Should you have a tub in your bathroom or should it be a shower? Why choose when you can have both? Don’t even concern yourself with the lack of space. There are lots of ways in which you can make this combination work in small and large bathrooms alike plus, the tub shower combo is actually very practical from a spatial standpoint.
The shower can be designed to serve as a walk-through to the tub
Choosing the layout.
There are several possibilities to choose from. One of them is to have the shower in the tub, a perfect option for small bathrooms. Another possibility is to have them separate but still sharing the same space. You can have a glass wall separating this zone from the rest of the room. Then there’s also a third option: to opt for a smaller tub and to place the shower in the corner, in the continuation of the tub.
The side by side tub and the shower form a separate unitIn a large bathroom, you can put the tub inside a spacious showerFreestanding tubs take up less space so they’re better for the occasionTake advantage as the natural light and views as much as possible
Shower door options.
It’s important to plan everything in advance. For example, you need to figure out where to put the shower door so it doesn’t interfere with the vanity or toilet. Of course, you don’t necessarily need a door. You can opt for a simple glass wall to separate the zones or for curtains.
If the shower is in the corner, there should be enough room for a doorIf you value your privacy you can install curtains to hide the showerA glass wall divider can also be enough to separate the zonesIf you absolutely must have a shower door, make sure you can use it comfortably
Waterproofing is vital when you have a two-in one shower and tub combo. You need to be careful when choosing the drain, tiles and all the other materials. Built-in tubs are much easier to install and waterproof than freestanding tubs. Also, you have to make sure your walls are waterproofed too so it would be a good idea to let he tiles go all the way up to the ceiling.
If you don’t have a shower door, at least get a mat so you don’t carry the waterCover the floor, walls and even the ceiling with tiles if you like to splash water aroundThe shower needs a separate drain, preferably placed in the centerWaterproofing is super easy when the shower is in the tub
Fixtures and accessories.
Once all the practical and functional details are all taken care of, you need to start focusing on the little things like the accessories you want to include in your tub-shower combo space and the fixtures you prefer. Decide on your handheld nozzle’s placement, the hose’s placement and, if you want a steam shower, plan ahead.
If you want a relaxing mood, a sunken tub and a few candles should do the trickA fold-down bench or stool can be very useful in the showerPlace the shower arm at a comfortable heightInstall hooks and consider built-in storage to save spaceA stool can become a side table when you prefer a bath instead of a showerIn a shared bathroom, it could be useful to have two showerheadsThe shower floor should be non-slip in a side-by-side layout
So why put your tub in the shower or vice-versa? The answer is simple: because it looks good and also because it’s a very practical option, allowing a perfect balance of function and style to be achieved.
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