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How important is a bathtub in a master bathroom?

by Badeloft | March 27, 2019

Whether you are looking for a new home or thinking about remodeling your current home; adding a bathtub to a master bathroom will bring many benefits to the value of your home. Regardless of trends, having a bathroom is an important option that most homeowners. This article will go into detail about the importance of a bathtub

What is a master bathroom?

A master bedroom is the title typically given to the largest room in your home. Size is generally a factor but other things will usually distinguish a master bedroom such as having the largest bathroom in the home, having access to larger closet space or a large balcony in some cases. In general a master bedroom is seen as the main bedroom of your house, which justifies the larger space as it allows you to decorate and customize your room however you see fit when compared to other rooms in your home.

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What homeowners should expect in a master bathroom

Master Bathroom Size

Since the master bedroom is usually the largest in the house, it stands to reason that the master bathroom is also the largest bathroom in the house as well. The average size for a master bathroom is roughly 160 square feet, with 60-100 square feet on the low end and 210+ square feet on the high end. A full bathroom needs at least 40 square feet to accommodate all of its basic functions, so 160 square feet gives you plenty of room to work with in terms of fitting an appropriate sized bathtub, adding vanities, toilet with room left over. However, if you have a small bathroom, there are plenty of design choices you can follow that give you several space saving options as well.

Bathtub & Shower

A bathtub usually functions as a bathing tool but most importantly as a centerpiece for any bathroom, it takes up the largest area of space in addition to the attention of the bathroom itself. It is because of this that it is recommended that you purchase a larger sized bathtub as it is both aesthetically pleasing as well as the most cost effective for the return on your house’s overall value. Of course this decision will come down to how much space you have available but common choices today are freestanding bathtubs as they are visually appealing as well as a great investment in terms of quality. Freestanding bathtubs can also be fitted with a shower, adding a more attractive option for both convenience and added value.


Sinks will be a personal preference, but a common style choice is a double vanity as it offers you added space with the cupboards below. Of course, not every bathroom can support a double vanity, so even a single vanity or a freestanding sink are other possible choices, depending on your space constraints. Double vanity sinks however will ultimately be more valuable than freestanding sinks as they tend to be more of hassle to install. Ideally you would want to pair the color of your bathtub/shower with the foundation of your sink.


Toilets are a very important if often overlooked aspect of your bathroom. In this case you want a toilet that is appropriately high quality, so that it can withstand consistent use without breaking down. The higher quality of toilet you purchase, the less hassle you will have to deal with down the road and it helps elevate the value of your space, though not as important as the bathtub itself.

Fixtures and Mirrors

Added fixtures provide a more uniform look and function to your bathroom, so having large mirrors above your vanity and sinks are a definite must. Even small additions such as mounted lighting can help to provide small comfort to your bath space. Since most bathrooms are paved with tile along the ground, these tiles typically end up cold to bare feet, so providing heated floors can also add to the value of your home as well as the comfort of your home. In the case of fixtures and amenities, the more you can add-on, the better it will be to you as both a bather and as an investment to your home’s resale value down the road.


Does a bathtub increase the value of a home?

Having a bathtub in your home will always increase the value of your home. Equally, having a shower+bathtub combo will add even more to the value than just a bathtub by itself. Different materials will yield more value which makes it a good investment long term as a pricier bathtub will drastically improve the value of your home long term compared to just a cheaper fiberglass. The increase in value is two fold-it is aesthetically more pleasing to have a bathtub already in place compared to an empty space when your home is being evaluated. Second, installing a new bathtub is a bit of a chore that most house buyers aren’t interested in dealing with versus an existing bathtub/shower combo.


Does replacing a bath with a shower devalue a house?

Those it may be more practical, trimming the bathtub in favor of a shower will usually devalue a house compared to a home with just a bathtub. The amount is not polarizing, but it does make a small difference-around a few hundred dollars. This is because showers are seen as cheaper investments compared to bathtubs irregardless of the money actually spent. Today, it is expected that homes carry an emphasis on more modern designs such as large freestanding bathtubs or at the very least a shower bathtub combination. As it is what the market expects, the safe bet would be to have a shower bathtub combination over just a stand alone shower or bathtub.

In short, it is much more practical to have a bathtub in your master bedroom. Since your master bath will have a fair bit of space, there is virtually no reason to not install even just a small bath/shower combo as it can certainly add hundreds if not thousands of dollars to your home’s value. With that, the initial cost will certainly be repaid in the future by a fair amount if you even consider selling your home.

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Karen Storck
11 months ago

You need an editor.