Freestanding or baths that stand alone can be a great way to make a real statement in your bathroom. They provide you with flexibility in where you want to place them, and give a string visual statement at the same time. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles, and give your bathroom a spa like feeling, which is difficult to achieve with ordinary built in bathtubs.
1. The Size of Your Bathroom
It should go without saying that a lot of measurements need to be taken for a task like this one. You should be very aware of the exact space available to you in your bathroom. Not only this, but you should be aware of the space that you want to take up at all. There is nothing worse than getting out of a relaxing bath and hitting every limb off a different wall or cabinet as you do. It really ruins the ambience. If in doubt it is much better to get a slightly smaller bathtub and leave some more floor space, than to get a tub so large that you can’t even fit into the room with it.
2. Take Size Into Consideration
The first thing you need to consider is the size of your bathtub. If you have a rather large bathroom, then you could consider going for a real statement piece and having your tub sit in the middle of the room. This is quite a retro feature, but done well it can really take your breathe away. If you have a small bathroom however, you will want to choose carefully the size of the tub and where you want it to be situated.
You certainly will not want for more choice when searching for the right freestanding bathtub for your home. Freestanding tubs need no extra support or covering and so have the widest variety of styles, designs, and colours out there. You can go for a classic claw footed design that reminds you of old hotel rooms, or a simple rounded base for a more sleek and modern look. You could stick to the traditional white porcelin or go for a more polished stainless steel look. The sky is really the limit here, and it depends mostly on whether you want to fit your bathroom decor around the tub, or vice versa.
4. Consider Additional Storage
With built in baths, you can simply leave products and other things on the built up sides of the tub. You can’t really do this with freestanding bathtubs, so you will need to decide where you want to keep these items. Perhaps you are a very tidy person in which case you may wish to leave them under the sink until they are needed. Or maybe you want them close by for convenience. You can choose to add a removable shelf to your bathtub to holds things, or perhaps add some moveable furniture like a small cabinet or raised shelf to sit beside the bath. Again space needs to be taken into account for this, as it isn’t something you want to be tripping over or knocking into every day.
5. Other Fixtures and Storage
As well as measuring the tub and the room, you will need to do some measurements for other fixtures in your bathroom too. Most people like some space to leave their shampoos and other products, or even some candles for relaxation. Something to consider is whether you want this to be built onto the side of the bathtub, or whether you want a freestanding shelving unit beside the bath. These are just examples and there are plenty of clever solutions to fit every unique need, but it is definitely something to consider. Corner baths tend to be the wrong shape for any over the top shelf that you may be used to for standard long baths.
6. Shower Addition
In general it is easier to fit a shower with a built in bathtub as it can be mounted on the wall. It is possible however to add a shower to a freestanding tub, though the cost will go up. You should consider whether you can live without a shower, or perhaps you will want to spend a little more cash on a beautiful water feature shower head for your new freestanding bath.
Although there are light weight options, freestanding tubs general tend to be very heavy. Depending on your flooring this could lead to the need for reinforcement on that front. If you have already fallen in love with a heavy freestanding tub, you will have to decide whether it is worth the expense of redoing the floor too.