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A transfer bench, (also known as a transfer chair) is a bath safety device which the user sits on to get into a bathtub. The user usually sits on the chair, which straddles the side of the tub, and moves from the outside to the inside of the tub. Tub transfer benches are used by people who have trouble getting over the tub wall or into the shower, either because of illness or disability.

Types of Transfer Benches


A basic transfer bench typically consists of a back, long seat, and four legs. There are many different kinds, customized for the patients’ needs. The size size, height, and width can all vary. The user gets on the seat from the outside of the tub and scoots over on the seat to the inside.

Various optional accessories are available, such as a padded seat, commode opening, or swing arms.

Sliding Transfer Benches

This varies from the typical transfer bench, in that instead of scooting to the other side, the user does not have to move. The user simply sits on a seat and then slides to the other side, usually on rails or some kind of frame.

They come in different lengths, along with such options as padded seats, swivel seats, and cut-out seats. Some are freestanding, while others attach to the side of the tub. There are also models that integrate with a wheeled chair, with the transfer frame in the tub connecting to the chair.