How To Choose The Right Bath
Including a bath in your bathroom gives the space an extra touch of luxury, and it’s perfect for those days when you just need a long soak to relax.
But which bath is right for you?
Here are all the things you’ll need to consider when choosing the right bath for your bathroom.
How will you use your bath?
Consider who will be using your bath. Will it be a relaxing space just for you, or will the kids also need to play in it?
How much space is available in your bathroom? Will you have room for a separate shower, or will the shower have to be positioned over the bath?
These factors will help to determine the size and style of bathtub that will suit you best.
Before you start shopping for your new bath, you need to measure your bathroom accurately and have a complete plan for the room’s layout. Once you know exactly where in the room your bath will be located, you can work out what size of bathtub will fit.
Your bath will also need to be comfortable – you should always lie in a bath to see how it feels before you buy!
Type of bath
Which type of bath will work best within the space? There are several options here:
- – Freestanding bath. A freestanding bath is a highly stylish option. It isn’t built into the wall, so it can sit directly on the floor at any angle to make a real design statement. Freestanding baths are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from traditional clawfoot baths to sleek, modern floor-standing designs.
- – Inset bath. Inset baths are installed against one wall of your bathroom. They’re strong and durable, as they’re built on a concealed frame. Available in several different styles, they’re ideal for families with kids, and bathrooms where the shower will be located above the bath, as there’s less risk of water spilling onto the floor.
- – Corner bath. A corner bath is built into one corner of your bathroom. It’s a great space-saving option in a smaller bathroom, and due to its spa-like shape, it looks luxurious, too.
Baths come in a variety of different shapes, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs.
Freestanding and inset baths offer the choice of rounded ends, straight ends, or one of each. Think about the positioning of your bath – if one end will be directly against a wall, it makes sense for that end to be straight, as this makes best use of the space.
Rounded ends work particularly well on a freestanding bath positioned in the middle of a room. They can also be more practical for families who need to bath more than one child at a time.
Of course, your chosen bath needs to look great, so you can enjoy it for many years to come. You should choose a bath that coordinates with the rest of the features in your bathroom, and adds something special to the bathroom’s design.
Imagine yourself in the bath. Does it suit your personality and style? The better it looks, the more you’re sure to love it.
What should your bath be made of? Bath materials all offer different advantages, so your choice will depend on your needs and purposes, and also your budget.
- – Stone. Stone baths are hand-crafted, durable and extremely beautiful, and will give your bathroom a luxurious feel. However, they are a high-cost option.
- – Steel. A stainless steel bath is easy to clean and looks great in a modern bathroom.
- – Acrylic. Acrylic baths tend to be the most popular option. They’re budget-friendly, lightweight and come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and styles.
- – Fibreglass. Strong, light and economical, fibreglass baths are particularly popular with apartment-dwellers.
- – Cast iron. A traditional option that’s stood the test of time, cast iron baths retain heat excellently and are built to last. They are expensive though.
It’s essential to make sure your bathroom floor can support the weight of your chosen bathtub before you buy it. If you live in an apartment or your bathroom is upstairs, a stone or cast iron bath may not be practical, as these options are both extremely heavy.
Remember to calculate the weight of the bath when it’s filled with water! If in doubt, consult a structural engineer – they’ll be able to advise you whether your floor will need reinforcing.
The bathroom tapware you choose can make an attractive style statement in your bathroom. There are now a wide range of colours and shapes available, so it’s important to choose tapware that reflects your personal style and suits the décor scheme of the room.
You can also personalise your bath by choosing the position of the taps. They can be mounted at one end or in the centre of the bath. If you have a freestanding bath, you can choose floor-standing or wall-mounted tapware, to make a real design feature out of your taps.
Before you make your final decisions about your bath and tapware, you need to speak to a plumber. They’ll be able to tell you whether any replumbing will be required, and which options will work best with the existing plumbing in your bathroom.
Your bath is an investment that will last you a long time. It’s important to think about how your needs may change in the future – will your chosen bath still be practical for you and your home in 10 or 20 years’ time?
It’s also worth considering what will appeal to prospective buyers, in case you ever decide to move on. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, and choosing the right bath will help you achieve a higher resale value.
Want help choosing the right bath?
We’re always happy to advise on the different types of baths available for your home. Contact us or call into our showroom to find out more.
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