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How to Properly Size a Walk-in Tub for Your Bathroom

Walk-in tubs are very useful for those who have mobility issues and find that they can’t enter traditional bathtubs or stand up long enough to enjoy a shower. Thankfully, no matter what your bathroom looks like, there’s a walk-in tub that can fit. All you need to do is work with our team at Independent Home to find perfect fit and style for your needs. If you’re considering adding a walk-in tub to your space, let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll need to know or weigh in order to properly size your new tub. 

What Factors May Impact Tub Size?

There are several factors that will go into walk-in tub sizing that you’ll need to consider before you start shopping for tubs. Some of the most important factors to start addressing now include: 

Bathroom Size: The size of your bathroom will be one of the ultimate determining factors in how big your tub is. If you have limited space to work with, you’re going to have to go with a walk-in bathtub that’s more compact and will accommodate your needs in the space you have. Keep in mind that you’ll want a clear walkway to the tub as well, and you shouldn’t make the tub so big that you’re unable to navigate your bathroom. 

Your Mobility Limitations: If you’re someone who struggles to get over the rim of your tub, a smaller tub with a door that you can sufficiently squeeze through will be enough to support you when you bathe. However, others may have bigger mobility issues like partial paralysis. In this case, the door and the tub will need to be much larger in order to accommodate them. 

Comfort and Personal Preferences: Finally, it all boils down to what you want. Do you want a compact tub that takes up less space? Do you want something roomier even if you don’t need it? Go with what feels best to you when you decide to make this type of renovation in your home. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what you’ll need to think about when you want a walk-in tub, let’s take a look at some of the different tub sizes that you’ll encounter when you start shopping for the right one. 

What Walk-in Tub Sizes Are There?

There is a wide range of tub sizes and types to choose from, but it’s important to get started with the smallest sizes and the largest sizes so that you know the general range you can choose within. The smallest walk-in tubs can be as compact as 36 inches long by 32 inches wide. Some of the largest models can be as big as 60 inches long by 40 inches wide. 

The average walk-in tub tends to fall around 60 inches long by 30 to 32 inches wide. These are often the most popular, and they can be further customized to help those with wheelchairs easily get into the tub without having to worry about trying to hoist themselves over or make a transition that could potentially cause them to slip and injure themselves in the tub. Most tubs will also range anywhere in height from 20 inches to 48 inches, with more compact models requiring additional height. 

More compact tub sizes are perfect for those who have limited space and need very little help being able to get in and get out as well as bathe themselves. Larger tubs are perfect for those who need extra space to get around or who may even need someone to get in the bath with them if they’re unable to clean themselves successfully. No matter what your needs are, sizing is quite flexible, and choosing a custom tub will make it so that you can find the perfect walk-in tub that helps you bathe with ease. 


We make finding the perfect walk-in tub for your home easy. Get in touch with us today to get the process started!

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