Space Saving Bathroom Layouts – Bath vs Shower Enclosure

Space Saving Bathroom Layouts

When a bathroom is tight on space and you don’t have room for a bath/shower combo, which should you decide on? Baths and showers enclosures both have their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately it is the owner’s preference that will triumph. The main reason for wanting to replace a bath with a shower is to free up more floor space, so the room feels less small and cramped. Shower Enclosures are available in a wide selection of designs now to suite a variety of different space saving bathroom layouts.

Space Saving Bathroom Layouts: Bath or Shower?

Nowadays many people are lucky enough to have two bathrooms in the home, with some master bedrooms offering a fitted en suite bathroom. If this is the case, it is recommended to keep a bath in one and a shower enclosure in another, to satisfy all needs. After all, most people enjoy baths and showering for many different reasons; after a good work out session at the gym most people prefer a long shower, whereas a hard day at the office often calls for a relaxing soak in the bath. So having to choose between the two is difficult and you need to ask yourself – which could you live without?

It’s also important to think about what needs you and your family may have in the future, not just how you feel about the bathroom at this moment in time. For example, you may regret getting rid of all baths in the house if you are blessed with a grandchild, as you won’t be able to bathe them in your home and experience “bath-time” which is a huge part of growing up for small children. Similarly, if you plan to sell the property, not having a bath could affect the value of your home and possibly make the house appeal to fewer buyers. However, this doesn't mean the bath ultimately rules over a modern shower enclosure; let’s look at the pros and cons.

What are the Pro's & Con's of Shower Enclosures?

Advantages of a Showe Enclosure

Advantages of a Shower Enclosure

  • Taking a shower over a bath saves time, water and money. Most of us know this but the temptation of the bath on a cold evening means we choose to have a bath more often than we probably should. In today’s money-saving, environmentally conscious society, it could be a wise idea to replace a bath/shower combo with a shower enclosure. It could save you money on your water bills in the long run and is much more eco-friendly.
  • Replacing a bath with a shower enclosure will more often than not free up floor space in the bathroom and instantly create a more spacious, calm ambience. This can help home owners get the most out of a small bathroom, especially as shower enclosures with tall, glass doors also give an illusion of more space. Nevertheless, if you have more space available there are plenty of larger shower facility options – why not install a wet room and a wooden seat in the shower? Then you can still sit and relax whilst cleansing, almost like a bath in itself, and be the envy of all your neighbours with the most modern bathroom in the neighbourhood.
  • There is a large range of shower enclosures available on the market, and many companies can design shapes and tailor solutions for any space. This means you’re much more likely to find a model that suits your tastes and preferences, compared to baths which mainly come in a handful of sizes and styles.

Disadvantages of a Shower Enclosure

  • The initial cost of maintenance work involved to replace a bath with a modern shower cubicle may be expensive. Although having daily showers instead of baths will save you money for the rest of your life, it is hard to compare how long you would be waiting to see savings after paying for the renovations.
  • Traditionally, a bathroom without a bath can have damaging effects on the future of the property if you ever try to sell. It can limit interest from potential buyers – especially those with children – or people who generally prefer taking a bath themselves. However, times are changing and as the quality and variety of shower enclosures improve, many people will see the benefits of using showers over baths. Moreover, if your previous bath was old and unappealing, your new modern bathroom suite with contemporary shower features may attract buyers to the property who wouldn't have been impressed by the old bathroom.

Travis Harper

A plumber by trade, Travis Harper is a veteran in providing advice for bathroom installations online at Bella Bathrooms Travis can also answers questions on Google+ and Twitter.