A freestanding bath may cost more than a built-in bathtub, but it offers a lot of benefits, such as the flexibility to move it from one place to another, the various styles available, and the elegance that it brings. Freestanding baths can serve as the focal point of the bathroom. It is an easy way to upgrade the bathroom and instantly make it look more luxurious. If you are eyeing to get one for your bathroom, here are some buying tips to consider to ensure that you make the best purchase.
Set a budget
The prices of freestanding bathtubs vary. If you don’t want to spend more than what you can afford, set a specific budget range that you would like to work with before even going shopping. It is easy to get lost with all the options available, and it might hurt you if you fall in love with something that is way out of your budget. If you have a specific price range in mind, you can check out those that fall under that. It will also shortlist your options making it easier to pick.
Measure your bathroom twice or even several times. It’s okay to do this than to buy a bathtub that is too big or too small for the area where you wish to place it. Bathtubs come in varying sizes too, so you can find something that will work for your space.
Decide on the style
There are different styles to choose from, and we listed some of them below:
- Roll-top. Its edges curve out, which make it more comfortable to relax your head and hands.
- Claw foot. It has four claw feet-like legs, thus its name. This tub will give your bathroom a vintage feel.
- Slipper. This type of bathtub slopes on one or both ends. The design makes it more comfortable, and it also gives a modern vibe.
- Pedestal. It has a base where the bathtub sits.
- Japanese soaking tub. These tubs are taller although smaller in circumference. Instead of laying, you sit on these bathtubs.
There are also freestanding bathtubs that have additional features, such as the use of water jets or heater air bubbles to massage your body while soaking.
Choose the material
Freestanding bathtubs are made using different materials. Some of the most popular materials used in making these tubs are stone, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, fibreglass, and acrylic. Some are also made of wood like the traditional Japanese soaking tubs. It’s important to consider the material because it affects the weight, ease of maintenance, and sturdiness of the bathtub.
Consider the weight
Determine the weight of the bathtub, and make sure that the floor is sturdy enough to support it. If you are not sure, check with a professional, especially if you will place it in a bathroom that is on another floor of the home.
Select the tap
Freestanding bathtubs do not often come with water taps. You need to buy a separate tap that can either be wall-mounted or freestanding. There are also different styles to choose from, so see which one will look best with your tub.
Consider the tips provided above when buying a freestanding bathtub to make sure that you are making the right choice.