A shower base with seat is most often rectangular in shape and comes as a three-wall alcove with some able to retrofit older-style tubs. Virginia Tupker suggests opting for a low threshold shower base with seat if you have trouble getting in and out of the bathtub. There are some styles that are constructed with three full walls with built-in shelving to store shower products on. Most shower bases with a seat are constructed out of high-gloss acrylic or resin with some containing reinforced fibreglass. You'll also find some contemporary styles made out of composite for a more grainy and pebble-like finish. There will need to be silicone, acrylic, and possibly a thick layer of enamel to properly finish and seal a shower seat with base. There's often a drain that comes with the base that's crafted out of plastic, metal, or stainless steel.
When looking for a shower base with seat, it's best to get one that comes equipped with curved grab bars that make getting up from the bench a seamless and easy task. Depending on your bath or shower set-up and what feels most comfortable for your body, you can often choose between a shower base with seat that's positioned on the left or right. Kelly Behun recommends finding a shower base with seat that's fashioned out of quality slip-resistant materials, so there will be minimal falls. You can find a curved lower integrated bench for comfort and there are also full-size chair height options available as well. For relaxing times in the shower, there are also shower bases with a seat that come with built-in armrests.
For those looking for an easy no-fuss set-up for their new shower base with seat, finding one that comes with drain assembly allows you to be able to jump in the shower in no time. There are also some shower bases with seats that include a sloped floor which makes for superior drainage. Leyden Lewis notes that you can also find shower bases that come with levelling feet which help to support a larger frame. Keeping that in mind, you'll also want to look for a shower base with a seat that's leakproof in order to keep your bathroom floor from flooding or developing mold and mildew. And if you're looking to have your bathroom remain contemporary in style, there are shower bases with seats that have tile walls as well as smooth tile-like mini benches.