Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a bath seat and why should you use one?
  • What is a free-standing bath seat and why should you use one?
  • What is a bath board and why should you use one?
  • What is a swivel bath seat and why should you use one?
  • A bath seat may help with the following health conditions
  • Which bath seat is right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right bath seat

BUYING GUIDE

introduction

If you’re living with weakness, pain or restricted movement in your lower body which makes it difficult for you to get in and out of your bath, you may want to consider buying a bath seat.

Creating a more comfortable and enjoyable bathing experience, there are three main types of bath seats to choose from – each of which offer different benefits:

You may also want to think about adding a grab rail in your bathroom to provide extra support when lifting your legs into and out of the bath. There are several different styles available and some are even disguised as stylish bathroom accessories.

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

If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when getting in and out of the tub you may want to think about trying a bath seat.

There are three main types to choose from. A free-standing bath seat sits inside the bath and enables you to sit on a raised surface to wash without getting down to the very bottom of the tub. If you find it difficult to lift your legs over the side of the bath, you may also want to think about using a bath board or swivel bather alongside your free-standing bath seat. All of these are explained in more detail further down the page.

There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling unstable on your feet or find it challenging to lift your lower limbs. It may be worth trying a bath seat if you have:

What not to do!

It is really important you don’t use a stool or other item designed for different purposes, such as a kitchen stool or a child’s step, as a bath seat. These items are not safe to use in the bath – they could be very slippery, they won’t sit flat on the bottom of the tub and they aren’t guaranteed to have non-slip feet. They could also cause damage to your bath tub.

What is a free-standing bath seat and why should you use one?

If you can step into the bath but find it hard to lower yourself down to the bottom and lift yourself back up again, it’s worth trying out a free-standing bath seat. These generally sit at between 6-12" from the bottom of the bath which allows you to sit in the water and wash but not worry about getting stuck. You will need some upper body strength to help you rise out of the bath, but a grab rail could easily help you with this.

Main features of a free-standing bath seat:

What is a bath board and why should you use one?

If you find it difficult to step over and into the bath, a bath board provides a surface on which you can sit and swing your legs into the tub. A bath board enables you to sit over the bath and use an over bath shower and it can also be used to lower yourself onto a free-standing bath seat in order to wash.

Good sitting balance is required to use a bath board, but a grab rail can assist with this if needed. Main features of a bath board include:

What is a swivel bath seat and why should you use one?

A swivel bather sits over your bath and has a seat that swivels round which, when released, can help you to lift your legs over the side of the tub without losing sitting balance. A swivel bath seat also enables you to sit and use an over bath shower.

The main features of a swivel bath seat include:


  • 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.

Remember

A suitable piece of bathing equipment may save you the cost of expensive bathroom alterations.

A bath seat may help with the following health conditions

Which bath seat is right for you?

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    • Ideal for anyone who can lift their legs over the bath tub

    • Prevents the need to bend down to the bottom of the bath

    • Stabilizing suction feet fix securely to the bath base

    • Easily height adjustable

    • Available in 2 sizes

    • Great for anyone finding it difficult to lift their legs

    • Enables safe and easy transfers into the bath

    • Fits many bath shapes with a secure locking system

    • Strong enough to sit on and supports you

    • Available in 4 sizes

Things to consider

  • Do you find it difficult to bend and stretch whilst washing?
    A long handled sponge will make it easier to reach your lower limbs or back.
  • Do you live with restricted movement or find it challenging to lift your legs?
    A bath step will make it easier to sit on a bath board or swivel bath seat and also simplify climbing in to the bath.
  • Help prevent slips and falls
    The bathroom is one of the most common places for people to slip or fall, so reduce the risk of this happening with the help of a non-slip mat.
  • Have you got weak grip in your hands or fingers?
    Tap turners can be fitted to the taps on your bath to make them easier to turn.
  • Double up on safety measures
    Magiplugs are an easy-to-use safety device, which prevent flooding by releasing the plug if there is too much weight from the water. They also change colour to indicate when the water in your bath is too warm.