The bathtub is the largest piece of furniture in the bathroom for good reasons. Men and women can spend between 15-30 minutes in it, and it’s designed to accommodate their entire body. Indeed, your first and foremost decision, bathroom-wise, is your bathtub.
What kind of bathtub exactly? We recommend getting a freestanding tub because it has multiple benefits, from versatile placement to its elegant beauty. By the way, a freestanding tub is a standalone tub with finishing on all of its sides. It’s more like furniture than a fixture.
It’s suitable for versatile placement
With a built-in tub, it has to be placed against a wall, so it doesn’t give plenty of leeway in terms of style and size. With a freestanding bath, it can be placed virtually anywhere in the bathroom. You can put it in the centre of the room, against a wall, or in the corner. It depends on your desired style and the size of your bathroom.
If you have a small bathroom, you can still install a freestanding tub in it without making it look even smaller. It will give the illusion of a larger space! There seems to be more room below the tub, as is the case in the clawfoot style, and more space around it.
It is a style statement
The freestanding tub comes in a wide range of choices and there’s something for every person! You can think of it as your personal statement of style in the most intimate area of your home.
The style choices include:
Single-ended tub, which has a rounded end with a sloping end for lounging.
Single slipper with a high end makes it look like a slipper as well as back support.
Double-ended that can accommodate two bathers and provide comfort with its rounded ends.
Double slipper with its plumbing features in the centre.
Clawfoot, a vintage-style characterized by decorative feet.
Pedestal, an art deco-style tub with a plinth for support.
There is even a Japanese soaking tub that allows its user to be submerged up to their shoulders while in a seated position.
The sheer variety of colours and materials also make freestanding tubs popular. There’s one for every personal preference, from country to contemporary, earth tones to bright hues, and from acrylic to cast iron. The type of material typically influences the design, but manufacturers are offering innovative combinations.
Acrylic tubs are relatively light, so these are popular in high-rise buildings and small apartments. Cast iron tubs are durable, but these are heavy, so care must be taken when installing them in upstairs bathrooms. Copper tubs allow for steady temperatures for longer periods, as well as resisting mould and bacteria build-up better.
Other materials include stainless steel, stone and even porcelain. Most of these kinds of tubs are also available in non-white colours, such as red and black.
If you choose a freestanding tub according to your style, you will find that it instantly transforms your bathroom! You will likely spend your days and nights just enjoying its luxury without paying an arm and a leg for it.