As the old Bob Dylan song goes "The times they are a-changing", and nowhere is this more true than in the nation's bathrooms, with more and more people ditching the traditional bathtub for a space and water-saving shower.
With our busy lives in these modern times, it's much quicker and more convenient to hop into an invigorating shower, rather than having to spend time filling a bath for our morning wash.
A combined L shaped shower bath. The best of both worlds
The days when whole families took it turns to have a weekly wash in the tub are gone and people now expect a shower to be in place pretty much wherever they live. And for those with restricted mobility, such as the elderly, climbing into a bath simply isn't practical.
However, for those of us who still love our baths, this doesn't mean our options are cut down. On the contrary! In fact, these days there are more options than ever.
No need for compromise
Whilst a shower potentially takes up less space, a bathtub may still be a necessity, especially when it comes to young children who need their daily bath routine, and as we get older, a bath is very welcome addition when it comes to soothing away those aches and pains.
With specially designed shower baths, that come with extra space at the shower end and a screen to prevent splashing, coupled with robust and beautiful tiling, you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to bathing and showering. Even a regular straight bath can be adapted with a handy folding bath screen, to house a modern shower.
The great thing is, these days, there is a choice to suit almost anyone when it comes to the design of your bathroom.
Modern shower options
A walk in shower enclosure opens up your bathroom space and gives you a luxury experience
If it's a shower you're after, there are now a variety of walk-in shower enclosures, which come with very low shower trays and no doors, to help aid accessibility. You can even choose to create a wetroom which means no shower tray is required at all. This may be a more costly option as it will require the room to be waterproofed, but in the long run there are many benefits and it can add value to your home—especially where you have 2 bathrooms.
Shower cabins are also a great option, providing a luxury spa-like experience with body jets and a complete enclosure, keeping steam and warmth in. There are also a range of extras such as towel rails and showers with built-in shelves which give you everything you need close to hand. No awkward bending down or reaching for toiletries.
No matter what shape your bathroom is, there will be an enclosure to suit, from sliding door enclosures to space-saver or even keyhole-shaped enclosures.
Modern bath options
Replacing a bath for a shower certainly isn't ideal for everyone. If you go to resell your house, a home without a tub could bring the value of your home down as buyers traditionally tend to look for this.
With a double ended bath, no one is stuck at the tap end
A good quality, straight bath can be purchased for very little these days, plus there are much fancier options available if you can stretch your budget and have the space. A double ended bath means no tap end and a much more comfortable experience—especially suitable where you may have a number of young children who require an evening bath. For the ultimate luxury a freestanding bath or traditional roll top bath adds a real statement piece to your bathroom.
For those with limited space, corner baths provide a great option. Your bath can be accessorised with wood effect panels in different colours to match existing or even new bathroom furniture.
So whichever option you choose, it is reassuring to know that there is a bath or shower option tailor-made to your needs.