Featured Image: Mont Clair White Satin Marble on Built-in Shower Seat & Shower Walls from Arizona Tile
Showers are truly a multi-purpose space used not only to bathe but also to relax and rejuvenate. Have you ever felt stressed or ill and found solace and healing in the hot water and steamy air of a shower? Now, do you wish you had an inviting space to sit? Or maybe it’s that moment you need to shave your legs but don’t have a place to rest your foot… these are the instances when a seat or bench speaks volumes in a shower. Not only are there convenience factors, but as we age, having a walk-in shower with a seat will aid in safety for ourselves or our loved ones.
With a mix of modern materials and beautiful styles, there are many options to make a tile walk-in shower with a seat an enjoyable oasis during those fleeting quiet moments. We can give you some unique design ideas for a built-in shower seat to help improve your daily routine while adding a little bit of equity to your home.
Relaxation. Safety. Comfort
Granite and marble are wonderful materials to use for this purpose and can turn any basic shower design into one of luxury. Granite and marble are both natural stones used throughout the history of interior design and are cherished for their timeless beauty.
There are several ways to design a custom shower seat, and our wide selection of materials offers a plethora of options. In using stone, some possibilities include a seat with a base, a free-floating seat, or a corner seat. Each seat will have its pros and cons – It will depend largely on the space you are working with and your individual needs.
Image: Pietra Italia White 24 x 48 Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile on Built-in Shower Seat & Shower Walls
Shower Seat with a Base
A built-in shower seat with a base is essentially a large cube-shaped feature that fills the entire area from seat to floor. This provides a bolder appearance as it takes up more space and can serve as a focal point for your favorite material to be featured. It also makes a perfect bench seat for someone with mobility concerns who relies on a sturdy, durable seat to steady themselves in the slippery environment of a shower or wet room. As shown above, a porcelain tile such as Pietra Italia is a great option as the tile has a light texture, further reducing the potential of slipping.
Image: Oxide Quartz Floating Shower Bench, Shibusa Bianco 24 x 48 Porcelain Shower Wall Tile & Shibusa Bianco Basketweave 2 x 2 Mesh Porcelain Shower Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
Floating Shower Bench
floating bench is a stream-lined built-in shower seat that creates a more simplistic appearance. Supported with brackets, a floating shower bench is designed to hold a significant amount of weight. One added benefit to a floating shower bench is additional storage space, if needed. Extra hygiene bottles can simply be placed underneath for an easy tuck-away option.
If your shower is ADA accessible, depending on the height and placement, a floating bench can permit more room for maneuverability of a wheelchair even if there isn’t an abundance of space.
If you like the idea of making a bold statement, you could use a natural stone like Meteor Shower Satin. This granite has a three-dimensional appearance and variation of color. Try pairing this more vibrant stone with a softer wall tile, like Calacatta Gris. This marble tile has a white background with faint, warm details throughout. The two stones together create a peaceful, welcoming environment.
Another popular seating option is a corner seat. This built-in shower seat is perfect for a smaller walk-in shower. Though its location is limited to the corner and obviously smaller than a bench along a side wall, its practicality is worth its weight in gold. Without a shelf or elevated surface to utilize in a walk-in shower, it can be more frustrating to do simple things like shave your legs, relax for a moment, or set down a shampoo bottle. Any seat, large or small, will provide much assistance with adding ease to daily life.
Image: Pietra Italia White 12 x 24 Porcelain on Built-in Shower Seat /Shower Walls & Aequa Nix Hex Porcelain Tile Floor from Arizona Tile
Designing a corner seat to blend in or stand out is purely your choice, but an option to keep it discrete would work well with the white quartz of Pegasus-N. Paired with a neutral tile floor color, like Pietra Italia mosaic, and adds emphasis on the shower walls with Chevron marble tile. Playing around with materials and design can add a variety of textures and allure without overstating any one component. To help with your plans, use our helpful tool: the Just Imagine- Tile & Slab Visualizer, which allows you to see selected slabs and tile in a variety of spaces.
When you are working with a large space, you have many more options for arranging your walk-in shower tile design. Your bench can be large and grandiose; you can even fashion a tub within the same space for a wet room. However, this can be an asset to the layout of a small bathroom and save on space by combining the shower stall and the tub in a single area. And, in doing so, you will be adding additional waterproofing precautions—like when those little kids splash around—at least the water will be contained within the wet room rather than in the bathroom.
Image: Flash White Ceramic Shower Wall Tile, Sky Blue Honed 12 x 24 Shower Wall Tile & 3 x 12 Shower Floor Tile by Arizona Tile
So Many Options
Having options can allow your creativity to flow when creating the design of your walk-in shower with built-in shower seats. Life can be stressful so having a safe and peaceful place to wash off at the end of the day can help minimize stress and decompress from the day.