A bathtub is a bathtub. Or is it? Sure they all allow you to get in and relax, they all have a water source and they all share a common purpose, but, like with most things, there are different styles of bathtub. Which one is right for your new bathroom?
A freestanding tub has an air of antiquity about it. They can be clawfooted or not which only adds to their charm, and they look heavy and sturdy, just the thing for a nice long soak. What makes freestanding tubs different is that they aren’t surrounded by any walls. They stand alone which means if you have your heart set on this type of tub, you need to make sure you have ample room in the bathroom for it. It gives you freedom, it gives you grace and it gives you exposed plumbing which you can pretty up at will.
The alcove tub is the one we see the most. It’s the easiest option and usually the cheapest as it allows your tub to nestle between three walls. If you choose to tile or get a surround for the tub, you can also easily have a tub/shower combination that is ideal for every member of the family. Yes, they look utilitarian, but they do the job, they’re neat and the plumbing is hidden from view.
Combining the alcove and the freestanding tub design is the drop in. This type of bathtub is freestanding but in a deck like box that makes it covered on all sides. The tub is then dropped in to the box and presto, you have your bathtub. You will need a lot of floor space for this type of tub but they finished product is very nice to look at and of course functional. Again, you can hide all the plumbing parts in the deck itself for a seamless look.
If you want your bathroom to mirror an upmarket spa, you’ll want to go nuts and get a corner tub. These triangular affairs offer bathing for more than one person at a time and are usually jetted to add to the luxury aspect. Yes, they use up a lot of floor space and yes, they take a long time to fill, but who cares? Once you’re in you won’t be thinking of any of that stuff anyway.
So which will it be for your next bathroom reno?