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All About Clawfoot Tub Showers

Updated on May 23, 2013
A Beautiful Clawfoot tub Shower
A Beautiful Clawfoot tub Shower

Converting your Tub into a Shower

Clawfoot bathtubs are a victorian era relic, but not only that, they have a lot of features that surpass many modern bathtubs, especially in areas such as style. Though if you have recently purchased one of these tubs or intend to purchase one in the future, something that you should certainly consider whether you want to turn your bathtub into a shower. There are many benefits of doing this, especially if it's the only bathtub you currently have in your house -- you don't want to be forced to take a bath, that can get old quickly, especially if you are often in a hurry to get ready. For this reason, I felt it was essential that you know a bit about how to turn your tub into a shower, and what you can expect the process to be like and some various pros and cons.

Pros and Cons

As stated, if you own this variety of tub, turning it into a shower can be essential in some situations. Though, before you do, consider the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Quick showering becomes an option
  • Fairly simple to set up
  • Don't have the hazard of spilled water, thanks to curtains

Cons:

  • It can be hard to find a style of shower enclosure and curtain that fits your expectations and matches your tub.
  • Your tub will likely need to be placed directly against a wall for the enclosure to hold well.
  • You have to find an eclosure of either adjustable size or very close size for your specific tub

So prior to purchasing, certainly consider these factors as you don't want to rip up an old bathtub and then realize that your new tub isn't the easy quick-fix you wanted.

What to Expect

The labor to set up a clawfoot tub shower isn't very difficult, though you may want to read some tutorials on how to do this because often the in-box instructions aren't all that they should be. Typically shower kits come with an enclosure or a showerhead or simply an enclosure, before you purchase know which one you need, as most faucets typically come with a shower-head preinstalled. As stated, it's not a difficult process to set up, though you will need to make sure that your tub is settled against a wall in order for the enclosure to function well. If you have your tub in the center of the room, the process to set up a shower is much more difficult and not suited for the average person.

The Finishing Details

Typically all you will need to set up your enclosure or kit is screw the wall-mounts for the enclosure into your wall. Set up your showerhead, if included in the kit you purchase. This involves plumbing experience in some cases, so I wouldn't recommend doing it personally if you don't have that expertise (especially if you forget to turn off your water main). Once you done these things all you need to do is set up your shower curtain -- ensure you purchase either an oversized curtain or a special clawfoot tub shower curtain or else you will likely wind up with one that is too small to cover the entire area of the tub.

DIY Tub to Shower Conversion

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      Cathy Sinkeus 

      2 years ago

      What bracket did you use to secure to angled wall? We have this in our shower and can't figure out to secure to the back angled wall...

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