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What to Expect During a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

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Making the switch from a traditional bathtub to a walk-in shower can transform your bathing routine into a safe and rejuvenating experience. It’s designed with your accessibility and stability in mind to ensure you stay comfortable and independent on your terms. Discover why you should upgrade to a walk-in shower and what to expect when you do.

Benefits of a Tub-to-Shower Conversion

Walk-in showers offer many unique advantages over traditional baths, making them a compelling choice for homeowners seeking improved style and functionality in their bathrooms. Explore five ways a tub-to-shower conversion could benefit you:

  • Increases Safety: A walk-in shower provides a safer bathing option, especially for bathers with limited mobility. Safety features like an accessible base, built-in fold-away seat and sturdy grab bars offer the security and stability you need to stay safe and independent while showering.
  • Maximizes Space: The space-efficient design of a walk-in shower makes them ideal for smaller bathrooms. You can also add an optional glass shower door to create a more open and airy feel in your bathroom space.
  • Promotes Water Conservation: A walk-in shower typically uses less water than traditional bathtubs, helping you conserve water and follow eco-friendly bathing practices.
  • Elevates Style: Installing a walk-in shower can modernize the look and feel of your bathroom, adding a contemporary touch and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the space.
  • Boosts Resale Value: Upgrading to a walk-in shower can potentially increase the resale value of your home because it appeals to a wide range of potential buyers.
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Considerations for a Tub-To-Shower Conversion

When replacing a traditional tub with a walk-in shower, the job is best left to the professionals. They have decades of experience handling the remodeling process’s complexity to ensure your project is completed quickly and properly. Discover the factors that your expert installers will take into account when converting your tub into a walk-in shower.

Bathtub Removal

Your installers will dismantle your old bathtub and then responsibly dispose of or recycle any remaining materials—all while protecting your floors, walls, cabinets and fixtures from damage.


Most walk-in showers can fit in the same space as your old bathtub. Your installers will place your new shower in an area with sufficient room for easy entry and exit.

Plumbing Rerouting

Your installers will likely install your new walk-in shower near existing plumbing lines to streamline installation and minimize costs. However, plumbing rerouting may be necessary to accommodate a new layout. Your professional installer will ensure proper rerouting to connect the shower drains, water supply lines and fixtures, optimizing functionality and preventing any potential issues.

Shower Installation

The duration of your walk-in shower installation can vary based on factors such as the size of the space being renovated and any necessary plumbing or electrical work. At Safe Step, our certified installers complete 95% of projects in less than one day.

How Much Does a Tub-To-Shower Conversion Cost?

The cost of replacing your traditional bathtub with a new walk-in shower depends on many factors. The shower model you choose, customizations added and installation requirements may increase the price of your new shower. During your free quote appointment, Safe Step experts will assess your bathroom and recommend the best walk-in shower design to suit your budget. Explore our Price Guide to learn more about how pricing works.

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Is a Tub-To-Shower Conversion Right for You?

Determining if a tub-to-shower conversion is right for you involves assessing your current and future bathroom space and mobility needs. Both walk-in tubs and showers deliver greater safety and accessibility than traditional bathtubs. However, you may prefer a walk-in shower if you only take showers, desire a more modern and spacious bathroom or want to increase your home’s resale value. If you or others in your household love taking baths and showers, a Hybrid™ walk-in tub lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. No matter your bathing routine, we’ve got a walk-in tub or shower for you.

Choose Safe Step for Your Expert Tub-To-Shower Conversion

For 15 years and counting, we’ve been a leader in the walk-in bathing industry with the goal of getting you back to safer bathing sooner. Request a free quote appointment today to start your tub-to-shower conversion—our experts are standing by.

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