Which Freestanding Bath is Right For You?
A freestanding bath adds an incredible touch of luxury to any bathroom. But with so many styles and designs available, how do you choose the right model for you?
Here are the factors you should take into account to make sure you’re choosing the perfect freestanding bath for your bathroom.
Freestanding baths come in several different styles. The most popular types are:
- Clawfoot. This design first became popular in the 19th century, so it suits traditional bathroom designs.
- Modern. Modern baths have clean lines and stand directly on the floor.
- Single-ended. A single-ended bath has one rounded, sloped end where you can relax. The other end is straight and houses your drain and faucet.
- Slipper. The slipper bath’s distinctive shape is raised at one end for increased back support and more comfort.
- Pedestal. Pedestal baths, sometimes called skirted baths, rest on a plinth rather than standing on the floor or having feet.
There are several different materials which are popular for freestanding baths:
- Acrylic. Lightweight and cost-effective, acrylic baths are an extremely popular choice for upstairs bathrooms and apartments.
- Composite. Composite is a lighter and more budget-friendly alternative to stone, while still maintaining the beautiful appearance of the all-natural material.
- Steel with enamel coating. Strong and durable, these baths are chip-resistant and maintain their colour for many years.
- Cast iron. Built to last a lifetime, cast iron baths are extremely strong and durable, and excellent at retaining heat.
- Copper. Copper’s colour adds warmth to your bathroom design. It’s also a healthy material as it’s resistant to bacteria and mould.
- Stone. Each stone bath has a unique appearance, as it’s hand-crafted from natural stone. They’re built to last, hard to damage, and make beautiful design features.
- Stainless steel. Ideal for contemporary bathrooms, stainless steel baths look modern and are available in polished or brushed finishes. They’re also extremely easy to clean and maintain.
Freestanding baths are available in a wide variety of different colours, so this is really a matter of personal taste.
Do you want your bath to stand out as a design statement, or match the rest of your fixtures to create a seamless, spacious look?
Many freestanding baths, particularly cast iron models, can be painted in the colour of your choice.
Before you choose your freestanding bath, you need to think about where you want to position it. How will it fit in with the rest of your bathroom design?
You should also think about accessibility to your water supply, and take floor space into account to ensure your bathroom remains functional as well as beautiful.
It’s important to measure your bathroom accurately to make sure your chosen bath will fit while still leaving plenty of floor space.
You also need to consider how easily it will fit through your doors and up the stairs, to ensure it can actually be carried into place.
Freestanding baths are available in numerous different sizes, so it’s highly likely you’ll be able to find a solution that’s the right size for your home.
The weight of your bath is an important consideration, especially if it’s going in an upstairs bathroom or an apartment.
Materials such as cast iron and stone are extremely heavy, so your floor may need reinforcing before your bath can be safely installed. Remember, you have to think about how heavy the bath will be when it’s full!
Check with a builder if you have any worries.
7. Taps and connections
Your bath may be freestanding, but it will still need to be connected to your water supply! It’s important to check with a plumber to determine the connections you’ll need and where they’ll need to go.
You’ll also have to choose the right taps to suit your bath and the design of your room.
There are several different options available, including bath-mounted or floor-standing taps. You can also have your taps set into the wall.
Your choice of taps should depend on the available space and your budget, as well as your personal taste.
8. Accessories and storage
The right bathroom accessories can make your freestanding bath experience much more luxurious and also give your bathroom an extra touch of style.
Installing a shelf at the side of the bath is ideal when you want to light some candles for the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. Or place a small stool next to the bath to keep all your essential products within easy reach.
Bathtub caddies are also a great solution for organising your bath accessories and come in a range of styles to coordinate with any bathroom decor.
Discover more about freestanding baths
If you would like more information about the various freestanding bath options available, or want some help choosing the right bath for your home, our specialist team are happy to help.
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