Installed Shower Benches
Below you will find tips to help you make a product selection by the features listed in the left navigation bar. Helpful links are below on the right.
All installed shower benches in our database have a weight capacity of 250lbs or more. All can be installed at a height of your choice (within a range for products with legs).
Type of Bench
A folding bench allows the product to be stored against the wall when not in use. One that doesn't fold is always available for use, but can not be moved.
A folding bench needs to be folded down and used to be a good fall prevention strategy. Ensure the intended user will fold the bench down and use it.
A folding bench may be preferable in a small shower The user can position themselves in the shower and then bring the bench down for sitting.
A folding bench can be a good idea when a bathroom is used by multiple users or generations. It can be put out of the way for younger generations or a person in a wheelchair.
Installed shower benches should be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Some installations require structural wall support.
Consider scalding risk when setting the temperature on a hot water tank, particularly if you are installing a shower bench directly under a shower.
Consider whether the user will find it "easy" to bring a folding bench into sitting position. A non-folding bench may get used more.
For additional support, consider an installed shower chair with a back and arms. Another product variation is one that hangs from a horizontal grab bar.
Shape of Bench
The shape of the shower and surrounding walls should help determine the best shape of bench. Also consider whether the intention is use the bench while showering or have it remain away from direct spray of the shower.
Measure the space available for an installed shower bench. If possible, place a chair where the bench will go ensuring the user can safely manoeuver into sitting position.
Space may set limitations on the seat width and depth. Always select a bench with more than adequate weight capacity for the intended user.
If a bathroom will be shared, consider how each person will use the shower once a bench is installed.
A professional can help determine whether a bench can be safely installed.
Will the bench sit directly under the shower. Consider scalding risk and turn down the temperature of the hot water heater.
Pooling water is breeding ground for bacteria. Options vary in terms of form of drainage and comfort. All products should be cleaned after each use.
Will the user turn on the shower before sitting down? If so, consider drainage options to reduce water pooling on the bench creating a slippery surface.
Considering a padded seat and want drainage? Look at hygienic cut-outs. Clean all benches after each use.
If a bench is to be used by multiple people, it is very important to clean after each use.
Padded seats do not come with drainage holes but some are available with hygienic cut-outs.
Carefully consider the weight capacity that is appropriate for now and possible future use.
Buy a shower bench with more than adequate weight capacity. Ensure it is installed properly.
Bariatric products are available to sit needs due to obesity. Proper installation is essential for ALL products.
Proper installation of a product with more than adequate weight capacity is essential. Consider current and future users.
Selecting seat depth and width is often a compromise between the space available for the shower bench and the safety and comfort needs of the user.
Ideally, a user can sit on a shower bench and lift their legs (to wash the bottom of your feet). If possible, select a seat width and depth that will allow a user to sit comfortably, and lift their legs safely.
Consider the space available for the bench and the size of the user, and their ability to position themselves on the bench.
Check the manufacturer's instructions to confirm measurement. Note: For L shaped products, we provided the largest width and depth measurements only, not the inside of the "L".
Within the space available for safely getting into position, consider the seat depth that will be most comfortable for sitting.
Use a chair to mimic the position of a bench and test that the user can easily manoeuver around the bench before installing.
If space constraints suggest that you may not be able to make a good decision for safety, we suggest that you read the safety tips in the Sage Guide and possibly consider alternative products.
Material choices are available for Seats and Frames. After making choices for safety, select for comfort since comfort promotes use.
A properly installed shower bench that can safely be used in the space available can offer fall prevention regardless of preferences for materials.
The choice of seat material is important for hygiene. Select one that you can easily clean.
Padded seats are available to provide extra comfort. Hygienic cut-outs are the only drainage option for padded seats.
The weight of benches can vary. If the user will be "folding and unfolding" the bench for each use, ensure they will be able to do so easily.
Extras do not come with installed shower benches. Carefully plan out the grab bar positioning as well as soap dishes and hand held shower holders.
The color of an installed shower bench can be selected to blend in or create color contrast, depending on use and the user. Consider the factors that will promote use.
An installed shower bench in a contrasting color can be seen more easily, an can be part of a fall prevention plan.
If a bathroom will be shared, consider a product in a contrasting color so that all users will see it.
If you want to select by brand, click on "See more" and you will see the complete list of brands available.
Our selection of installed shower benches can be sorted by Manufacturer's Retail Price (MSRP). If you are comfortable with your choice, you can then decide where to buy - locally, or on the internet in our marketplace.
Selecting an installed shower bench without the data in our Selector can result in poor choices for fall prevention.
Size constraints in the shower and the size of the user are important factors to balance when selecting an installed shower bench. We have the data to help you balance these factors.
It is difficult to assess whether you have made the right hygiene choices without our Selector or professional help.
If a bathroom will be shared, you have many product selection factors to balance. See all of our tips in the Sage Guide.
Proper installation is essential. If you are installing on your own, check the installation instructions in advance of purchase - we have instructions for most products.
The Sage in Home Selector allow you to make choices for safety first and then find the comfort features that will promote use.
Before buying an installed bath bench, consider using a chair or portable bench to mimic the installed bench and test whether the placement promotes easy use.