Rebuilding a Bathtub to a Shower

Rebuilding a Bathtub to a Shower

Bathtub or shower? There are always discussions about the advantages of both variants. If you can afford it and have enough space, you do not have to choose. He chooses both the bath and the shower.

Not always is this choice in the foreground. In the old houses of the Federal Republic are in the wet cells predominantly bathtubs. With increasing age, it becomes more and more difficult for residents of these homes to go about their daily grooming. For them, a shower would be a god's blessing. However, there is a problem: Do you renovate the entire bathroom or do you partially renew it by replacing the bathtub with a shower? The solution to the problem can be a third alternative: the conversion of the bathtub to the shower. Extensive information can be found on the page

The need for a barrier-free bathroom

We have often left out about accessibility on Unfortunately, most consumers continue to neglect the topic - at least until the moment they are affected. Then it's usually too late. A simple precaution can protect them from short-term investments.

To demonstrate the importance of a barrier-free home, below are two simple data:

  • The company Emnid surveyed people on behalf of the German Tenants' Association, whether later (at 70) in would live a home. Only 15 percent answered this question with yes.
  • The Federal Institute for Population Research gives an insight into the age structure of German society in 2060. There will be far more old people (older than 75 years) today. Many of these people want and need to be cared for (at home).

The number of elderly people is rising, but at the same time there is little interest on their part in living in institutions. Due to their number, this would only be possible if many new retirement and nursing homes were created in the next few years.

In this case, only the home remains - this is in most cases not suitable for seniors. The biggest problem is the bathroom, where there is often a bathtub: It is a daily ordeal for seniors to safely get in and out of the bathtub. As you grow older, bathing becomes more dangerous and exhausting. Also, the help by nursing staff changes little about the situation, because this has to be paid. Converting to a shower at an early stage is a cost-effective way to solve this problem before it becomes one.

In a few hours from the bath to the shower

There are now several companies involved in the conversion of bathtubs specialized in showers. According to such a company, the conversion time is about eight hours. The craftsman therefore only needs one working day, so that the shower is ready for use the next morning.

The choice of the shower cabin is up to the customer, but is also adapted to the conditions of the bathroom. In some bathrooms, for example, the shower cubicle is completely eliminated, as the bathtub only gets a substructure. In addition, consumers can install a shower enclosure.

In other bathrooms, it may be beneficial to install a sliding door, hinged door or even double door. If space is limited or the appearance is disturbed, it is possible to choose a retractable shower cubicle.

Underwriting Costs

One reason why many consumers postpone the investment in converting their bathtub to the shower is with the cost of the action. You do not know it's

  • There will be subsidies and grants, and sooner or later the investment will be made.
  • Anyone who chooses to convert today can spread the investment over many years instead of paying for it at short notice. What's more, he benefits from funding opportunities and subsidies that reduce the sum.

One possible contact point is the care fund, which supports such conversion measures with up to 4,000 euros. Paragraph 40 of the Social Code XI defines the conditions for the grant. The conversion

allows for home care or

  • facilitates independent living or
  • completely restores it.
  • The good news is that it is not a one-time reimbursement, but it applies per conversion measure , The bad news: Affected persons must have one of the current three (I - III) care levels.

In order to receive such reimbursement, those affected should choose an independent care consultation. A legal obligation forces the consultants to inform comprehensively about all requirements and measures for the improvement of the living environment.

Other subsidies for the conversion

Apart from the assumption of costs by the nursing care fund, there are further incentive measures for those affected. These basically depend on whether they are homeowners or tenants. For both groups, there are subsidies, but tenants should first talk to their landlord, whether he wants to finance the conversion of the bathtub in a shower itself or to take advantage of subsidies. In case of cancellation, tenants need at least the agreement of the renter in order to initiate conversion measures. Then you can use the reimbursement of the nursing care insurance already described if you have classified it into a nursing level. Tenants may in some cases even have a right to modernize the bathroom, if, for example, it has not been renovated since the 1950s. If the landlord refuses, they can enforce their claim in court, explains Frank Maciejewski, legal expert at the Berlin Tenants' Association.

For people who can not benefit from the allowance from the long-term care fund, the support measures of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) remain. Here, there are grants for the age-appropriate conversion as well as measures to achieve the KfW-standard age-appropriate house.


The conversion of a bathtub to a shower usually only takes one working day. In some cases, the costs are borne by the long-term care fund. Alternatively, consumers can benefit from grants or low-cost loans. The fact is that in the future more and more people will need a barrier-free bathroom. The sooner you start the modernization, the better you can spread the costs.

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