I'd like to put a small seat somewhere in our shower. Is this
something I might be able to do myself or should I hire a contractor?
I'm thinking of something that I can just screw or glue onto the
existing shower. I don't want to remove any tiles and build it in. Is
that possible or reasonable?
The shower has 4x4 tiles over sheetrock.
Here are a couple of examples I found.
It doesn't need to be as fancy as either of those.
Speaking from experience, wooden seats and/or floor grates in interior
showers are an upkeep and smell PITA, and impossible to keep clean.
Unless you are holding parties in the shower, who cares what it looks
like? Cheap easy solution is plastic and metal seat from medical aids
store, or even local thrift store. And it would be a LOT cheaper than
teak or redwood.
I checked out our local Goodwill. Goodwill loans out handicapped
assistance devices for free on a short-term loan basis. Everything
from canes and walkers to wheelchairs to shower chairs and raised
toilet seats. They accept donated items, disinfect and sanitize them,
then loan them out. So visit your local Goodwill's product rental
facility and inspect their shower chair inventory. When you find a
likely-looking model, note the specs then go out and buy one.
And by the way, a.h.r folks - if you ever have a handicapped
assistance device you no longer need, donate it to Goodwill. There are
a lot of people who will be very grateful that they can borrow it
while they are incapacitated or recuperating, instead of having to buy
what they need.
I'll second that- and don't forget Salvation Army and the various local
charitable thrifts as well. They might not have lending closets, but
most stock and sell assistive items dirt cheap. When my father started
having to use a walker due to a 'routine' spinal operation that didn't
work out, we set him up with several walkers- one for house, one to keep
in car, and one where we added lawnmower wheels so it would work in
grass, at a fraction of the price of new.
having built a few of these, i can say it's a LOT easier to build if you
have new construction. you'd have to demo parts of the walls, build it, then
ensure it doesn't leak by rebuilding the walls and floor correctly. it'd be
a lot easier to just make/buy a wooden bench.
And probably the best one in your case. You can also get inexpensive,
small, plastic stools at Home Depot and many other places.
A built in one wouldn't be all that hard - your DIY was very good - IF the
shower wasn't already tiled.
I bought an aluminum adjustable 4-legged shower seat on Amazon last year
($25.55) because I needed it after I had broken my leg (yesterday the
orthopedist declared it fully healed - no need for any more follow-up).
It is light, fairly compact and really comfortable. When not needed it
obviously can be packed upinto the attic, where it doesn't take space in
the shower. (Bathtub with shower, including a bar that the handheld head
can be put on for vertical adjustment higher for me than for spouse)
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