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Walk-in Tub vs Standing Shower: How to Choose the Right One for Your Bathroom

Over 40% of homeowners who remodeled their bathrooms recently said that they wanted to use the space for rest and relaxation. If you’re hoping to create a spa-like space in your own home, start by thinking about your bathing area. More specifically, you’ll want to consider the advantages of a walk-in tub vs a standing shower. 

Need help deciding whether a walk-in tub or shower makes more sense for your home? Continue reading to learn more about what to consider and the advantages of both options so you can make the best decision for your family’s needs. 

Important Questions to Consider

First things first, there are a few questions you should consider when making your decision:

What Is the Current Layout of My Bathroom?

It’s a good idea to start by thinking about how much you want to change about your current bathroom. For example, if you already have a shower in your bathroom and you don’t want to do a full-scale renovation, replacing it with a new standing shower is a great option. To replace an existing shower with a walk-in tub that has a larger footprint will be a bigger endeavor. 

Who Will Use the Bathroom the Most?

Next, think about how your updated bathroom will be used and by who. If you’re renovating your bathroom because you’re entering your retirement years and you want to age in place, a walk-in tub could give you a safe bathing option if you start to experience mobility restrictions. If you plan to renovate a teenager’s bathroom, on the other hand, you might opt for a standing shower instead. 

Walk-in Tub vs Standing Shower

Now that you’ve given thought to some of the logistics behind your renovation, you can take a closer look at the advantages of each option. 

Advantages of a Walk-in Tub

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Unlike a traditional bathtub, a walk-in tub is much deeper and comes with a built-in door and seat to make bathing easier than ever. Many of the homeowners we work with opt for a walk-in tub because it’s a safe and accessible option, particularly for those with mobility restrictions. 

With a Birmingham or Huntsville walk-in tub, you won’t have to worry about tripping and falling when stepping over a high threshold and you can add extra safety measures like handrails and non-slip flooring for extra protection. 

Aside from the safety features, a walk-in tub also offers a truly luxurious experience since it allows you to fully immerse in the warm water. Many walk-in tub models also come with heated seat options and hydrotherapy jets to help soothe aching muscles after a long day. 

Advantages of a Standing Shower

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A modern standing shower is another popular option with our customers. Because they are usually smaller than a tub, a standing shower is perfect for smaller bathrooms, because it can free up some square footage. Standing showers are often very easy to clean too, especially if you choose an option with a detachable shower head. 

Additionally, standing showers are available in a variety of different styles and colors, so you can create a space that fits your desired aesthetic with ease. And, they also have available safety features like built-in seating and grab bars, so you can feel comfortable while you bathe.

Perhaps best of all, standing showers are great for increasing your home value, because they appeal to buyers looking for a Pinterest-worthy bathroom. 

Let Express Bath Transform Your Space

When it comes to a walk-in tub vs standing shower, the truth is that there is no wrong answer. It’s all about what works best for your family and your needs. We hope that after reading this blog post, you have a little more clarity on which option is right for you. 

When you’re ready to move forward with your bathroom remodel, the Express Bath team is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our walk-in tubs and showers and to get your renovation project on the books!

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