When we decided to renovate our master bathroom, 99.9% of the reason was because we wanted a nicer shower. We wanted tile, and a bench, and fancy faucets, and more space. Those dreams are finally coming true! But some reno hurdles were harder to get over than others, and figuring out what do to for a shower bench was one of them. I couldn’t find the information I wanted anywhere! Why are people paying for more expensive materials? Just for the look? Do they have to be maintained? Which is the easiest to install? So I figured out some answers on my own, and hopefully you won’t need to stress about it in the future!
When it comes to shower benches, there are a few main choices (from what my husband and I could figure out!):
- Teak (wood)
Granite and marble are both beautiful, but can get expensive too. They are both porous stones that would need to be sealed very well to begin. Sealant also wears off over time, especially in a heavily used place like a shower, so they will need to be resealed every now and then. Both stones can really take the look of a shower to the next level.
Here’s an example of a beautiful marbled floating bench.
You can see a tiny bit of the beautiful black granite bench in this picture too.
Continuing the tile from your shower walls to your bench is a great option, and fairly affordable if you have an affordable main tile (like our subway tiles). We had a little more wiggle room in our budget, and we wanted a higher-end look, so we decided to go for a full slab instead. A solid surface, like granite or quartz, can also means less work when cleaning – always a plus.
If I was doing a tiled shower bench, I’d do one just like this simple tiled corner bench from My Life from Home!
Teak is another great, affordable option. They are not cold when you sit down and much cheaper than stone. Teak holds up very well to excessive moisture, unlike most other woods. And usually teak furniture stands up very well over time. Using teak you could even opt for a bench that folds up, or a mobile bench that you could pick up and bring into the shower. The downside of using teak is that watermarks and stains can develop. Also, teak can patina and discolour over time, so you do need to sand and apply oil treatments every once in a while.
Here’s a great teak shower bench that you can move in and out of the shower easy!
Then there is quartz. Quartz is manufactured – it’s not a natural stone. But being man-made, it is also a non-porous material, so you don’t have to apply sealers or worry about re-applying later. It can get expensive (as much as granite sometimes), but we liked the look, liked the low-maintenance, and liked that we found a cheaper off-cut (leftover) from Mercanti Granite and Quartz!
We opted for a slab with a little bit of brown in it. Even though the shower isn’t quite done, I think the bench looks amazing!
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