Shower to tub conversion?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by ralleman, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. ralleman

    ralleman New Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    I need to convert a 4'x3' upstairs shower to a bathtub that my wife can soak in - but that I can still shower in. The shower is in the corner of a small bathroom formed by a tiled wall shared with the bedroom forming a corner with a tiled exterior wall. A 3' glass shower wall and 4' of sliding glass doors set on the pan complete the shower. The water comes through the center of the 3' of tiled wall shared with the bedroom. There's an additional 6" of space outside the shower on the opposite side, between the glass and the side of the toilet tank. The drain is in the center. Are there 50" bathtubs out there or do I have to frame in a couple of low walls and tile the whole thing? I was planning on just tearing out and replacing the old tile and pan but then I was hit with this request. I could sure use some ideas!
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    Unless your wife is 4' tall, I would never consider any tub shorter than 60" for a soaking tub. Even a 60" falls short in many regards.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Normally, and 48" tub is going to be quite deep, i.e., 24" +/-, which is not always conducive to a good shower receptor.
  6. JTlikestobuild

    JTlikestobuild New Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Vancouver BC
    Have you tried an internet search for "shower tubs".

    On some sites like MAXX bath they have feature to search for length and width
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