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Hoof bathtub, Japanese, corner, built-in, whirlpool, freestanding, shower cubicle, walk-in shower, hammam, combined ... The previously difficult choice between bath and shower has become even more complex in recent years with the arrival of new products on the market. Today, bathtubs are no longer just reserved for spacious houses and are also easily available in bathrooms with more modest dimensions. Likewise, there are now showers offering great comfort and a design worthy of the best spa salons. So, bathtub or shower? déco.fr offers you today an overview of the different solutions and helps you choose the one best suited to your needs and desires!
- Comfort: the Zen bathroom
- Space saving: small maximum wellness areas
- Aesthetics: our ideas for an elegant bathroom on a low budget
- Water consumption: an expense to take into account
- Still undecided? Opt for a bathroom with shower AND bathtub
1. Comfort: the Zen bathroom
© Cosentino If the bathtub has long been positioned as the only "comfort" solution, this is no longer the case today. Although it remains the undeniable champion of moments of rest and relaxation, the walk-in shower, the steam shower or the hydro massage shower are excellent alternatives much more suitable, among other things, for small spaces. But beware, what may prove to be a more comfortable solution today may not be so in a few years! So be sure to consider your development or your renovation over the long term: the bathtub, which can be very useful for a family with children, is indeed much less safe for seniors or people with a physical condition making access to the bath. They will then prefer a shower with integrated seat or a large walk-in shower that can easily accommodate an armchair. Those of you who want to create a bathroom with a resolutely Zen spirit will find in the Japanese bath a bathtub solution suitable even for small spaces. Thanks to their diameters ranging from 80 to more than 200 cm, these traditional Japanese baths, all in wood, will give a very authentic atmosphere to your bathroom, right in the decorative trend of "wabi-sabi".
2. Space saving: small maximum wellness areas
© Hayley Kessner The minimum size of a shower is 80 x 80 cm for a walk-in shower or a classic shower cubicle. Models of 70 x 70 cm also exist, but they greatly limit the range of motion and thus quickly become uncomfortable. In comparison, the traditional size of a bathtub is 80 x 170 cm, although there are more and more models measuring 80 x 180 cm. But contrary to popular belief, a long bathroom plan will also easily accommodate a shower or bathtub area. The latter can indeed easily find its place in the width of the room, at the bottom of it. Other tips for optimizing small spaces: favor vanity units over countertops, and bathroom mirrors with storage integrated into single mirrors. You will not have to invest in an additional storage unit and thus save a precious space that you can dedicate to your walk-in shower or your bathtub. You can also "pimp" your bathroom decor with golden or coppery fittings that will give it, despite its small size, all the air of a large one. These are the best effect on wall tiles with deep shades.
3. Style: our ideas for an elegant bathroom on a low budget
We know it, tastes and colors, that cannot be discussed. There are, however, a few simple criteria that allow us to decide between the shower and the bathtub in terms of aesthetics: A large choice of materials and colors: if your project is a renovation project, you will find it much easier to adapt the style of your shower, and in particular a walk-in shower, to the rest of your decoration. You will have a wide choice of materials for its walls: glass, mosaic, earthenware, pebbles, natural coatings like Tadelakt, waxed concrete, etc. For the same budget, it will be much more difficult to find an original bathtub or one made of a material other than acrylic. Faucets and accessories: the faucets will also lend themselves more to all fancies: integrated, coppery, chrome, gold, black ... It will adapt and be associated more easily with your decoration. In terms of tall apple format, the choice is also extremely varied: fixed, hand shower, of all shapes, with different jets, lit by LEDs, etc. The impression of volume: had you thought about it? Your room will indeed seem much larger and breathe more with a beautiful walk-in shower, fully open or equipped with glass walls, with a floor identical to the rest of your room, than with a bathtub, much more massive. A shower is also more suitable for a modern bathroom style.
4. Water consumption: an expense to take into account
© Angus Fergusson / Amber Interiors The baths have a capacity of between 120 and 200 liters of water, depending on the model. In comparison, a five-minute shower consumes between 40 and 60 liters of water. Reported over a year, this is equivalent to 27,300 liters of water for a small bath of 150 liters every two days against 18,250 liters for a daily shower. Over the year, this represents an average cost of € 271.50, not including the operation of your water heater (for running water at an average price of 3 cents / liter in France). Some tall shower heads are also equipped with a water-saving mechanism, which will allow you to make additional savings. The "shower-stop" system, which is simply screwed between the hose and the high head or shower head and does not require any change of taps, allows you to turn off the water while you are soaping and to find it at exactly the same rate and at the same temperature when you reopen it. These solutions are of course not compatible with the principle of the bathtub.
5. Still undecided? Opt for a bathroom with shower AND bathtub
© Smith Hanes Despite the advantages of the shower over the bathtub, both in terms of savings, space and aesthetics, you are not ready to give up your occasional bath and want to arrange a bathroom with shower and bathtub? The two are not incompatible and it is quite possible to imagine a bathroom plan with shower and bathtub so that you can enjoy the advantages of both. Is your bathroom too small for that? You can then install a shower column with high shower head or hand shower over a bathtub. Then think of equipping the latter with a shower curtain or a glass wall in order to limit splashing. For your comfort and safety, also provide a small stool to more easily step over the edge of your bath and a non-slip mat to place at the bottom of your sink. Finally, be aware that there are also bath-shower combinations of 80 x 115 cm, but their advantage over a real walk-in shower with integrated seat remains questionable. So, shower or bathtub, did you choose? For my part, the time for reflection was not very long: my bathroom being crossed by a section of load-bearing wall impossible to knock down in its entirety, we chose to divert this constraint into a structuring element of our room of water. This little corner now houses a large walk-in shower with dark walls, for a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, ideal for completely disconnecting at the end of the day!