How to Build a Shower Pan

The professional way to fabricate a shower base

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • Caulk gun
  • Bucket
  • Chalk line
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Level
  • Framing square
  • Handsaw
  • Rags
  • Utility knife
  • Tin snips
  • Wood chisel

You'll also need a cement mixing pan, a hoe, a wood float, a steel finishing trowel and both rubber and leather gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2x4
  • 2x6
  • 1x4
  • 1"x3/4"
  • Hardboard siding
  • Ceramic floor mix
  • Tile backer board
  • Galvanized expanded metal lath
  • Vinyl membrane
  • Shower drain assembly
  • 1-1/4 in. roofing nails
  • 3-in. drywall screws
  • 10d galvanized nails
  • Fiberglass mesh tape for cement board
  • Thin-set mortar
  • String
  • Duct tape