Bathroom Design Dilemma: Shower or Bath

The great debate whether to include a shower or bath in your bathroom design is a topic that has divided the world since snow started falling. Some die-hard daily bathers argue there is nothing more therapeutic than submerging yourself in the tub after a long hard day. Others think this is unhygienic and unsanitary.

Bathroom Design Tub

No room for both? Here are some questions to ask when creating your perfect bathroom design:

Which saves the most time?
Unsurprisingly, showers will save time in that hasty rush for work. It takes roughly 8.2 minutes for the average shower, and 7.5 just to fill a standard size bath with running water. If you are in a hurry, showers are your quick ticket to a hygienic start to the day.

What is best for the environment?
If you’re a greenie at heart, then showers are the winner. Roughly 80 litres of water is used to fill up the tub Whereas, an average 8 -minute shower uses 65 litres. Showers also have the option for eco-friendly shower heads that limit the amount of water used. Not only is this a big tick for the environment, but also your pocket and will up the resale value of your home as energy efficiency is a top priority for modern home buyers.

Bathroom Design Shower

What is best for your family?
If you have a family where 7 pm is dedicated to washing the little ones, then baths will be your best option. Inclusion of a bath in a family home is a fantastic selling point and will most likely be a huge priority for families with children.

What is your budget?
If you are looking to have a sleek bathroom design but can’t drop bucket-loads of cash, then baths will be your best option for saving money. The installation cost of a tub will set you back anywhere from $400 to $8,000, with the cost of a shower ranging from $450 to $10,000. Standard bathtubs and shower stalls are at the low end, while whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers are pricier. Whirlpool tubs, installed will come with an average price-tag of $4,500, less than three-fourths of what you’d pay for a walk-in shower.

How much space do you have?
When considering your perfect bathroom design, take into consideration how best to maximise the space you are working with. If you have a spacious bathroom to work with, stand-alone baths can be a sleek accessory. If space is of the essence, showers will be the best option.

Bathroom Design Bathtub

Which is healthiest?
While many wince at the idea of sitting in your own dirt, baths have proven to be better for the skin. Sitting and relaxing in hot water will not only open your pores and clear them of dirt, but it also helps blood flow and maximises circulation. Baths have been associated with strengthening the immune system, relieving sore muscles and even reducing the effects of ageing!

Thinking of carrying out a bathroom renovation, but not sure where to begin? Our team of experts are here to help you! Call 1800 184 284 or book a call for a free consultation!

Breanna Taylor

Breanna Taylor is a third-year journalism and PR student studying at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. She has a strong passion for interior design and a growing interest in property development and renovation.


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