How to Put a Shower & Bath in a Small Bathroom

Updated April 17, 2017

When it comes to choosing between a bath and a shower, most people have a definite preference, but still want both in their homes. For many, however, space is an issue and a dream bathroom with an extra long bath and spacious power shower is just not possible. With a little careful planning, however, it is possible to fit a shower and a bath into even the smallest of bathrooms.

Measure the space you have available in your bathroom with a tape measure and mark down the measurements on paper.

Plot your dimensions on graph paper using a straightforward scale, such as one square per foot. Use a few sheets of graph paper to chart different layouts for the shower and bath around any existing fixtures in the room. You might already have a bath in the room and just need to add a shower. Alternatively, your bathroom might be an empty room, requiring you to decide where all the fixtures should go.

Decide, based on the measurements, whether you have room for a separate bath and shower. Plot on your graph paper the existing plumbing in the room to judge how this will affect the shape and placement of your fixtures. If you are installing a new bath, compare your measurements to standard bath sizes. If space is limited, install a shower head above your bath. This does not take up any additional floor space and only requires a shower curtain to keep the water within the bath area.

Choose a shower enclosure that is designed for a limited space, such as a curved quadrant shower cubicle.


A bath needs to be of a minimum size to be comfortable to use. A curved quadrant shower cubicle takes up less floor space than a standard square shower tray.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Graph paper
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C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."