Until the early 1960s bathtubs ruled the world! Showers (the kind we know today with no tub) weren’t even invented yet. The showerhead was simply the next improvement to the tub. The tub was always there to catch the shower water. It makes sense. People needed a way to collect water to bathe (which they didn’t do nearly as often in the good old days). Let’s face it, it was a hassle to warm the water, pour it in the tub, and bathe before it got too cold. Indoor plumbing helped a lot, but still, it was the bathtub that reigned supreme in every bathroom.
Reasons for the No-Tub Trend
Flash forward to today. Not many people even take baths anymore. Most take a quick, convenient shower and rush off to work. So, it begs the question: Do we really need a bathtub in the bathroom anymore? Apparently, many people believe we don’t. In recent years there has been a trend toward removing the bathtub altogether especially from the master bath. What are the reasons behind this trend?
One of the factors is related to an aging population of baby boomers. Tubs can be hard to get into and out of for older people who are less flexible and less mobile. This group (and it is a large group) has opted many times to replace a large tub with a more accessible shower. Showers are easier to navigate and can even accommodate wheelchairs if they are built to be zero entry. Many boomers are choosing to “age in place” and are changing their homes to meet their needs.
Big soaking tubs take up a lot of floor space. Some homeowners are trading in their tubs to make room for more counter space, dual face bowls, a more open room, and even luxury showers. If you have a large tub and never use it, it’s really not an asset. It’s just wasted space.
Today’s lifestyles are much busier than they were decades ago when most homes were built. Most people don’t have the time for a long, leisurely soak in a large tub. The large jetted tubs that were all the rage 20, 30, and 40 years ago, just don’t have the same appeal.
As time marches on, more and more homeowners are replacing their tubs with luxury showers. These enclosures are larger, brighter, feature heavy glass shower doors and beautiful tile work with built-in nooks for shampoo bottles and integrated benches for seating. Along with upgraded features like multiple heads, steam features, audio systems, aromatherapy and so much more, these showers deliver as luxurious an experience as any bathtub.
It’s hard to say what will come next as lifestyles and technology bring new changes, but if you’re considering a bathroom remodel, don’t be afraid to snub the tub and go all-in on a luxury shower. Frankly, after centuries of bathtubs taking center stage, it’s about time the shower got its day in the spotlight.