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Last updated on August 15th, 2022

Bath to shower conversion cost guide

Whether you’re hoping to create a bit of extra space in your bathroom or you’ve been dreaming of that elusive power shower, there are lots of reasons why you might want to convert a bath into a shower. To help you on your way, we’ve taken a look at the average bath to shower conversion cost.

How much does it cost to replace a bath with a shower?

ItemUnitCost (lower range)Cost (higher range)Average cost
Mixer shower-£50£150£100
Power shower-£100£500£300
Thermostatic shower-£120£200£160
Digital shower-£350£600£475
Install a shower pole and curtainLabour£30£120£75
Install a bath-mounted shower screenLabour--£100
Remove bath-£150£350£250
Install a shower enclosure and tray-£340£380£360
Marine ply, lining and ancillary materials-£150£200£175
TilingPer m2£20£40£30
PlumberPer hour£40£60£50
PlumberPer day£320£375£347.50
General builder for base constructionPer hour£25£30£27.50

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If you’re hoping to rip out your old bathtub and install a new shower from scratch, there are a number of costs you’ll have to factor in. These are likely to include:

  • Ripping out the old bathtub
  • Constructing a new base
  • Installing a shower enclosure and tray
  • Installing the shower itself
  • Tiling

You may also need to re-route the plumbing.

How to save on the cost of replacing a bath with a shower

If you’re keen to save every penny when you’re converting your bath to a shower, why not rip out and dispose of the old bath yourself? You could even sell the old bath onto a new home – especially if it’s a sought-after freestanding tub. After all, every little helps!

That said, the best way of making a saving could simply be to convert your existing bathtub into a shower, rather than ripping it out and starting from scratch. Which brings us onto…

The cost to convert a bath to a shower

If you’re looking to save on the cost of bath to shower conversion (and you’d still like the option of soaking in the tub when it takes your fancy) you could just turn your existing bathtub into a shower.

This could simply include:

  • Adding a shower screen or curtain
  • Installing the shower itself
  • Tiling
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Cost to convert bath to shower

Should I replace my bathtub with a shower?

Replacing a bathtub with a shower is a great way to make your bathroom more accessible. It could also give you that little bit of extra space in a smaller bathroom.

That said, if you only have one bath in your house, replacing it with a shower could decrease your home’s value. So, it might be better to simply add a shower and screen to your bathtub, so that it can be easily used as both a bath and shower.

Convert a bath to a shower cost takeaways

  • Converting a bath to a shower will cost less than ripping a bath out and installing a shower from scratch.
  • Removing the only bath in your house could decrease your home’s value.
  • Replacing a bath with a shower is great for accessibility.
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