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Luxury on a Budget: Affordable Walk-In Bathtub Shower Door Combos That Mimic High-End Designs

Do you want to update your bathroom, without spending thousands of dollars? These days, walk-in bathtubs and shower combos are more affordable than ever. At GCS Glass and Mirror, we can design and create a beautiful, modern walk-in shower and tub combo that can instantly modernize and transform your bathroom into the spa-like environment you’ve always wanted, without breaking the bank.

When you’re planning an affordable bathroom remodel, it’s important to consider your bathroom’s layout to determine what type of walk-in shower combo will work best. Additionally, if it’s for a high-traffic bathroom, you’ll also want to find a design that maximizes space, while adding to the bathroom’s functionality and overall design.

If you and other family members enjoy relaxing in a tub after a long day, a tub and walk-in shower combo offers the best of both worlds, while providing a minimalist, elegant design that can instantly add value to your home.

Why Walk-in Tub/Shower Door Combos? 

Walk-in tub and shower door combos offer many benefits. You may think this type of design takes up too much space, but the truth is, many styles of walk-in tub and shower combos are surprisingly compact and able to fit into tight spaces that are taken up by a standard bathtub. Additionally, when you combine a walk-in shower and tub into a single structure, you’ll get the most out of your bathroom’s layout, while improving its overall functionality. With this design, you can both shower and bathe with total accessibility, making it the perfect choice for households with different bathing preferences.

6 Budget-Friendly Bathtub/Shower Door Combos for Guest Baths

Some family members may enjoy a long soak in the tub, while others prefer a fast and hot shower. With a walk-in shower and tub combo, you won’t have to choose. Additionally, since this type of shower is highly customizable, you can choose from a variety of budget-friendly designs that will work for smaller spaces, including the guest bathroom.

  1. Clean and modern shower/tub combos. This type of design choice for bathrooms is an instant upgrade over your outdated tub and shower combo, focusing on a clean and modern look that allows more natural light to flow throughout the room and includes beautiful hardware and a frameless glass shower door to achieve a modern look.
  1. Sliding glass enclosures. If your guest bathroom is tight on space, and most are, a smaller walk-in shower equipped with sliding glass shower doors can fit perfectly while creating more functional space. 
  1. Swinging door glass shower enclosure. Depending on the bathroom’s layout, a smaller walk-in shower with a swinging door can be an elegant, yet modern addition to a guest bathroom, instantly transforming it into a contemporary space, thanks to the minimalist design and clear frameless glass shower door that allows more light into an otherwise cramped room.
  1. Barn door style shower door. If your guest bathroom can't accommodate a swinging shower door, a barn door style shower door is a great option for limited bathroom space. 
  1. Neo angle showers. Neo-angle shower doors are another great space-saving option for guest bathrooms, improving your bathroom’s aesthetic while providing more functionality and style.
  1. Standard walk-in shower with no threshold. A barrier-free shower features clean lines and no shower curb, for a seamless design that makes it easier to step in and out of the shower.

Transform Your Tub Into a Trendy Shower 

When you lack space in your bathroom, a classic shower and tub combo is often a more affordable and functional option. But even with a basic style, you can easily upgrade and modernize a tub and shower design by adding luxury features and a few important upgrades that can make your bathroom feel more functional, elegant, and safer for younger or older family members.

Upgrading your old shower head in favor of a modern steel handheld shower head can add instant luxury, making it easier to bathe quickly, and creating an elegant, but simple focal point in your shower. Additionally, chrome fixtures or other styles of modern bathing fixtures can turn an outdated space into a modern bathroom. 

A removable shower bench can be a perfect choice if you enjoy longer showers or have elderly family members.

An adjustable rainfall shower head, which is ceiling mounted, can serve as a soothing, elegant, addition to any style of shower. This affordable upgrade will modernize your bathroom while providing a spa-like environment.

Traditional-Style Walk-In Shower 

A frameless glass shower door and frameless glass panels create the perfect walk-in shower that feels clean, modern, and spacious. With this type of walk-in shower, you’ll also have your choice of shower door styles, including double doors, single, hinged, pivot, sliding, and more. Of course, the style of frameless shower door you choose for this type of traditional shower will heavily depend on your shower’s layout and the available space in your bathroom.

Spa-Worthy Walk-In Shower

When your goal is to transform your bathroom into a luxurious escape at an affordable price, luxury is in the details. For many, choosing the perfect glass to complement their glass-enclosed shower can improve functionality, privacy, and the overall feel of bathroom space. While clear glass can give the illusion of a larger shower and bathroom, rain-patterned or frosted glass can provide the privacy you need, especially when it comes to larger households.

Walk-In Shower Design 

A luxurious walk-in shower design allows you to choose from a wide range of hardware, glass type, shower head type, shower door styles, and more, to create the look and atmosphere you want. As you visualize the final product, consider shower head styles, hardware types and designs, and shower amenities, such as a bench, grab bars, and other extras that will have a stunning visual impact. If you have beautiful tile work in your shower, a simple frameless shower door, with clear glass, can allow you to showcase the tile, while allowing more light to flow throughout your bathroom. This type of gorgeous walk-in shower design is also a better option for seniors and small children since most walk-in showers feature a lower threshold or no threshold at all.

Standout Walk-In Shower 

Walk-in showers that really stand out will feature a modern and spacious design and clear or frosted glass. Clear glass will make the shower and bathroom look much larger than it is. Frosted glass will still allow some light in, but can provide more privacy, which is a must in a high-traffic bathroom. Fine details, such as an upgraded shower head and hardware that matches the existing decor in your bathroom, can tie the room together, but allow the shower to remain the focal point of the room.

Patterned Tile Walk-In Shower

This type of bathroom design is all about making a subtle, but refined statement. Less is more. Choosing the right type of tiles, including tile color, will be crucial. White subway tiles can create a more modern look, while colorful tiles or a unique tile pattern can make the shower pop. Additionally, different-sized tiles can also help to create more visual interest and draw the visitor’s eyes to the unique walk-in shower design. Essentially, you should choose tiles, and the type of shower glass used, based on the bathroom’s existing theme or overall style. If you’re planning to remodel the entire bathroom, then the tile you choose will also depend on the floor tiles and countertops that will be installed.

Contact GCS Glass & Mirror to Get a Quote!

At GCS Glass and Mirror, we offer many shower door and tub combo styles to choose from. If you’re ready for a shower upgrade or a total remodel, our team can meet with you to discuss your design goals, take accurate measurements of your shower and bathroom, and help you choose the perfect style of a walk-in shower and frameless shower doors that will create the spa-like environment you want and the functional shower you need. To learn more and to get a free quote, contact GCS Glass and Mirror today.




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