Should I have a shower or bath in my bathroom?
Bathrooms are a great place to experiment with your design style and find a look that works for you. While traditional bathrooms can be a little formal, a modern bathroom will allow you to create something more tailored to your tastes.
In terms of function, there isn’t too much of a difference between the two styles as both offer water solutions. However, the similarities end as baths and showers have vastly different features that may suit some people better than others, depending on their lifestyle.
If you want to unwind after a long day at work, bathtubs are perfect for giving you an uninterrupted few hours to yourself while all those worries drift away down the plughole along with your cares and tensions. With this in mind, people who like to relax after a hard day at work are likely to prefer baths over showers.
For some reason, people still think that baths are for children and teenagers; this is no longer the case! There is no limit on who can use a bath or how often you should take one. You can pop them in their bathroom if they don’t want to share yours (just make sure you get it deep enough for your legs!) or let them dip away while you brush your teeth, paint your nails etc. They’re also great if you just need some time out alone without other people around, so that’s another plus!
Regarding installation, adding an en-suite to your bathroom will allow you access to a bath in one room and a shower in another, which will help control the spread of germs. If you have a huge bathroom, you could have two separate rooms with baths and showers so that there’s no competition for space when it comes to your daily bathing ritual.
Baths are also great because they add value to your property if you ever decide to sell it, so an en-suite is much more likely to remain in demand from buyers. The only downside may be the installation costs because if your bathroom isn’t fitted yet, it will require some significant renovations before a bath can fit into the space.
If you’re not a fan of spending long periods soaking in water, a shower might be more up your street. They’re also great for conserving water, so if you live somewhere where freshwater is at a premium, this may be an option worth considering.
Showers are easy to install, too, as they can be fitted in almost any bathroom without the need for significant renovations, so they’re very cost-effective should you want to move homes.
Suppose you’ve got a big family or friends tend to pop round more often than not. In that case, showers are ideal as everyone will have enough space to wash comfortably, and with separate rooms, there is no competition from other members of your home!
Both baths and showers offer their benefits, but your washing routine must match what is most convenient for you. For example, if you like to relax after work and prefer long baths, adding an en-suite will do the job and offer excellent value for money in the process. On the other hand, if space is at a premium in your bathroom and you don’t want to make any significant structural changes, then a shower could be the answer if that is more suitable.
Whether you choose a bath or a shower is up to you and your individual needs and preferences. If in doubt, why not try both and see which one suits you the best?
Let us know if you prefer a bath or a shower, and why, in the comments below.