Wall-Folding vs. Stand-Alone Teak Shower Bench: Which Is Right for You?

For those looking for a space-saving option in the shower, a wall-folding shower bench might initially seem like a good solution. Compact and folding out of the way, these benches appear to marry the need for sitting in the shower while keeping the stall clutter-free. However, before committing to a wall-folding model, it’s important to consider the overall impact on your bathroom project.


Shower seats are only as strong as the mounting hardware and the wall they are attached to. The wall holding the bench must be reinforced, which can significantly increase the project cost. Once the renovation is complete, ensuring the finish is completely sealed is vital to prevent water from leaking into the wall through the hardware, which could cause mold problems in the future.

True Cost

Adding a folding shower bench to an existing shower introduces complexity. Costs for hiring a carpenter, handyman, or tradesperson for framing, drilling, and tile installation must be considered. This might necessitate removing and replacing parts of the existing shower wall, including tiles, significantly increasing the project's total cost.

Is the Space Saved Worth It?

While folding benches can save space, it's essential to realize that the corner space in a shower is usually 'dead space'—no one stands there. Using this space for a corner shower bench, instead of bumping into a folded bench, might be a better option. Corner shower benches do not require permanent holes and hardware in your shower tiles and are entirely removable if needed.

Final Thoughts

Consider the following before deciding on a shower bench:

  • Does the water stack reach the bench's placement area?
  • How much time will be spent cleaning around the fixtures?
  • How long will the chosen bench remain satisfactory?

After evaluating all factors, stand-alone teak shower benches clearly come out ahead. This decision results in happy customers, which is always the goal!

Advantages of Stand-Alone Teak Shower Benches

Stand-alone teak shower benches from ARB Teak & Specialties offer numerous benefits:

  • Durability and Quality: Made from Grade A teak wood sourced from sustainable Perhutani plantations, these benches are built to last and withstand humid bathroom conditions.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The natural beauty of teak adds a touch of luxury to any bathroom, blending seamlessly with various decor styles from modern to traditional.
  • Versatility: These benches are not fixed, allowing users to move them as needed. They can also be used outside the shower for other purposes, adding to their utility.
  • Maintenance: Teak is naturally resistant to water, mold, and mildew, requiring minimal maintenance to keep it looking beautiful.

Customer Testimonials

Our customers consistently praise the quality and versatility of our teak shower benches. With over 20 years of world-class customer service, ARB Teak & Specialties has become the premier supplier of high-grade teak products and accessories in North America. Here’s what some customers have to say:

John D. from New York: "The teak shower bench I bought from ARB Teak is stunning and has transformed my bathroom into a spa-like retreat. It’s sturdy, beautiful, and incredibly functional."

Susan L. from Toronto: "I was considering a wall-folding shower bench but opted for a stand-alone one instead. The quality of ARB Teak’s products is unmatched, and I love that I can move the bench if needed."


When choosing between a wall-folding and a stand-alone teak shower bench, the latter is the clear winner. It offers unparalleled safety, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetic appeal, making it a valuable addition to any bathroom. At ARB Teak & Specialties, we pride ourselves on providing luxurious, high-quality teak products that stand the test of time.

For more information and to explore our range of teak shower benches and other products, visit ARB Teak & Specialties Canada.