Building a bathroom, or perhaps renovating one? It’s understandable if you are stuck when trying to choose between a shower unit and a bath – both have their advantages and disadvantages, and whilst both create a wonderful atmosphere and cleansing experience, it’s important to choose the one that fits best with your lifestyle. On the one hand, there’s the question of space, time, and energy. On the other hand, there are issues in terms of maintenance, relaxation, and personal time. Depending on your circumstances, you may be torn between the two. Having trouble deciding? Do you have just one bathroom? Here’s how to decide if a shower unit or bath is better for you.
Think of space first
The best case scenario is, of course, to have a bathroom that is big enough to house both a bath and a shower unit. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in most British households, and it really comes down to space – is your bathroom large enough to contain a bath without it taking away too much space for comfortable movement? Showers take up less space.
If you’re family is large or has a busy lifestyle, it’s often more pragmatic to install a shower cubicle rather than to install a bath. The shower cubicle allows multiple people to use the bathroom without loss of privacy, and a shower – compared to a bath – takes a very short time.
This is where the bath is beyond par – nothing beats soaking in a hot bath, perhaps listening to some soothing music, with aromatherapy candles at the side. Relaxing in a bath is an experience you simply cannot get from a shower. Having said that, a long shower is certainly beneficial – the water jets tend to relax your muscles, too.
Showers are not necessarily cheaper than baths – it all depends on the style, the materials, and the installations you employ. Don’t think about costs; think of it in terms of an investment.
There are, however, some other points to mention – and they may be important depending on your personal circumstances. First of all, if you’re thinking about installing with the hope of increasing the value of your home, baths are usually the best way to go. Statistics prove that buyers are more interested in bathrooms with baths rather than with showers. Also, it may be worth pointing out that giving small children a good cleaning is easier in the bath than in the shower. And of course, baths tend to be more romantic. Here’s how to start: list down your own requirements and limitations in terms of space, budget, and lifestyle, and decide by carefully considering the pros and cons of each.
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