Your choice of whether you install a shower enclosure or a bathtub will have an enormous effect on your mornings every day for years to come, so you need to decide very carefully exactly which is best for you.

There are many factors to consider when deciding between the two, relating to the design and proportions of your bathroom, your personal needs, your family’s needs and your preferences.

Here is a breakdown of the five key questions to ask yourself, to help you make this essential decision.

1. How much space do you have available?

Some bathrooms simply won’t be able to accommodate a full-size bathtub and you need to look at the proportions of the bathtubs on the market and measure your space carefully to see if any can fit.

If your bathroom is of a certain size, you may simply have to install a shower enclosure rather than a bathtub. Choose an enclosure with sliding shower doors to make the best use of space.

Mode Hale freestanding bath

2. Do you even need to choose?

If you have space available for a full-size bathtub and don’t want to limit yourself, a shower fixed above the bathtub, with an accompanying shower bath installed, may be the perfect compromise.

Orchard L shaped left handed shower bath

3. What are you realistically going to need?

Some live fast-paced, busy lifestyles and simply don’t have the time to take a relaxing bath every morning. If you’re one of these racy individuals, you don’t want to cut yourself off from the time-efficiency of a shower enclosure. Likewise, if you’re a more peaceful creature, and need your morning relaxation sanctuary, you won’t want to confine yourself to the energetic rush of the shower.

Mode Hardy premium 8mm easy clean quadrant shower enclosure

4. What does the layout of your bathroom require?

There are strict safety regulations governing the arrangement of your bathroom. These are particularly stringent regarding electrical fittings.

You’ll need to consult bathroom safety guidelines to find out where you can place your shower or bath. This may affect whether you’re able to fit a shower enclosure or a bath into the room since you need to keep water fittings a certain distance from electrical appliances such as lights.

5. Do you just want it all?

Go Global—Middle East

If you have a particularly spacious bathroom, you may be able to fit both. With a fairly flexible budget, perhaps you should consider partitioning an especially large bathroom?

Will you really use a bathtub and a shower enclosure on the same morning? Splitting your bathroom may be an excellent way to save your precious morning-time, especially if you have a larger family and you may also want to consider walk in or wet room options to give you access to both a shower and a bath but not necessarily in the same room.

Here at, we have a great range of units including space-saving, compact options and our staff are always happy to help. Why not speak to us about your bathroom needs and see if we can help you decide whether you need a shower enclosure or a bathtub?