7 Ideas to Fit a Separate Bathtub and Shower in a Small Bathroom

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Small bathroom layouts are a challenge, and can be even more so if you have a bathtub.

But you shouldn’t have to give up your weekly relaxation routine just because of the small space. Or perhaps you have young children, in which case bath time is definitely a non-negotiable activity. 

With a touch of creativity and careful planning, fitting a shower and bath in a small bathroom is doable. Study your bathroom space and take time to shop around for small-scale fixtures. 

Modern bathroom with a shower and bathtub next to a mirror and tap with washstand illuminated at night

Here are seven ideas to get you started.

1. Seek out expansion options

Now, I want to make clear that expansion may not be a possibility for everyone. Budget or interior structure may limit what alterations you can (or cannot) make.

But if your bathroom happens to be adjoined to a closet or staircase, consider whether you can use the space to extend your bathroom. 

Expanding your bathroom into the space under the staircase can provide you with extra space to play around with. Likewise, extending your bathroom into an adjoining closet may give you more room to add a bath and shower without making your bathroom appear cramped. 

2. Try to find smaller fixtures

If you have yet to search for smaller fixtures online and in-store, you might not be aware of the available options.  

Small-scale or wall-hung alternatives are available for vanities and toilets. Keeping fixtures off your bathroom floor can save space massively. Also, look at in-wall toilet options, as these can help save space in an already space-strapped bathroom. With the extra space, fitting a bath and a separate shower will seem much more achievable.

This Swiss Madison Well Made Forever Ivy SM-WT450 Wall Hung Toilet is an excellent example of one that works well. 

Swiss Madison Well Made Forever Ivy SM-WT450 Wall Hung Toilet, Glossy White

3. Maximize your floor space

The more floor space you can free up, the more options you will have when choosing a shower and bathtub for your bathroom. 

Remove storage closets off your bathroom floor and install them on your bathroom walls—store bathroom linens and accessories on mounted shelves and hooks on walls and doors.  

You probably see the space above your bathroom door and ceiling as invaluable. However, these spaces are excellent storage spaces for bathroom linens you don’t use daily.

Numerous wall storage options online will leave your bathroom floors open to install the shower and bath you desire. 

4. Take advantage of bathroom corners and awkward spaces

Save heaps of bathroom space by positioning your sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower in the corner of your bathroom. 

You don’t need to conform to having a square or rectangular shower. You can find many different shapes and sizes of showers available, such as the popular quadrant-shaped shower. 

Peek at these space-saving options: 

Corner vanity 

So many to choose from! This one from Amazon is relatively modern and well-rated: Myrtle Corner Wall Mount Vanity Sink. This is a great choice if you don’t have any counter space.

Prism shaped shower

This frameless shower from Amazon has a unique prism shape that fits well and adds interest to a bathroom corner: DreamLine Prism.

DreamLine Prism 34 1/8 in. x 72 in. Frameless Neo-Angle Pivot Shower Enclosure in Brushed Nickel, SHEN-2134340-04

French-styled corner shower

Corner showers don’t need to be boring. Add some character to your small bathroom and install this unique French-styled corner shower. The sliding panels are a great alternative to the swing door options that typically do not work well in smaller bathrooms. 

5. Hunt down smaller bathtub options

Standard bathtubs are 60 inches (152 centimeters) long and 30 to 32 inches (76 to 81 centimeters) wide. This can be a tad too big if you want to fit a shower and bathtub into a small bathroom. 

There are numerous smaller bathtubs or soaking bathtubs available that will give you the space needed to fit a shower. Small freestanding bathtubs can also save space. If you position them correctly, they can also become statement pieces. 

This bathtub from Amazon is perfect for a small-sized bathroom.

Fine Fixtures Acrylic/Fiberglass Soaking Bathtub, Exclusive Extra Small Size 48" x 32", Alcove/Apron Front (Right Hand)

6. Consider a wet room or shared bath and shower space

Several homes are considering a wet room bathroom design rather than the more traditional design. 

Add drain points to your bathroom floor and ensure your flooring is tanked. Add a shower to one corner of the room and fit a sunken bath nearby. The other option is to allow your bath and shower to share a bathroom space. Add glass panels around your ‘wet area’ where you decide to install your (separate) shower and bath . 

Here is a small sunken bath option from Amazon.

Fine Fixtures Drop In White Soaking Bathtub, Fiberglass Acrylic Material, Exclusive Small sized 48"L x 32"W x 19"H.

7. Share a thin wall between your shower and bathtub

You can also make maximum use of your space by installing your bathtub against the one wall of your shower. The thinner the shared shower wall, the better.

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