Bath tub alcove

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by DougB, May 29, 2013.

  1. DougB

    DougB Member

    I'm building the end wall of an alcove for a drop-in tub. How much wider than the tub do you think I should make the wall? I was thinking about 3"

    I was figuring this would allow for a shower rod.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The end of a shower rod often (it does not have to) lines up nearly with the inside of the tub opening, so that would be more than sufficient. Some people like it to be further out, but there are two ways to accommodate that: have a decent overlap, or use a curved shower rod. For aesthetic reasons, it is common to make that wide enough so your trim piece can continue to the floor whole, so the width would depend on the tile and trim you select (assuming you're going to use a trim, maybe a bullnose, there). FWIW, if the tub you want is available with tiling flanges, you're much better off using that. I bring this up because you mentioned shower. Unless you are going to use a circular shower curtain rod, you need to waterproof the tub edges, and while possible, it is MUCH better to buy the tub with an integrated tiling flange - your chances of a leak there are much diminished.
  3. DougB

    DougB Member

    I've researched the tubs. It seems HydroSystems makes some pretty pratical tubs. I'm looking at the Lacy. You can get it with the tile flange molded right in.

    It's a good point about the bull nose width.
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