Shower vs bathtub: The big bathroom decision


Whether you’re a new homeowner looking to renovate or think it’s high time your bathroom gets a revamp, this piece will help you decide if you’re team tub or team shower.

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It may seem trivial, but choosing between a bathtub or a shower can be one of the biggest decisions homeowners have to make. Costs aside, installing a bathtub or shower will affect the layout of a bathroom, and for the aesthetically-conscious, the style too. There are many things to consider from fixtures to flooring, and it can be quite daunting.

Here’s a quick list of questions that will help to make sure you’ve covered all your bases before deciding which of these bathroom staples best fit your needs.

How much space do you have in your bathroom?

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Bathrooms generally should be spacious enough for a number of different things to take place within them without compromising on safety. However, if you have a small bathroom, a walk-in shower may be the better choice. You’ll still have room to move and go about your daily bathroom rituals without knocking into shelves or kneeing cabinets.

A standard bathtub size is about 60 inches long, 30 inches wide and 19 inches of water depth. Measure your bathroom size before making a decision.

What’s your budget?

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A quick search on the internet will tell you that it may cost you more to install a walk-in shower than a bathtub. But don’t let this throw a spanner in your plans. If a walk-in doesn’t fit your budget, go for a standard shower stall instead. It’s cheaper and functions the same.

If you’re leaning more towards getting a bathtub, check out the wide range of variety: corner bathtub, walk-in bathtub, freestanding bathtub, alcove bathtub, soaking tub or drop in bathtub.

Read more: 9 ways to update your bathroom on a budget

Who else uses the bathroom?

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When it comes to bathrooms, it’s really important to keep in mind who else might need to use it in your household. Younger people generally prefer showers as they’re always on the go and want to maximise the time they spend in the bathroom. For many elderly and disabled individuals, walk-in showers are also preferred over bathtubs because they are easy and safer to get in and out of. Bath time with babies, toddlers or kids is a lot more convenient in a bathtub though.

If space is not a concern, opt for both. There’s no doubt that a shower is a good investment, but with a family, you might want to get a bathtub too.

Do you want to save energy?

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Plenty of energy-proficient showerheads are available today that can help you save on your water bill. If you take into account how many people will be using the shower, it might make more sense to get an energy-saving head that uses up less water compared to a bathtub.

Read more: 6 foolproof ways to lower your electricity bill in 2019 

What if I want to swap one for the other?

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Changing bathtubs or showers can be a fairly simple and inexpensive project. However, swapping from one style to another can be quite costly and complex. Layouts may have to change and budgets reworked. Knowing the costs and benefits of each style beforehand can help you choose the right style for your needs and that of your family.

There you go – questions to help you get started on your bathroom renovation. Whether you choose to go with a bathtub or opt for a shower, the many factors you’ll have to consider will have an impact on your family, energy consumption and resale value. Keep in mind how much space you’re working with, who will use it and how much you want to invest, and hopefully, the right choice will be clear.

But if you still find it hard to pick between those two choices, well, we have a solution for you. There’s always the option to go for a shower combination. It really is the best of both world.

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