Bathrooms in the majority of homes have limited space. Whilst some homes enjoy the luxury of a large bathroom area big enough to boast both a shower and a bath, in smaller sized bathrooms, many homeowners find it necessary to decide between the two. In which case, the shower recess wins hands down, as most adults use the shower on a daily basis and rarely make use of a bathtub.
However, for those with babies, toddlers and young children who make use of the bath daily and for those who enjoy the luxury of a bath, shower/ bath combinations are an ideal solution that allows the benefits of both a shower and a bath without taking up extra space in the bathroom.
Shower/ bath combinations have in the past received a somewhat negative view as being outdated and considered a fall hazard. Although, with a professional design and careful selection of items, these shower/ bath combinations can provide the best of both worlds, safe to use and result in a stunningly modern bathroom.
Not only can a shower/ bath combination save you space, they are quite cost effective as plumbing is all conveniently located and they share the same waste. Cleaning is another advantage as there is a single bathing area to clean.
Here are a few tips when creating a shower/ bath combination in your bathroom:
Choose an inset bath with a flat base. While free standing baths look amazing, they tend to be higher which makes them harder to step over to get in and out of and have a more curved base which can make them difficult to stand in safely when showering.
Choose a rail shower with an adjustable hand held shower rose. Having a hand held shower rose in the shower bath combination is ideal as it can be used whilst showering and also used when bathing. It is perfect for washing children’s hair when they are in the bath. Combining a hand held shower rose with a rainfall shower head, creates a beautiful feature in the bathroom.
Create recessed shelving (niche) in the shower/ bath area. A niche is a recessed shelf that has both a practical and decorative use. Protruding shelves can be a hazard in the shower area causing bumps and scrapes. A niche provides the perfect space for your shower and bath toiletries. Choose a contrasting tile for your niche or light it up with LED strip lighting to create a beautiful feature.
Niches & Bath spouts. There are a variety of bath spouts available today and the type you choose will depend on your individual taste, however, a fold away bath spouts provide a modern look with the added benefit of being able to swivel bath to sit neatly against the wall after filling the bathtub. This prevents the all too common bumps and scrapes from bath spouts when bathing which is a safety advantage when bathing little ones.
Shower curtains are hazards as they stick and tangle whilst showering. Installing a frameless glass shower screen is ideal as they not only prevent water from escaping the shower area but they add to the appearance of space. The screen can be custom made to pivot at an ideal placement to ease access in and out of the shower bath area.
Consider placement of the mixer for the shower. Placing the mixer directly under the shower rose will mean having to step completely into the shower bath to turn it on, which can be uncomfortable whilst waiting for the water to reach to ideal temperature. An alternative is to place the mixer on the longest wall of the bath, which is usually directly opposite the entry. This allows the mixer to be accessed without having to step into the shower bath area.
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