Designing a bathroom is not always easy – most of the time you are limited by space and especially for renovations or refurbishments; you have to consider the existing plumbing and electrical systems as well. Choosing between a bath and a shower cabin can therefore be a tricky task. Both, after all, have their advantages and disadvantages. So how do you choose what’s right for you? The following are some tips on how to select the right one – a bath or shower cabin:
Begin with a plan
The choice between a bath and a shower will largely be decided by the amount of space you have available – a bath will require more space, whilst a shower is more economical and less demanding when it comes to room and space requirements. Start by making a floor plan and decide how much space you have. Keep in mind, of course, the position of the door, windows, and existing cabinets and other bathroom fixtures.
When you sketch your floor plan, also keep in mind (and indicate on the plan) the existing electrical outlets and the plumbing fixtures, as these will be important for the installation.
The bath is traditionally known to be more relaxing since it allows you to lie down, soak for a while, and even read a book or listen to soothing music as you do it. Of course, a bath does require a longer time to prepare, and generally consumes more water than the shower does. Its advantage is the luxury, but its negative points are that the bath requires space and is not suited for people who are always on the run.
The shower cabin
When it comes to shower cabins, space is a great advantage – and it’s more economical to take a shower as you usually use much less water than with a bath. Furthermore, it tends to be more hygienic (the dirty water flows away immediately). There’s also less maintenance and the cleaning is much easier.
Combination shower and bath
If you are having trouble choosing between the two, then maybe the best thing to do is to acquire a combination of bath and shower cubicle. They’re easy to use when you need to leave the house in the morning, and they’re relaxing when you come home in the evening. They’re the perfect combination of practicality and luxury.
Perhaps the best way to choose the best shower or bath for your needs is not only to look at the available space and budget, but also to consider who will be using it the most – both baths and showers are, after all, investments that should pay off for a long time. Consult all involved and don’t forget to employ professional help if necessary.