Small Bathtub Ideas

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Small Bathtub Ideas
Small bathtubs accommodate the space constraints of small bathrooms. (interior image by Kirubeshwaran from

If space is at a premium in your bathroom, one of the first compromises to consider regards your bathtub. Standard bathtubs measure at least 30 inches by 60 inches, and small bathrooms don't always provide the space necessary to accommodate such a large fixture. Before you abandon the idea of a relaxing tub altogether, consider smaller bathtubs designed specifically to accommodate smaller bathroom spaces.

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Tub Shapes

Standard tubs are rectangular and require a significant portion of free wall space. Some small tubs reduce their footprint through alternative shapes. Corner tubs are typically smaller than standard tubs, but they also feature a right angle so that they can fit into the corner of your bathroom. Corner tubs allow for greater maneuverability in the rest of the bathroom so that small bathrooms seem more spacious and open. Round tubs can also be fitted into corners, but even when they are flush against the wall they create the illusion of more space because they only have one point of contact with the wall.

Soaking Tubs

If the thought of sacrificing relaxation for the sake of space saving is unappealing to you, consider soaking tubs to retain ample space for bathing without consuming square footage. Soaking tubs feature taller walls than standard tubs so that you can fully submerge your body in a seated position. Soaking tubs are available in a wide range of high stylised designs to create a chic space. Tubs made from hand-carved wood add a rustic element to a country or eco-friendly design. For more contemporary spaces, look for soaking tubs made from metals like brushed steel for a clean, sleek design.

Showers and Small Tubs

Most homeowners want a combination of a soaking space and a cleaning space, so including a shower fixture with your small bathtub is a practical idea. If space allows, dedicate an adjoining space in your bathroom to a small shower stall encased in glass to maintain the illusion of openness. If space is tight, a shower head ceiling-mounted directly over the centre of your bathtub reduces the splash you would otherwise experience with a wall-mounted angled shower head.


Small soaking tubs are often as decorative as they are functional, so shower curtains that would otherwise distract from the design of the tub are usually not necessary. If you want to include a shower curtain to reduce splashing from a ceiling-mounted shower, opt for washable curtains in natural fabrics or clear curtains that allow light to pass through. Customise the surround of your small tub with glass tile work or mosaics that draw attention to the walls around the tub. For stand-alone tubs, line the surrounding walls with floating shelves stocked with towels, bath salts or plants to create a spa-like atmosphere.

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