It’s not until you go through a demo yourself that you realize just how many decisions need to be made, even in a relatively small room like a bathroom. If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to include a tub or just have a standing shower. Before you make a quick decision based on your own stylistic preferences, make sure you consider a few other things.
Baths vs. Standing Showers
Consider your family’s needs.
If you have young children, at least one bathtub is a necessity in your home. However if you have older loved ones or those with a physical disability living with you, a shower will be more accessible. A shower can also be altered with grab bars and benches to make it more user-friendly.
Think about resale.
Your average home buyer wants a home with several “full baths,” meaning one with a tub. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home for a few years, you should try to fit a tub in the master bath as well as a one other bathroom in the house.
How much space do you have?
Your average shower takes up about 9 square feet, while a tub will take up about 13 square feet. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, opting for a shower can save you valuable space that could be put towards additional storage or a larger vanity.
You may be able to install a shower yourself.
If you have some construction experience, you may be able to install a shower kit yourself. However, installing a tub is better left to the pros because they can easily crack or damage your floor if mishandled.