We recently did a master bath renovation and a very interesting question was raised when we were deciding on what to do with the tile step outside the built-in tub. We were re-doing the floor and had some tile work to do in the adjoining shower, so it was a feasible option to remove the step altogether. We just needed to answer the question…would it be the right thing to do?
Since the client is disabled and generally only uses the shower it was in her best interest to remove the step so she had more room in the bathroom. Even if she did use the tub wouldn’t it be safer to sit on the edge to get in than it would be to maneuver a small, potentially slick, tile step? Really, no matter whom we are dealing with whether children or adults aren’t we all better off sitting on the edge to enter the tub instead of taking our lives in our hands to climb a cumbersome and potentially dangerous step? Adding on the fact that they are not always attractive and take up valuable space it does give you something to think about if you have this style of tub in your bath.