Selecting the right bathtub for your bathroom renovation can be a lot of fun! But it’s also an important decision for functional and stylistic reasons.
A freestanding bath can be the centrepiece of a freshly renovated bathroom, giving a truly luxurious feel. It’s also a very popular option; in our experience, roughly 70-80% of clients prefer a freestanding bathtub over a built-in bath. In this blog, our expert interior designers will share all you need to know about freestanding baths.
A freestanding bath does not typically sit flush with the wall. Instead, it stands alone, without meeting any adjoining surfaces. This type of bathtub will either sit directly on the floor or be supported by feet. Usually, this feature is determined by design rather than functional factors.
While many may dream of a round bath sitting in the centre of their bathroom, with yards of space on every side, this isn’t feasible for most bathrooms. Instead, the best course of action is to place your freestanding bath close to a wall, while still allowing for just enough space to aid in cleaning.
In terms of style, freestanding baths generally fall under traditional or modern.
The traditional freestanding bath will commonly be a slipper bath or roll top bath, both classic shapes that add a little aristocratic flair! A roll top bath will often feature a roll or a lip along the rim of the tub, while a slipper bath is a unique shape, with one end higher than the other. Claw feet are another common feature of traditional stand-alone baths.
On the other hand, modern freestanding baths are more minimalistic, without accentuated shapes. They feature smoother lines and functionality, with one of the most popular options being an oval shape freestanding bath.
There are several benefits to selecting a freestanding bath for your bathroom. One of the biggest positives is that there are so many designs and styles to choose from, meaning there is a freestanding bathtub to suit anyone’s taste.
While there are many benefits, there are also some disadvantages to selecting a freestanding bathtub for your bathroom renovation.
This is a big question, and the answer isn’t exactly simple. It depends on a wide range of factors and almost always comes down to your situation, such as your requirements, the existing space, and your budget. Every bathroom is different, and you may need to opt for a built-in bath over a freestanding bathtub… no matter how badly you want the latter!
But it’s not all bad news… in fact, we believe that you can certainly still achieve a wow factor with a built-in bath. Quality tiling can go a long way to creating a stunning bath, and savvy placement can exacerbate the amount of space in your bathroom. Plus, built-in baths do have the added benefit of storage space.
What is the best brand of freestanding bath?
We recommend a few different products to our clients when they ask for a freestanding bath. For example, Kaldewei baths, available from Reece, are made from pressed metal and are of exceptional quality. Highgrove offers wonderful back-to-wall baths, which deliver the freestanding look but are much easier to clean. For an off-the-wall freestanding bath, Decina Valentina is an excellent option.
It’s important to consider your needs before choosing either a freestanding or a built-in bathtub.
How often will you use your bath? Do you have enough space in your bathroom, or will a freestanding bath eat up too much of it? Eventually, you’ll need to make a decision, which is best done with the help of industry experts.
We work with homeowners every day, helping them select the right bath for their dream bathrooms. For example, whether or not a large bath or a large shower is more appropriate for your needs, whether it’s for use or simply to add value, and much more.
Expert advice and insight never go astray. With that in mind, get in touch with smarterBATHROOMS+ today. We love working with homeowners, and our team is ready to make your bathroom renovation a reality. Call us today on 1300 662 838 to speak to one of our experts or book your FREE in-home consultation with one of our interior designers today!