Most people want a higher-end look that is easy to maintain. A few things to consider when picking material for your shower bench include:
- Esthetics, and
When it comes to your shower bench, there are a few popular choices
- Teak (wood)
Granite and Marble
Granite and marble are both gorgeous, but can get expensive too. They are both porous stones and they can absorb liquids pretty quickly. If you choose to use a porous stone for a shower bench, it would need to be sealed very well to begin with. Sealant also wears off over time, especially in a heavily used and wet place like a shower, so it would need to be resealed every now and then. Both stones can really upgrade your shower bench but just keep in mind that granite and marble are expensive and a bit more high maintenance.
A popular option is continuing the tile from your shower walls onto your shower bench. It’s fairly affordable if you have a reasonably priced tile. You can choose to use same tile that you have in your shower whether you want a full bulky shower bench or a floating shower bench. You may prefer to have some contrast and choose a solid color or a different material.
Teak is another good and affordable option for a shower bench. Teak shower benches are not cold when you sit down on them and they are much more affordable than stone. To keep Teak benches looking their best, it is recommended to apply teak oil regularly, especially in hot showers where the wood may dry out faster. Unlike other woods, Teak holds up very well to excessive moisture. With Teak, you can opt for a bench that folds up or a mobile bench that you could pick up and bring into the shower. If you have a smaller space and you are looking for something multi-functional, it can be the way to go. Teak also provides a fairly neutral look and can match with a lot of bathroom and showers. You will have to be careful that watermarks and stains don’t develop. Teak can tarnish and may discolor over time, so you would need to sand and apply oil treatments every once in a while.
Because Quartz is manufactured, it’s not a natural stone and it is a bit lower maintenance. It is also a non-porous material, so you don’t have to apply sealers or worry about re-applying later. Plus, a solid surface such as quartz can also be less work than cleaning, for example, subway tile.
With that said, quartz can get expensive (as much as granite sometimes) . You can search around and try to find a mixed material which can sometimes be cheaper. You can check with a few local stores that specializes in supplying and installing granite and quartz countertops, as well as sinks and faucets. They may have cut off-cut slabs that you could purchase. Buying a leftover piece of stone is a great option that many people don’t know about when they’re shopping around, however most local retailers will offer it – you just have to ask!
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