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All You Need to Know when Buying Freestanding Bathtubs

If your bathroom is large enough, then you may want to consider freestanding bathtubs for your next remodeling project. Soaking bathtubs allow you to relax and unwind in your bathroom, and with the right design choices you can make it feel just like a luxury spa or resort.

Of course, not every tub is created equal, so it’s beneficial to learn all about freestanding bathtubs before you part with any of your hard earned money.

What Makes Freestanding Bathtubs Special?

Freestanding BathtubsIn some bathrooms, a tub feels more like a utilitarian afterthought than an actual design feature. Integrated bathtubs can be practical and are sometimes necessary in smaller bathrooms, but they aren’t the most inspiring in terms of aesthetic appeal.

Freestanding bathtubs are unique because they are not mounted against a wall, and they become a key feature of the bathroom, just like modern bathroom vanities.

If you want to design a bathroom that feels and looks luxurious, then a freestanding tub is something that you should consider. Keep in mind that you will need more space for a freestanding tub, so it’s not possible to retrofit one to every bathroom. If you are building a new home or remodeling, then make sure your architect knows your intention to install a freestanding tub, so that the right amount of room can be allocated in the design specifications.

Are Soaking Bathtubs Functionally Different to Normal Bathtubs?

Freestanding tubs are not functionally any different to the average bathtub installed in most American homes. The major difference is how the tub is designed for placement. The faucet is typically mounted along the longest side of the tub, rather than at the shorter ends. This is because of how freestanding tubs are positioned and designed to be used.

One thing that you will need to consider is the size of the tub. Some freestanding bathtubs are designed for the average person to be able to fully extend while in the tub, allowing for a completely relaxing experience. Some tubs are slightly shorter and are suited to a reclined position, but not fully extended.

The largest mainstream soaking bathtubs are typically 67 inches to 71 inches in length. This is the equivalent of 5.5 – 5.9 ft. in length. People usually will soak in a tub while exposed from the shoulders up, so even a tub of 71 inches would be suitable for someone who is above 6 ft. tall.

Does The Shape and Design of Freestanding Bathtubs Matter?

Freestanding BathtubsWhen choosing a bathtub for your new build or remodeling project, you’ll find that there are both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these, and the right one for you will ultimately be based on your needs, and the type of bathroom where the tub will be installed.

  • A symmetrical soaking tub is better for an upright seated position, but won’t always allow for a full soaking experience. There are benefits to this design, particularly for tub sharing, or if you will use the tub in a family bathroom for children.
  • An asymmetrical tub will incorporate a reclined side that is intended for a single bather. This is the type of tub you should choose if sharing won’t be a consideration, and if you want the full resort-like experience. Asymmetrical tubs stand out more and many owners consider them to be more luxurious in nature. For a master bathroom, an asymmetrical tub is often preferred.

Keep in mind that some larger luxury tubs will offer deep reclines on both sides of the tub, combining all of the benefits of soaking bathtubs into a single design.

One of the Best Improvements You Can Make to Your Bathroom

Bathrooms should be functional, but there’s a lot of benefit that can be gained by having luxuries, such as freestanding bathtubs. If you want to feel like your bathroom is a private retreat where you can relax and unwind after a stressful day, then there are few upgrades that can offer the benefits of soaking bathtubs.

If you’ve got the space available, then this is an upgrade worth making, and it will continue to benefit you for years to come, and could even add value and appeal if you eventually decide to put your home on the market.

 

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