Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a shower seat?
  • What is a free-standing shower stool?
  • What is a free-standing shower chair?
  • What is a wall-fixed shower seat?
  • Shower seat height guide
  • Toilet support for health conditions
  • Which shower seat is right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right shower seat

Buying guide

introduction

If you’re living with a health condition that affects the strength in your lower body or restricts your mobility, using a shower seat whilst bathing could help you stay independent during your personal hygiene routine.

There are various different shower seats available to suit individual needs – whether you’re looking for a chair with built in back and arms for additional support or a seat fixed to the wall to save space in a compact bathroom. Take a look at the guide below to see which shower seat would best suit your requirements.

We also have a range of products which are suitable for children who are living with mobility issues or find it difficult to support themselves whilst bathing.

What is a shower seat and why should you use one?

A shower seat is a freestanding stool or chair which has been specially designed for use in the shower. It can also take the form of a chair or bench which is fixed to the wall. If you have a shower over the bath you will need to look at a different type of seat.

It would be a good idea to purchase a shower seat if you, or someone you care for are:

What is a free-standing shower stool and why should you use one?

A free-standing shower stool is often small and lightweight, making it ideal for use in the bathroom as it can often be moved and stored away easily when not in use.

When it comes to choosing a free-standing shower seat, there are a few things you need to consider. A free-standing shower stool may be sufficient for you if:

What is a free-standing shower chair and why should you use one?

Another free-standing option for you to consider is a shower chair, which is designed with arms and a supportive back rest.

Often used by those who have more restricted mobility, a free-standing shower chair offers more all-round support. You may need to consider a free-standing shower seat with a back and arm rests if:

What is a wall-fixed shower seat and why should you use one?

A wall-fixed shower seat can also have arm rests and a back rest and you can use the same points above to help you decide which one is right for you.

Wall-fixed shower seats can also come with or without drop down supporting legs. Many people feel more secure with the added support of the legs, particularly if they are larger.

A wall-fixed seat should be fitted to a solid wall by a competent person.

Again, be sure to consider space and size when thinking of having a wall-fixed shower seat installed. A fixed seat could be right for you if you have a small cubicle or wet room area, or:

NB: All products shown in our catalogues or on our website have a guide to the maximum user weight limit. Please ensure the product will be suitable before you make a purchase.

How do you measure the height for your shower seat?


  • To make sure you get the correct height, have someone measure you, while standing if possible, from the back of your heel on the shower floor to the crease behind your knee. This will give you the correct height to set the shower seat.

  • Remember to check there is space enough for you to be able to sit comfortably, with your knees at a 90 degree angle and your feet firmly flat on the floor as this is likely to be your preferred position once the shower seat is installed.

Shower seats may help those with the following health conditions

Which shower seat is right for you?

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    • Folds away neatly for storage
    • Ideal for travel
    • Height adjustable
    • Reduces risk of falls in the shower
    • Benefits from a supportive back
    • Attaches firmly to the wall
    • Folds up when not in use
    • Height adjustable
    • Padded seat for additional comfort
    • Legs provide extra security

Things to consider

  • Do you find it difficult to bend and stretch?
    A washing aid like a long handled sponge can make it easier for you to reach your lower limbs or back without causing stiffness or pain through bending or stretching.
  • Help prevent trips, slips and falls
    The bathroom is one of the most common places for people to trip, slip or fall. If you have balance issues or find you’re sometimes unsteady on your feet, a bath step can make it easier and safer when stepping into your shower cubicle.
  • Double up on safety measures
    It’s very easy for your bathroom floor to become slippery, even just through condensation. A non-slip mat provides an additional safety measure when stepping out of the bath or shower.
  • Do you need additional support?
    A drop down rail is ideal for fitting at the sides of your shower seat to provide extra support whilst sitting down, and also to help you get back up on your feet when you have finished showering. Particularly useful for anyone living with muscle wastage or weakness in their lower limbs.
  • Would you benefit from a grab rail?
    Grab rails are great for anyone who wants to continue bathing independently but needs something to hold in order to stay safe and steady on their feet. Grab rails can be placed strategically in your bathroom wherever they are needed, whether that’s next to the shower to help you step into the cubical or in the shower to give you extra support and balance whilst washing.