Freestanding Tub Buying Guide
Whether you’re remodeling your traditional bathroom or starting from scratch on a contemporary master bath, there is a freestanding bath tub to suit your needs. The bathtub you purchase will be determined largely by which material you choose. Freestanding tubs can be made of acrylic, cast iron, copper, bronze, stone, resin and stainless steel. Here are the most important factors to consider while shopping for your new tub.
First and most importantly, figure out how much space you have to work with. Measure the area where you’ll place your freestanding tub and measure all door frames, hallways and stairwells that your tub will have to pass through to get to your bathroom.
Next, think about what purpose the tub will serve. Is it for long, luxurious soaks? If so, comfort will be a higher priority. Will you need a massaging air tub or will your tub be simply for bathing?
Consider who will be using the tub. How much tub will you need to be comfortable for a short bath or a long soak? Should the tub be extra-long, extra-deep, extra-wide or all three? Maybe the tub is for a couple’s suite and would need to be big enough for two people, like our double-slipper tubs.
Freestanding Tub Styles
There are many styles of freestanding tubs to complement a wide array of bathroom decors. Some freestanding tubs are available with a pedestal or plinth. This design element raises your tub slightly off the floor and adds a decorative touch to your bathroom. Soaking tubs are designed to be comfortable for long, luxurious bathing. They come in several lengths and widths to accommodate any bather.
Slipper tubs are higher on one end, making them ideal for resting comfortably while bathing. Similarly, double slipper freestanding bath tubs are higher on both ends instead of just one. Larger double-slipper tubs allow two people to bathe at once. One of the most unique styles of freestanding tubs is Japanese soaking bath tubs. Often significantly deeper than traditional tubs, Japanese soaking tubs allow you to fully submerse your body below water.
Acrylic: One of the most popular freestanding tub materials, acrylic is a relatively lightweight material and is easy to care for. Acrylic freestanding soaking tubs come in a wide variety of contemporary designs.
Cast Iron: A freestanding cast iron bath tub is heavy and sturdy. The classic look of these tubs makes them a great addition to an old-fashioned restored bathroom. Some cast iron freestanding tubs are situated on pedestals or plinths for an exceptionally elegant look.
Copper and Stainless Steel: Copper tubs come in both traditional and modern styles. Popular designs include Japanese soaking tubs and nickel-plated tubs. Modern stainless steel tubs are very easy to maintain and add a touch of sparkle to your bath decor.
Stone: Freestanding stone tubs are hand carved from materials like Italian Carrara marble, travertine and granite. Stone tubs are heavy, so it’s important that the floor of your bathroom be able to support upwards of 2,000 pounds. A stone tub is a great way to make a very bold statement in your modern master bath.
Solid Surface: Solid surface tubs come in resin and Pure Acrylic. Generally contemporary in design, resin tubs offer the look of stone without the significant weight. A high-quality composite material, resin is lightweight, yet durable, and can be formed into a plethora of shapes and sizes.
Pure Acrylic is a solid color and consistency throughout as well, and has the benefit of being more substantial than standard acrylic tubs, which are made of two sheets of acrylic with either air or insulation between. Solid surface tubs are generally easy to clean and care for.
Tub Drilling Options
Read on to learn more about the drilling options available for tubs.