When was the last time you took a bath in your tub? Odds are you might not remember, like most people, you probably can’t be bothered to draw yourself a long bath after an exceptionally busy day.
The annual Home Design Trends Survey has reported consecutively year after year that more than half of the people surveyed prefer a shower stall over a tub in their bathrooms. The most recent survey reported in the last quarter of 2014, that the doorless shower was the second most popular bathroom product and feature people wanted in their bathrooms at 66%, next to LED lighting, which was at 81%.
It’s easy to see why many homeowners are opting for a bathroom tub over a shower stall, as there are many benefits to switching:
- Ideal for small and mid-size bathrooms
- Maximizes your bathroom space
- Updates the look of the bathroom
- Design options are endless, providing a unique, customized look to your bathroom and home overall
- Potentially more cost-efficient and eco-efficient.
The Case for Tubs
Still, tubs are not giving up the fight against showers and free standing tubs are finding their way as an emerging bathroom trend in 2015 for homeowners with the luxury of space. The appeal with freestanding tubs is the beautiful aesthetic it adds to your bathroom, as well as the suggestion of indulgence and relaxation from sitting in the tub.
Most real estate agents will also advise that you should keep at least one bath tub in your home to maintain your resale value for potential buyers who require the tub for bathing young children, individuals with physical ailments and pets. Only bathrooms with a bathtub, shower unit, toilet and sink maybe considered a “full bath” for real estate listings. Bathrooms with a shower, toilet and sink are considered a “3/4 bath.”
No Space or Time for a Tub?
Frameless glass showers provide home owners with less bathroom space, the same sense of indulgence and aesthetic appeal by providing a design custom to the size of your washroom, with selected body spray jets and showerheads.
For those with more generous bathroom space to fill, the trend of big walk-in showers with oversized glass enclosures competes against the freestanding tub. If you like the idea of a walk-in shower and letting light in but require a little more privacy, frosted glass enclosures may be the right solution for you.
The Best of Both Worlds
With so many options to choose from, home owners do not necessarily have to choose between the shower and the tub by fusing both bathing options together with a tub and shower combination design. This design allows for a tub and shower space to co-exist in a smaller sized bathroom and provides the spa-like atmosphere that both a freestanding tub and walk-in showers exude. Having an enclosed “wet space” also makes for a family-friendly space that is easy to drain and clean.
So what is your take on the shower versus tub debate? Are you Team Shower or Team Tub? Or perhaps, just Team Cleanliness? Let me know what you think about the bathroom trends mentioned above or ask me for free advice on what style would best suit your bathroom size and lifestyle!