Deluxe Shower Seats
You deserve to bathe in comfort and safety, and not all shower seats deliver the goods. Some are cold and hard, some are so narrow or shallow that they make you feel unsteady or unsafe, some look too institutional, and some are just plain ugly.
Within the ARC range of Deluxe Shower Seats is a model that’s ideal for just about everyone who needs a real seat for real life. And these seats strike a healthy balance between appearance and functionality.
Made of rustproof stainless steel and rugged molded polyethylene, durability is assured and maintenance is quick. The powder-coated frame and upper legs increase the unit’s attractiveness and provide additional protection from moisture. The wide range of adjustability in leg heights makes individual fit and comfort easy to achieve. Seats are comfortable with or without the closed-cell foam pads.
Since the seat and arms swing independently, users can adjust all components to meet their immediate needs: For example, position one arm up for easier entry from the side, swing the seat and arms up to make more space available in the shower, or have the arms and seat down to protect a user’s security and balance.
Versatility and comfort are the hallmarks of these superior shower seats, and they will give you many years of service. Plus, they’re covered by a 10-year warranty for in-home use.
- 560 lb. load capacity (seated user)
- 122 lb. load capacity for each arm (use for hand grip; not intended for sitting, standing, or supporting a sustained load)
- Rustproof, heavy-duty stainless steel frame
- Legs allow for height adjustability
- One foot offers +/- ½" of fine-tune adjustment to compensate for slope of floor
- Outfitted with closed-cell foam pads (will not absorb water)
- Molded polyethylene seats and backs
- U-shaped cutouts facilitate improved hygiene
- Plastic feet protect floor
Please see product specification sheets for details.
Materials: Stainless steel frame, legs, and mounting bracket, molded polyethylene seat and back, polyurethane closed-cell pads.
Adjustability: Legs can be adjusted in ¾″ increments; one leg is equipped with a fine-tune adjustable foot to compensate for slope in the floor.
Maintenance: Seats should be cleaned routinely with a mild cleanser; do not use abrasives or harsh acidic or alkaline chemicals; remove pads to fully clean all seat parts; flush with water after each cleaning; every few months, check hex nut on fine-tune adjustable foot, adjust if necessary to restore the seat to level, and retighten nut.
Weight load capacity: 560 lbs. for seated users. Arms support up to 122 lbs.
Installation requirements: Seat bracket must be fastened to sturdy material that is well supported in the wall framing. Typically, 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 nominal lumber is installed between studs using cleats or by notching the studs for the blocking (toenailing is not a reliable fastening technique). Installers may use plywood instead of lumber, though the total thickness of the plywood blocking should be at least 1½″ (two pieces of ¾″ thick plywood sandwiched together, for example). Be sure to install blocking at the appropriate height for the seat and the user. Use #14 round head or hex head screws to secure the seat bracket to the wood blocking, and make sure fasteners are long enough to penetrate through all wall materials and bed deeply into the blocking. Use stainless steel fasteners in wet area locations.
Additional note: The wall to which a seat bracket is mounted must be plumb for the seat to operate properly. The fold-up seat and arms, when swung to the vertical position, must be able to swing past 90° to overbalance in the upright position. If the seat bracket is mounted to a wall that is out of plumb, the seat and arms may not be able to swing past 90°, which may prevent the seat and arms from remaining in the fold-up position.
What You'll Need
- Deluxe Shower Seat
- power drill
- measuring tape
- adjustable wrench
- 2× lumber for wall blocking
- fasteners (#14 round head or hex head fasteners recommended–do not use flat head type fasteners; use stainless steel fasteners in wet area installations; each fastener must be capable of withstanding 77 lbs. of pull-out force; the length of fasteners will depend on the distance to drive them deeply into an appropriately reinforced material capable of supporting the load; drive a fastener into every mounting bracket pilot hole)
Can I get new pads for my shower seat?
Yes, new pads are available. Please see the specification sheet for the seat model you have, and there you will find item codes for replacement pads.
What are the differences between a Deluxe Shower Seat and an Economy Shower Seat?
The primary differences are size and load capacity. The Deluxe series is built with heavier gauge stainless steel tubing in the legs and frame, whereas aluminum is used in the Economy series. The widths of the seats are smaller in the Economy series. Plastic mounting brackets are used on the Economy seats compared to stainless steel in the Deluxe seats.
All in all, the Deluxe series is stronger, more durable, and more spacious.
How do the seats stay in the folded position?
Every Deluxe Shower Seat, as it folds against the wall, travels past 90°. This allows the weight of the seat to overbalance toward the wall so it stays in the upright position. The wall must be plumb for the seat to function properly in this folded position.
If your wall is out of plumb and leans toward the seat, it is possible that the seat will not be able to overbalance and stay upright. This is not a defect in the seat; rather, it is a problem with the construction of the wall or a situation that has developed over time due to forces being applied to the wall. In a nutshell, the wall is interfering with the over-travel of the seat
If your wall is out of plumb and leans toward the seat, it is possible that the seat will not be able to overbalance and stay upright. This is not a defect in the seat; rather, it is a problem with the construction of the wall or a situation that has developed over time due to forces being applied to the wall. In a nutshell, the wall is interfering with the over-travel of the seat.
What is rubberwood?
Rubberwood is used to make the top of every wood slatted shower seat. It is a tree grown on plantations in Southeast Asia. The trees produce latex, which is used to make many rubber-based products. After a rubberwood tree ages more than 25 years or so its yield of latex diminishes to a point where it is no longer useful for that purpose. These trees are harvested and replaced with new rubberwood trees. Because it is a dense wood that is easy to kiln dry, shrinks very little and remains stable once dried, and offers great durability, rubberwood is used in a variety of kitchen, bathroom, and furniture goods. Since it serves these dual purposes–latex production followed by useful lumber–with little waste, rubberwood is considered an eco-friendly material.
How much weight can I put on the arms?
Each arm will support up to 122 pounds. Bear in mind that weight applied to the outer end of the arm puts more stress on the hinge.
Why is there a second set of legs in the shower seat box?
There are two sets of leg extensions included with every Deluxe Shower Seat. The only difference is the length of the extensions. They’re included to increase the range of installation heights available to a user.