Should I Keep a Bathtub in My Master Bathroom?

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Do you find yourself in the great tub debate? Are you wondering, “Do I have to keep one? Or can I ditch it?” There’s no one perfect answer for everyone, so let’s explore four ways to consider this choice that will help you make the right decision.

Do You Want One?

If you’re not a tub person and let’s face it, it’s tough to find time to relax in a tub these days, then why spend money on one? We’re not suggesting you throw caution to the wind (see the rest of this blog) we’re just not a fan of spending money on a bathtub that you don’t even want and aren’t likely to use. If having a tub sounds like just another thing to keep clean, seriously consider getting rid of it.

Still not convinced, let’s move on to our next consideration.

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Do You Have Another One?

If you’re remodeling your master bathroom, and you have another bathroom in your home with a tub, your decision gets much easier. Families with young children are likely to want a tub at least somewhere in the house. As long as you do, you should be in the clear to remove the tub in your master bathroom without worrying about resale value.

If you don’t have another tub in your home, and you still want to ditch that big thing in your master bath, there’s still hope.

Young Pro, Empty Nest, or A Place to Raise the Kids?

So you want to ditch the tub in the master, but don’t have another one anywhere in your home. Take a minute to consider where your home falls in the marketplace. Is it likely that you’d be selling to a family with children? If so, they’re likely to want a tub in the house. However, if it’s more likely that you’ll sell your home to an empty nester or a single person with no kids, it still may be safe to go tub-less.

Will You Leave a Big Ugly Gap?

Like it or no some bathroom layouts may look odd without a tub. For example, many bathrooms have rather large windows situated over the tub area that can make use of the wall space difficult. If you don’t want to get into the work and expense that goes into reworking them, including a tub in your bathroom design may be a better choice. Maybe the size of your bathroom makes designing it without a tub difficult. Want to make the walk-in-shower bigger? Extend the vanity? Those can be great amenities, but with too much square footage, you could end up with a space that looks awkward and empty. In these situations, a decorative freestanding tub can be a great way to balance out the space and add an attractive and visually lighter element.

When it comes to the “tub or no tub” debate, these four points can help you make the right decision for your home and family.


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