*Last Updated: June 2024

How To Make A DIY Shower Stool Chair

shower stool

A shower stool is a water-resistant stool that comes with either three or four legs. The seat is slip-resistant, and the feet are often equipped with suction style cups so that it does not slip while you use it. A shower stool is the best way to rest your feet while showering or shaving.

It’s also indispensable for elderly or disabled people who can’t stand for long periods of time, or who have balance problems. 

There’s a couple of different ways to make one if you don’t want to buy it. We will discuss the easiest and most common types. As an aside, if you want a shower assistance device with arms, for more seated stability, check out a shower chair. If you want to build your own DIY shower bathroom bench, check out our guide!

We even show you how to keep shower chairs clean in this article.


How To Make A DIY Shower Stool

The above video is a great guide. You can also check out this Instructables tutorial to build this DIY option, or proceed to our general instructions a bit down the page:

diy shower bench

A shower stool can be an excellent upgrade to your shower and if you have wanted one for so long, below are steps in which you can make it yourself. We are going to list the supplies that you need so that you can be fully prepared.

  1. A 6 inch, 2 x 10 board
  2. Waterproof sealant
  3. Kreg Jig K4
  4. Miter saw
  5. Sander Drill

Step One

Cut all the needed pieces and ensure that they are sanded down. The next thing to do is to add pocket holes to the stretcher and the legs. Go slow but steady to ensure you are doing everything right before going to the next step.

Step Two

The second step is attaching the legs to the bottom of the seat.

Step Three

Ensure that the stretcher is attached between the legs.

Step Four

Seal the legs and the stretcher so that you avoid it getting moldy.

Type of wood to use

There are some options for wood when making a shower stool. You don’t necessarily need to use this type of wood as you can use any kind as long as you ensure it is sealed with waterproof sealant. You can also go for wood that repels moisture and water. These types of wood are less likely to rot or get old. The main options include:

  1. Cypress
  2. Cedar
  3. Teak
  4. Bamboo

Type of portable shower stools to make

There are different types of portable shower stools are; below are some of them.

  1. Standard– this is the most common type of portable shower stool. It has a stationary seat with three or four legs extending from it.
  2. Swivel seat – some come with swivel seats so that you can quickly turn hips when going in and out of the tub.
  3. Foldable – this model can be folded, making it easier to store and even travel with as they are easier to pack.
  4. Bariatric – this type are made to support the big weight. They come with crossbars between legs so that you get added stability and support.

Other types


If you have some woodwork experience, then you can try out the redwood shower bench. It is classic, and if you follow the steps carefully, you will have an excellent seating option that has a classic look.

Teak folding shower seat

This kind of shower stool requires you to have enough space in your bathroom or the tub. It does not have legs because you mount it to the wall. You can fold it and then collapse it when you have finished using it. It is mainly made from teak wood hence the name.

From spare patio wood

If you are a crafting enthusiast, then you love upcycling. If you have been doing home improvement projects and have some wood left, you can decide to make a shower stool. If you have enough wood, then you can make a shower stool from scratch.

Tile corner style

If you love the idea of building a shower stool against the wall, especially if you lack space, then you should try the tile corner. It requires you to use a thick piece of wood that is strong enough and mount it on the wall tile. It will create a seating nook that you can use to shave your legs and do other stuff.

What to consider before building

If you want to make a shower stool or even buy one, then there are some essential things that you have to consider.

Height of the stool

Different models differ in height, and the minimum and maximum heights also range differently. That is why it is essential to choose one that takes care of your height needs. Make or buy a shower stool that is not too high or too low for you.

Width of the seat

If you are using the stool to sit on, you have to make sure that it has a wide surface area. It should have a wide seat and a broad base so that you get full support. That way, the stool will not tip over when you use it or if you don’t sit in the middle.


Before making a shower stool, you have to keep in mind its stability. Giving it four legs instead of three will guarantee that the seat is stable. Another way to ensure that it is stable is by giving it a broader base and making the stool a bit heavy.

Seat padding

If you have a problem with skin tears and pressure sores, you should include padding in your shower stools. If you don’t need the padding, don’t get it because they dry out and eventually crack. That means you have to replace the stool sooner than you expected.

Summing Up

As long as you have the required items, it is possible to make one yourself. If you are not sure how to do it, then you can look for easy-to-follow instructions. All the best as you try to make a shower stool for your bathroom.

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