Bathtubs versus showers: a buyer's guide

12 Dec

If your bathroom space is very compact, you may wish to choose the amenities you want very carefully. After all, you don’t want to overcrowd the space. As such, one of the most common dilemmas that owners of smaller bathrooms face is whether to install a bathtub or a shower cubicle. 

It doesn’t make sense to have both if space is at a premium in your bathroom, but which option is right for you? In today’s blog, we’ll look at the benefits and drawbacks offered by each option to help you decide:


A beautifully-designed bath can provide a centrepiece for your bathroom, while lending it a high-end aesthetic. Taking a hot bath is also a great way to relax and de-stress. In short, a bathtub is a great option if you want to enjoy a refined and indulgent bathing experience. Most bathtubs can also support shower attachments, in case you want to clean yourself quickly and efficiently.

However, bathtubs (especially free-standing bathtubs) take up a lot of floorspace. If space is at a premium in your bathroom, a bath may not be the best option. They also use more water than showers. As a result, a bathtub may not be the best solution if you’re trying to be economical or environmentally friendly. Luckily, shower cubicles represent a great alternative.

Shower cubicles

Taking a hot shower can be a refreshing and energising experience. A cubicle or enclosure can provide a perfect space to shower. Cubicles give you more room to move around while standing than bathtubs do, which makes showering more comfortable. However, they also use up less floor-space overall, making them perfect for super-compact bathrooms. Showering also uses less water than bathing, so shower cubicles should be tempting for anyone who wants to save money.

Of course, you can’t luxuriate in a shower like you can in a bath, so a shower cubicle may not be suitable if you want the most opulent bathing experience possible.

Here at BPM Bathrooms, we pride ourselves on being able to design a high-quality bathroom for any space, regardless of size. We also try to include all the amenities that our customers want. So, regardless of whether you prefer baths or shower cubicles, we can design a space-efficient bathroom that incorporates your choice. We offer bespoke bathrooms in all sizes, so get in touch with us today.