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Question DetailsAsked on 5/7/2011

Has anyone had experience installing Walk-In Bathtubs?

My elderly mother is finding it hard to use the old clawfoot tub in her unit, and so I was thinking of replacing it with one of these. We're in the New England area, if that makes any difference, and an old 2-family house and her unit (;teeny bathroom) are on the first floor. Any info/input would be appreciated! Thanks!

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I spent time looking into them and nearly bought one - for myself. I thought they made sense and everything I read focused on install it right and it will serve you for a long, long time. I needed to replace a tub and wanted to future-proof it.

There may be an option for your to consider. I was concerned how a future buyer would react to the "handicap" tub. Not what it is but what folks may see. I had one of the places I had been talking with remove my old tub and install a shower that looks completely normal and has a grab bar/seat at the rear. Neat trick is they included a device that would let me "wheel" in and out if that ever became a necessity.

I know you said hers is a teeny bathroom, but it might be worth a look-see just for price/functionality comparisions.

Good luck!

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


Thanks, Mike. I, too, have considered that a walk-in tub may make the bathroom look "handicapped" and turn off a potential buyer down the line. Although there's nothing like a good old-fashioned soak at times, the conversion of the space to a "walk in" (or very low entry) shower (with a seat and grab bar) might make more sense. When you had this done was the replacement shower a tile "custom" job or a pre-manufactured item that was set in place? Both our small (5' x 7') bathrooms also have a window smack in the middle of the wall above the tub, so even conversion to a 5' wide shower stall would involve making room for a window.

Thanks for the input!

Answered 9 years ago by Phase2Gal


Whenever I feel the need for a good, old-fashioned soaking, I just pull out my latest property tax bill and read it.

My replacement is neither custom tile nor pre-man'd snap 'n place like leggos.

The company I found uses an acrylic panel (color all the way through) similar to the stuff football helmets are made of. The base comes in a variety of sizes with them being able to drill the drain to match existing plumbing or they'll do new. That was important to me since I went a bit oversized but kept the drain in existing location - - it's off center if you stare at it but wound up much less expensive than moving the actual drain.

Walls are cut-to-size depending on need. This was great for me since we have a plant shelf or artificial bulkhead or dust catcher (pick one) and we were able to have the panels cut to make the whole thing look as though it was built-in from the get-go. This would let you have your window and have it seem like it belongs there.

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


Has anyone in KC experienced putting in walk in bath tubs?

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9974535

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