Bathroom molgerbench

Published on April 25th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Shoji screen from Molger Bench

Materials: MOLGER BENCH, screws and other fasteners

Description: The wonderful 4×8 foot shower in my new house has 12 linear feet of window with a low sill that looks directly into an adjent park. If I had just frosted the glass, I’d be still have rather provocative shadows on the shades when I bathed.

In needed something more opaque, but that would still admit light. Something with an Asian sensibility.

My colleague/carpenter, Joe Kilbourne, and I took the latticed shelves from three Molger benches, spliced them together, attached short sections of the nifty legs with plastic feet to keep panels out of the damp. I did have the glass frosted behind the Molger lattice, which advances the Shoji motif.

Drilled holes in the ends of panels fit over stainless steel pegs epoxied in place on the end walls to prevent over turning. To remove, I can just shift panels from side to side and remove. The end window opens; I can rotate the short section upward to operate the window controls.

And, in the end, we had enough length of shelves to assemble a shorter bench that sits nicely in the shower.

~ Lynn Perkins, Seattle, WA

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Shoji screen from Molger Bench

  1. Esther says:

    Awesome hack. Thank you.

  2. amy shaston says:

    “I just bought a new house, it has a 4 x 8 shower that overlooks a park.”

    “Those windows though..”

    “Well, I did just spend nearly a million dollars. Forget the custom screens, let’s just get $150 in ikea benches.”

    Honestly, don’t f*ck with architects vision. You get some serious boo-boo’s like this.

  3. Laurie says:

    I love this hack! it solves a problem in quite a beautiful way!

  4. Berit says:

    How do you feel about strangers as houseguests?–Namely, me!

    Looks so gorgeous and tranquil!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very clever and stylish. Cool! :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very cool idea. I love it!

  7. I love the solution, but do wonder why the problem arose . . . “I am an architect, I am going to design a house with a bathroom that overlooks a public park, I know, I’ll put in a big clear window so people cn see in”?????

  8. Anonymous says:

    idk why there is even the necessity to block out this beautiful view?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very elegant & looks origianl to the design.

    But for those of you for whom this solution wouldn’t work, you can also attach frosting film to the glass. It adheres using water and can be removed handy if you’re renting.

  10. remmus says:

    Pretty. Plus, I want your shower. I have a bath tub shower. No cool bench there!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love the elegant (Asian/Scandinavian?) look of this unusual solution to a common problem. The Molger fits really well into the clean lines of the shower. I also like, how the legs act as spacers, giving the whole thing a light and airy look. Very elegant and creative hack!


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