When designing your bathroom there are a wide range of different styles and themes to choose from. The type of bathtub one chooses to install in the bathroom also plays an important role in this overall look. But what kind of bathtub should you go for when designing your bathroom? Read on for a few options.
The alcove bathtub is the most popular bathtub design and is probably familiar to many of us as the bathtub of our childhood homes. Alcove bathtubs are generally inexpensive and easy to install, and most homes either have an existing fitting for them or can be easily modified to fit them. However, what you save in price, you pay for in size; alcoves are usually quite small, with most of them not exceeding five feet in length and approximately around 80cm in width.
If you need to conserve bathroom space but wish to overcome the size limitations of an alcove bathtub, soaking tubs offer a chance to create a deeper bathing experience. These bathtubs account for the lack of legroom and are built to let the water go all the way up to the neck, while the bather sits fairly upright. Because they typically come in the same length and width as alcove bathtubs, soaking bathtubs can be installed in fittings originally designed for alcoves. However, they are usually given their own installation fitting in spacious bathrooms.
For those who have spacious bathrooms and want to give it a stylish look and feel, using freestanding bathtubs gives the option to style the bathroom in many more versatile ways without having to work around fixtures. A freestanding bath can be pricey, and typically cost 4-5 times the price of alcove bathtubs. This means that any homeowner who purchases one, must not only be willing to pay substantial amount, but also have a bathroom look that will allow it to fit in with the general aesthetic (so the bathtub doesn’t feel out of place).Some examples of freestanding bathtubs are Clawfoot and Slipper Tubs.
For senior citizens or people living with a disability that are unable to hoist themselves over and into a bathtub, walk-in bathtubs offer a more convenient alternative. The walk-in tub features a doorway that allows bathers to step into the tub and close it securely behind them with zero water leakage. Still considering the physically challenged, these bathtubs also feature sloping seating and little handholds to make it easier to maneuver once inside. Although they are quite expensive, they offer the comfort of bathing to those who would otherwise be left out of the healing experience that comes with a soak in the tub.
Designed for multiple people and large spaces, corner bathtubs come in multiple variations including whirlpools and hot tubs. These tubs are excellent for couples who want a romantic soak and do just as well for family bathing sessions. They are far more expensive to purchase than the other bathtubs mentioned, and cost even more to run as they require significantly larger quantities of water to fill up.
Bathtubs come in a variety of different shapes, styles and sizes. So make sure you do a large amount of research and choose the best design that will fit both your bathroom aesthetic and your individual needs.