height of small shower bench

marys235March 4, 2013

This is probably a stupid question, but I can't decide how high to put my shower bench. I'm putting in a granite corner bench, 12x12x17, which will probably just be used to put my foot on when shaving my legs. But I suppose it would be nice to be able to sit on it, if I had to for some reason. So 10" might be a good height for shaving, but kind of low to sit on. Although I'm not sure it will even be big enough for an adult to sit on. Does anyone else have a bench this size, and can recommend a good, useful height?

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Approximately 17-20" off the finished floor.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 9:34PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

We've had a 20" high, 10" wide and 36" long bench since 1979. I liked it to shave my legs back then. We are about to remodel, and now we are old...65+, and we find that we like to dry while in the warm shower with the door closed, so we use that 20" bench to put a foot on to dry a leg. We both have back problems, but that 20" height is good for us. Our fancy new shower will have exactly that same set up, but now with an alcove so we don't have to bend down to pick up the shampoo, etc.

10" high might work for you now but old backs have more trouble getting down that far, or lifting a leg up that far. Bill Vincent his right on with his 17-20" recommendation.


    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 11:20PM
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Thanks for the info, my tile guy suggested 10" because that would be the first grout line (13" tile, I guess the shower floor takes up the first 2 or 3 inches). The next grout line would be 23", I think, which would be kind of high. I'll just tell him it can't be on a grout line.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 7:53PM
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Our shower seat is 17 1/2" high which works great for us. I've included a photo so that you might be able to see how we avoided grout lines on the front of it. We set the height to line up with the horizontal grout lines and, by using an extra large format tile, we were able to avoid a vertical grout line in the front.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 10:57PM
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