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Choosing the Right-Size Walk-In Tub for Your Bathroom

Walk-in Tubs for the Elderly and Disabled

You’ve decided to purchase a walk-in tub for yourself or a family member. You’ve looked at or read about bathtubs for seniors and the disabled and have a good idea of what you want to buy. Before you go much further, you need to make sure the walk-in tub is the right size for the person who’ll be bathing in it and that the tub fits into your bathroom.

The Walk-In Tub

The walk-in tub is just the solution you need to stay in your home and maintain your independence as you grow older. You can get into the tub without assistance. You don’t have to risk injury by stepping over the side of the tub. You walk right in and take a seat. You can bathe when you want and for as long as you want. Take advantage of features such as aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and hydrotherapy. You’ll feel invigorated, and you can get relief from arthritic pain and sore muscles.

Tub Size

A walk-in tub is not built like a standard tub. It’s upright, so it’s higher but not as long. Standing space is limited in the walk-in tub. The walk-in tub is usually installed in the existing tub cavity since it’s the most convenient place to put it. You’ll be using the same water supply, so there’s no need to worry about a plumbing hassle.

The traditional bathtub/shower stall is 60 inches long, and the most popular size of a walk-in tub is 30 inches in height and 52 inches in length. This allows sufficient room to turn and rotate the walk-in tub during installation. This also allows sufficient room for a wheelchair.

If you’re replacing a shower with a walk-in tub, you may choose what is known as a cub model or a front loader. The walk-in bathtub is 38 inches in width and meant for smaller bathers. Note that these walk-in tubs are not wheelchair accessible. Larger walk-in tubs are available if your bathroom has the space.

Space Considerations

When purchasing a walk-in tub, consider the dimensions of your bathroom. If the walk-in tub is larger than your existing tub or shower, you may have to make alterations. You may have to declutter your bathroom or place some items in a closet. Make sure there’s a pathway for your walk-in tub to reach its destination.

Don’t forget to measure to make sure you have a pathway for your walk-in tub to be transported to your bathroom. Decide what part of the house you want the walk-in tub to be brought in and measure the hallways to make sure there’s room.


Your walk-in tub will use more water than a standard tub. Choosing the right size for your walk-in tub also affects how much water you’ll use. If the walk-in tub is too wide, you’ll use more water to fill the tub than needed. It will also take longer for the tub to drain. The excess water may be too much for your current hot water tank.


When you shop with Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company, you’re getting a quality product made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Call Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company and start enjoying the amazing benefits of a walk-in tub. Regain your independence and make bathing the relaxing experience it should be!