The question that people often ask, and while the answer can be nuanced, I am going to share my point of view and the impact of a bathtub in your home!
I recently had a discussion with a client and they shared that they had remodelled their bathrooms and removed all the bathtubs. Since they had kids aged 6-10, they did not feel the need for a bathtub in their home nor did they actually take the time to have a bath.
The various points of view for a tub or no tub
Well, let’s consider the following points of view: functionality, aesthetics, value and wellness!
This is a very personal perspective and varies a lot from one person and one family to another. You often hear families with teenagers not making use of their bathtubs and when remodelling, removing it altogether. Understandable because it takes extra space that is left unused most of the time, that still needs cleaning and maintenance. This is especially true when the bathroom is not big enough to accommodate both a tub and a shower. Many opt for a shower instead.
Of course, if you are a family with young kids or babies, it is highly recommended to have at least one tub in your home. It is much more functional, fun and a must-have.
This point is quite equal and will be impacted by your design. You can have equally beautiful showers or tubs, and even a two in one when they are not separate. Of course, design will play a huge role in how your bathroom will look, no matter what you have in it. Functionality is another aspect relating to design that will make you love or not your bathroom, regardless fo what you have in it.
This may be a controversial point, and I think there are many points of view here. But I’ll share mine! I think removing tubs from your home is not a plus if you’re considering value and resale. Simply put, you don’t know who you will be selling to, what their daily habits are and who their family is. If a user is one that prioritizes self-care, chances are that they will want a bathtub and the absence of it may be an issue. Additionally, if they have young children, they will want a bathtub since it’s more functional to bathe very young kids and babies in a bathtub versus a shower. Plus, if you have a bathtub you can still take a shower in it, whereas the opposite is not true. So, my advice is to keep at least one in your home!
This is very particular to each individual. However, in a world and time where everything is so fast, it is of utmost importance to make time for self-care and a bath will come in handy as one form of taking time for oneself. Even if you’re not that person or feel the need to unwind, I highly recommend you include these practices in your routines. I was someone who was always on the go until my body forced me to do otherwise, and now I try to teach my young boys to practice self-care in various ways.
the impact of a bathtub in your home
We discussed various points of views above, but I want to deep dive into the aspect of well-being and what that means in terms of having or not a bathtub in your home. By now, you know where I stand – I definitely think at least one bathtub is necessary if you have several bathrooms.
More importantly, apart from aesthetics and the practicality for many people, taking a bath has a many health benefits that you don’t want to miss. At the cost of repeating myself, DO prioritize self-care and your well-being. This is what will drive everything else in your life, and trust me, it can get depleted faster than you think.
So, why can’t you get the same benefits from a shower rather than a bath?
While showers have their own benefits and practicalities, they don’t measure up to those of a bath. Hot water in general will help you relax, and relieve muscular pain for instance. But, a bath does much more.
There are several studies on the benefits of bathing. Such positive impacts include:
- Release oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone
- Exfoliate your skin
- Stimulate your nervous system and help you relax
- Have a better nights sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Get magnesium in your body faster (if you use magnesium salts) compared to a supplement
- Increase increase blood flow and vasodilatation so you have more oxygen in your periphery
- Improve metabolism and immune function
So, you can see how important it is to still keep a bathtub in your home and most importantly, to try to include it in your routine to reap out the many benefits. Intentionally designing your home means you are taking into account what benefits design will have on your well-being and your goals in general.
Other factors to consider when bathing
A bath is also very much a ritual and a time to unwind and focus on yourself. So, identify what else can improve your bath experience and incorporate it. Here are some suggestions, but take a deep dice into the things you love and make sure you have them in your bathroom.
- Scented candle (non-toxic) or essential oil diffuser (pick calming oils such as lavender, eucalyptus)
- A book to read
- Soft music to listen to
- Sustainably made soft towels or bathrobe
- Hot tea or a glass of kombucha
- Flowers or plants (stimulate all your senses, including your sight)
- Bath salts, essential oil, milks, etc. (just make sure they are made with clean ingredients)
Do you have other rituals or things you like to include? Please share below, I’d love to hear about them and other can also benefit from your suggestions.
I hope this is helpful and has convinced you to keep a bathtub in your home, and to make it a part of your lifestyle! Happy bathing!
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