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How to Choose the Right Changing Room Benches

How to choose the right changing room benches

You've just finished a great session at the gym and are heading back to the changing rooms to cool off and get yourself ready. You expect the changing room bench to be comfortable and practical – and so do your customers. That is why it is important to choose the right features for your changing room bench. So, whether it is in a school, a gym or a local club, everyone who uses your changing benches feels happy and at ease.

We have put together this guide to outline the different specifications of changing room benches, so you can make an informed decision about what is best for your space.

Changing Room Benches

Seat Material

We'll start with the area where most contact occurs: the seat. For people to find the benches useful, the seats must be comfortable to rest on. There are a few material options you can choose from:

  • Metal: this is one of the most common seating materials found in changing room benches across the UK. Usually made from strong steel, they provide a heavy-duty and secure base for the rest of the bench which helps to keep it sturdy. With this type of seating, you will often find the joints are welded together for greater strength.
  • Laminate: this option is very robust and does not bend or flex under a heavy load. Usually manufactured from dense plastic or resin, it can be customised with a variety of different colours to best match your interior décor.
  • Timber: one of the more popular choices, timber is extremely robust and can hold its shape under a hefty load. This is ideal for when the changing room bench may be used for storage purposes. This type of seating is also customisable, as you can choose from different wood stains to best suit your space.


Bench Size

The size of your bench is one of the most fundamental aspects to consider before purchasing. You firstly need to measure your space and decide how many benches you want to install. Only then will you know which size bench you need. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right size:

  • Height: you may decide to go for a shorter option if the changing room benches are going to a primary school, or a taller option for high schools, colleges, and gyms. The exact height of the bench does not usually make much difference (unless you have very low ceilings) but having hooks on the top of the bench adds extra practicality.
  • Width: consider how much space you have. Keep in mind that people need space to walk around the benches, as well as room underneath for extra storage.
  • Depth: changing room benches come in two options, single-sided or double-sided. The option you go for ultimately decides the depth of the changing room. If you have a smaller space, the single-sided option may be best to give the room a more spacious feel. If you have a larger space, the double-sided benches may be right as they can cater for a larger amount of people.
  • Wall-mounted: if you find yourself running low on floor space, then the wall-mounted option may be just right for you. This design simply removes the legs and adds brackets to the frame to allow the bench to be secured to a wall, keeping the functionality of the bench without taking up valuable floor space.
Changing Room Benches

Extra Features

Although there is nothing wrong with a standard changing room bench, adding on a few extra storage features makes the bench more functional and appealing to users. Why not consider adding one (or some) of the following useful specs:

  • Under seat trays and shelves: this is an excellent way to make use of the space beneath the seat that usually gathers dirt and dust. By adding in a tray or a shelf, you can create a handy space for people to store their shoes or trainers. Under-bench storage is made from the same material as the rest of the bench to give it a pleasing look.
  • Shoe rack: add modular shoe baskets underneath the seating space. They can be personalised to suit different shapes and sizes of shoes. They also add a safety feature to your space by keeping shoes, which can be trip hazards, off the floor.
  • Coat hooks: one of the best ways of avoiding clutter and risking a messy changing area is by installing coat hooks. These allow coats and bags to be stored neatly, ensuring nobody loses any of their belongings and keeping the bench free for seating purposes.


We hope you have found this guide on changing room benches to be of use. You can view our full range of changing room benches on our website, and Workplace Lockers are also available for use in changing rooms along with changing room matting to create a complete changing area.

If you have any questions about changing room benches or any other product from our website, please get in touch with our friendly team who will be more than happy to help.


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