Bob Vila Radio: Shower Seats

Stylish new choices in bathroom seating make adding this safety device a no-brainer.

Making a bathroom safe for everyone doesn’t mean making your home look like a hospital.

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Most companies that make faucets and towel racks also make bathtub grip bars that match, so your bathroom can still be stylish, not industrial-looking. And there are lots of choices in shower seating now—adding a seat can make a shower stall safer and more useful, and it can look great.

Shower seats are available in compact flip-down models that fit even the smallest showers. You can find them in teak for a stylish sauna look, or if teak doesn’t work with your decor, you can choose from bamboo, classic chrome, or powder-coated aluminum in white or black. They all look great and won’t detract from your room’s style. They need to be screwed into wall studs or into a reinforced wall to be sure they remain safely in place.

The best part is that once you add a seat to your shower, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. It’s especially handy for women who shave their legs in the shower, but it’s a luxury for anyone to be able to sit back and have the shower hit you after a long day. And just think—the more you consider safety now, the longer you may be able to stay in your home as you do get older and need a few accommodations.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.