If you're looking to truly turn your bathroom into a spa-like experience, a shower bench may be just the thing you're missing. Typically propped up against the wall of a spacious, standalone shower, a shower bench is one accessory that has both form and function. Whether you need a convenient place to shave your legs, want to turn your shower into a makeshift sauna, or simply want to take a seat mid-shower, one thing's for sure: A shower bench is bound to provide the rest and relaxation you deserve.
Whether you're looking for a beautiful built-in or a stylish seat you can buy online, these seven shower bench ideas prove you can give any bathroom a spa-like vibe.
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1. Built-in Backdrop
Classic doesn't have to be boring — just take a look at this bathroom from interior design firm Studio McGee. While the off-white, built-in shower bench may not make a splash on its own, it creates the ultimate blank canvas for a major design moment with that patterned tile.
2. Glassed-in Perch
Maybe it's the association of cleanliness or the spa-like vibes it oozes, but there's something about an all-white shower that puts our minds immediately at ease. In this Portland pad, interior designer Emily Henderson makes the shower zone feel extra spacious by using frameless glass and a white built-in, which looks like it isn't even taking up space.
This bathroom from Chango & Co. combines rustic touches like wood beams with industrial steel frame doors to make this shower space feel expertly curated. The black shower bench also continues the black/white bathroom color contrast.
4. Marble Slab
As this shower from design firm Amber Interiors proves, opposites do attract. While subway tiles and a slab of marble seem like an unlikely design duo, they actually give this shower a bonafide wow factor. The secret? Choosing materials of a similar color palette. The mix of tan, beige, and white here feels equal parts soothing and stylish.
5. Wood Stand-in
Who said you had to add a formal, built-in bench to your bathroom? Simply adding a water-resistant bench to your shower will get the job done — for a whole lot less. In our very own Hunker House, we added a wooden bench from Skagerak Denmark to our millennial pink bathroom.
6. Contemporary Marble
Sure, a store-bought shower bench might be the more affordable option, but that doesn't mean it has to look cheap. For a luxurious take on one of our favorite shower bench ideas, select a material that's equal parts durable and divine. Inspired by a sleek, Parisian aesthetic, interior designer Ali Budd reimagined the shower bench in a luxe marvel, which could give any bathroom a five-star appeal.
7. Matching Ledges
One way to make your built-in shower bench feel cohesive? Continuing themes on other surfaces within your shower or bathroom. Take this modern shower, which matches marble slab on the bench to the alcoves.