What Is a Three-Quarter Bath?

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Published April 14, 2023
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The number of bedrooms and bathrooms is one of the most defining features about a home. Buyers with growing families or frequent guests will want to know that a home has enough of each.

You may have heard of a full bath and a half bath, but did you know that three-quarter baths exist? We’ll go over what sets a three-quarter bathroom apart, along with the pros and cons of having one.

Three-Quarter Bath Defined

A three-quarter bathroom has three out of the four main elements in a full bathroom. While full baths have a toilet, sink, shower, and bathtub, three-quarter baths typically have a toilet, sink, and shower stall — but no tub. In some three-quarter baths, there’s a tub and no shower.

Elements of a three-quarter bath

Most three-quarter bathrooms contain the following:

  • Toilet.
  • Sink.
  • Shower.

How big are three-quarter baths?

In order to comfortably fit a shower and vanity, a three-quarter bath needs to be at least 35 square feet. To fit a bathtub, a three-quarter bath needs to be at least 40 square feet. The average three-quarter bathroom is about 40 to 50 square feet.

What’s the difference between a three-quarter bath and a half bath?

A half bath only has a toilet and sink, which means it can’t be used for bathing purposes. Three-quarter baths have a toilet, a sink, and either a shower or bathtub.

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home With a Three-Quarter Bath

Here’s a rundown of some of the advantages and disadvantages of a three-quarter bath.

Pros of three-quarter baths

Some of the benefits of a three-quarter bath include:

  • Larger than a half bath.
  • You have the option of bathing.
  • If there’s a tub, it can be relatively easy to convert a three-quarter bath to a full bath by adding a showerhead.

Cons of three-quarter baths

Some of the drawbacks of a three-quarter bath include:

  • Smaller than a full bathroom.
  • You can only take a shower or bath, depending on the layout.


Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about three-quarter baths.


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