Storage under seat in shower?

paul_maMarch 13, 2012

Most of the seats I see in tiled showers are a sort of tiled "step". When I look at that I think "wasted space". So I'm thinking of using that space. There is a lot of not-so-attractive stuff that is used in the shower that might be stored in there, and that wouldn't look so good in an open niche.

But opening that up requires an entirely different design, and I don't recall seeing such a thing. I imagine a hinged seat - perhaps teak - with storage underneath. I suppose it could be an enclosed box of teak slats, so it drains while still hiding stuff. Or maybe an open tiled "tub" (with openings so it drains) and a hinged teak seat/cover.

Has anyone seen or heard of such a thing?

Any thoughts?

How does teak in the shower hold up over time? I presume it eventually turns grey? How does it hold up to soap, etc.? Does it get icky? Can it be maintained in good looking shape without a lot of effort?

Are there other likely materials for a hinged seat? Plastic, stainless steel, aluminum?

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Sophie Wheeler

Shower niches are open to the air for a reason. Enclosed damp space = mold. NOT a good idea.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 1:10PM
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paul_ma

hollysprings - yes, I am well aware of that. I'm looking for the best of both - sufficiently drained/ventilated and still "hidden" space for clutter or unsightly stuff.

Perhaps the vertical front "wall" of this space could be vertical slats, allowing air and water to circulate. Or perhaps a little tiled "riser", but that doesn't go all the way to the floor - leaving an opening for air and water to flow through.

I suspect this must have been done by somebody. I'm hoping someone has seen examples.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 3:43PM
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sweeby

I've seen that space utilized from OUTSIDE the shower via an ordinary cabinet door, and thought that was very clever.

But accessible from inside the shower? A perforated metal panel might work, but wouldn't be too friendly for mid-shower use. Sliding door tracks would get nasty-gunky pretty fast, and hinges would probably collect hard-water deposits like nobody's business...

What about leaving the under-seat area open and storing your 'ugly stuff' in some attractive baskets that stash away there? I've seen some nice-looking plastic baskets with open-work sides -- just drill a few more holes into the bottom and you'd be good to go.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 5:34PM
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tobler

we don't have closed storage but I put a corner teak seat in our shower. Signature Hardware sells one
http://www.signaturehardware.com/product17864?origin=product-search&cvsfa=589&cvsfe=2&cvsfhu=333038313834
we have had it about 2 months and it looks great. The great advantage to a teak seat over stone or tile like your shower walls is that it isn't cold! I actually sit on it while I never sat on my stone in a previous house because it was icy.
The other thing i do to keep all the ugly bottles out of my beautiful new shower is that I keep the things I only use some of the time in a plastic crate in a drawer and I pull it out when I need it and put at the shower door. When i'm done, I just put it away.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 7:52PM
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arcy_gw

Teak slats is what came to my mind. I have never seen a design. I wonder if there would be something in the world of pools? To open a door/seat means hinges. Hinges and water; not sure how that would hold up. At my house the bathroom is used by five people. Not having what you need in the shower means a lot of dripping across the floor to get what you need out of the cupboard AFTER you already began your shower. For us a caddy stored elsewhere is not practical AT ALL!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 6:43AM
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dianne47

Storage under a bench is too low to the floor and would pose a slip and fall hazard.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 8:09PM
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paul_ma

Re hinges - it should be possible to get stainless steel hinges. Or brass. Either should work reliably. If worse comes to worse, should be available as boat parts. (Even more expensive that bath parts.)

Re storage is too low - how is this different than picking up the stuff that falls out of a niche? (And it does, at least for me.) In any case, I would expect to have one or more niches as well for the most commonly used stuff.

Interesting that so far nobody has actually seen a picture of anything like this. I can't be the first to want it.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 8:55PM
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Olychick

Here are a couple of pics:

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 12:37PM
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melissastar

I really like the idea, if something could be worked out. I've seen a lot of slatted teak planters and tables meant for outdoor garden use and I'm wondering something like them might work in a shower. My preference would be an open tiled bench, with a slatted teak bin/basket sort of thing that fits under it. The advantage being that it could be relatively easily replaced when and if it gets disgusting.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 3:42PM
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paul_ma

olychick - interesting, but I'm not sure I understand what I am seeing, expecially in the 2nd pic. The first seems to have an opening, like an alcove or niche, under the seat. I can't tell - it almost looks like it has a glass front. If so that makes no sense to me.

The 2nd I totally don't understand, unless it was taken before work was complete. I don't see any glass walls. So it looks entirely open. The "seat" does look interesting if it is open. The storage wold seem to be accessed from the outside. Or maybe that is hiding space for shutoff controls. In any case that wouldn't work for me.

Melissa - now that you mention that, it does sound like a good way to go. That way the seat is fixed with no moving parts to break. And as you say, the bin could be replaced. And it could still look good. Thanks for that idea!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 12:23PM
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gingerjenny

how about some stainless steel baskets? wire mesh type of thing?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 10:51PM
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