How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Tub With a Shower?
$1,200 - $8,000
$1,200 - $8,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated March 3, 2022Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.
The price to convert a bathtub to a shower ranges from $1,200 to $8,000, with an average of $3,000. You’ll pay $2,150 to $7,950 for a walk-in style, compared to $1,200 to $3,600 for a stall.
The amount you pay depends on whether you choose a one-piece stall or a custom design. Luxury styles, like natural stone tile, take longer to install and cost more for materials. Extra services, like a door or new plumbing, can put the total on the higher end. These price factors can help you make a decision.
Removing your bathtub and installing a shower costs $1,200 to $7,950. Although most of the expense comes from placing the new unit, getting the old one out can take time and require quite a few steps.
|Labor||Installation + Material Costs|
|Remove Bathtub||$600 - $700|
|Haul Away Debris||$100 - $200|
|Cleanup/Repair||$300 - $800|
|Shower Stall||$700 - $1,600|
|Custom Shower||$1,000 - $3,000|
|Shower Door||$600 - $1,350|
|New Faucets||$50 - $1,500|
|Add Plumbing||$600 - $1,600|
Taking out the old bathtub and getting the walls and floor ready for shower installation costs $450 to $2,000. This includes $600 to $700 for removal, $100 to $200 for disposal and $300 to $800 to clean or repair the walls.
The price depends on how difficult it is for your installer to get the old unit out. If it’s a one-piece tub-shower combo, it might take very little time. By comparison, removing hundreds of tiles and repairing the wall to put in something new may take hours of work.
In addition to the tub material and the removal costs themselves, these factors can bring up your unique final cost for replacing a tub with a shower.
Tile repair: As mentioned above, if your tile is damaged in the removal process, it will need to be repaired or replaced.
Debris cleanup: The tub may need to be taken apart, and the installation process in general can produce a bit of a mess, so any debris cleanup could add to your cost.
Wall patching: When changing from a bathtub to a shower, you will likely need to repair part of the wall, adding to your cost.
Hot mopping: In order to get a waterproof seal for your new shower, your pro may need to perform hot mopping.
Potential water damage: If your tub wasn’t properly sealed and/or was particularly old, you may need to pay for any water damage to be repaired.
Accessibility/safety additions: If you need things like shower bars, seats, and liners added, these will all add to your total cost.
Permits: Depending on where you live, bathroom additions may require a permit. A qualified pro will be able to tell you for sure if your project falls into that category.
Pipe replacement: Depending on your setup, you may need to replace the pipes around your shower to reflect your new layout.
Converting a tub to a walk-in shower costs $2,150 to $7,950, depending on the features you want and extra services needed. For example, if you want to build a small one with minimal features and no door, the total will probably be on the lower end. Larger sizes and expensive materials run higher.
Luxurious styles may include unique colors or patterns on the walls and floor. A walk-in may or may not need a door, which costs $600 to $1,350. If you need to add or change plumbing (not including the faucets), you’ll pay $600 to $1,600 per fixture.
The cost to replace a bathtub with a shower stall ranges from $1,200 to $3,600, depending mostly on size. This includes removal and placing the stall, which runs $700 to $1,600.
Most stalls come as a kit in one to three pieces. The walls, usually made of fiberglass or acrylic, may include pre-molded shelving and grab bars for convenience, as well as a 7-foot curb. You can buy a curtain and bar for around $25 to $50, or pay the cost to install a shower door, which averages $950. You'll also have to pay a home improvement contractor to patch the drywall, sheetrock, or plaster around the nail flanges of the shower surround unit.
Replacing a tub with a tile shower costs $2,150 to $7,950. The price you pay depends mostly on the tiles, which range from $0.50 to $15 per square foot.
The cost to retile a shower runs $1,000 to $3,000. This assumes that you already have the correct plumbing layout, and simply need to replace the materials for the walls and flooring.
Since converting your bathtub to a shower is so tricky to do correctly, you’ll want to hire a pro. Labor costs up to $1,000 or more, but can save you a lot of stress and expensive repairs. If you try to do this job on your own, you may end up with leaks or water damage inside the bathroom floor and walls.
Once you’re ready to find shower installers near you, make sure to:
be specific about your project
request an onsite consultation
get at least three quotes
Replacing your tub with a shower can be a good investment when you need it to be more accessible. If it’s your only bathtub, you might decrease your home’s resale value.
To replace your bathtub, a pro will:
remove the old unit
place a waterproof layer on the floor and walls
install shower kit or substrate and tiles
confirm that the installation doesn’t leak
install and test faucets