This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. It is also part of a sub-series about bathtubs. To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
When you have limited mobility and can no longer step over a standard bathtub sidewall, a walk in tub is a great option. They have a door that open and you need only step over a 4 inch curb.
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What do you need to know before you buy one?
In my opinion, the consumer reports type ratings of these tubs are not very revealing. I’m not sure why, but consumer reports type organizations have not done a study of these tubs. I’m sure they will as more and more of us age, but for now you need to sort through the manufacturers claims on your own.
Prices vary significantly, from as low as $1,000 to as high as $10,000.
Because they hold a lot of water, they get very heavy and it’s possible the framing under the tub would need to be reinforced prior to installing one. To find out, check with your local building department.
The one really important thing people sometimes forget is because there is a door, you must enter the tub while it’s empty, and wait while it fills. Conversely, you can not leave the tub until after the water drains. This should be obvious due to the nature of how the tub works, but I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken to who realized this only after it was pointed out.
If you’ve lost mobility and can not step over a standard tub sidewall, there really is no other option, just do your homework and understand the trade offs you’re making.
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