Using materials and fixtures in a way that wasn’t originally intended is a mainstay of remodeling work. This can even be true of bathtubs. My project last summer was a tub installation that called for wood paneling around the walls arid included a low bench at the side. What I needed was a drop-in tub. However, these are very expensive, hard to color-match to existing fixtures, and take a long time to get after ordering.
My solution was to purchase a standard tub. By installing the finished skirt against the back wall of the tub area, as shown in the drawing, instead of in front as usual, I was left with a completely open outer side for framing the knee wall and applying the seat, which I grooved to fit over the lip of the tub.
James B. French, Portsmouth, RI