What is a Shower Seat?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A shower seat is a simple device that is designed to allow persons to sit while enjoying a shower. Constructed of materials that are water repellent and resistant, shower seats make it possible for persons who have difficulty standing to still enjoy all the benefits of taking a shower in the privacy of their own bathrooms. There are different models of the shower seat that will work in just about any size shower stall, including types that are easily stored away when not in use.

Woman with a flower
Woman with a flower

The most basic of all shower seat designs is the shower chair. The chair is usually constructed of sturdy but lightweight resin materials. Resembling a simple straight back chair, it is possible to purchase shower chairs with or without arms. Most models will include section devices on the feet of the chair, helping to minimize the chance for sliding or slipping one placed into the tub or shower stall. Because the resin material is water repellent and very light, it is easy to move the chair out of the shower enclosure when other members of the family wish to bathe.

Another type of shower seat is the retractable seat. This is often a simple hinged seat that is attached to the wall of the shower stall. Many models are made from hardwoods that have been treated for water resistance. When needed, the seat simply swings down and locks into place. After completing the shower, the user returns the shower seat to the upright position against the wall. This shower seat model is a more or less permanent fixture in the shower stall, but it has the convenience of not requiring the removal of the seat when others wish to stand while taking a shower.

In some homes, the idea of a permanent ceramic shower seat has become popular. This is especially true when all the occupants of the home prefer to sit during a shower. The permanent seat is fixed in place and covered with easy to clean ceramic tile. Similar models are constructed with marble, granite, and even materials that are traditionally used for kitchen countertops. In all cases, a shower seat of this type will be waterproof and easy to clean with standard bathroom cleansers.

Prices on various types of shower seats will vary. The resin shower chairs are very inexpensive, and are ideal with temporary health issues make it more comfortable for people to shower while sitting down. The retractable hardwood seats are also relatively inexpensive, but should be installed by a professional. Permanent seats in the shower area tend to be the most expensive, but are well worth the cost if the need for sitting during daily hygiene is a necessity.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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