Should we have our whirlpool tub removed from our master bath?

Shirley Shaw
by Shirley Shaw
The tub has not been used in 10 years but still works. It would make a great place for a vanity. We only have 2 baths and the other one has a regular tub with a shower over it. We live on a lake where most homes are owned by retirees (us), or weekenders.
  14 answers
  • B Brown B Brown on Feb 15, 2015
    It's funny how quickly trends change. I can remember showing houses & the buyers would ask," where's the whirlpool tub?" Now buyers don't seem to expect or care if there is one. The showers are more important, so go for it- take it out!! Maybe we New Englanders just don't have the time anymore to relax & soak in a tub!
  • I would LOVE to have a whirlpool tub, I have had several and dont have one in the place I currently rent. :( I do miss it, I dont care for showers much...only when I am pressed for time. lol.I love my baths.
  • Whirlpool tubs are a fad that is fading. They are not healthy due to bacterial development. You can remove it and increase your shower area or add built ins, Remove it and install a large soaking tub, or simple leave it for the next owner.
  • Bonbon Bonbon on Feb 15, 2015
    get rid of it and install a claw foot vintage look soaking tub with cool fixtures.
  • Pat Bird-Hollenbeck Pat Bird-Hollenbeck on Feb 15, 2015
    We are getting ready to do the same kind of renovation, and the tub is going! In its place though, will be a big walk in shower with multiple shower heads, a bench, and maybe music! Where the old small shower stall is, we're putting the washer & dryer, freeing up our small utility room to convert to a walk-in pantry. And the reno. goes on and on and on . . .
  • Barb Barb on Feb 16, 2015
    We just trashed a two person whirlpool tub and installed a doorless walk-in shower. Don't hesitate to pull your tub out and use the space for something more useful to you.
  • Paticia G Paticia G on Feb 16, 2015
    in my opinion, don't hesitate When we were looking for apartments to rent out ideal apt was without a walk in shower and for that reason we went elsewhere- if you are thinking about remaining in the home as you get older, a walk in is the way to go so no need for a tub
  • Esther Springer-beckles Esther Springer-beckles on Feb 16, 2015
    since you have not used it for so long remove it. if you have a yard create a floating garden in it.
  • Shirley Shaw Shirley Shaw on Feb 16, 2015
    Thanks to everyone. I think I know what to do.
  • Judy Roberts Judy Roberts on Feb 16, 2015
    How often would you use a vanity? If you know you would use it everyday~then go for it! If you would only use it once every week or so~do what I did~We took out our tub and opened one wall that adjoined our small closet and closed the one wall where the tub had been facing the bathroom & I had a HUGE walk in closet!!! Use it every day!!! So happy not to have to change out "winter" & "summer" clothes! I have enough room now for all of them~plus I gained better light as over where the tub was~I had a window, so now my closet has natural light & I got my husband to build me shoe shelves under the window and @ sash level he took the legs off the ironing board and I have a permanent ironing board up I don't have to take down, plus all my shoes on shelves underneath!! PRICELESS!!! So much put into that WASTED space!!!!! I just love it!!!
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Feb 18, 2015
    If you're not using it, remove it and replace with something functional.
  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Nov 13, 2015
    I say take it out a fix it the way you want. I know the next time I do major remodel on my master bath the whirlpool tub is coming out( although it gets used often) and a large walk in/wheelchair accessible shower is going to be installed...getting prepared for my old age and the possibility that my parents may need to move in with me one day.
  • Shirley Shirley on May 01, 2016
    We live right down the street from you in Kingsland, TX. We live in a mobile, and here's what we did:
    comment photo
    comment photo
  • Jan Bouma Jan Bouma on Mar 27, 2017

    How big of a job is it to remove this kind of tub? There seems to be cement under ours.