Built-in Shower Bench and Corner Seat Super Guide
Custom walk-in showers are a big hit in the Atlanta metro area. They offer several benefits that Georgians will value for aging and future generations alike. From the natural essence of in-home waterfalls that serve a timeless purpose of cleanliness and comfort, to the modern on-the-go convenience that calls for more than a cramped space for a quick shower and run, the custom walk-in shower shares an incomparable adoration across all bathrooms, either big or small, new or outdated, traditional or modern, and luxurious or simplistic. There is style for everyone in the custom walk-in shower trend.
Once associated with higher costs, the walk-in shower is now a common feature across all budgets. Customization is the key word. You can modify your shower in any way that fits your style, budget, desires, and of course, your space.
Applying these concepts on customization to your bathroom’s walk-in shower provides endless opportunities for designs, materials, and features, which allows every personalized shower the chance to thrive with a unique personality that compliments the entire bathroom space.
A fashionable shower draws the attention of anyone who walks into your bathroom, and acts as the feature that highlights the presentation of your good taste in design. Getting this element right is key to a successful bathroom remodel. Though some may think that seating in your shower is an over-the-top luxury feature, the bottom line is that its multi functional presence serves to meet the most basic needs of proper hygiene, while serving as a toiletry butler, leg prop, relaxation chair, and more.
When you consider the universal benefits of shower seating, you can easily realize the convenience that this simple feature offers for every household.
How can custom built-in shower seating add to my quality of life?
The shower was created for convenience, so there should be no wonder that more entities of convenience would be added to the most frequented hygiene spot in your bathroom.
A custom shower bench offers flexibility for those who aren’t so flexible. As a quick prop for leg shaving, a carefree area to store toiletries, and a place to set and unwind in a steamy shower, the built-in seating is a slice of heaven for those who have met struggle in bending, reaching, and stretching to achieve a thorough wash.
Relaxation and Great Ideas
Daily stress clouds the mind, which adds more stress to the inability to articulate effective solutions to everyday problems. The shower is actually the place where you are most likely to relax enough for those golden ideas that make you great at what you do.
According to Mental Floss, this is a result of the brain’s consumption with the task at hand, the function of the default mode network (DMN), and the relaxation of the prefrontal cortex, which allows your mind to wonder and create solutions to problems outside of your physical surroundings.
With the warm water relieving stiff joints, and a seat to use as you avoid interference with the process, you’re on your way to the best ideas yet while unwinding from the daily stress. Why rush this? Have a shower seat and stay awhile.
The Human Condition
The human body experiences highs and lows throughout a lifetime, as we age and encounter damage to physical wellness. There are times to push our bodies, but then there are times when pushing will cause more harm than good.
Having a built-in shower bench is one of the best preparation investments that you can make to modify your home in the event that something should ever cause discomfort for yourself or a family member to either set down in a bath, or stand in a shower.
Experiencing physical health problems is a common issue for everyone at some point. We all know physical pain. Consider a pulled muscle, the healing process of surgery, a broken bone, or even difficulty in child birth. Having a custom built-in shower bench doubles for a back-up in the event that you suffer from a temporary, or long term physical condition that makes setting to the floor or standing for long periods of time uncomfortable or impossible.
Aging in Place
There is certainly a need for shower seating in the homes of older generations. As we age, our bodies perform differently, and we experience weakening in our bones, which make us more prone to slips and falls.
The convenience of a walk-in shower and custom built-in seating, along with the proper anti-slip gear and hand rails, will provide the proper showering station that allows safe washing with independence as you enter retirement.
A custom built-in shower seat should be considered with walk-in shower remodels if you plan to live in your home throughout retirement. Planning ahead saves time, effort, and energy in preparation for the moment when the seating is a necessity instead of a perk.
The Shower Bath
Many shower users already enjoy the benefits of a thorough wash that the constant stream of water and soapy suds encourage as a way to refresh and recharge the body. However, some might miss the act of sinking into a bath where relaxation and retreat were once more important than the quick shower.
A custom built-in tile shower seat is a one size fits all solution, as it still allows for the convenience of the thorough wash, but with your seat, you have the option to take a load off and rest during your recharge, just as you once did with your bath. The only differences are a constant stream of clean water, and a seat that is easier to exit than the floor. Adding a custom seat to your shower combines the idea of a relaxing soak in the bath, along with the convenience of a stand-up waterfall.
Atlanta homeowners have caught on to the notion of bringing a relaxing spa room into their bathrooms. Growing in popularity are built-in benches that offer an opportunity to enjoy a steam/shower combo. No longer should a spa day wait until time for a vacation.
Pamper yourself daily with an affordable retreat with all the bells and whistles right in your personal shower. Spa days should occur daily. You should walk out of your bathroom every night like a pampered poodle, feeling fresh and at your best.
