Showers vs Bathtubs: How to Make the Right Choice
Showers vs Bathtubs: How to Make the Right Choice
If you’re bothered by this eternal question during the remodelling of your bathroom, you are not alone. Plenty of homeowners are struggling to make the right choice since both showers and bathtubs have their advantages and disadvantages.
To make the right choice, you should go over a few questions and ideas that will surely lead you to a solution. It's best not to make any rushed decisions that you would regret later, whether you decide to continue living in the house or opt for selling it. Luckily, our experts at Letta London prepared a short and helpful guide after going through the same dilemma with many of our clients.
Keep reading to find out which of the two is best suited your bathroom needs.
Already Have a Tub?
We know it's appealing to rip out that old tub that has been a thorn in your side for years and install a walk-in shower to get the extra space. This is one of those rushed decisions we mentioned earlier that you might want to reconsider.
Thousands of customers have gone through Letta London in the hopes of receiving professional help during their bathroom reconstruction. That's how we know there's a lot to think about before completely dismissing the possibility of having a bathtub.
If you decide to sell your house, pulling the bathtub from your bathroom will surely give you a narrower selection of potential buyers. What do we mean by this? At Letta London, we have had plenty of customers looking to spruce up their home with new walk-in showers before selling. However, this could lead to excluding expectant couples or partners with children from even seeing the house. As you know, bathtubs are perfect for young children, so it's an important thing to think about before doing any major reconstruction.
Of course, if the house is intended for you and your family, it's up to you which option you'll end up choosing. There are some fantastic showers at Letta London, like the Grohe Grohtherm Perfect Shower Set With Rainshower Cosmopolitan 210
that will completely transform your bathroom into a modern space.
On the other hand, if you have two bathrooms, you might want to keep the bathtub in the larger bathroom and put a shower into the smaller one. It's the perfect solution since you would get the two-in-one deal everybody is dreaming of. Furthermore, the master bathroom could be the perfect place for a spa bath while the guest bathroom will gain extra space with the shower.
How Much Space Are You Working With?
The standard bathroom is about 3.5 m², while the standard bathtub is around 1.3 m². That could turn out to be a problem if you’re not a fan of cramped spaces. Studies have shown that cramped spaces cause stress and anxiety. This is especially true in the case of bathrooms.
Conversely, showers take about 1 m² making your bathroom more spacious. By opting for a shower, you will add about 7% more space to your bathroom.
Regardless of your choice, Letta London has plenty of options for both bigger and smaller bathrooms. Corner bathtubs are especially popular with our customers with smaller city apartments.
How Important Is Energy Efficiency?
Whether you’re planning on selling or simply sprucing up the place for your family and yourself, you might want to think about energy efficiency. You would be surprised at how many concerned buyers come to Letta London’s showroom in North London to inquire about different ways of being energy efficient when it comes to your bathroom. Although there aren’t too many ways to save on water when taking a bath or shower, there is one that has proven successful in the past.
According to multiple studies, the average bath uses 113 l of water, while the average shower consumes around 75 l. Interesting, isn’t it? The reasons might vary but much more water is accumulated in baths compared to showers. However, these numbers would be completely different when it comes to deep soaks and huge tubs — around 300 to 380 l of water.
So, if you’re looking for ways to save on your water consumption, selecting to install a shower into your bathroom might just be the right solution for you.
Who Will Be Using the Bathroom?
Another important question that you need to answer before making any significant changes to your bathroom is this: “Who will be using the bathroom space?”
Showers and bathtubs are completely different when it comes to accessibility. What do we mean by that? If you have elderly family members or family members bound to wheelchairs, you might want to think twice before installing a bathtub. People with any form of physical disability will find it that much easier to use a walk-in shower instead of a tub. Showers with bar shower valves would be a logical choice for a more accessible shower space.
Depending on the shower, a pivot door, sliding doors, or curtains would be needed to get in, while getting into a traditional bathtub could be much trickier. There are numerous features that can be added or installed into showers for additional flexibility, like grab bars and benches.
However, tubs are essential for people with young children as it’s virtually impossible to keep a young child clean without one. For that reason, there are additional features that can be installed like easy-access walk-in tubs, but they can turn out to be quite pricey.
It’s important to think it over before making any final decisions. If you’re not leaning towards either of the options, it might be best to save up for a two-in-one combo. But, if your bathroom remodel can’t wait, put the pros and cons on a piece of paper to make the decision a little bit easier. It’s an easy way to weigh things out before committing to a decision.
How Big Is Your Budget?
The last, but most certainly not the least important thing on your list should be the size of your budget. We can go on for days about the various options you have when choosing a new shower or bathtub for your bathroom, but it can all turn out to be irrelevant if it exceeds your budget. That’s why it’s important to have a fixed budget before you embark on your shopping spree.
The options are endless when it comes to free-standing baths since the price range can be anywhere from £500 to a couple of thousand pounds. The same goes for your showers, the prices vary, so you could spend as little as £400 or you can splurge and purchase a walk-in wet room. Keep in mind that some of these showers and baths have additional costs for installation, so it’s best to drop by Letta London’s showroom or contact us via our website to find out more about the whole process.
All in all, it’s impossible to be disappointed with the choices of bathtubs and showers since there’s something here for everyone. Ultimately, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend on your bathroom remodel.
Swapping an old bathtub for a new one is relatively simple, but replacing a tub with a shower is where things get a bit hairy. It’s crucial to make an informed decision since these remodels can cost quite a lot. Try to answer all of the questions we’ve mentioned in the article as they are meant to be your guide in this ambitious undertaking. Don’t forget to also have fun and create something that will suit your personal taste.