Here we uncover the best shower baths for small bathrooms, do your homework and you can find the perfect bath shower combo for your compact bathroom
You might have a small bathroom, but that doesn't mean that you have to choose between a bath or a shower. There is a time and a place for a shower - first thing in the morning when you're rushing to get ready for work and school. There is a time and a place for a bath – a lazy weekend morning, when you can pamper yourself and have an indulgent soak in the tub.
Your lack of floor area needn't mean that you have to sacrifice either of these fantastic experiences. A bath incorporating a shower is your answer to both these needs. Here we highlight the best shower baths for small bathrooms.
There are two types of shower bath, both of which look great in the right setting. There is the type where the screen is almost invisible and there is the type where the screen becomes a feature of the bathroom.
Above, the striking Crittall-frame style shower screen from Victorian Plumbing, makes a window feature out of the shower screen and subtly mirrors the tiles behind.
An invisible shower screen
Here, the shower screen is almost invisible, so as not to detract from the period features of the bath and the marble patterned tiles behind. An almost imperceptible shower screen is ideal when you want your bathroom to have a spa-like feel and for the shower element to fade into the background.
If you really want your shower screen to be inconspicuous, look for one like the one above from Waters Baths of Ashbourne. It folds back on itself and can be neatly tucked away.
Stylish shower curtains
There are hundreds of stylish shower curtains on the market. You can get stylish shower curtains that fade into the background and those that are a work of art in themselves. There are comedy ones, colourful ones, glittery ones and even personalised ones. They look particularly lovely when combined with a roll top or rounded tub.
The Artscope shower curtain, shown above from Amazon, is mildew resistant and as mould can be a problem on shower curtains, particularly in a poorly ventilated bathroom, this is a useful feature.
Remember to always make sure that the curtain is placed inside the tub when the shower is in use. Forget to do this and you end up with a puddle on your bathroom floor or, worse still, a minor flood in the room below.
Shaped shower baths
If you like a roomy showering area and your floor space allows, look at a P-shaped or L-shaped shower bath that bulges out at the shower end. This Abacus P-shaped shower bath with glass shower screen bulges to the right, but you can also get left-handed versions and more angled baths in an L-shape.
Whichever shower bath combo you opt for, if your budget affords it, go for the full shower experience, with a separate power shower head that doesn't just run off your bath taps.
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