Make room for a bath and shower
Ways to adapt a layout and ideas for space-savvy fittings
Having both a bath and a shower in the bathroom offers numerous benefits that cater to different preferences and needs. The combination of these two fixtures provides versatility and convenience.
Some crave the relaxation of a bathtub but also want the cleanliness and water-saving benefits of a shower.
Not everyone is space rich in their home so usually a choice must be made between one or the other.
Turn an alcove into a mini wetroom with a bath alongside. The recess will need tanking by an experienced professional and adequate drainage installed.
Knock it through
Taking down the wall between the bathroom and adjacent toilet may make enough room for a shower to replace the loo, which can be relocated.
Cover every angle
A quadrant shower cubicle fits neatly in the corner of a room. The smallest comfortable size is 800x800mm.
In equal parts
A square room may provide enough space for a bath along one wall with a narrow enclosure to one side, and the basin and toilet lined up on the other wall.
Barely there barrier
Create a waterproofed wet area in one corner and separate it from the bath or basin with a frameless glass screen.
On a smaller scale
Choosing a shorter bath may provide the extra space needed for a shower. You’ll find 1,500mm lengths widely available, and even 1,200mm to 1,400mm soaker tubs from companies such as Albion Bath Company.
Open up floorspace between bath and shower by teaming a reduced-depth elongated enclosure with a standard-width tub. The length of the enclosure will provide showering space – but you’ll need a watertight design to keep surroundings dry.
One layout option for a rectangular room is to have a slimline walk-in shower along the shortest wall, with the bath and basin – and loo – in front facing each other.
When all else fails, choose a combined shower and bath such as this design, which measures 850mm at its widest point. Box in pipework or conceal within a stud wall for a streamlined look.
All in a row
For a long, narrow layout, consider creating an enclosure at one end of the bath. The room will need to be at least 2.5m long to fit in a standard bath and 800mm shower end to end.