Shower or Tub: What Does Your Bathroom Need?


There’s a battle among homeowners when it comes to their bathrooms. The question is: which would you rather have, a walk-in shower or a tub? The issue is, of course, not as controversial as it sounds. But if you’re one who’s still not sure which side to take, weighing the pros and cons of the two might help.

Why a tub? Why a walk-in shower? Take a look at what both have to offer to your bathroom.

What is the Buzz About Tubs?

Findings from a 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study show that about 37 percent of more than 1,200 homeowners would rather upgrade the current bathtub they have than replace it with a new one.

And the most popular tub choice for homeowners: freestanding bathtubs.

Tubs take up an average of 12 square feet of floor space. Ask yourself this: does your bathroom have enough space for a tub? If your bathroom’s size is beyond 40 square feet, then maybe you’re good. But if not, you may want to think again before installing that tub.

Bathrooms see a lot of activity. With a smaller space, it might as well seem stressful to be in a room that’s supposedly meant for comfort and relaxation.

You might also want to ask yourself, how often you take baths. When was the last time you had a soak? You may want to reconsider a tub if you’ve not spent much time in one for a long while.

What are Walk-In Showers? shares that more and more Americans are taking out their old, too-high-to-step over tubs for contemporary walk-in showers. A walk-in shower would be perfect for a small-sized bathroom. It won’t take up much space, and it will give your bathroom more room for other materials that you intend to install.

Removing a tub in your small guest bathroom can turn it into a shower-only unit. If you’re planning to sell your home, it would be a smart move because that would give the future tenants more space for change. They would have more room to get ready when they move in.

In every bathroom, it should be wise to think of the people who are using them. For instance, if you’re a young and busy couple, a walk-in shower would better suit your lifestyle than a tub. Showers are faster than soaking in the tub. That way, you don’t have to worry about being late to work or for other appointments.

Investing in a walk-in shower is also ideal, especially if you’re planning to age-in-place. It’s a design that features more room and accessible options, creating a safe and convenient way to shower.

So have you decided: a tub or shower?

A tub might work if you’re planning to start a family. Meanwhile, a shower is suitable for a smaller bathroom. Consider your needs and the space and size of your bathroom before committing to one.

But whichever option you choose, the key to updating or renovating your bathroom is to prioritize comfort and efficiency.