The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Bath With a Shower
There's a common assumption that bathrooms are supposed to have baths, and if you're the traditional type then this is most likely going to be the case. However, more and more bathrooms are getting rid of the bath and just keeping a shower, and this is for a variety of reasons that will be explained in this Hub. If you're lucky enough to have two bathrooms then obviously you can try both out, but this is for those who only have enough space for one or the other.
Personally we got rid of the bath in our bathroom years ago, and while you sometimes miss it there are plenty of benefits to going down this route. When we did have a bath we also had a shower, so you could obviously go down the showerbath route if you want both. The option to use either is great, but if you want the proper shower experience and want to take advantage of the benefits listed below then you're better off getting rid of the bath altogether.
- Free up some space: Unless it's a corner bath a bath is going to take up a huge amount of space in your bathroom, especially if you're living in an apartment where the bathroom isn't that large to begin with. Showers give you the benefit of being able to be placed in the corner, giving you breathing space in the rest of the bathroom. This makes it less cramped, more relaxing and gives you the ability to use the free space for something else, such as a storage unit.
- More variety: While there are a number of finishes, shapes and sizes of baths available there are ten times the amount of variety available when it comes to showers. You can choose shower enclosures with pivot, Inline, sliding and more shower doors, while shames extend from the simple square or rectangle to quadrant and pentagon. You only have to do a quick search for shower enclosures to see at the huge variety of styles on offer, where even the glass can be customised to your heart's content. Finally there are also walk-in showers, and the ability to turn your bathroom into a wet room.
- Modern showers have everything: Aside from the enclosure the shower itself has a huge range of types and abilities. If you're only putting a shower above your bath you have to be careful about high pressure, plus you can't add the advanced features that modern showers incorporate. However, when you're building a shower enclosure you can go for simple overhead detachable handsets, multijets that take care of every portion of your body, different types of water pressures, built-in radios, and even showers where the water can change colour (through the use of LED's).
- Quick: It's obviously a lot quicker to have a shower in the morning before work than it is to run a bath. A quick shower also gives you a good burst of energy that sets you up for the day. Plus, if you ever wash your hair in the bath you'll know just how awkward it can be, and I've always felt cleaner all-round when I've had a shower instead of a bath.
- Save water: This is something that's on everyone's minds at the moment, whether the reason is environmental or economical. Obviously the amount of water you use will depend on how long your shower is, but a quick 5 minute shower will use less water than filling up a bath.
- Baths are extremely relaxing: That's not to say showers can't be relaxing, especially when it comes to adding massage jets, but there's nothing better than coming home from hard day's work and slowly lowering yourself into a nice warm bath. Plus you can add aromatherapy bath salts to help sooth aches and pains, while kids will enjoy bubble bath.
- Baths are better for the family: If you've ever tried giving your little one a shower then you'll know how much of a hassle it can be. Baths are fun for kids, they see it as playtime and that helps parents easily get them washed. Small kids usually don't enjoy a shower on their head, so you'll be saving yourself a lot of grief if you stick with the bath (plus, if you have more than one small child there's enough room in a bath to bathe them at the same time).
- Not having a bath could mean its harder to sell your home: Families may shy away from buying your home if you only have a shower, partly due to the above reason. Elderly people also prefer baths as it's easier for them to use one than a shower.
- More expensive: When you take into account that you have to buy the enclosure, the actual shower, a shower tray and installing the shower with tiling or lined walls a shower is probably going to turn out to be more expensive. You can get a bath as part of a bathroom suite, including a sink and a toilet, which may be more cost effective to you.