Are you remodeling your small bathroom space, and searching for creative solutions to maximize space without negatively impacting its functionality? One of the easiest changes you can make is replacing your traditional shower with a corner tub shower combo. These pint-sized products can make even the smallest bath appear larger, and can create a truly amazing look when installed and personalized. But there are a few aspects you should consider before determining this is the perfect style and solution. This basic guide could sway your decision from traditional to corner designs or back the other way.
Corner tub shower combo basics
Before you begin, the first step is determining if there is enough space along each side of the wall to accommodate the corner tub shower combo size and style. While there are many designs available, the most common need at least 5 feet of free wall space on each side. As you examine the area to determine the fit, also check if any modifications will be needed for the plumbing. Also, you need to review your skills as a DIY’er or if a professional should be hired after all your components are selected and purchased. Keep in mind this bathroom renovation project is not for beginners – especially if major modifications are required.
As long as you have enough space and are willing to make the modifications (or hire a pro), the next step is to choose the corner bathtub design. The most common designs are 5 sided, but there are a wide variety of variations on this traditional styling. Short on ideas? Visit popular manufacturer websites such as Kohler, American Standard and Duravit.
A Wide Range of Customization for Your Shower Walls
One of the biggest hurdles you will face when designing your bathtub shower combo is the lack of prepackaged units and kits. But this also opens the doorway for you to customize your bathroom space to your heart’s content. Once you have selected your corner bath the next step is to focus on the walls.
Looking for a product that is simple, quick and easy to install? Shower wall panels are the best solution to accommodate your needs. Also, they have a number of advantages including:
- They are manufactured from durable materials such as acrylic, fiberglass and PVC which is long lasting and mold resistant.
- They have minimal seams and are easy to clean, meaning they are resistant to mold and mildew. And they won’t take hours to clean and maintain.
- Installation can be completed by those with moderate DIY remodeling experience. This can save you a bit of money if you need to hire a professional.
For homeowners who want to add a bit of flair and more personality to your new shower design, why not add custom tile? Granted this is a bit more time consuming and expensive option, but the results can be dazzling. This is especially true if your tub and shower combo is the basis for your room theme or is meant to set the overall tone.
Keeping the Water Where it Belongs
Information about constructing a corner bathtub shower is limited, and you may find yourself looking for basic solutions to simple problems. My first (and most obvious question) is how do you keep the water confined to your shower space? And will this obstacle be more costly than traditional alternatives?
The first solution is to install a corner shower rod that is either L-shaped or three sided. Because it is not a solid, stable bar, there are complications you will encounter. During installation, make sure to properly place the ceiling supports to give your curtain and shower rod all the stability it needs. Once this step is complete, you may encounter another problem. Most shower curtains will be too short to accommodate the elongated shape of this design. But before you become discouraged, there is a simple solution! Simply use two shower curtains instead of one – which will give you the added length and coverage you need.
But there is a down side. These shower curtain rods are significantly more expensive than traditional options. Starting at around $50 for inexpensive units, the average products cost around $100. This means you may need to compare the need for maximizing space with minimizing budget costs.
The other solution is more complex, and will take more time and add an additional expense. Frameless glass shower doors are a beautiful addition to any shower design, and can create a feeling of elegance in your bathroom and corner tub shower. For best results you will want to consult with a professional regarding customization and installation. While this will be time consuming, the final look will be a style that is truly personal, adds value to your living space and home.
The above guide only details the basic aspects you will need to consider before you install a corner tub shower combo. Despite the added costs and adjustments that will be required, this corner tub shower combo could be the perfect solution that is able to maximize your small bathroom space – without breaking the budget.