There are many reasons why someone would want a built-in seat or stool for their shower. A built-in seat in your home shower not only creates a more luxurious environment, but for those with mobility issues, it is a matter of necessity. A built-in shower seat can easily transform a basic shower space into a more relaxing, spa-like experience for everyone.
Before you begin altering your shower, it helps to take a step back and consider what you really want. Prior to any work being done, it's helpful to first answer these four questions:
1) Seat or bench?
The space restrictions in your bathroom will determine whether a shower seat or bench is ideal for your current space. Do you have the space for a bench? Will just one person be using the shower at a time, or does the shower need to accommodate multiple individuals?
2) Wall-mounted seat or corner seat?
Whether you prefer a wall-mounted or corner seat will depend on personal preference, as well as the design and size of your shower. Corner seats are an ideal option when trying to best utilize limited space in your shower.
3) Folding shower seat or no?
A folding shower seat will keep things open in the shower, allowing standing or sitting room, depending on your needs. However, it is important to remember, a folding seat is not always as sturdy as other non-folding options.
4) What do you do if something goes wrong?
While installing a built-in shower seat is usually a simple endeavor, it can affect the existing plumbing in the shower. For instance, a drill bit going into the wall could hit a water pipe. When installing a built-in shower seat, it is best to consult a professional plumber prior to installation, in the event that something goes awry.