Dec 30, 2020

Shower Tub Remodel Ideas

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Ah, the shower tub. A functional and fashionable addition to any bathroom. For one, they’re a great choice for remodeling a bathroom with limited space because you can just tuck it into the wall. But even above that, they’re great for a home’s resale value. 

When you’re selling a home, a bathroom that’s just a shower would be considered a ¾ bath. However, if you take the time to remodel your bathroom and add a tub, your bathroom will get bumped up to the status of full bath! It sounds like a simple thing, but trust us. The amount of bath is a great way to up your home’s resale value.

So, whether you’re looking to input a new shower tub or revamp your old one, look no further. Here are some shower tub remodel ideas that’ll help your full bath live up to its full bath potential.

Build Wall Niches

A shower tub remodel with a built-in wall niche
Running out of room? One great shower tub remodel idea is to install a wall niche! That way, you’ll always have somewhere to rest your loofah. Courtesy of Amazon.

If you’re anything like us, the shower area is a hazard. Everything’s precariously perched on the bathtub’s corners- one little bump, and boom, your shampoo’s escaped.

We beg you: please learn from our mistakes. Don’t let yourself settle for bathtub corners when it comes to holding all your shower nonsense. Install a niche!

If you’re not remodeling your whole shower, don’t worry. You can still add storage without ripping down the walls. Installing shower shelves is as easy as taking a shelf, applying some silicone caulk, and sticking it all together.

Of course, if you want to go all in and install your own niche, we can’t blame you. Here’s a helpful DIY guide on how to carve out your very own niche!

Tile Upgrade

A shower tub remodel with new, grey subway tiles
A tile upgrade can be a bit of a tall order if you’re new to DIY, but it can really transform your bathroom. These subway tiles with small grout lines make the whole shower feel clean and new! Courtesy of the Home Depot.

One of the quickest ways to reveal a shower’s age is to look at the tile. Grout can turn yellow over time, and the same goes for some silicone sealants

Installing new tile can be a great way to freshen up the look of your shower, but be cautious. A shower retiling project is not recommended for new DIY-ers. While it’s fairly simple for you to install tile like a bathroom backsplash, the shower is a different ballgame. For shower tile, there’s a lot more to worry about in terms of water damage if there’s any cracks or botched seams in your tiles. 

Luckily, there is a workaround. For starters, you could try a waterproof laminate kit instead of tiling. They eliminate the hassle of grout, and are really simple to clean!

Lighten Up!

A shower tub remodel with a glass sliding door instead of curtains to brighten up the bathroom
If your bathroom is feeling a little dark, there are some easy steps you can take to lighten up the place. Before you punch out a whole new window, try changing the color of your shower door or curtains! Glass doors make the shower  feel much brighter than if it had curtains, for instance. Courtesy of Luxury Bath Texoma.

Lightening up the color scheme of your bathroom can do a lot for the room, but what about the shower itself? A dark shower curtain can make your shower feel really dark, but it can also make the room feel darker as well.

If you want to make your bathroom feel lighter, why not try a lighter shower curtain? A light color or semi-see through material can help brighten up the place. Or, for a more ambitious remodel, you could replace your curtain with a glass door like the one above.

Think Outside the Box

A shower tub remodel that is freestanding, with a heavy curtain surrounding it
If you want your bathroom to be truly unique, think outside the box. A shower tub doesn’t need to be three walls and a tub- it could be no walls with a freestanding tub! Courtesy of Pinterest.

A shower tub is great for a bathroom that doesn’t have much space in it. All you have to do is tuck the shower into the wall, and you’re covered. But what if you’ve got a little more space to work with?

When it comes to a shower tub, you don’t necessarily have to stick to a wall. Nothing’s stopping you from installing a freestanding shower tub like the one pictured above! The main thing to keep in mind with a freestanding tub is that you’ll want to cover all the splash areas. To do that, all you have to do is get a large, sturdy shower curtain to line the tub. 

Honorable Mentions

A shower tub remodel in an all white, avant-garde bathroom
Remember, do not trust photos of freestanding tubs like this one. If you hopped into this shower, we’re pretty sure water would go flying everywhere. Courtesy of Pinterest.

One other thing that you might want to consider for a shower tub remodel is DIY versus hiring a contractor. We talked briefly about how some aspects of a DIY remodel might be trickier than others, but what about cost? 

As you can imagine, custom installs can be expensive for a bathroom remodel. But, if you opt in for DIY, This Old House estimates that you could remodel your shower tub for thousands of dollars less. 

You can get a kit with a tub and a shower for relatively cheap, and there are tons of other tricks out there to help you cut down remodel costs. For example, you could limit your use of tile. Tiles can be deceivingly expensive, so pay close attention to what you’re using, and stick to your budget! And, of course, the DIY aspect will save you a lot of money that would’ve gone towards a contractor laying the tile for you.

Additionally, don’t forget about design! Coordination between your shower tub aesthetic and the rest of your bathroom is key to making the room look put together. If you retile or repaint your shower interior, be sure to pick a color that will complement the rest of the room. 

And, uh, watch out for other bathroom design pitfalls while you’re at it. Take your shower curtain, for instance. Is it too long? Too short? According to Insider, a curtain that’s either too long for the space or too short can distract from the room’s overall design. Here are a few other common design mistakes to look out for while you’re at it:

  • Shiny floors. In theory they’re great, but they’re not very practical for a bathroom. If a floor is shiny, oftentimes that means it’ll be slippery, too. Trust us- a rough or matte finish on your bathroom floor will make it a million times safer.
  • Not enough storage. Lather, rinse, repeat! Our bathrooms are full of bottles, soaps, and other products. When you’re remodeling your bathroom, make sure you think through storage solutions. Exposed wall shelves will save you in a pinch, but they’re not always the nicest to look at.
  • Too many colors. Bright colors seem fun in the store, but they’re not the most relaxing in a bathroom. Insider recommends that you go for neutral tones with a pop of color for a much more inviting feel.

So what are you waiting for? Go get busy! We hope you enjoyed these shower tub remodel ideas, and we wish you the best of luck with your remodel.

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