15 Stylish Seats for Walk-In Showers

A shower seat, whether it is a built-in bench or a teak stool, expand a walk-in shower's purpose. Seats in walk-in showers keep toiletries at hand, provide a footrest for leg-shaving endeavors, and supply perches within reach of rejuvenating sprays. Take your furnishing cue from these 15 walk-in showers with stylish seats that invite bathers to sit down and unwind.

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  • Enhance Operations

    With only a small corner shelf as a holding area, this walk-in shower benefits from the addition of a teak bench shower seat. Set near the shower's entry, the bench holds sponges and towels until the bench is needed as a seat for relaxing amidst water streaming from the wall-mount showerhead.

  • Refine the Form

    Fashion a stellar seat in your walk-in shower by opting for an unexpected profile accentuated with strategically positioned tiles. Shaped like an ottoman, this shower seat boasts slanted sides emphasized with wide vertical tiles and a band of narrower horizontal tiles. A solid slab of stone creates a seamless top for the seat.

  • Build a United Front

    Keep busyness at bay by devising a walk-in shower seat that treads softly into view. This marble-tile bench, handily set beneath a pair of toiletry niches, takes a back seat to vivid blue tiles inset in the adjacent wall. A solid marble top finely distinguishes the bench from the like-color tiled backdrop.

  • Think Portable

    Don't want to commit to a permanent seat? Move sturdy stools or benches into your walk-in shower as convenient catchalls for shower-day necessities and as seats that can be positioned beneath a showerhead's spray. Look for stools made from moisture-resistant materials, such as teak, bamboo, plastic, and resin, that will endure through years of showering.

  • Design for Seating

    Think outside the box when including a seat in your walk-in shower. This walk-in shower's glass-top knee wall curves outward to provide space inside the shower for a commodious marble-clad bench. The partial wall also provides privacy for bench sitters enjoying water cascading from the showerhead mounted on the opposite wall.

  • Create a Catbird's Seat

    Add a seat beneath a window so you can enjoy natural light, views, and, in this case, comfortable proximity to handheld sprays. This high-style walk-in shower houses a tiled window alcove that boasts a marble-capped seat, which takes its cue from black accent tiles that pop on shower walls and floors.

  • Preserve the Peace

    There's nothing like a shower to wash away a day's worth of worries. A monochromatic palette, where no contrasting surface sounds a jarring note, enhances a walk-in shower's calming qualities. In this walk-in shower, just one type of tile upholsters the shower seat, walls, and floors to compose a restful design.

  • Streamline the Shape

    Instead of installing a weighty shower bench in your walk-in shower, opt for a sleek floating seat that doesn't clutter up the interior. Appearing to seamlessly jut out from the rear shower wall, this thick marble ledge tiptoes into view beneath a toiletry niche that mirrors the shower seat's horizontal silhouette.

  • Consider Size

    Think about how much space you need for resting your own seat as well as sponges, shampoos, and lotions. Seats in walk-in showers should be at least 12 inches deep and 14 inches high. This ledgelike seat, fashioned from the same marble used on the shower walls, provides chic seating without taking up too much visual or physical space in the smallish walk-in shower.

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    Compose a Centerpiece

    When you're opting for dual showerheads installed on opposing walls, center your shower seat on the connecting wall. This large curving shower seat, defined by black mosaic tile, suits the walk-in shower's dramatic leanings and spacious dimensions while providing seats for two within reach of water spraying from the two showerheads.

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    Go for Simple

    A built-in shower bench is generally a custom-built box protected with waterproof membrane, backer board, and tile or other decorative surface. In this walk-in shower, the seat is situated on the back wall so bathers benefit from showerheads mounted at each end of the shower. The shower seat's face is clad in extra-long subway tiles that highlight the black marble seat and complement patterned floor tiles.

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    Play with Pattern

    Create a fashionable seat that draws the eye inside your walk-in shower. This shower's interior boasts an arresting interplay of square and mosaic tiles that repeats down the face of the built-in bench, conveniently situated below a pair of toiletry niches. A solid slab of marble overhangs the bench base to magnify the seat's impact.

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    Site It Right

    Situate a shower seat across from at least one showerhead so you can laze in the spray. This walk-in shower design places a small built-in seat in a corner opposite the main showerhead and next to a handheld spray. Green tiles meld the custom-fitted seat with the shower's shimmering walls.

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    Tuck One In

    Look to a walk-in shower corner for a spot to place a shower seat. Though its form is tiny, this corner bench provides a good deal of utility in a midsize walk-in shower. Adding a white seat to the gray-tiled base lets the bench show up against walls gray-tile walls. The white seat also ties the bench to the mosaic-tile niches and river-rock-tile floor.

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    Pamper Yourself

    When adding a seat to your walk-in shower, position it within arm's reach of shower controls and handheld sprays so you can manage showering systems while sitting. In this walk-in shower, operations are grouped on one wall so they can be accessed by bathers lounging on a curving bench that deepens in the corner to supply a commodious seat.

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    Bonus! Head-Turning Tile Ideas

    Updating or adding a walk-in shower? Dial up the drama with one of these easy tile ideas.

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