Freestanding bathtubs are the epitome of elegance and style when it comes to bathroom design. Whether you place them in the center of the bathroom to act as a focal point, or next to the wall to save up space, freestanding tubs are sure to make a statement. While the 2000s have been big on wall- and corner-mounted bathtubs, we’ve been seeing more and more freestanding models popping up in home design showrooms in the last five years. Their vintage appeal makes them a gorgeous piece to add to your bathroom, but how are you supposed to choose a freestanding tub that’s perfect for you? Here are 4 questions to ask when choosing one:
1. What size do I need?
The size of your bathtub is probably the most important feature you should be looking at. If you prefer spending your evenings relaxing in a hot bath by yourself (glass of red optional), a small to medium bathtub should do the trick for you. If you prefer taking baths with your significant other, or if you have kids that like playing around in the tub, you might want to go for a larger option.
2. Where will it sit?
Besides ‘who is going to use the tub the most’, another question that influences the size of the tub you choose is the placement. If you plan to make your new freestanding tub the focal point of your room, you can pick any size – but a large tub with a dramatic design would probably work best. However, keep in mind that you will have to tweak the plumbing if you plan on having your tub in the center of the room. If you’re planning to have it next to the wall or a window, or even in a niche construction, you’ll have to measure carefully to make sure your new tub fits perfectly.
3. What kind of design am I looking for?
There are countless models and designs when it comes to freestanding bathtubs. You can have anything from a classic vintage-inspired design with gold-painted feet to a futuristic design with fluid lines and fully concealed plumbing. You can also go for rounded bowl-like freestanding tubs or asymmetric tubs that have one edge raised higher than the other for better back support. Also, make sure you always go for a light material when choosing a bathtub – acrylic is great, but so is fiberglass and porcelain (although the latter might be a bit heavy, both on your flooring and your wallet.)
4. What accessories would I need?
The main problem with freestanding bathtubs is the lack of space that comes with them. There are no flat edges on the sides of the tub to store your bathroom essentials, and placing them in the center of the room gives you no access to any wall-mounted storage. Ths means you will have to take your towel, shampoo, conditioner, loofah, and everything else you might need with you and have them somewhere near the tub, so think of investing in a bath rack and/or other andy storage.