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Best Shower Chairs for Elderly Guide (Picked by Seniors)

Shower Chair

The Shower Stool:

The name says it all; shower stools are stools used for sitting in showers. They have no backs or armrests like benches, but they’re moveable like shower chairs.

Medical Tool-Free Assembly Adjustable Shower Stool Tub Chair and Bathtub Seat Bench with Anti-Slip...
  • ROUND DESIGN – The shower stool’s round base is ideal for smaller tubs or shower stalls and...
  • ADJUSTABLE LEGS – Adjust the height of the shower stool’s legs to fit your needs. Height is...
  • ANTI-SLIP RUBBER TIPS – Slip-resistant rubber tips on the legs of the shower stool add safety and...

Tub Transfer Bench and Sliding Shower Chair

Thumbs Up - Pros


  • Light weight
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdiness
  • Stability
  • Durability

Thumbs Down - Cons


  • None

What Size Should a Shower Chair Be?

There’s no general size to a shower chair; they vary, and you should choose the one that suits you. As long as there’ll still be room even after you’ve sat in the chair, and it fits in the shower, it’s the right size.

A good seat for the shower should be able to provide the support needed for all shapes and sizes. The weight of the chair should be light to maneuver, approximately weighing between 6 and 10 pounds. If your chair is a transferable one then this will make it easier to lift in and out of the tub. As for the weight that the chair can hold, most of them support up to 300 pounds. Bariatric chairs are available for those that need extra support.

The average height of a safe seat is a minimum of 17’ from the top of the seat to the ground. However, you can find benches that are shorter and taller. The height of the chair should be tall enough so that your feet are flat on the shower floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Prior to sitting down, consider having someone measure your height from your ankles to your knees to get the appropriate numbers. This will allow you to purchase a seat best for your height. Also, consider purchasing a chair that has adjustable legs just to be safe!

What Height Should a Shower Chair Be?

The shower chair’s height has more to do with how high its seat is from the shower floor than the top of the chair’s backrest. They have different heights, and what’s high enough for one person can be too low for another. An ideal shower chair must be high enough for your legs to touch the floor while you’re sitting comfortably.

According to the United States Department of Justice’s ADA standards, a shower chair’s seat should be 17 to 19 inches high. Tall people can choose shower chairs with a height of up to 23 inches, and most heights are adjustable. The height matters as it will determine how comfortable and safe you will be in the shower.

Regardless of their height, most shower chairs have a seat depth of about 12 inches and a width of 21 inches. Before you choose a one, measure your shower or tub, and compare it with the chair’s size.

The Size of Your Shower Will Tell You the Size of Your Chair

The top two questions that need to be answered when it comes to size, and mobility are:

  • Compact or Basic?
  • Fixed or Portable?

If you have a smaller shower or tub you might consider purchasing a shower chair that is compact and portable. The benefits to a chair that can be folded up and moved include:

  • Easy with travel
  • Folds neatly for storage
  • Locking casters for safety
  • Can be used for more than just a shower

Another factor to consider is if you will be sharing that small shower with someone else who does not need a chair. If so, we recommend purchasing a foldable chair that will allow more room.

If you are living in your own space and intend to use the chair frequently, then a basic and fixed seat might be your best option. Some benefits of a basic and fixed chair include:

  • Stability is safer
  • Can attach to a wall
  • Fits any size shower or tub

There is another option if you need to slide in and out of the shower. Consider a bench that will be longer in width. It is also great if you need a wider seat.

All three options have great benefits and knowing your personal capabilities and situations will only lead you to purchase the best shower chair for your needs.

Design Might Be Most Important

The design is one of the most important parts of the chair because it holds the most details and components. It involves far more than just looks. Some of the factors that go into the design and should be considered when purchasing the right chair include:

  • The seat – This should be comfortable and slip-resistant. Find a seat that is padded, wide enough, and has drainage holes to prevent water from building up in your lap.
  • Armrests and back support – Armrests add extra security to the chair when getting in and out. They also provide security while seated. Back support isn’t always necessary as you can choose from removable and stationary.
  • Legs and feet – We recommend purchasing a seat or bench that has adjustable legs made out of rust-resistant material. To ensure your safety, check that the feet have anti-slip suction cups on each one. If you plan to purchase a chair that is compact, consider wheels for easy travel? Wheels can also allow for easy access in and out of the shower.
  • Storage compartments – For those that have a lot of products and minimal space, consider buying a bench that has some pockets or waterproof compartments. This will help to make sure everything you need is within reach.

On top of all of the components listed above, another factor to consider when looking for the right shower chair is whether you want it upright or recumbent. If you are independent then you might just stick with a basic, upright chair. If you require assistance from a caregiver, have a limited range of motion, or simply just need the option of reclining then a recumbent chair is more up your alley.

The Quality and Material Will Make It Last Forever

There are several types of materials on the market that will give you good quality. Let’s dive into which is the best material for you.

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