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How To Choose A Shower Bench

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Shower benches are an incredible way to add an enormous amount of comfort, function, and beauty to a bathroom. However, since we all have different needs and preferences, it might be confusing to choose the best bench design for YOU.

In this post, we are going to crack the code on what makes a shower bench perfect and how you can pick one easily.

What are the Benefits of Shower Benches?

What Types of Shower Benches are Best? 

There are a few different styles of shower benches that are designed to fulfill different needs. Here are the most common styles available today:

Free standing shower benches

These benches are not bolted to the wall and they can be moved, depending on your needs. You can move them around in different areas of your shower, or remove them completely for maintenance or cleaning.

Brown Teak Freestanding Shower Bench
Earthy Teak Freestanding Shower Bench
Teak Shower Bench with Shelf
Freestanding Shower Bench for Two
Rich Brown Teak Shower Bench
Rich Brown Freestanding Shower Bench with Shelf

Built-in shower benches

These benches are perfect for people who will be sitting often, such as older adults or anyone with an injury. Built-in shower benches generally blend in seamlessly with the rest of the shower space.  

But keep in mind that these benches can take up a lot of space and can be pricier than other options. Also, a built-in bench doesn't allow for a wheelchair to roll under it. However, you can get it custom-built to allow for the bench to feel more integrated into the overall aesthetic of your bathroom.

Floating shower benches

Do you want a bench with a modern and minimal look? If so, a floating shower bench can be a great addition to your bathroom. Floating shower benches can be made using a variety of materials, like marble, granite, tile, teak, and quartz.

These are wall-mounted benches and the space underneath is visible, giving the bathroom an airier and spacious feel

Depending on its depth and height, a floating shower bench can also accommodate a wheelchair user but make sure to double-check. With these benches, it's vital to ensure that the seat is sturdy enough for sitting so professional installation is recommended.

Folding shower benches

If you won't use the shower bench all the time, consider buying a folding version. These are very easy to tuck away when not in use; you can simply fold them to fit in a small storage space too. They are comparatively lightweight than other bench options.

Since folding benches are simple to install, they are great for someone who has a sprained ankle, knee injury, or a pregnant woman. You can choose a folding bench made from teak, bamboo, or a combination of metal and plastic, depending on your preference.

Also, carefully consider the weight capacity of the folding shower bench before buying. The standard folding benches can hold up to 300 pounds, but you can also find one with 400 pounds or more holding capacity.

Teak Wall Folding Shower Bench
Folding Bamboo Shower Chair
Clear Plastic Folding Shower Chair
Metal Folding Shower Bench
Natural Teak Folding Shower Bench
Brown Teak with Metal Folding Shower Seat

Corner shower benches

Corner shower seats are perfect for smaller showers and limited-space bathrooms. They can be designed with or without an open space for wheelchair access underneath the bench.

You can choose to install a floating or solid corner bench, depending on your purpose and budget.

Teak Corner Shower Bench
Dark Brown Teak Corner Shower Bench
Solid Teak Corner Shower Bench
Solid Light Teak Wood Corner Shower Bench
Small Corner Shower Bench with Metal
Rich Brown Corner Shower Bench

What Are the Best Materials For a Shower Bench?

Shower benches can be made from teak, bamboo, marble, granite, metal or plastic. And each material has its own set of pros and cons.

But if your bathroom has poor ventilation and it remains humid most of the time, a bamboo bench can shrink and develop mildew over time.

But both marble and granite are porous stones, which means they absorb water. So, you will need to reseal the marble/granite shower bench from time to time as the sealant can wear off. Also, these stones can be cold and hard, even if you're taking a hot shower.

Bench/seat tops

The tops of shower benches can be made from a phenolic, padded, or teakwood materials.

What Things Should Your Check Before You Buy a Shower Bench?

Quick Tips

Still feeling like it's a lot of information? Here is a quick summary of everything we discussed above: