The Difference Between A Freestanding Bath Tub And A Built-In Bath
Freestanding baths have long been seen as the ultimate romantic statement: the large claw-foot tubs of yesteryear can accommodate two people simultaneously (cue the scented candles and bath oil). However, there have been some complaints: they are more challenging to clean around, and they do not keep the bathwater hot for very long. However, the alternative, built-in bathtubs, has a negative reputation for being outmoded and less luxurious.
What is the distinction between a freestanding and a built-in bath? When it comes to bathtubs, there are two basic types to consider: built-in baths, which are typically installed in an alcove with walls on three sides, and freestanding baths, which give you more flexibility in where you place it in the room (though most freestanding tubs are installed close to a wall—and existing plumbing). The claw-foot tub is a well-known freestanding alternative that stands on four feet, unlike some modern freestanding bathtubs that sit flush on the ground or on a pedestal. (Historically, claw-foot baths had a Victorian-style ball and claw design, although today, any tub with feet is commonly referred to as a claw-foot.)
Both freestanding and built-in tubs are available in a variety of dimensions—length, breadth, and depth—and if you enjoy taking baths, you’ll want a tub that fits your body, so test-drive tubs in the showroom by jumping in and lying down.
What is the point of having a freestanding bath? There is no situation where a freestanding tub is required; most individuals select freestanding baths to make a statement or achieve a vintage aesthetic. If it’s the style you’re looking for, freestanding models have a greater range of options.
However, there is more discretion regarding where the tub is placed—as long as piping is nearby. Consider positioning your tub near a window if you want to look out the window while you soak.
What’s Your Style of Freestanding Tub?
Whether you are going for a chic look, a vintage style, an industrial feel, or a contemporary décor, there is a perfect freestanding tub for you. Whether you are looking for something to relax in, to do some aromatherapy, or simply bathe, there are plenty of design and size options available.
A bathroom does not feel complete without a bathtub. If you have been relying on just your shower to wash the day’s grit and stress away, time to experience the magic of a freestanding bathtub. If your current tub is old and weary, time for an upgrade.
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