A Bathtub-shower combination is an application that includes functionality of a bathtub and a shower in one unit. They are the most popular choice for bathrooms, offering convenience, space-saving solutions, and design versatility. In this 1000-word article, we will explore different styles of bathtub shower combos to help you choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.
Standard Three Wall Alcove
By far the most common set-up, this combination usually features a rectangular bathtub with an end drain, a tub filler and a shower head. Most common dimensions for this set-up are 60” x 30” or 60” x 32” ” and Sometimes it seen with in longer format. It is a practical and cost-effective solution for smaller bathrooms that do not have the space for separate bathtub and shower area. It is a go-to for families with younger children, for the elderly and for apartment and condo dwellings. Families with young children are tend to contemplate how convenient it will be to bath young kids and the elderly consider factors such as the height of the front bathtub wall to traverse when getting into and out of the tub. In both situations the depth of the tub comes into play. (Note WETSTYLE’s BC11, BC12, BC14 bathtub models in the 06 Config are designed to address these considerations). A design consideration when planning an alcove set-up is the material choice. Solid surface bathtubs tend to provide a much cleaner and more architectural look than other materials. One can achieve a flat and very straight front skirt that is not possible in alcove models made from acrylic. WETSTYLE’s WETMAR BiO is an eco-friendly and GREEN GOOD Design Award winning solid surface material, a clean architectural look and more planet friendly.
Corner Bathtub Shower Combo or Two Wall Alcove
Designed to fit into corners, this set-up also saves space. In this case, one end of the bathtub might have a tiled wall and the other end were there is no physical wall and one might see a glass partition. The leading edge of the tub can be accommodated with a shower curtain or formatted with a sliding glass or hinged glass door. When considering a glass door and whether to install a rolling or sliding door one must usually have a minimum of 2” of space on the deck of the tub to place the glass and door sliding mechanism. Be sure to check these dimensions when considering a sliding or rolling door on your bathtub.
Walk-In Bathtub Shower
Ideal for those with more severe mobility issues, walk-in tubs have a door that opens and closes for entry and exit. Some models also include a hand shower feature. These models are generally mich higher than traditional bathtubs and incorporate a built-in seat. Bathers are not lying so much as sitting upright. These combos provide safety and comfort for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Most models on the market today tend to be made from acrylic and look very institutional; not terribly attractive, although we are starting to slowly see some more solid surface designs enter the market. Stay tuned for more here from WETSTYLE in the near future.
A free standing set up is normally associated more with bathing and design than with showering. Considerations here are size of the bathroom, the space allocated for a free standing tub, tub filler location and type, tub shape, color, material and features. Many free standing tubs in the market today are more oval in shape or some derivative thereof and are made from stone/resin composite blend or acrylic. The free standing bathtubs made from a composite or blend of stone and resin have more advanced performance benefits than their acrylic made alternatives. The composites or solid surface material used for free standing bathtub fabrication has heat retentive properties keeping bath water warmer than the thin plastic walls of acrylic models. It does not flex or rebound when stepping into it. Solid surface models tend to be more easily repairable and come in both glossy and matte finishes. Solid surface free standing tubs tend to be made in one seamless piece where the acrylic free-standing tubs are often seamed together leaving them more exposed to eventual leaks. When considering a freestanding bathtub for your remodel one should consider whether the model has a deck large enough to accommodate accessories such as bathing salts, shampoo, soap, a glass of wine or a book. Many free standing bathtubs do not have a large enough tub deck to permit this. Does the tub permit a person to sit and swing their legs over and into/out of the bathtub? Can the free standing bathtubs accommodate a deck mounted tub filler or does one need to use a floor mounted tub filler. Deck mounted fillers are less expensive. Is the drain located in the center or end of the tub? Is this tub designed for a more upright soaking experience or a more reclined position or can it accommodate both? Does the free standing tub have an integral overflow ? If so, one can avoid the expense of and unseemly look of exposed overflow plumbing connections.
In conclusion, there is a wide range of bathtub shower combo styles to choose from, each offering unique features and aesthetics. When selecting the right combo for your bathroom, consider factors such as available space, your personal preferences, and the overall design of your bathroom. Whether you prioritize functionality, style, or both, there’s a bathtub to meet your needs.