7 Shower Bench Ideas to Make Your Bathroom Positively Spa-like

subway tile shower with marble bench
credit: Stephen Paul for Hunker

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.

1. Built-in Backdrop

built it shower bench
credit: Studio McGee

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.

3. Industrial-Rustic

industrial bathroom shower bench
credit: Chango & Co.

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

wood shower bench
credit: Stephen Paul for Hunker

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

black marble shower bench
credit: Ali Budd

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

subway tile shower with marble bench
credit: Stephen Paul for Hunker

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.


Kelsey Mulvey

Kelsey Mulvey

Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance lifestyle writer and editor. Her work has been featured in Lonny, Apartment Therapy, and Wallpaper*, among others.