Shower bath suites are stylish and practical, and they offer a fantastic space saving solution for small bathrooms, as you don’t need to fit a separate bath and shower enclosure. Buying a complete shower bath suite bundle can even help you to save money compared to buying individual items, plus it ensures a coordinated look too, which is always a bonus.

So, if you’re considering a shower bath suite, but not sure where to start, this guide uncovers all you need to know to help you make the right choice.

What is a shower bath?

square shower bath

A shower bath widens out at one end to create a spacious showering area, and it incorporates plenty of space for a relaxing soak, so you get the best of both worlds. Shower baths come in a range of sizes, as well as square and p shaped designs.

A square shower bath is a great option for creating a contemporary look, while a p shaped bath looks equally stylish in both modern and traditional bathroom suites.

There’s also two main lengths that shower baths come in – 1700mm and 1500mm. A 1500mm shower bath is a great option for where there’s limited space.

Things to consider when choosing a bath shower suite

Before choosing a new bath shower suite, have a good think about the look and feel that you want to create. It’s a good idea to research the various styles and choose one that appeals to you the most, and suits your home’s interior too. Pinterest is a good place to gather ideas for your new bathroom and you could also look through various home improvement magazines for inspiration.

If you are planning a new bathroom, make a scale drawing of the room to help you see where you could fit the shower bath. If you are just replacing an old bath, all you need to do it measure around it to work out the size.

Shower baths come in left and right handed variations, and the easiest way to figure out which hand you require is to imagine standing at the foot of the bath and look down its length. The widest point will be to one side and furthest away from you, so if it’s on the left, then you will require a left hand shower bath, and if it’s on the right, you will need a right hand version.

shower bath suite

When shopping for bath shower suites it’s important to take note of what’s included. Some suites include everything you need such as the bath screen, panels, taps and wastes for example, while others may not, so double check before you buy.

For those on a limited budget, it’s worth considering cheap shower bath suites. A cheap shower bath suite doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in quality, and there’s actually some fantastic bargains if you take the time to shop around. You could even save money by shopping when the sales are on, and signing up to email newsletters ensures you won’t miss out on special offers and discounts.

If you are choosing a cheap bath, then make sure to check the thickness of the acrylic, as this is an indicator of the quality. It most likely won’t come with the essential extras either such as the panels, waste and taps, which means you will need to factor these into your budget.

P shaped bathroom suites

curved shower bath

P shaped bathroom suites are a really popular choice for a family bathroom as they look great and are super practical too. This style of suite features a curved shower bath, which has plenty of space to bathe young children, as well as a spacious showering area too. They come with a choice of a modern or traditional basin and toilet so you can easily create a look that suits your tastes. Some even include a vanity unit rather than basin. A vanity unit provides a stylish storage solution for toiletries, which is essential in a busy family bathroom.

bath shower mixer tap

Some bath shower suites include the taps, but if not, choose a style that enhances the design of the basin and toilet, and the overall look of your bathroom.

Taps come in an array of styles ranging from the sleek and modern to the classic and elegant, and all are made from brass so you can be assured of quality and durability.

A good option for a shower bath is a bath shower mixer tap, which comes with a shower head and flexible hose – this allows you to easily rinse and clean around the bath. For a touch of luxury, why not opt for a waterfall bath shower mixer tap?

Tips for a sparkling clean shower bath

Cleaning your shower bath immediately after use ensures it’s kept looking like new for longer. Cleaning it at this stage means it’s a lot easier to remove soap scum and grime, as the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to get rid of. Avoid using harsh, abrasive cleaning products as they could damage the surface of the bath.

If you live in a hard water area, you’ll notice limescale deposits below the waterline and under the bath taps, and if this is left to build up, it becomes very difficult to remove. To prevent this build up, clean the bath straight away with hot soapy water and a cloth, and then wipe dry with a clean separate cloth.

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