What do you do if you want to install a shower but you only have a very small bathroom?
While I love my bathtub for the rare occasions that I get to use it for a long relaxing soak, I don't know what I would do without my shower. Showers are quick, refreshing and a lot more economical than taking baths. When I had the chance to redesign my small bathroom I jumped at the opportunity to improve the shower that was installed above the bathtub at the time.
The first thing to remember is that there usually is a way to do these things and you mustn't give up before you've really thought about the problem. Don't be put off by the fact that you don't seem to have much room to play with in your bathroom design.
So what are the options?
Throw the bathtub away
the bathtub will give you more than enough room to fit a sizeable
shower enclosure. Unfortunately you won't have a bath anymore. While
this might fit in well with your current lifestyle you might want to
think about what you might have need of a few years down the line and
when you come to sell your property.
When you sell a property you
must have a bathroom with a bathtub even if it has a great shower
instead. People expect to find a bath in the bathroom and the lack of
one can seriously depress the value of your property.
Put your shower in your bathtub
you have no other option you can install a showerhead above your
bathtub together with a shower curtain or splashguard. This should be
the easiest solution, as it will take up no additional floor space.
Personally I'm not keen on this option.
Turn your bathroom into a wet room
is an ambitious design that will involve turning the floor of your
entire bathroom into a giant shower base and drain. It can be a very
expensive option to convert a conventional bathroom into wet room but it
has the advantage of allowing you to put your small bathroom shower
anywhere you like. Even over the toilet if you want to although I
wouldn't advise it.
Install a curved quadrant shower cubicle
option that I like best for any bathroom is to install a separate
shower enclosure either free standing in the room or in a corner of the
bathroom. This is a great solution if you can find the space to
accommodate the shower enclosure.
The problem with this idea is
finding the space in a small bathroom to fit the shower enclosure.
Enclosures come in various sizes so you will need first of all to decide
on the smallest size that you think you can live with. Even a very
small shower enclosure is better than none at all.
To make the
space available you should consider the whole small bathroom design.
Find a smaller toilet and washbasin and even a smaller bathtub if you
have to. Use squared paper and cut out shapes to try many different ways
of arranging everything.
Finally look at curved quadrant shower
enclosures as a space saving alternative to square or rectangular ones.
Finding one of these was the turning point in my small bathroom shower
design. Everything fell into place nicely after that.