When it comes to bathroom renovations, one of the most debated topics is whether to keep a bathtub in the house, or not. When we first launched BathCalm, we had so many people tell us that they no longer had a bathtub – and wished that they’d kept it!
Some argue that a bathtub is a necessity for relaxation and soaking, while others claim that it takes up too much space and is unnecessary. In this blog post, we’ll explore both sides of the argument and provide information on water usage to help you make an informed decision.
To Bathe or Not to Bathe?
To bathe or not to bathe…that is the question! For those who love to take baths, there’s nothing quite like soaking in a warm tub after a long day. But for those who prefer showers, a bathtub can seem like a waste of space. It may also be a question of mobility. So, which is better?
First, consider the practicality of having a bathtub. If you have young children, a bathtub is a must-have for bath time. It’s also ideal for anyone who enjoys a long soak and wants a safe and secure place to just be. However, if you have limited space in your bathroom, a bathtub can take up a significant amount of room, making it difficult to manoeuvre.
On the other hand, if you rarely take baths and prefer a quick shower, removing the bathtub can free up space for a larger shower area, additional storage, or even a second sink. This can make your bathroom more functional and spacious, especially in smaller homes or apartments.and dissolve and release all those lovely essential oils – you can also use it as a skin exfoliant too! Many shower bombs contain moisturising ingredients that can help to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Water usage and the environment
One of the biggest arguments against bathtubs is their water usage. According to Australian statistics, a full bathtub requires about 50-150 litres (approximately 10-32 gallons) of water, while a shower uses around 9 litres (approximately 2.5 gallons) per minute. This means that by taking a bath, you’re using at least 14 litres (over 3.5 gallons) more for a four minute shower. It begs the question that we need to ask ourselves – how long do we spend in the shower?
However, it’s important to note that not all showers are created equal. High-flow, older style showerheads can use up to 19 litres of water per minute (ouch!), while water efficient low-flow showerheads use around 9 litres (5 gallons) per minute. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can significantly reduce your water usage and still enjoy a luxurious shower experience.
Don’t discount the bath!
It’s important that you don’t discount the bath altogether, because taking a bath can actually be more water-efficient than a shower, depending on how you use the water. Western Australia’s Water Corporation actually states that if you bathe wisely, it often uses less water than a shower.
Also, if you reuse bathwater to water plants or clean surfaces, you can reduce water waste and make the most of your bathtub.
When it’s time to move
What about when it’s time to move? Does having a bath or not affect the value of your home? That depends on who you talk to, but the general rule of thumb is that if there’s room for a bathtub, then buyers will be expecting one – especially if they have young children. Real Estate agent, LJ Hooker, states that If you renovate a bathroom before you sell, then you can expect a potential return of $4 for every $1 spent.
Ultimately, the decision to keep or remove a bathtub will depend on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and the size of your bathroom. However, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of your decision and look for ways to reduce water usage wherever possible.
In conclusion, keeping or removing a bathtub from your house is a personal choice that requires careful consideration and hopefully we’ve given you the information to help you decide! Weigh the practicality, water usage, and environmental impact of each, and you can make an informed decision that’s right for you and your home.
Happy Bathing and Showering!
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