A practical guide to choosing a freestanding bathtub

Many homeowners think of having a wonderful bathroom, with a bathtub that is always associated with sophisticated tastes. A bathtub is a luxurious and charming addition to a bathroom.

With it, an ordinary-looking bathroom can become a place of luxury and comfort. Planning to include a bathtub in your bathroom setup will require a lot of thought and planning. It is not just a matter of going out and purchasing a bath and having someone install it. There are more things to consider aside from your budget.

Things you should consider

Bathtubs are available in different shapes and a range of sizes to fit almost any bathroom type and style. They likewise come in different finishes and materials. There are about seven types of bathtubs, one of which is the freestanding tub which is one of the more luxurious styles. Here are other things to guide you in making the right choice.

  1. Determine the right size of a bathtub

As mentioned, baths come in different sizes. Thus, you have to consider which size is right for you. Things that can affect your decision include the available space, the people who will use the bath, and your original purpose for installing a bathtub. If you are thinking of installing a freestanding bath, you should have at least a foot or about 30 centimetres of space all around the tub. If space is an issue, consider smaller-sized freestanding baths that are suitable for smaller urban homes. Think also if removing some of the older bathroom furnishings will be a better solution to increase the space. 

  1. Pick the right bath style

Freestanding tubs give you more style options than built-in tubs, such as:

  • Pedestal tub. This includes a pedestal base that makes it higher than other tubs.
  • Slipper tub. This can either have one or two sloping sides so one or two people can recline in the tub comfortably.
  • Clawfoot tub. This is a freestanding tub with feet that lifts it from the bathroom floor.
  • Roll-top tub. The edges of this style seem to be rolled, making the design look and feel comfortable.
  • Japanese soaking tub. This is a smaller but taller tub where the user sits instead of lying down. The tub is often made of wood and includes a seat.
  • Jetted tub. If you have the budget, a jetted freestanding tub will increase your level of satisfaction. You can choose a soaker tub, a whirlpool tub, an air tub, or a combo model.
     
  1. Think of the tub material

The material used to manufacture the tub matters because it adds to the weight of the tub and the overall look and appeal of the bath. Freestanding tubs are naturally heavy. The weight is a prime consideration, because you may need to reinforce the bathroom floor to ensure that it can withstand the weight of a freestanding bath.

The lightest is a tub made from acrylic, and it is one of the most popular because of its affordability, versatility, and durability. Moreover, an acrylic tub is easier to maintain. Another popular material is stone resin, which is a blend of dry ground marble, limestone filler, and Dutch polyester resin. The material is non-toxic and non-porous. If you want something more traditional, choose a freestanding tub made from cast iron.

Remember there are different sizes, shapes, styles, and colours of freestanding tubs. Consider seeking professional assistance, so that your choice fits your bathroom's existing interior, the plumping and engineering requirements, your style, and your budget.

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