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Converting bath tub to shower stall

Posted by terrijm (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 13, 12 at 12:23

I'm iconsidering the idea of removing the tub in my elderly parent's master bathroom and having a shower stall installed. This would be for safety reasons mostly. Any suggestions on an inexpensive unit which is easy to install?

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RE: Converting bath tub to shower stall

The first consideration is how hard it is to access the drain lines under the floor. If your over a basement or crawlspace it won't be big deal, but if your on a slab it can get very expensive because, while a tub has an 1-1/2" drain, a shower requires a 2" trap & drain line.

RE: Converting bath tub to shower stall

Yes, it can be done. Lowes/HD sell shower pans that are retrofit to replace a tub (drain is on the end).

We did this in our bathroom. I put tile on the walls. I love it.

We also did this with my MIL's house, and DH used matching
fiberglass walls for her. No complaints.

RE: Converting bath tub to shower stall

Kohler/Sterling makes a line of shower and tub units that include safety bars on the wall panels. They can be kind of spendy, but they might be worth a look. I found one that was a special order return, and Lowes was selling it really cheap. I didn't even need the ADA bars, but it was such a deal that I bought it for our basement bath. The unit is easy to install, and the walls fit together so neatly that you don't even need caulk. It feels so clean!

RE: Converting bath tub to shower stall

kmcg - Good point about the safety bars.

If this for an elderly you probably should install grab bars even with a walk in shower. We did that too for my MIL.

Also, be sure to check your local codes about the drain. Some allow 1-1/2" drains as since many of us use low flow showers now it's not a problem.

I have put a rubber flat stopper over mine some times when I feel I need a foot bath. Even after washing may hair etc, it doesn't get close to overflowing.

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