Get the lowdown on what to consider before setting your sights on a freestanding bathtub
written on: 14-11-2021 16:15pm
Last week we tacked getting a fitted tub for your bathroom. This week we move on to the ever so popular freestanding bathtub. It’s quite likely that when you picture your dream bathroom, the tub is your piece de resistance – and with good reason. Nothing says luxury and home-spa than a full-sized bath for a relaxing soak.
What’s to love…
Freestanding tubs create an air of elegance, space and unavoidable luxury for a real design statement in your bathroom.
They come in modern and pared-back shapes as well as beautiful, traditional designs in a range of materials, on-trend colours and metallics to suit every scheme.
While weight needs to be taken into consideration, freestanding models are easier to remove for repairing or replacing.
As freestanding baths get a modern makeover using hi-tech materials, so 21st century roll-tops in acrylic or cast stone can be made smaller to suit the UK’s compact bathrooms (the Tubby Torre from The Albion Bath Company is a petite 1195x730mm, for example).
But do remember...
Freestanding baths generally have larger dimensions than standard inset models and will need to be installed in a bigger space. A huge tub shoehorned into a small room or corner will look and feel cramped.
Experts recommend mapping out the area by laying down sheets of newspaper to show the bath’s footprint – so the bath fits in, with plenty of space to move around.
Plumbing is a consideration, as you will need water and waste pipes to run under the floor and floor-mounted taps.
Freestanding baths are not the best to have a shower with so pair with a separate shower enclosure or wet room.
Credit: Lara Sargent (Words) Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 239, March 2016