Everything You Need to Know about Freestanding Bathtubs

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Freestanding bathtubs are becoming one of the most popular bathroom trends of 2013. Homeowners are opting to remove built-in bathtubs and are replacing them with a freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower. There’s a lot of information and research required to make the right choice when deciding what type of bathtub to purchase. It isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, because the bathtub is the most expensive fixture you’re going to purchase when renovating a bathroom. Below are 6 things to consider before buying a freestanding bathtub!

1. Benefits of Freestanding Bathtubs
Freestanding bathtubs are, first and foremost, a design statement. They’re elegant, sophisticated and will give you the spa retreat feel that you won’t get with a built-in bathtub. The tubs are available in various materials, including acrylic, copper, cast iron, stone and wood. Because it’s not fixed to the wall, you can place the freestanding tub in the center of the room, making it the focal point. This will also make it easier to clean. Placing the tub in the center of the room also creates the illusion of having more space. The floor can run uninterrupted, especially with freestanding tubs that have legs. Being able to see space under the tub will make your bathroom appear airy with an abundance of space. Freestanding tubs also allow bathrooms to be updated much easier. Flooring can be changed from tile to wood; walls can be painted or wallpapered over and over again without the hassle of a built-in tub.

2. Choosing the Perfect Freestanding Bathtub
There are four main tips for choosing the ideal bathtub for your lifestyle.

  • Determine the Exact Dimensions and Installation Options
    Before you start looking at bathtubs, you should measure the space where you will be placing the tub. You don’t want to fall in love with a tub and then find out it won’t fit in the designated space. Since freestanding tubs aren’t mounted to the wall, you’ll also want to weigh your installation options. Hiding plumbing can be tricky, so you should have an installation plan before you start shopping.
  • Research the Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Bath Materials
    The material of your bathtub can make or break the style of the room. In addition to style, you’ll want to make sure your floor can support some of the heavier tubs, such as cast iron or stone. Cleaning processes are different for each material, so reviewing how to clean each material will be beneficial to your decision.
  • Find a Comfortable Fit for the Person Who Will Use it the Most
    If the bathtub is going into a bathroom used by a couple, it should fit the one who uses it the most. If she’s 5’3” and uses the tub twice a week but he’s 6’2” and only showers, it doesn’t make sense to buy a tub that fits him. The extra space that would be needed for a longer bathtub can be used for a larger shower. To find the perfect fit, go to different showrooms and sit in the bathtubs. You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable before investing in your dream tub.
  • Choose Quality Over Price
    Your bathtub is an essential piece in the bathroom. When you’re choosing, don’t sacrifice quality for a lower price tag. You’ll wind up spending that saved money when you have to replace your tub sooner than you thought.

3. Fitting a Freestanding Bathtub Into Your Bathroom Style
If you’re designing a traditional bathroom, you’re going to want a freestanding bathtub that has smooth edges. An oval freestanding tub is perfect for fitting this style.

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If you want a more modern, contemporary feel in your bathroom, you should go with a rectangular tub that has sharper lines and edges. For a transitional feel, try a rounded rectangular tub.

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4. Incorporating a Shower
While freestanding tubs are usually seen paired with a large walk-in shower in very spacious bathrooms, you can definitely still use your tub as a shower. If you need to save space but still want a freestanding tub, you can attach a shower head and curtain to the tub. This will give you the two-for-one deal of a built-in tub without sacrificing the style of a freestanding tub.

5. Whitehaus Freestanding Bathtubs
All the bathtubs shown above are part of Whitehaus Collection’s Bathhaus, the brand new line of freestanding bathtubs. We sell six Lucite acrylic bathtubs in various shapes and sizes. Lucite acrylic is exceptionally strong and durable. It is stain, scratch, chemical and bacteria resistant, as well as hypoallergenic. Lucite acrylic also has the added benefit of being warm to the touch, because we know no one wants to get into a cold tub! Whitehaus also sells copper freestanding bathtubs. There are three different freestanding tub fillers that are guaranteed to give you the most elegant look when paired with a Bathhaus freestanding bathtub.

6. Adding Even More Luxury to Your Freestanding Bathtub
There are many things you can do for the ultimate luxury in your bathroom. Adding a Rainfall Showerhead above your freestanding tub will create an unparalleled bathing experience. To create an even more appealing aesthetic, you can place your freestanding tub in a large walk-in shower or angle it in the room for an even bigger wow-factor!

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