Creating a bathroom that will ooze with relaxation and comfort is a real art. Relaxing in a bathtub after a long day at work is one of those small pleasures that everyone deserves. If you were dreaming of turning this area of your home into a chill zone, you’re at the right place.
But before you start with the whole process, you should already have an idea of how you want this place to look like. What are your needs and expectations, and how practical and aesthetically-appealing this space should be? If you are about to change something in your bathroom, start the journey by changing the centerpiece.
Buying a new bath tub is a big decision as not only it needs to be well designed for you to comfortably relax in it, but it should also fit in your available space. Also, consider the installation process. Talk to a professional who will advise you on whether the tub you want to buy is suitable for your space. Before you start shopping around for a new bathtub online, you should first become familiar with the different types.
Generic bathtubs are the most common choice. In most cases, people install them for their practicality. They are best for families with small children and pets (as they make the bathing process easier and faster). These models are simple and usually white, have a showerhead above and allow the user to sit down or stand up while using them.
Another option is a soaking bath tub. The great thing about this type is that you can emerge your entire body and head inside the water. These models are deeper and larger than the standard designs. You can pick from different forms, sizes, and styles to match your bathroom’s interior. However, if you are hesitating which one to choose from these two, make sure that everyone in your house could climb in and out of the tub and safely use it.
If you are looking for something that does not require lifting your legs to get inside, then walk-in baths are your ideal choice. These models are suitable for the elderly or people who have some sort of difficulty moving. Their door seals and holds the water inside safely.
If you are looking for something exclusive and more luxurious, the following models might pique your interest.
Also known as deck-mounted, these bathtubs are built on a platform. As their name suggests, the bath tub is dropped into a frame, called a surround. It comes with a rim around the top, so it can be fastened to the top of the frame. The top can be made of wood, tiles or other material of your choice. They come in various shapes such as oval, corner, hourglass, and rectangle. These models can be mounted in the middle of the room, and you do not have to have three walls to enclose the alcoves. They are quite popular due to their great design and affordable price.
This one is another good option if you are looking for an elegant and luxurious piece that will not affect your budget. As their name suggests, freestanding bath tubs stand alone and are not connected to any surrounding walls or surface. These models require a larger space, but look unique and can turn your bathroom into a little home spa. If this is your choice of a bathtub, you will need to decide what you’re going to do with the visible plumbing. Of course, you can always pick more elegant-looking pipes, but it’s still a detail you should be aware of. If that’s not a problem for you, this type is ideal as the installation process is super fast and easy.
One of the most researched items in the world of bathtubs is the clawfoot model. They look classy, vintage, and can make any space look more luxurious and royal. Wondering why are these bath tubs so wanted? The answer is simple – their design never goes out of style and conveys a certain nostalgia for the old days. The fact that they can be placed anywhere (no need for platforms or surrounding walls) makes them very practical. Also, the tub being lifted by elegantly designed claw feet does not only look outstanding but also allows the room to breathe, creating an illusion of more space. They are deeper and larger than generic models, allowing you to soak in and relax for a longer time.
If you are going for this option, make sure to also consider the cons of the model, such as its height. Children, the elderly or disabled people may have difficulties climbing in (these tubs are quite taller than most models). Often, such tubs are not compatible with showers and have almost no space for your shampoo and shower gel bottles. Finally, a clawfoot bathtub is also perhaps the priciest model on our list. Consider your wants and needs and choose accordingly.
What is important in the end is that you have a clear vision in your head that matches the size of your space. Consult with a professional before you impulsively invest your money in a bath tub that might not be suitable for your bathroom. Before you decide to buy, be sure that your floor can support the weight (different bathtubs have different weights). Be aware of the materials and how they should be maintained.
Ultimately, the right option for your space is the one that fits your bathroom perfectly and makes the space more practical and aesthetically appealing. At the end of the day, it should welcome you and help you relax and unwind.
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