Adding the built-in bench will create a monumental statement for a self-perception of your bathroom to deliver the best services for your well-being and comfort.
How Clean is Your Shower?
All of this talk about hygiene, and we have yet to consider the truth, that you are only as clean as the shower you wash in.
Built-in shower benches are the most convenient forms of shower seating to clean, as they project from the wall to create a seamless curb. As the seating is angled for proper drainage, cleaning a shower with a built-in seat is a dream, especially when you consider trying to clean the grooves behind the fold-down seats or bending low to clean under a floating bench.Besides, the beauty of articulately placed tiles and mosaic highlights are inviting to touch, so use a sponge and the proper cleaning gear, and experience the ease of cleaning a built-in shower bench.
A built-in shower seat is not only a beneficial component to convenient living, the shower seat is a customized feature that captures your personal style.
With so many options to choose from with shapes, colors, tiles, stones, and designs, you are free to utilize your dreams in making a statement with your shower bench. From incorporating a special symbol into your design to using various stones to draw attention to your favorite elements of the bathroom, you can make your seat the highlighting feature, or use its presence to compliment another favorite feature in your bathroom.If you would rather utilize the talent of a skilled professional to create a design for you, consider an experienced artisan with a great reputation for their quality craftsmanship and pride in detailed stone and tile art.
The influx in popularity for tile shower benches in Atlanta metro areas is representative of the big city that has it all lifestyle that promotes a higher quality of life from every angle imaginable.
If you don’t already have a custom walk-in shower with a built in seat, chances are that you know at least one person who does. If you haven’t joined the movement, start planning your dream shower around your customized built in bench.
What are the requirements for a custom-built in shower seat?
The International Residential Code requires showers to be at least 900 square inches, or 30” X 30”. When adding a built-in shower seat or bench to your shower, keep in mind that you must be able to place a disc that is 30” in diameter into the floor for the fixture to pass code inspections. Therefore, your shower must be a little larger to accommodate a built-in seat or bench.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends a 36” X 36” minimum for interior shower quarters, and larger if the shower is to be designed for easy access for special needs. Your custom shower seat or bench should not infringe upon the shower floor space allotted to your shower.
In addition to floor space, the National Kitchen & Bath Association reveals that a shower seat height of 17” to 19”, and a depth of 15” is the standard size.
When planning the size and design of your built-in shower seat, allow the guidelines set forth by the International Code Council and the National Kitchen & Bath Association keep you on track for your design by eliminating options that cause you to violate any codes. Also, if you are choosing to add your built-in shower bench to follow doctor’s orders, he or she may also have a specific recommendation for shower height and depth to add to your treatment process.
Shower Bench Styles
Your first step in choosing a built-in shower bench is to decide whether the style that you like fits your shower plans. From the most basic perception of shower bench styles, the most common designs are corner seats and square or rectangular benches.
For larger, more elaborate bathrooms, a customized shower bench that adds to your overall style is preferred for homeowners who desire a unique centerpiece in their spa styled retreat bathroom.
The Built-in Corner Seat
The popularity of custom corner seats in tiled showers comes from their irresistible versatility regardless of a small area. If your shower is on the petite side, but you still want that special feature that highlights your good taste, consider the built-in corner bench. No, this is not just a seat in your shower.
The built in corner seat also serves as a place to store toiletries, prop your legs for an easier shave or wash, and has the opportunity to add the element of luxury in a small space.
You can choose between squared corners that create a triangular shape, or rounded corners that give a little curvature to your seating area. You also have the option to use the same tile that drapes your shower walls, or maybe make a statement piece with mosaic tiles climbing the structure of your corner seat.
Whether you keep the colors neutral, or add some eye-catching colored tiles, try to use colors that complement one another. This will prevent your feeling sick of the colors that you have picked, while allowing you to add pop and pizazz with bathroom accents.
Built-in Corner Seat Ideas
- The built-in corner seat is obviously the go to choice for smaller shower stalls. However, the same amount of convenience offered in a larger shower with bench seating is allotted to the small corner seat.
- Consider using the same tile for the walls and structure of the seat, and go with a smoother service, like marble or granite cladding for the top. Not only does this design add comfort, but you have the ability to add high-class to a small shower with a big feature.
- The rounded edges of a corner seat can add character to the shower, especially if mosaic tiles outline the highlighting features of the structure, making the seat stand out from the rest of the area. What drama! Combining various styles of tile and a one piece topping can give the effect of detail and luxury, regardless of the size limitations.
- Though the built-in corner seat is a great solution to problems associated with tight spaces, the corner seat is also a desirable feature for larger bathrooms, as well. Take, for example, a large double shower. If more foot-room is more desirable for your routine, but you like the convenience of multiple people using the shower to get washed faster, opt for two corner benches. You save space, but still enjoy all of the benefits of utilizing the corner seat.
