The average English person uses the bathroom around 5 to 15 minutes a day. This statistic does not seem so farfetched, especially when your bathroom is just the typical shower-and-toilet getup. This duration may drastically change if you have upgrades to your bathroom, such as the traditional freestanding tub.
Freestanding baths are often more space efficient and easier to install as they do not require internal plumbing, and they are generally more aesthetically pleasing compared to average tubs. If you are looking into adding this centrepiece into your bathroom, you might be overwhelmed when you see the almost endless choices regarding size, material, and type.
There are many kinds of freestanding baths, but there are generally six types.
Single-ended baths have one sloped edge, while the other side is flat. The latter is used for the tap. This type of tub is the most common type and is an excellent addition if you want one side to be parallel with an adjacent wall.
As opposed to the single-ended bath, a double-ended type features two rounded sides. The tap is located in the middle portion, perpendicular to the sloped edges. These types of tubs are usually larger and are more comfortable as you can rest your back on either side.
This is a variant of a single-ended tub. However, what makes this different is that the side opposite of where the tap is installed is raised: this edge is meant for lounging. This kind of tub is perfect for relaxing after a long day.
Even better than the single slipper bath is the double slipper. This type has two elevated sides that are built for resting. Hotels often offer these in couple suites. The tap is located at the lowest point in the middle.
Pedestal or skirted
Freestanding baths often have four “feet” to support them. A pedestal tub, sometimes called a skirted bath, rests on top of a slab or a plinth instead of claw feet. This type of tub also comes in single- or double- end or slipper models.
Japanese homes are often cited for their efficiency in space. Japanese freestanding tubs are constructed with this philosophy: instead of being elongated like the typical tubs, this type is shortest in length, but it is taller and contains a built-in seat. Japanese freestanding baths are perfect for cramped bathrooms and for soaking.
Choosing the best for you
Tubs make a great addition to any bathroom and knowing the best fit for your home maximises its appeal. If you have a relatively large bathroom, you may want to place a double-slipper in the middle as a showstopper. Meanwhile, if you have edges in the floor plan that makes your bath look small, you may opt for Japanese freestanding baths or single-ended tubs to give the appearance of space.
Regardless of what type you choose, freestanding tubs will surely complement your bathroom and make your mundane trips to the bathroom something to look forward to.