A few centuries ago, freestanding baths were the norm. They did not look so pretty back then with metal or copper being the only available options. Now, due to the ability to make complex designs, and manufacturing far advanced, freestanding baths are a popular choice.
Sales of freestanding baths have steadily increased over the past few years and looks to be a trend that is here to stay.
There are now a wide range of styles and sizes on the market, with options to suit almost any budget and bathroom space.
Perhaps you are planning a bathroom renovation and are wondering what kind of freestanding bath might suit your home? There are 4 general types of freestanding baths to choose from, each with their own features and benefits.
The Freestanding Bath
This true freestanding option retains the allure of the original copper/metal style. It is typically designed to be the focal point of the bathroom.
True freestanding baths are made to be installed in a prominent position within the bathroom, and can be viewed from all sides. They are therefore available in more shapes and styles than any of the other freestanding bath types.
The Back-To-Wall Freestanding Bath
This type of freestanding bath will have the long edge of the bath hard up against a wall. It can be a good option for those who are wanting the look of a freestanding bath but are lacking the space.
Because the back-to-wall freestanding bath sits flush against a wall, it is also suitable for those who cannot move their plumbing to accommodate a freestanding bath spout or freestanding bath mixer.
Like all freestanding baths, back-to-wall designs offer a luxury feel, but in a practical and versatile style. They also cut out the need to clean behind the bath in hard to reach spots.
The Corner Freestanding Bath
Similar to back-to-wall freestanding baths, corner freestanding baths are a great option for space savvy buyers and renovators. They are a relatively new addition to the market, but are increasingly becoming popular. Right hand and left hand versions are available to suit your needs.
As per their name, they can be tucked into a corner whilst still delivering a contemporary look to your bathroom. These baths can also allow for larger vanities or shower enclosures in smaller bathrooms where floor space is at a premium.
Expect to see more corner freestanding baths hit the market as their advantages become known.
The Clawfoot Freestanding Bath
Clawfoot Baths offer a more traditional styling and can really complete the look of a Heritage, Provincial or Hamptons bathroom.
In addition to the standard oval bath shape, they are also available in a slipper, or double slipper designs. The slipper and double slipper shapes were first popular in Victorian times, where the raised end helped afford the bather a certain amount of privacy.
Today, this feature provides greater support for the shoulders and back. The rolled top design allows for easier access in and out of the bath, making this a great bath for those who have mobility needs.
Clawfoot baths are available with a range of feet styles. For example the lion paw, or more contemporary round options. Colour finish choices often include chrome, gold, and brass, whilst white and black coloured feet are also popular. This allows you to match your bathroom tapware, mixers and accessories to your bath.
Now that you are aware of the 4 main types of freestanding baths available, what else do you need to know?
Stone: Extremely durable, stone baths offer long-lasting quality and peace of mind. Nothing says extravagance like a bath made out of stone.
Acrylic: Acrylic is a smooth and non-porous material. Scratches can often appear in its soft surface over time, however are easy enough to polish out. Acrylic baths are lightweight and affordable when compared to other bath material types.
Metal: Metal baths lend a traditional charm to any Provincial, Heritage or Hamptons bathroom space, and they are excellent at keeping water hotter, for longer. Like stone baths, they are highly durable.
Solid Surface: Solid surface baths are made of composite materials that mimic natural ones like marble or stone. They boast the durability and wow-factor of stone baths, but are more cost effective.
Other Points To Consider
- Stone baths can be very heavy, and you may require reinforced flooring if you are intending on installing your bath on the 1st floor. It is best to speak with your plumber about this if you are unsure.
- You will have to consider storage of bathing products like soaps and shampoos if you opt for a standalone freestanding style. Will you have a mobile caddy that you can move around, or one that sits on top of the bath? A built-in shower niche to the wall is also an alternative.
- Freestanding baths have high sides. They can therefore be difficult for children or the mobility-impaired to get in and out of. Grab rails and bath steps can be a way to address this issue.
- If you are thinking of installing a standalone freestanding bath close to a wall – beware! Creating small spaces for dust to catch will increase your cleaning work. If your space is limited, a flush fitting back-to-wall option may suit your needs better.
- Custom colour finishes are becoming popular, with black freestanding baths now available off the shelf. Some suppliers, like Luxe By Design, will also custom paint your bath in any Dulux colour for an additional fee.
Custom painting options allow you to express yourself and get creative with your bathroom design.
Freestanding baths will bring a luxury design and feel to your home. A large range of styles, shapes, sizes and colours are available to explore.
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