If you’re looking for the ideal washing solution for your family bathroom, a shower bath could be a perfect choice, especially if you have no space for a separate cubicle. Covering all bases, a shower bath allows you to either bathe or shower, or even both together if you wish, making it easy to have the experience you desire.
There are various shapes, styles, and sizes of shower bath available, so you’re sure to find one that works well in your available space. Whether you have a large or a compact bathroom, there’s bound to be a model that works for your requirements.
Shower baths do what it says on the tine – they’re a bath with a shower fitted over them, being specifically designed for a perfect combo. Giving you a practical area for showering as well as space to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing bath, a shower bath could be a perfect choice for your home.
The Different Types Of Shower Bath
There are several different types of shower bath available on the market these days, all of which work well in different kinds and sizes of bathroom. Here are some of the most common options:
Straight Shower Baths
If your bathroom is narrow or small, and you need to take space into consideration, you may find the easiest option involves installing a standard straight bath along with a shower screen. The screen and bath can be purchased together to save money and time, or separately to suit your needs.
L Shaped Shower Baths
An L shaped shower bath has straight edges to give a contemporary, sleek look. One area is wider in an “L” shape – hence the name. This wider area is for showering and has straight sides along with a shower screen to match.
If you want a more spacious shower space with the convenience of a roomy bath to bathe in, an L shaped shower bath could be just right for your bathroom, although as an L shaped tub takes up more floor space, you’ll need to measure carefully to be sure that it will fit into the space you have available.
B and P Shaped Shower Baths
Another option for a shower bath with more room for showering is the P or B shaped tub. A “P” or “B” shaped shower bath comes with curving sections either only at the showering end (in the case of a P shaped tub) or at both ends (in the case of a B shaped tub), with a curving screen so you have more space to shower.
The curving lines ensure an elegant aesthetic, making these types of baths very stylish, although as they take up more floor space they need to be in a larger room. Again, measuring carefully is essential before you buy to make sure that these styles of bath will fit in the space you have available.
Traditional Shower Baths
Although a shower bath may seem to be too modern to work in a traditional bathroom, in fact it’s a combination that looks great! A freestanding bath can be paired with a shower and screen as long as it is fitted up against a wall to avoid leaks. A back to wall freestanding bath will work well with a shower and gives the ideal mix of practicality and style.
What’s The Difference Between A Shower Bath And A Standard Bath?
The only difference between a standard straight bath and a shower bath is that a straight shower bath comes with a shower over it along with a screen.
There are some differences between an L, P or B shaped bath and a regular bath. These baths feature one (or two in the case of a B shaped bath) wider ends, so you can enjoy a more spacious area for showering. While an L shaped bath has straight lines, P and B shaped baths have curving lines.
Shower Bath Sizes
There are many different sizes of shower bath for you to choose from, so it’s easy to find one that fits well into your available bathroom space. The most common size for a shower bath is 1700mm in length, but there are other options too.
If you opt for a straight bath, you can choose sizes between 1400mm and 1800mm to suit both smaller and larger bathrooms.
If you decide to choose an L, P or B shaped bath, you can pick from baths in 1500mm, 1600mm, or 1700mm lengths.
Shower baths are primarily made from acrylic. These plastic tubs are affordable and practical, being lightweight and easy to carry and install, even upstairs.
Easy to care for, acrylic shower baths are a functional yet attractive choice for any home, and thanks to the curving contours, they allow for comfortable lounging and relaxation in the tub.
If you choose a straight bath, you could opt for a steel bath. Steel baths are heavier than acrylic models, but they are very durable and long-lasting.
How To Choose A Shower Bath
There are some considerations to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right shower bath for your home. These are some of the most important.
Space is, perhaps, the top concern when selecting the right shower bath for your needs. If you have a small or narrow bathroom, you may have to restrict yourself to only choosing a straight bath which will fit more easily into a compact room.
Alternatively, if your room is wider, you may want to consider opting for an L, P, or B shaped bath which requires more floor space but gives you a wider showering area for greater comfort.
Another consideration is the type of bath screen you’d like to choose. You have more options when it comes to choosing a bath screen if you opt for a straight bath or L shaped bath due to the straight sides.
P and B shaped baths have curving sides, which limits the variety of screens you can pick from.
Who Will Be Using The Bath?
One further thing to bear in mind is who will use the bath tub. If children or elderly people will be using it, for example, you will need to consider anti-slip materials and potentially handrails. Accessibility will also be a consideration if someone with disabilities will be using the tub.
What Else Will You Need?
Choosing a bath is just the tip of the iceberg when you’re renovating your fixtures and fittings. You also need to consider the accessories that go with it. For example, you’ll need to select the right bath taps to suit your taste and to work with your chosen bath. Choosing a bath waste pipe and a shower side panel or bath screen that works with your chosen bath will also be necessary.
Common Questions Answered
Can I use a corner bath as a shower bath?
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to use a corner bath as a shower bath simply because it’s impossible to find a suitable shower screen to use with this kind of tub.
Are all baths strong enough to stand in?
As long as a bath is made from reinforced acrylic or features encapsulated base board, it will be strong enough for you to stand in while showering.
How do I know if bath screen will fit?
Different types of bath screen work with different types of shower bath. For example, a P or B shaped bath will require a curved screen whereas a straight or L shaped bath requires a standard screen.
The first step to knowing whether a bath screen will fit is choosing the right type to go with your bath. The next step is to measure your space and your chosen bath carefully to ensure that you’ve selected an appropriately sized screen.
If you buy a bath screen as part of the package with your bath you can be confident that your screen will fit perfectly with your chosen tub.
Have You Considered A Shower Enclosure?
If you’re considering a shower bath, you probably enjoy the convenience of having the option to shower rather than just bathe. However, a shower bath isn’t always the right answer for everyone. If you have a small bathroom, a shower bath could be your only option but if you have a larger space, you may want to consider a separate shower enclosure instead.
Giving you a dedicated space for showering, a shower enclosure could be the best option for you if you prefer to shower rather than bathe. You could even opt for a shower enclosure instead of a bath if you rarely if ever decide to take a soak in the tub.
With so many options to choose from, it’s important to make the right choice to suit your preferences, your space, and your requirements. Now that you’ve read this buying guide, you should have all the information you need to make a well-informed purchasing decision for your home.