Are you looking to add seating to your shower? Are you overwhelmed by all of the different options? Today we are talking about adding a built-in bench seat for your shower.
Built-In Bench Seat For Your Shower
Bathroom design has become very popular in the last decade and moving away from soaker and whirlpool tubs. Which were very popular in the ‘90s. Since then, people have found that they are using their stand-up showers more and tubs infrequently. Because of this, homeowners want large, luxurious walk-in showers installed. They want large showers to be connected with side shower jets, large rain heads, and steam. These are just a few of the available and possible amenities that can be added. Seating areas are becoming more popular as people begin to spend more time in their showers. Bench seating is also a great idea in master baths.
The seating options that people have a place in their showers are:
- Portable Seating
- Fold-Away Seating
- Corner Niches
- Built-In Bench Seating
This category has many options available, and they range from wood benches to lightweight molded plastic models. Because they are all portable, these seating options can be moved in and out of your shower as needed. Portable seating is an excellent option for people who have a smaller shower and don’t have space for a permanent feature. More abundant seating options can be stored in a linen closet and moved into the shower as needed, and a folding option can be stored in the corner of the shower. Their portability also has the added benefit of requiring no installation, which is essential to any DIYer or the budget-conscious, who are looking to save on bathroom remodeling costs.
This is a great option and is a step up from necessary, portable seating for your shower. Because it allows you to have full access to the entire shower footprint. Fold-away models are mounted to the wall and can be folded out of the way when they aren’t in use. While they are a permanent fixture, they only use space when in use.
Your style doesn’t have to be sacrificed either. While there are inexpensive plastic models for fold-away seating, there are many stylish designs, as well. Wood and metal options are available as well in many styles. While you will undoubtedly find a seat that fits your technique, it is also essential to pay attention to the weight rating of the model you chose. Many places are rated to hold only one person and only up to a given weight. Before installing, make sure that you talk to your contractor about installing a bench that is rated to carry the weight load that your family will most likely need.
Generally placed in the corner of your shower, corner niches come in ledges of varying sizes. Unlike the last option, they don’t fold away but are still unobstructed, owing to their small size and placement. If you don’t have a lot of space for permanent seating, aren’t looking to be sit down frequently, or have a different use in mind, corner niches make a great option.
The smallest corner niches, often referred to as “foot niches,” aren’t intended to be sat on. Instead, they are designed to elevate the user’s foot, offering stability and making it easier to clean different parts of your leg or while shaving. While they can be sat on, they aren’t comfortable. Larger corner niches can also work as foot support and seating. While they aren’t comfortable either, they work if you want a permanent solution that won’t impinge severely on your available shower space.
Built-In Bench Seating
Bench seating is the most significant option available to consumers. Built-in benches, as permanent structures, offer the most space for sitting in your shower. Generally, they fit the entire depth or length of your shower. Therefore they can accommodate the most weight and can often seat more than one person. A large permanent built-in bench is the best option if you are planning to spend a significant amount of time in your shower. Especially if it is a steam shower.
Larger benches can also double as storage space. Mainly if they are out of the reach of jets and showerheads, decorative items, washcloths, folded towels, and other toiletries can be placed on the bench while still giving you room to sit down. This option is also the easiest to clean. Corner niches are easy to clean, as well. Since they are tiled to match the shower or are covered with granite or marble, they don’t have any difficult corners or edges to clean.
Naturally, benches require a decent amount of room. If you are planning on building a large shower, you will likely have the necessary space. Smaller showers can accommodate bench seating, but you will need to be prepared to sacrifice space. As well as possible direct access to any other shower amenities. And if you enjoy a steam feature in your shower, then a bench works great because it is similar to sitting in a sauna.
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It is essential to consider future needs if you are planning on staying in your home long term. Important considerations to remember are the placement of safety grab bars to compliment the seating area of your shower or wheelchair access. The last thing that anyone wants to do is build their dream shower and then have to change it later on down the road because of changing life circumstances. Future-proofing your shower design at the beginning of the remodeling is a smart move if changes happen to you then in life. When looking to install and remodel your shower to add built-in bench seating, it would be a good idea to look at painting tips and insights for your bathroom. So that you can either touch up the paint or completely repaint your bathroom at the same time.
Make sure that you speak with your contractor about your options in each of the categories. The contractors can help you choose the best seating option to fit in your available space, likely uses for it as well as design sensibilities.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on built-in bench seating for your shower, give me a call. My team and I would love to be of service to the Northwest Indiana communities such as St John, Long Beach, Beverly Shores, Lake of the Four Seasons, Schererville, Kreitzburg, Michigan City, Grand Beach, and New Buffalo, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.