

Two (2) INVISABOLT supports are required when installing the BB-ADJR at a length of 62" between two walls.

I'd like to install a bench like this but the distance between the 2 walls is 67". Any way to accommodate that?

The BB-ADJR only reaches 62" with the added support. You would need to create a custom bench to accommodate that width.

When installing the BB-ADJR as a 30" bench secured on one end and at the back (one free end), how many invisibolts are needed, and positioned where? What would the weight capacity be of such an installation?

The dimensions of the BB-ADJR at it's smallest length is 33.5". It is not recommended that you cut the bench to a shorter length. When installing with one side on a wall and one side free, you would need 2 Invisabolts if the length exceeds 36". BB-ADJR has a 400 lbs. weight capacity.

Can this Better Bench rectangular framing be installed directly to the concrete cinder block walls of our home? What type of screws or anchors would I use and would it still support the 400 lbs that it is rated for? I do not want to build out framing and wood backing that would take away space for our new shower.

You can install directly into the cinder block walls, but there are some variables you need to consider first. If the cinder blocks are not filled, you will need additional reinforcement because unfilled cinder blocks average only about an inch thick. There may also be additional items (fasteners, concrete screws) that should be utilized for reinforcement of the bench. For a more detailed answer, Innovis Corp is happy to help guide you through your installation. Please contact them at (800) 382-9653.

My husband installed a corner bench according to instructions. We just noticed a hairline crack in two of our 4x16 tiles. One on top and one in front. The bench is triangular 24 inch face, 17inch. Any suggestions as to why this happened?

Pam,

It is hard to determine what caused the cracks without knowing more about your installation.

Please contact us directly at orders@contractorsdirect.com

How many supports are needed for a 33.5 inch bench bolted to back wall and one side wall?

One BT-17S within 6 inches of the open end or two INVISABOLT supports are required when mounting on the back wall and one side wall up to 36 inches.

How many Invisabolts are in a package?

There are 2 Invisabolts per package.

What is the proper way to install the BB-ADJR on a shower wall with cement backer board, 1" x 2'' PT firring strips and a CMU exterior wall?

Thank you for contacting Contractors Direct.

This unit does include hollow wall anchors, but if there is not enough clearance, you would need an alternative solution.

Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Thanks

Can the adjustable bench with invisibolts be attached to a 42" tall 2 x 4 framed knee wall? attached to one side wall and invisibolts 32 inches long?

Thank you for contacting Contractors Direct.

You should always ensure that you have secure blocking for the Invisabolts to sink into. You parameters appear to line up with this manufacturer requirement:


Mounting on back wall and one side wall up to 36" requires either:
-One BT-17 S within 6" of open end
or
-2 INVISABOLT supports (1 set)

How do I purchase the bt-17s corbel support for the bb-adjr?

Please choose the BT-17S from the product options shown above the Add To Cart button

You can also call 1-800-709-0002 to place an order by phone.

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A+

by - verified purchaser
the two shower shelves will look great and very comfortable also classic. Just today we did the supper framing and it worked great...again thanks a lot you get a A+

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Proven design

by - verified purchaser
Well made and good, simple design. Easy to install, and once installed, solid as a rock.

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Good product

by - verified purchaser
this product was easy to install and a great choice over trying to frame a bench from scratch. [...]

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This is BEST Bench

by - verified purchaser
This is a great product. I love it

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Excellent!

by - verified purchaser
[...]simple installation!

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I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN

by - verified purchaser
I HAVE A COUPLE OF THE SMALLER SHELVES INSTALLED IN ANOTHER BATHROOM THAT HOLD SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONERS, BODY WASH, ETC. WHICH ARE PERFECT FOR THAT APPLICATION I KNEW THAT ONCE I RENOVATED MY OTHER BATHROOM THAT I WAS DEFINITELY GOING TO USE THE LARGER ONE FOR A BENCH FOR SHAVING ESPECIALLY. GREAT PRODUCT, I USED TO SELL CARPET AND TILE IN A RETAIL STORE AND ALL THE SALES PEOPLE WERE REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THIS PRODUCT. I THINK IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED PROFESSIONALLY BECAUSE TILING THE SHELF REALLY TAKES A PERSON WITH A TILING BACKGROUND WITH ALL THE CUTS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE.

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BETTER BENCH PRODUCTS - SHELF

by - verified purchaser
FOR A MATCHING SHELF, ESPECIALLY IN A SHOWER OR TUB SURROUND, YOU CAN NOT BEAT THIS PRODUCT. WE DO CUSTOM TILE JOBS AND THIS PRODUCT HAS HELPED US THRU OUT THE YEARS TO ACHIEVE SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE DESIGNS POSSIBLE.

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Easy to install

by - verified purchaser
Easy to install and is load bearing as described.

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high quality

by - verified purchaser
easy install, if you plan ahead and add blocking between wall studs.

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Better Bench

by - verified purchaser
This bench is so much easier to install than the typical shower bench. We are very pleased with the outcome of this product, and it holds more than twice the weight as the standard "build it yourself" shower bench. A definite recommend!

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" Easy and looks great"

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I have used these benches several times, and my customers love them.

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"Great" Bench

by - verified purchaser
The Better-Bench is my favorite style of shower bench. I like the openness underneath. It leaves a clean stylish look to any shower. Can even be used after tile has already been installed! End result is very sturdy and WILL hold it's weight.

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Better Bench

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This is a great product. I have been using it for years in custom shower installations, and customers love it. It is very easy to install (takes maybe an hour, max, including mixing your deck mud). It's easy to sell. Keep a picture in your portfolio to show. Everyone wants it. It sells itself. I have never done a custom shower without one.

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I use these all the time they work great

by - verified purchaser
the only thing that might help would be a bench a little larger than the 30 inch maybe a 36 inch.

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Better Bench

by - verified purchaser
I have used the Better Bench system for some time now. It is a great way to add a bench in the shower. You could even mount one anywhere else in your house if you wanted. The ease of installation is worth the cost. I have installed them over existing tile as well. I highly recommend this product. It will hold up to the 400lb. support as well. This sytem leave a nice clean finished look to the whole project. No need to tile the bottom as well!

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Worked Great

by - verified purchaser
My wife and I installed the adjustable rectangle bench in our new shower. I am not a professional and had no problems with the installation. The only thing I would improve are the instructions... they are not DIY friendly. While it did not take us long to figure out what we needed to do, some clear instructions with illustrations would have been a huge plus. Other than that - I would highly recommend this system to everyone.

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Better Bench

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Excellent product. Easy to install and finish even for a novice. I would suggest to plan your project so that you are securing it to wall studs.

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Great Product!

by - verified purchaser
This has to be the easiest way to build a bench. I installed this for a customer. I put a 2x4 horizontally between the studs where the bench was going to go. This way all screws but one were directly into a stud or wood. If you're a good mud person, installation is a snap. If you've never mixed or set mud before, practice beforehand to get your perfect mix. I made my mud much wetter when mudding the front side as that was the trickiest part. Great product at a very fair price!

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