Q: We’re doing a basic remodel to our bathroom. Part of the remodel will be to replace our existing tub with a standard acrylic tub/shower unit. Even though this will not be a fancy whirlpool, can we get comfort options in a standard tub?

A: Today’s acrylic alcove tuband shower units are stylish and can offer extra comfort features. I’ve seen clever options available.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Slotted-overflow openings: This option in place of a circular overflow can give you two benefits. First of all, the thin slotted overflow opening allows for a higher water level for a deep-soak feeling. Second of all, a lower step-over makes for easier tub entry.

Lumbar support: This allows you to lie down and relax against a comfortable sloped backrest.

Textured bathtub bottom surfaces: Built-in textured bottom surfaces are comfortable and easy to keep clean.

Bonus tip: If you really want to go all out, add a trendy sliding glass shower door to give your standard unit a nice, clean look.