More bathroom remodeling projects are opting to leave out a bathtub in favor of a larger shower. Where a tub still factors into your plans, freestanding tubs are by far the most popular choice. Why is this? Freestanding tubs are much more than just an average functional bathtub. They make a design statement and create a clear focal point in your bathroom design, while also turning your tub into a relaxing retreat.
If you are considering a new bathroom and think this tub style may be the right choice for you, here are a few things to consider:
What is a freestanding tub?
Any bathtub that is standalone, or not attached to the wall, is considered a freestanding tub. It can sit anywhere that plumbing can be installed, whether that is next to a wall or in the center of the room. While a freestanding tub can work in a smaller sized bathroom, this tub style is better suited to a larger room as it leaves more flexibility for positioning the tub.
Where should I place the tub?
Since the freestanding tub serves as an architectural piece that helps define the style of your room, you may decide to give it a central position in the bathroom, once your bathroom is big enough to accommodate this layout. You could even create a floor tile pattern designed around the tub area to make it stand out more. If you want to soak up the sun while soaking in the tub, you could opt to maximize natural sunlight by placing the tub near a window. If accessibility to storage is a priority, position the tub near a wall or in a niche in the bathroom. This combines the style of the freestanding tub with the convenience of built-in storage shelves or ledges in the surrounding walls, like the bathroom design pictured to the right.
Which style should I choose?
There is a freestanding tub to complement any bathroom design. Tub styles are defined by a number of factors, including the shape, style of the base, and faucet design. An oval, rectangular, circular, or a more freeform curved tub can help evoke a particular mood for your bathroom. For example, a sharp-edged rectangular tub will lend a different feeling to the atmosphere of your bathroom than the smooth lines of a curved tub. To complete the look, you may select a tub that sits on either feet or a pedestal base, like the one pictured to the left. Finish this off with your choice of faucet, which can emerge from the tub itself, the floor, or the wall. Each of these elements combine together, along with the material and color of the tub, to enhance and complement a contemporary, traditional, or any other style bathroom.
What is the best material for my tub?
Freestanding tubs are available in a wide range of materials, each of which has its own unique characteristics. These materials range from the more old-fashioned copper, brass, or cast iron to enamel, fiberglass, wood, or volcanic stone. There are pros and cons associated with each material, and different materials may be better suited to your style, budget, or even the structure of your bathroom. Beyond the look of the material, some of the key differences to consider include the cost, how well the material retains heat, how heavy it is, and ease of maintenance.