Asked on Jul 29, 2018

How do i convert my garden tub into a shower?

I have a garden tub in my master bathroom that takes up a good amount of space but I also have a stand up shower in another corner at isn't big enough its like a broom closet so what I want to do is put a shower in my garden tub and tear out the stand up shower and turn it into a linen closet/

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  • Krafty Mrs.K Krafty Mrs.K on Jul 29, 2018

    Ha we have the same size shower. We are debating redoing it or doing the shower over a garden tub too.

    You would need a plumber to run a shower line up from the tub faucet which would require pulling down sheet rock first. That would need to be replaced with some sort cement board for waterproof tile backing and then tiled all around the tub. When we retiled our tub we also added insulation between the studs. Home Depot or Lowe's can walk you through the tile work or sell you those plastic panels.

    You also might need plumber to cap off the old shower waterlines for turning shower stall into a closet.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 02, 2018

    Hi Candace! We used to have a garden tub and shower (it was very stylish at the time) and our shower was too small, too. I personally love a large walk in shower with a glass enclosure after having enjoyed one at a hotel. We have a tub/shower unit currently, which takes up so much less room than the garden tub and separate shower did. The tub we had, then, had decorative panels around it which wouldn't have held up to the water from a shower, so that is something to consider. We did have fabric curtains on a curved rod that could have been used for a waterproof shower curtain. I don't think the shower plumbing would be major, with all the products available now. A temporary solution that you might consider is a handheld shower like you see made for soaking tubs/standing tubs. I loved that big tub, but, don't miss the room it took.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 02, 2018

    You can find a nice shower, but you will need to put some type of flooring down where the old tub stood. and you want to cap off the drain and water taps fro the old shower you are removing

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 02, 2018 You can buy several types of brackets to hold the hand held shower head up on the wall.

    If your garden tub has a fiberglass surround your good to go. If not I would add one of the oval shower rings, and buy the full shower curtain that goes 360 around. Many put a double shower curtain up with a clean in the tub, and a fabric outside the tub.. shower curtain on page 2

    If you have drywall, most paint it a gloss enamel to repel water better as long as the oval shower rod and curtain keeps most of it off the wall.