Soaking tired muscles and soothing your soul are some of the perks of a bathtub, but sadly there sometimes isn’t room. The simplest solution to having bathroom space constraints is a shower over bath – but is it going to be the best choice for you and your bathroom?
There is no right or wrong answer, but simply what matters to you and what your needs are.
We weigh up some pros and cons to help you decide whether the bathtub shower combination is best for you:
- Saving Space
Small bathrooms can be frustrating and disappointing for people who love baths and often settle for a walk-in shower, but a shower over bath allows you to have your cake and eat it too! If you love to have baths but have limited room, this is the answer because you have your shower and your bath all in the one space!
Some things to consider for a small bathroom:
You’re potentially overcrowding the room with a bulky object. Will this affect the styling of your bathroom?
Small space means a small bathtub. If you love luxurious baths, have a good think first about whether being squished into a small tub will be worth it.
Anyone who has had a bath has probably had their own slipping incident, near miss, or are at least aware that bathtubs can be dangerously slippery.
If you are standing in a bathtub to have a shower, there is always a chance that slipping could cause serious or fatal injury. There are ways to combat this issue, though, using stick or suction on anti-slip mats.
You also need to take into consideration the awkwardness of climbing in and out of a bathtub every time you want a shower, which could also compromise safety.
With all that in mind, a bathtub shower combination might not be a suitable option for the disabled or elderly.
- Water Efficiency
This is about baths in general, not just shower over baths. Showering is far more water efficient than filling a bathtub. With drought becoming a wide-spread concern in Australia, local water restrictions might prevent you from being able to use the bath.
You could end up washing dirt and money down the gurgler.
- Property value
Depending on the type of home and its location, baths could be either good or bad for property resale – it’s all about knowing your target market.
A bathtub is appealing in a family-style home because kids and baths go hand in hand. Likewise, a bathtub in a luxury apartment can be great for resale, though a shower over bath may not fit the image of luxury.
In any home, but particularly in smaller homes and bathrooms, you really need to assess how the cons of a shower over bath might affect the resale of your home.
If you have a small space, you need to consider whether you want to fill it up with a bathtub or instead give your bathroom a more spacious or luxurious feel. Additionally, you want to consider how the safety and water efficiency aspects might affect the decisions of your buyers.
If you are remodelling to a budget, you need to consider the plumbing costs involved with any changes.
Replacing a shower with a shower, or a bath with a bath, minimises costs. However, if you are moving or adding plumbing to accommodate a shower over bath, then be prepared to include additional costs in your budget.
Houzz magazine have some great shower over bath ideas for small bathrooms – check them out!
Joe Rantino is the Owner of Gladesville Plumbing Services, a corporate and residential plumbing business in Sydney. Gladesville Plumbing specialises not only pride themselves on professionalism; they always ensure they’re prompt, reliable and honest.