Summer is officially over, and most of us are already looking forward to the perks of the cold season: hot drinks, sweater weather, and… a warm bath every once in a while! And if you’re planning to redesign or upgrade your bathroom with a new tub this year, this series is for you. We’ll teach you how to choose the perfect bathtub considering your personal needs and preferences, but also considering the technical aspects – the plumbing in your room, the hot water tank capacity, the flooring, and more.
As choosing the perfect bathtub is a fairly broad topic, we’re going to split it into three parts – and today, we’ll start by examining the most common styles of bathtubs, and choosing the perfect one for your room.
Bathtub styles have little to no impact on the technical aspects – that’s why we decided to start with something easy, which doesn’t require you to start counting gallons right away. However, the size and the material of the bathtub does influence those things – but we’ll go over that as well in a minute.
So, what are the most common bathtub styles out there?
- Alcove tubs are what you would call ‘standard’ bathtubs today. Alcove tubs have one accessible side, with the other three pressed against the wall. Corner tubs are also a variation of alcoves – but they usually have a larger exposed side, and two others that fit perfectly against a corner.
- Freestanding tubs are a huge thing right now. Meant to stand by itself and have all the plumbing hidden under it, a freestanding tub is a statement of your personal style and aesthetic. Styles vary from classic clawfoot varieties to sleek and flowy modern designs. Consider the size as well – most freestanding tubs are built to accommodate one, but you can also find larger units that are great for lovebirds.
- Drop-in tubs are mounted into a wooden frame. A textbook example of a drop-in tub is the jacuzzi or whirlpool tub. This is also one of the more expensive styles to build and maintain – as you’ll need to cash out extra money on building the wooden enclosure as well.
- Undermount tubs are similar to drop-ins. They are also supported by a separate enclosure, but this time one under the floor. By far the most expensive and demanding alternative out there (not only do you have to build that enclosure but also reinforce the floor so it can support all the weight), this style does have its perks – it looks extremely sleek with modern minimalist designs, and is very easy to get in and out of.
- Walk-in tubs are designed for people with limited mobility. They’re perfect for the elderly, or wheelchair-bound people, as they feature an inward-swinging door that allows easy entry and exit. In addition to that, walk-in tubs will usually come with lots of handles and a non-slip flooring for extra safety.
You might also stumble upon the name soaking tubs, which can be any of the above as long as it’s deeper than it is long (that includes Japanese tubs that are meant for sitting instead of laying down.)
These are the 5 basic bathtub styles you’ll have to choose from. Next, you’ll have to decide on size, material, and capacity – we’ll cover all that in the next part!