- Not all corner seats are triangular in shape. With unique design opportunities for awkward layouts provide room for innovative thinking, you may find yourself leaning towards a rectangular shower seat that fits ideally for your particular space. If your layout is unusual, embrace the opportunity to think outside of the box to create a one of a kind built-in shower seat.
The Built-In Bench
If space allows, the built-in bench can run along the length of any side of your shower wall, or even wrap around. The longer bench is ideal for double showers, steam showers, and en-suites, as it provides space for more kicking back, or for accompanying persons.
There are several ways to incorporate a built-in shower bench, regardless of the design layout of your shower. Some homeowners with smaller showers choose the built-in bench style with a shallow depth for a foot rest, and some choose to add the bench as a window seat built into the wall. However, the larger the space you have to offer for your built-in bench, the more room you have to play around with your design.
Will you choose squared angle corners or a semicircular bench with no edges? Will you match your shower tiles and stones, or will you make the bench stand out with color over shape? One thing is for sure; your built-in shower bench is at least one element in your home that you can say was made just for you!
Built-In Shower Bench Ideas
- If your master suite has a side-by-side shower and tub, you can add the perception of space by creating a look of continuation with the bath ledge creeping into the shower to provide a built in bench seat with a glass enclosure wall setting atop the ledge.
- Smaller showers can benefit from a rectangular built-in shower bench, as well. For narrow walk-in showers, consider using the space on the back wall to design a sofa-like bench where comfort meets functional layouts.
- For a more classic approach to the built-in shower bench design, a wider shower with a bench protruding from the left or right wall seems to flow easily with a glass enclosure that makes a watertight barrier for your shower area. An impressive, but traditional design can transform an ordinary shower into a classy spa retreat with the right lighting and complimenting colors choices in tile, wall cladding, and fixture placement.
- Going big with your built-in shower bench? Choose an L shaped design that surrounds two walls with room to stretch out as you enjoy the benefits of steam and relaxation. For even bigger plans, go with a U-shaped bench that sets the scene for an inviting retreat, as you melt your problems away with your steam feature for a little vacation oasis in the comfort of your own home.
Though a floating bench is not technically considered a built-in shower seat, it is a permanently placed option for seating in your bathroom. The most common uses for floating benches in the shower are for limitations in space that do not compliment the addition of a built-in shower seat from the floor up.
The floating bench can be customized for corner and long benches. Most floating benches are installed as single slabs of stone that literally seem to be floating. The floating bench must be installed by a professional, as both the weight of the bench, and the average weight of an individual must be supported by the constructs of the floating bench.
Aside from the design features, the floating bench may offer more foot room, and provide the same functional benefits as the common built-in shower bench. For showers too small to have an actual setting area, even floating, a shaving ledge and corner shelves are easily added using the floating design. This is a great way to incorporate various tile options in your shower area.
Consider a granite shaving ledge and shelves against a neutral stone tile with a boarder along the top of mosaic tiles that give a tiny shower a unique ability to shine bright, regardless of size restrictions.
Unique Built-In Shower Seating
If the norm is not your norm, there are endless designs for built-in shower seats and benches that surpass extreme imaginations. The more lavish your seat, the more you’ll enjoy your personal investment. Work closely with your contractor to ensure that you are meeting code requirements, and within those limitations, the sky is the limit.
Tips for Tile Shower Benches
- Since the built-in tile shower bench or seat will be a permanent placement, try to picture yourself using it while developing the design. Position water and steam controls close to the bench, in the event that a medical condition requires you to set during your wash.
- Ensure that your built-in seat will be placed across from the shower head, in the direction of the water spray for ultimate relaxation.
- If the shower modification is for an elderly household, consider installing an emergency security alarm within reach of the built-in shower bench. The alarm systems are available in both button and pull cord options for emergency situations.
- All built-in shower seats and benches are slightly sloped to allow for proper water drainage. If you choose a soft one piece stone for added comfort atop your seat or bench, be sure that an anti-slip finish is applied to both the seat and the floor to protect the household from the dangers of falling.
- During the planning period, think critically about what elements you feel are missing in your shower. What is keeping you from full-blown relaxation during your shower time? Look at pictures for inspiration, and talk it over with your contractor. Together, you should come up with a solution that will fit into your new shower design.
Mission planning for your new built-in shower bench should now be a go! Congratulations on your decision to improve your quality of life by adding a custom tile bench to your new walk-in shower.
Should you need assistance in during the process of decision making, or if you think that you are ready to discuss your plans with a great contractor and tile artisan, contact Ensotile today for a free consultation. Serving the Atlanta metro area, we offer expert skill and talent in all bathroom remodeling projects. Call us today to set your appointment, and experience our approach to 100% customer satisfaction.