Shower V/S Shower Baths
If you’re not inclined to soak in a bath on a regular basis and you don’t have any little ones to wash, a shower on its own may be enough for you. It takes up the least space, and can be endlessly customised to your preference. Shower enclosures are also good for water and moisture management in the bathroom: you use less water, the water is less likely to splash out onto the floor, and the enclosure keeps most of the steam from escaping out into the rest of the bathroom.
On the other hand, having no bath at all limits your options and may affect the resale value of your home in the future. With a shower bath, you can take advantage of the speed, convenience, and water conservation benefits of a shower, while still having the advantages of a bath whenever you like. With the right choice of shower screens, curtains and mats, you can also minimise the splash and steam effects.
While it’s possible to simply install a shower over a regular rectangular straight bath and call it a shower bath, this has its disadvantages. A regular bath, designed for reclining, is generally narrow, and doesn’t give a lot of space to maneuver when standing up. For a truly relaxing shower, you want room for your elbows to make shampooing and other shower tasks easier. That’s where the true shower bath shines. There are two basic shapes available for shower baths:
These shower baths feature a gently rounded space at the shower end, resulting in a profile which resembles the letter P. This sleek curve is visually pleasing and very comfortable while bathing
As you might expect, these shower baths have straight angles in the shower area, creating an L shape. With a sharp square profile, the look is very modern, and fits easily into smaller bathrooms
As stated above, the shower over the bath is the original bathroom space-saving device and as more of us shower each day than have a bath, it makes perfect sense to invest in a quality shower system as well as a modern bath. Where space or budget restricts you, however, having a separate bath and shower may be impossible. Shower baths have come a long way since the original wall-mounted shower and shower curtain, and you can now choose from shower baths that have a range of fantastic designs and options:
Design – shower baths are designed to make both showering and bathing a comfortable and easy experience. That’s why many of the options available are wide at one end than the other – often with a curved side – to allow room to move in the shower without compromising the comfort of the bath. Sculpted interiors help to make a design mark.
Size – As they come in more than just the standard size, and as manufacturers and designers understand that there is real demand in today’s bathrooms for flexibility. So whatever size fitted you want, you should be able to find a shower bath design option.
Screens – shower baths are contemporary pieces of furniture and so most people install them with a dedicated bath screen. This is designed to fit the showering end of the bath exactly, preventing water from leaving the showering area. More hygienic and more attractive than the shower curtain, screens can help to bring additional style to your room.
Which One Would be Ideal for Bathroom?
Choosing bathroom fixtures is a very personal decision, and many factors come into play. Budget, interior design preferences, and your family’s specific needs will all need to be considered. The square footage and layout of your bathroom will have a lot to do with which works best for you: both P and L shapes are available in different sizes and right- and left-handed versions to allow the shower bath to fit into your room like a puzzle piece
We are always looking for ways to improve our range and to make them more attractive to customers. Shower baths where the side of the bath is lower at the showering end, enabling people to walk straight in is one of the latest developments, but you can be sure that manufacturers are researching how your shower bath could be even better.