Incorporating a freestanding bath into a bathroom remodel or as part of a new build bathroom project is easier than ever now thanks to the incredibly diverse range of freestanding baths available. The bath you finally choose will depend on various factors, some of which we’ve outlined below:
Size of bath
You’ll need to carefully measure the available space in your bathroom so you can decide on the optimal position for the freestanding bath – centrally positioned in the middle of the room or in front of a window, or elsewhere.
You’ll also want to consider if you intend to take long relaxing soaks or simply a quick daily dip – as the longer you spend in the bath the more acutely you’ll become aware of size and shape issues such as how easily you can stretch out your legs and rest your elbows or arms on the sides comfortably.
Who will be using the bath? While you may find the perfect bath to fit your build – what about other people in the family who might be taller or wider than you – if everyone intends to use the tub it makes sense to purchase a freestanding bath that will comfortably accommodate them.
Lastly, when it comes to size – you can’t overlook the need to actually get the bath into the bathroom. Make sure before making your buying decision that the bath will fit through the bathroom door, and any other opening on its way to the bathroom.
Style of bath
There are virtually no limitations when it comes to the style of freestanding bath you can buy. Go for a pedestal or plinth bath for super clean lines, or a claw foot model for that classic vintage look. One great use of a classic freestanding bath with feet is to open up the floor space in a smaller bathroom. Choose from a freestanding bath for one person, two people, or a deeper than normal Japanese soaking bath for total immersion. There really is a freestanding bath for all tastes and requirements.
While you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of materials, with stone, copper, stainless steel, acrylic and others to select from, there are also practical considerations to take into account.
Heavier materials such as stone and cast iron are great choices – if your floor can support the additional weight. If you have to reinforce the flooring just to get that look you want with stone or cast iron – then fine, but if you’re on a limited budget, it’s probably better to opt for a lighter weight option such as acrylic and create your bathroom design around it.
Finally, be clear on the installation requirements regarding plumbing and wiring before making your final selection. Any modifications to existing installations should be carried out before your new freestanding bath is delivered so that installation isn’t delayed.