7 Times Renovators Converted a Tub to a Shower

by Kelley Rowland

In smaller bathrooms and homes, showers take up less square footage

If you prefer walk-in showers, you’re not alone. Sixty-three percent of homeowners want walk-in showers, up from 54% the previous year, according to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey from Q1 2018. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re choosing them over bathtubs in each instance, but if you have a limited footprint and don’t have room for both, showers seem to be winning out. See why these Sweeten renovators decided to make the swap and just how much it transforms their spaces.

bathroom beforebathroomWithout a second bathroom in their Upper East Side co-op, Laura and Randy had to maximize the one bath they did have. That meant removing the pretty but impractical separate bathtub and adding a walk-in shower (with three different shower heads and a seat!) instead.

Gramercy Park bathroom, bathroom renovation, bathtub, tile, glassdoorGramercy Park bathroom, bathroom renovation, tile, glass divider, tile floor, tile wall, toiletCharon and Lex knew from the get-go the bathtub in their Gramercy apartment bathroom had to go—it took up too much valuable square footage! The new shower with the glass door makes the room look and feel so much bigger.


When Sharon and Laurence decided to remodel their bathroom, there was no question it needed a complete overhaul, they just weren’t entirely sold on whether or not to replace the tub for a shower—since bathtubs can be a big selling point for future buyers. Ultimately the renovators opted for the solution better for their lifestyle and the bathroom’s small footprint: a walk-in shower.

Carnegie Hill, Manhattan, apartment combination, design, constructionCarnegie Hill, Manhattan, apartment combination, design, construction, bathroomInspired by her own parent’s accessibility updates in their home, Megan and Zak decided to follow suit while undergoing a renovation of their guest bathroom. They swapped the old tub for a standing shower, including a hand shower fixture.

Park Slope, Brooklyn, home, renovation, bathroom, design, constructionPark Slope, Brooklyn, home, renovation, bathroomRemoving the small, pink tub in Giulia’s bath was the best way to get more space for a larger sink. She designed an open shower that’s shorter than the original tub, allotting more room for a vanity and mirror.

bathroom renovationbathroom renovationElaine wanted to update her bath to make it as safe as possible. In place of the tub, her contractor built a walk-in shower with accessible features: a hand bar and shower, plus a rough stone floor to help prevent slipping.

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Tara and Mike gut renovated their guest bathroom and decided to remove the tub since they had one in their master. The subway tiled and glass shower reflects light from the window on the opposite end of the room, so the space looks practically twice as big!

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