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, at first glance, seem like a good solution. Compact and bending out of the way, folding shower benches seem to marry both the need for sitting in the shower, as well as keeping the stall relatively clutter-free. But wait a minute! Before considering and moving ahead with a wall-folding model, it's important to consider the impact on the client and bathroom project as a whole.


Shower seats are only as strong as the mounting hardware chosen and the wall on which they are mounted. The wall holding the bench must be reinforced, bringing the cost of the project hundreds, if not thousands more than a stand-alone bench. When the renovation is complete, it is vital to ensure the finish has been completely sealed. Otherwise, water will leak into the wall through the hardware and cause a major mold problem in the near future.

True Cost

A layer of complexity is added if clients are considering adding a folding shower bench to their existing shower. The cost of hiring a carpenter, handyman, or tradesman for framing, drilling, and ceramic tile installation must be factored in, remembering it will be necessary to remove and replace a portion of the existing shower wall, including the tile. This could significantly increase the project’s total cost.

Is the Space Saved Worth It?

Although it's true that folding benches can be installed to save space, it's important to consider that the space in the corner of a shower is actually 'dead space'—no one stands there. Why not use it for a corner shower bench, instead of knocking your thighs on it when not in use? Although not foldable, corner shower benches don’t commit you to permanent holes and hardware in your shower tiles or surround, and are entirely removable if need be.

Final Thoughts

Other factors to consider include:

  • Does the water stack reach where the bench will be placed?
  • How much time do you really want to spend cleaning around all those fixtures?
  • How long will you be happy for?

After analyzing all the factors involved in folding shower benches it’s easy to see that a stand-alone teak shower bench comes out ahead. It’s a decision customer won’t soon come to regret. And that’s nice to know because happy customers are what it’s all about!

Advantages of Stand-Alone Teak Shower Benches

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

  1. Durability and Quality: Made from Grade A teak wood sourced from sustainable Perhutani plantations, these benches are built to last and withstand the humid conditions of a bathroom.
  2. Aesthetic Appeal: The natural beauty of teak adds a touch of luxury to any bathroom. These benches seamlessly blend with various decor styles, from modern to traditional.
  3. 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.
  4. Maintenance: Teak is naturally resistant to water, mold, and mildew, requiring minimal maintenance to keep looking beautiful.

Customer Testimonials

Our customers have consistently praised the high 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 choice for high-grade teak products and accessories in North America. Here’s what some of them 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 emerges as 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.