Simple Planning Tips for Your Tub to Shower Conversion

tub to shower conversion baltimoreMany of us have small, cramped bathrooms that make us feel constantly crowded. We long for more space, and creative storage solutions can only take us so far. A tiny bathroom that contains a bathtub can easily be made more spacious by doing a bathtub to shower conversion. If you have been planning a bathroom remodel in Baltimore, read on for some helpful tips in planning your bathtub to shower conversion.

Measure Your Space

The average bathtub is 60 inches wide, which is an appropriate width for a shower floor, as well. Your finished shower should be at least 30 inches by 30 inches to feel comfortable. Determine if there is enough space in your bathroom for a shower door that swings open. A sliding shower door, or even a shower with no door at all, may prove to be a better space saver. Measure the distance between your existing bathtub and your toilet, as you’ll want a distance of at least 15 to 18 inches.

Use a Professional Contractor to Remove the Tub

Your old bathtub may be difficult to remove, depending on its material. Cast iron tubs are heavy, and acrylic and fiberglass bathtubs are strongly adhered to the wall with cement and caulk. Removing it on your own can damage your walls and plumbing. If the tub is in good condition and is removed with minimal damage, you can sell or donate it. Consulting a professional to remove the bathtub will also allow you to obtain professional advice on the condition of your existing plumbing and determine if it is suitable for use with your new shower.

Choose a Shower Type

You will need to decide whether you want to have a shower stall installed, or a tiled shower with a curb. Shower stalls kits are created to fit into corners, so if your bathtub was not in a corner of your bathroom, this option may not work. Tiled showers are built on site, and allow for many customizable design options that are not available with shower stall kits.

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