Bath chairs typically aren’t viewed as a bathroom essential, but they can drastically improve your showering and bathing experience.
Here, we’ll go over the top three benefits of owning a bath chair:
- Increased safety
- Comfort and relaxation
Read on to find out why a bath chair might be the next addition to your bathroom.
1. Increased Safety
Most of us view bathing and showering as a harmless part of our daily routine. However, many people young and old find out the hard way that the bathroom can be a dangerous place.
A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years,” found that more than 230,000 people over the age of 15 suffered injuries in the bathroom in 2008.
Surprisingly, injuries occurring in the bath or shower peak in people aged 15 to 24 (those over the age of 85 tend to get injured near the toilet instead).
Perhaps the most alarming statistic is that more than 60 percent of all injuries in the bathroom take place while bathing:
Source: The New York Times, “Watch Your Step While Washing Up”
Knowing this, it becomes clear that the safety provided by bath chairs can benefit people of all ages.
For people who may otherwise not be able to bathe in a standard tub or shower, a bath chair can make a world of difference.
With the help of a bath chair, anyone can enjoy a hot, soothing shower, including people who are:
- In a wheelchair or walker.
- Recovering from surgery or an injury.
- Unable to stand for extended periods of time.
For those people, bath chairs can also provide a sense of security and independence. Whether they’re traveling or home alone, a bath chair makes it possible for those with limited physical mobility to always know they can stay safe and secure while bathing.
3. Comfort and Relaxation
Typically, bath chairs are recommended for people that are elderly, disabled or injured. However, anyone can enjoy the comfort of a bath chair, whether they fit into those categories or not.
Whether you install a chair, stool or built-in bench into your bath or shower area, you’ll instantly gain the ability to sit back and relax while you bathe.
Bath chairs can be particularly useful for showering — you can sit down while you lather up, shave or simply unwind.
Types of Bath Chairs
Despite bath chairs’ less-than-glamorous reputation, a number of sleek and contemporary options are available.
For instance, this adjustable tub seat can also double as a bath caddy:
This stylish shower bench includes additional storage area:
This modern Japanese bath chair can be used to scrub up either inside or outside of the tub and includes a pail for easy washing:
Finally, this reclining bath chair can provide the ultimate relaxing bath:
Whether you’re looking for relaxation, safety, accessibility or a combination of all three, a bath chair can take your bathing experience to the next level.