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Relax in Your New Tub: 35 Freestanding Bath Tub Ideas

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If you are considering a bathroom remodel; changing the bathtub (or introducing one) is one of the best ways to create a fresh look and change the feel and style of the bathroom. Depending on your budget, needs, and décor preferences, there are different types of bathtubs you can get. One of the most popular is the freestanding tub.

As the name suggests, freestanding tubs are designed to stand on their own without any attachment to the floor or walls. They are not built into the floor like sunken tubs nor are they set into the wall. A freestanding tub is great if you are looking to give your bathroom a spacious and luxurious feel.

Faucets for freestanding bathtubs can be attached to the adjacent wall or on the tub itself. The tub may also come with additional features depending on the price and it use. Additionally, you can choose from different sizes depending on your needs. For instance, a small freestanding tub is great if you are alone but you would need a wider tub if you enjoy your baths as a couple.

Materials Used

Materials used in freestanding bathtubs are generally similar to those used in other tubs. Centuries ago, they used material like stone and clay to fashion bathtubs. In the modern times, fiberglass and acrylic are two of the most commonly used materials. Here is a breakdown of the different materials used and their unique characteristics.

  • Fiberglass – fiberglass tubs are popular because of their affordability. The material is more budget-friendly than other alternatives including copper, cast iron and brass. It is also lightweight and can be repaired when damaged instead of replacing the entire tub. The biggest downside is poor durability and an easy to scratch surface.
  • Acrylic – this is another affordable and lightweight tub option. In fact, acrylic tubs have fiberglass as a major component. Like fiberglass, it can scratch easily and does not last very long.
  • Ceramic Tile – this is another good option if you are looking for a budget friendly freestanding tub. One big advantage of ceramic tile tubs is that they can be made onsite. This means that you can get a highly customized design with whatever size you desire. On the downside, ceramic tile tubs require a lot of maintenance work and can be a tad unpleasant on your bare skin.
  • Cast Iron – Cast iron tubs could potentially last forever. The molded iron is finished on the outside with enamel. The tub is hard and study, with the exterior extremely resistant to scratches and any kind of damage. On the downside, cast iron tubs are difficult to move because of their weight and can also carry a hefty price tag.
  • Porcelain on Steel – this type of tub consists of a sheet of steel combined with a layer of porcelain enamel. It is a low-cost but durable material. It is also easy to clean.
  • Natural Stone – natural stone freestanding tubs are, as you would expect, quite expensive. They are made from a variety of materials such as marble, sandstone, basalt or granite. Natural stone bathtubs are great if you are going for a luxurious spa look in your bathroom.
  • Copper – Copper carries with it a warm aesthetic while also creating a luxurious décor. But the greatest benefit of copper tubs lie in their health benefits. Copper is naturally antimicrobial, helping keep your tub hygienic. Copper tubs come in a variety of finishes. Though expensive than fiberglass or acrylic tubs, they last very long while requiring minimal maintenance.
  • Brass – brass is not a commonly used material for bathtubs, perhaps due to its high cost. The material is made by combining zinc and copper to form an extremely strong and durable metal. Since it does not rust or corrode, a brass tub will last for decades while still retaining its good looks. Like copper tubs, brass tubs are expensive but provide value for your money.
  • Wood – Yes, you can get a bathtub made from wood. If you are going for an ultra luxurious warm décor, this is an excellent choice. Of course, the wood has to be treated to ensure that it is completely waterproof.



Choosing among all these materials can be a little bit challenging. The most important factor to consider is your budget. For low to mid-range budgets, good options include acrylic, ceramic, porcelain and fiberglass. For bigger budgets, consider materials like wood, brass, copper or cast iron.

Related: 7 Must-Know Bathroom Remodeling Tips.

Also consider your décor needs. Wood and copper tubs tend to create a warm homely feel. Cast iron and natural stone can be used for a spa décor or an industrial style bathroom. If you are going for simple urban contemporary, we recommend fiberglass, acrylic, ceramic or porcelain.

SHINY GEM

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1st Option

Love how this tub just shines in this space.

CONTEMPORARY IN CALI

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Brion Jeannette Architecture

Stunning California spa bath.

CRISP & CLEAN

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Frances Herera Interior Design

Such a well put-together space, un-fussy. Love the flowing shape of the tub.

FEMININE RESPITE

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Purple Cherry Architects

So soft and feminine, wash all your troubles away here.

JUST RELAX

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Sebring Design Build

Love the shape of the tub. All the design elements are just so pretty and inviting.

