Have bathtubs started their journey into oblivion? That’s not to say just yet, but it’s already been a while since bathroom remodeling contractors have noticed that homeowners tend to show greater interest in shower cabinets. While tubs lose ground to showers, new models come out. Isn’t this a paradox? Certainly not. Many people with big bathrooms prefer to have both a shower and a tub. These days, freestanding bathtubs are in vogue too – if you have the space – the money too.
For those who are already on budget and still need to do some bathroom remodel, the tub is already history. Now the reasons for deciding to toss the bathtub in favor of the shower are plenty and not the same for everyone. But if you are sitting over there wondering what to do with your tub – whether to keep it or not, and need some reasons to make up your mind, stick around for a while longer. Let us show you the 9 main reasons why most people wave goodbye to their tub in the master bathroom.
The bathroom looks (and is) bigger
That’s the king reason for tossing the tub. If you talk to 50 different bathroom remodeling companies, they will all tell you that one certain reason why their customers said no to tubs is to free up space. Bathtubs take up too much space. Even if there’s already a shower and a tub in the bathroom, people hardly use the tub. It makes sense to say that with the tub out of the way, the bathroom doesn’t only look bigger. It is bigger.
The space feels airy
Without a tub, the bathroom – however small, looks bigger and feels airy. This feeling of open space is immediately grasped due to the large size of the tubs. This may sound funny to those habituated with old style showers. After all, showers are vertical and tubs occupy space horizontally. Why does the removal of the short tub open up the space while showers don’t suffocate it? It’s because tubs are large, even when they are small. And these days, modern showers have a glass partition and a glass door – both of which let the eye travel.
It’s easier getting in the shower than in a tub
Getting in and out of the tub is hard as opposed to the shower. It’s no wonder that showers are preferred by elderly people or people with some moving problems. Showers are easy to use by all members of the family, in spite of the age. And this is not something we can say for tubs too.
Tubs are not always safe
Since it’s hard to get in the tub, it’s not always safe. One miscalculation with the foot and one may easily fall. And then, those who use tubs usually sit down and it’s not always easy to get up, despite the grab bars. In showers, there are hardly any safety concerns while you can still place grab bars and handles.
You can save on water bills
People, who use tubs, often fill them with water. There’s nothing surprising about that. In fact, those, who have both a shower and a tub in their master bathroom, use the tub only when they want to soak in hot water. While you miss this luxury without a tub, you also save lots of money, otherwise spent on water.
Tubs cost too much
Tubs don’t come cheap. In fact, if you decide to get a modern, freestanding tub, you will have to spend a serious portion of your bathroom remodeling on the tub. With showers, you get options. And even the most expensive ones don’t cost as much as a tub.
You can enjoy the new shower accessories
Due to the high demand for showers, the accessories are plenty nowadays. The products include anything from rain showers to running water that changes colors and shower heads that allow you to listen to the music.
There’s room for the whole family
When you make room for a generous shower, the entire family may fit in – even the dog. You don’t necessarily have to shower all together but you can easily help children wash up or give your dog some memorable spa moments.
You can have the shower custom made
Who said that all showers are the same? You can buy them off the shelf or have yours custom made – maybe built to your expectations. You can place the accessories you want, even a stool, build shelves – do whatever you want. Create your very own private corner and simply enjoy.