Choosing Between A Bathtub or Shower

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 7, 2012

So you’ve decided to renovate your master bathroom and you want to make it as luxurious as possible. For many people, the limiting factor when they undertake a bathroom remodeling project is space. Most of us just don’t have a master bath that’s big enough to moor a yacht, so we have to make some decisions as to what will or won’t be included. Often times that means choosing between a shower, a bathtub or a combination unit.

Here are some points to consider when choosing what works best for you.

Space
Consider how much space really is available. If space is tight, then a shower might be the more practical approach. However, before a home improvement starts, it can be difficult to picture the space any other way so it’s important to take the measurements and consider different configurations. You might decide with your designer that a tub or combo or even oversized shower is possible after all.

Are You a Shower or Bath Person?
Think about what you will truly enjoy and use most often. If you love to soak in a hot bubble bath at the end of a long stressful day, then a soaker tub would be the right choice for you. In my case, the idea of a big Jacuzzi tub is appealing, but in reality, I would probably use it three times a year and end up showering in the main bathroom. If you’re like me, then consider a customized shower to suit your needs. They are available with many options to choose from: rain showerheads, massaging jets, dual seats, steam. And let me tell you, lounging in a steam shower is just as relaxing and rejuvenating as any bath I’ve ever taken.

Practicalities
How many bathrooms are in your home? Is there at least one shower and one bath or a combo? For practical reasons and for resale value, it is a good idea to have at least one of each in your home. If you have children then you probably want a bath or shower/bath combination to bathe them in. If there are elderly people in your home or someone with limited mobility, then a walk-in shower or walk-in tub would be the right investment.

Combination Units
If you just can’t decide or want the benefits of both the bath and shower, a combination unit will be best for you. This maximizes space and utility. And don’t worry, there are some beautiful and luxurious combo units available with fantastic fixtures and options.

To learn more about your options, talk to your local bathroom remodeler or home improvement expert.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go spend some time in my steam shower before I head to bed.

Related blog posts – 5 Luxurious Touches for Your Bathroom and How To Choose the Perfect Bathtub.

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