SOLID STONE

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Glenwood Custom Builders

Wow–I can’t even imagine how heavy this tub is!

TRANQUILITY

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Enviable Designs Inc.

What a wonderful and tranquil place to relax.

SLEEK MASTER

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Granite Transformations

Sleek contemporary master bathroom.

RIVETED TUB

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Walls & Floors Ltd.

Love the riveted tub in this farmhouse inspired bathroom.

TRADITIONAL CLAWFOOT

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Troedsson Design and Planning

I think this bathroom is a little mix of Mediterranean and Traditional.

CALIFORNIA ZEN

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Jodi Fleming Design

Japanese-style bathroom.

SILVER METAL

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Overmyer Architects

Beautiful tile wall and spectacular tub.

LONG TUB

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Interior Selections Austin

Long bathtub accented by beautiful stone tile in this contemporary lakefront home.

STUNNING SOAK

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Mary DeWalt Design Group

Absolutely stunning!

PURPLE PASSION

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Ripples Bathrooms

Don’t think you see this every day!

FRESH SQUEEZE

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Renewal Design-Build

Possible lack of space in this bathroom–but they found a spot for this beauty. Love the yellow tile wall–a great cheerful color!

EXOTIC BATHING

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Saint Dizier Design

So exotic and peaceful. This copper tub is made by Diamond Spas.

LA BELLE TUB

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Alexander James Interiors

Elegance! The black color is a nice departure from typical white and the shape is different too–Villeroy and Boch–La Belle tub.

GREEN TUB

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Division One Construction

Interesting choice of color for this tub.

COLORFUL CLAWFOOT

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Alison Kandler Interior Design

Whimsical choice of color for this clawfoot tub in this beach cottage bath.

EXPANSIVE LUXURY

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Charles Cunniffe Architects Aspen

You definitely won’t be cramped in this contemporary expansive luxury bathroom.

TUCKED AWAY

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Increation

Interesting how they tucked this freestanding tub in the corner of this contemporary bathroom.

UNWIND

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Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.

Nice substantial looking tub. Pretty flooring. Great place to unwind.

TOLOUSE TUB

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Johi Spear Interior Design

Victoria & Albert Toulouse tub. Love the Ann Sacks Asher Gray Marble herringbone floor!

HEAVY METAL

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Clare Gaskin Interiors

Rich deep blue clawfoot tub in this very traditional bathroom.

SQUARED AWAY

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Robert Kaner Interior Design

A much more square shaped tub versus the standard. Nice contemporary space.

CONTEMPORARY & ELEGANT

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NuHaus Homes Ltd

This bathroom is both contemporary and elegant. Love the shape of this MAAX Optik tub.

SUNSTRUCK

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Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Gorgeous bathroom to relax in. Kohler Sunstruck tub with fluted shroud.

TEXTURED & TOUGH

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Amelie de Gaulle Interiors

Love all the texture and rich colors in this bath, feels very masculine and warm. That wall is amazing!

ASIAN INSPIRED

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Amelie de Gaulle Interiors

Asian inspired spa bath.

HIGH RISE HEAVEN

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Amelie de Gaulle Interiors

Breathtaking Nashville penthouse bathroom.

WARM & COZY

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Weaver Custom Homes

Like the rectangular shape to this tub. Very warm and cozy space.

TRANQUIL TRAVERTINE

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Timothy A. Cook Designs

A lot of beautiful travertine in this bathroom. Even with all the stone–has a soft relaxing feel.

ON A PEDISTAL

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Creek Hill Custom Homes

Love the pedestal detail on the bottom of this tub.

Size and Design

Freestanding bathtubs come in varying designs. Pedestal bathtubs come with a slightly raised design to create a unique look. freestanding soaker tubs, meant for relaxing, are common in Japan. They are deep and feature a slightly sloped design. Get a freestanding soaking tub if you want something to soak in for hours. If you enjoy baths as a couple, get an extra wide and extra deep bathtub for ultimate comfort.

Take a look at our remodeling and design portfolio for other ideas for your bathroom remodeling project.


The most important thing is to research extensively. Determine what your needs are, what budget you can work with and the best source of freestanding tubs (at your local store or online). In terms of size, make sure you measure the floor area and entry doors before buying.

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.

Leave us a message if you have any questions about installing a freestanding tub for your space.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mucky September 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    A lot of tub manufacturers are listing tubs as “solid surface” (an step up from acrylic?). Which category does that fall into and how would you summarize it’s pros & cons?

  2. Harry Watson October 10, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I want to buy a bathtub for my bathroom. I am searching designs and have read all your article and i found many designs in it . Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

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