A Guide to Buying Freestanding Baths

Nothing can be compared to a peaceful spa in the comfort of your own home. By installing freestanding soaking baths, you can have a hot bath with your favourite essential oils and unwind after a long tiring day. While these baths are ultra-contemporary and add an element of luxury, you don’t have to go out of your way to purchase them. You can get cheap freestanding baths in different models, materials, finishes, and designs. And with the right buying guide getting your hands on one shall not be too difficult. Read the section below to get a better idea before your purchase.

Know Your Space

The bathroom space is the most crucial determinant when purchasing a freestanding bath. Ideally, these are suited for larger bathrooms; however, you can also get some designs in middle and small sizes that are perfect for relatively compact bath spaces. It is best to install D-shaped designs or have one side of the bath attached to the wall in small bathrooms. Also, make sure to leave one foot of space between the sides of the basin and the wall for better access and functionality. 

Select the Tub Style

The three factors you must consider before choosing the bath style are function, aesthetics, and budget. And now you can get cheap freestanding baths in various traditional and modern styles. The choice of the tub will also depend on your use and the design impact you plan on achieving. Some common styles are clawfoot, slipper, pedestal, Japanese and roll top. You can also play with finishing touches like brass, gold, chrome, or nickel, and some modern styles like neons or matte black.

Consider Tub Material

The material of freestanding baths can affect the weight, price, durability, heat-retention, and maintenance. If you are looking for cheap freestanding baths, acrylic is the most sought-after choice for its versatility and durability. However, you must be careful when using acrylic baths as they are susceptible to scratch.

Cast-iron has a more traditional appeal. It is durable and resistant to chipping and scratching. While cast iron tubs take longer to heat, they can retain the heat much longer. You may also opt for steel baths which are affordable and durable and weigh much less than cast iron. However, these are not as durable and may chip easily.

Some less popular materials for freestanding baths are stone, wood, and copper. These are costly and high-maintenance tubs. However, these are very stylish, have high heat-retaining properties, and have low maintenance requirements.   

Choice of Taps

The choice of taps must complement the tub, and the two options you have are wall-mounted taps and floor-mounted taps. Wall-mounted taps may require more work for your plumbing and are a bit more expensive as these need installation through the bathroom’s wall. Floor-mounted taps are installed directly from the floor or to the sides of the bath, making it a more cost-effective option.

Add Your Own Element

Once your tub is installed, you can add a bit of your own touch to it. There are various ways you can style a freestanding tub so that it is the focal point of the room and remains functional for everyday use. A great way to customise your tub is using bathtub caddies. You may also install a shower and shower curtain to increase its aesthetic appeal. 

You can change the entire look of your bath space just by installing a freestanding tub. Before buying, it is best to check if you can lay down comfortably and if your entire body fits perfectly. Also, be mindful of the bath height if it is intended to be used by children and the elderly so that they don’t have issues getting in and out of it.   

Lorena Princevalle

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