Some people just love the designs of freestanding baths. Many freestanding tubs have a historic inspired look, or you may find a designer contemporary one which looks very unique. You don’t just have to opt for the classic roll top with claw feet, there are many options of materials and finishes. Both freestanding and built in options can suit both contemporary or classic tastes but to make the right decision about what works best for you, you must instead consider your lifestyle.
A freestanding bath is a luxuriously grand focal point, ideal for relaxing and pampering yourself. Freestanding tubs are deep and hold a lot of water, which is ideal for soothing away stress. They are built for those who enjoy taking baths. Yet would you be able to obtain enough hot water from your boiler?
A freestanding tub gives more options for placement, but many people must have a built-in tub for space-efficiency. A freestanding bath gives a robust appearance, yet they can be heavy, sometimes requiring a reinforced floor.
Do you shower?
A shower ought to be separate from a freestanding bath to prevent splashing. A circular shower curtain can be too fussy. A claw feet bath that is semi fitted to the wall, which includes a shower and shower screen combines many disadvantages.
For the family bathroom?
For family bathrooms, splashing can be a big deterring factor and a fitted bath is probably ideal. Imagine bending over the higher freestanding bath to lift your children in and out of it and bathing them. This may hurt your back. Children also like side the edges of a fitted bath for their bath toys.
A built-in bath is often tiled to match the rest of the bathroom, but sealant can attract mould. There is often more space for bathing products thanks to a good-sized ledge, and you could incorporate special tiled shelving for your products. Yet you could obtain a board for across your freestanding bath, or a metal rack with a wine glass holder.
Cleaning underneath a freestanding tub can be difficult. Yet with plenty of space to walk around it, you will no doubt find the cleaning is fine. Many contemporary freestanding designs remove the need to clean right underneath, as they aren’t raised from the floor.
Anybody with mobility issues must avoid designs that involve a greater stride to get in and out of it. Safety is first and foremost. If wall grab rails are needed to avoid slipping, a freestanding tub is unsuitable. You may still be able to incorporate a wooden step which matches the supports though.
Once you’ve considered all the above questions, you should be able to decide whether to plump for freestanding, or go for a fitted model. Then the only question you have to ask yourself is how you’ll choose from the myriad of design options that come with both types of baths.