Freestanding tubs are as old as civilized bathing. But, everything old is new again. Old homes and new are restoring or installing freestanding tubs as the focus of their trending bathrooms.
Interior decorators have added subway tiles, statement furniture, and bold colors to bathrooms. But, if you have the room and do some research, you will find that freestanding tubs are the designers’ choice for 2018. As Better Living says, “Freestanding bathtubs are making a comeback, and so far, it looks like they are here to stay.”
3 reasons a freestanding tub may be exactly what you need:
- Design Central: Freestanding tubs can go anywhere. They do not have to dominate the room or consume the center of the floor.
When you buy a beautiful freestanding tub, you are buying a sculptural look. Whether it is 19th-century claw footed tubs, historic replicas, or sleek modern composition, they can look good in the middle, next to a wall, or in a corner.
- Spa Treatment: The Los Angeles Times observed, “Deep, free-standing soaking tubs are the go-to amenity for luxury home owners looking to create sumptuous master bath retreats that put the ahhhh in spa.”
Your freestanding tub is yours alone. It’s there for your full-body soaking, your spa sanctuary to get away from it all. So, you’ll want to shop for a multiple function faucet that lets you spray, shower, and revitalize your skin and mood.
- So many options: Your design and spa experience depend on the options available, and there are many. You must consider the space available. It takes space to place the tub and the necessary plumbing. But, the space may influence your choice of tub size and style:
- Single- and Double-ended tubs measure between 48” and 70”. The single-ended is squared at one end and sloped at the other.
- Slipper tubs have and elevated end to form a slipper silhouette. The sloped end supports your back for soaking. Larger double slippers hold two bathers in comfort.
- Pedestal tubs perch on a sculptured base to create a stunning profile and suggest additional floorspace.
- Soaking tubs are deeper to invite bathers to submerge and relax well below the water level.
And, there’s more —
Freestanding is in because the variety in materials, shape, and size. You should look for stainless steel tubs finished in high quality acrylic for permanent appearance and easy cleaning. While it may challenge your shopping, you want to consider the various shapes: rectangular, oval, rounded or squared corners, and more. And, though room and doorway width may influence your decision on size, there are many widths and lengths available.
A freestanding tub may be exactly what you need —
Freestanding tubs are functional and beautiful. They provide a unique focus for your bathroom design, a real statement on your taste and style. And, as Bob Villa says, “To take the edge off the pressures of daily life, many Americans are cultivating ways to relax and de-stress in their own homes by turning their bathrooms into spa-like sanctuaries.”