When it comes to bathroom design not every space allows for a bathtub. But when it does our team is always looking for the best type for the space. Until you actually start diving into the bathtub world you might be surprised to learn just how many options there are out there. This can lead to overwhelming feels and confusion. To help prevent you for that situation today we are going to break it down into the five most common bathtubs. We are going to provide you with information to best understand and educate yourself on what kind of bathtub you need.
An alcove bathtub is designed to fit between 3 walls, meaning the tub will have walls on the left, right and backside. This is typically the style bathtub you would use for a bath/shower combination. These tubs are commonly the most affordable option and have the most versatility. While alcove tubs are a great option if you are looking for size variability this might not be the tub for you. Typically these tubs run around 4.5 to 6 feet long and 2.5 to 3.5 feet wide. So if you have a fairly large bathroom space this bathtub may not be the best option for you!
What I love about a clawfoot tub is it is exactly what it sounds like. A freestanding bathtub that stands on 4 claw feet! Typically a clawfoot bathtub is vintage or appears vintage looking. The overall weight of a clawfoot tub can range from 120 pounds to upwards of 900 pounds with water inside of it! Knowing what your clawfoot tub is made of is essential for the amount of weight it will be. You also need to know if your bathroom can handle this amount of weight. While these tubs are beautiful they aren’t as practical if you’ve got little ones, lots of opportunity to splash around! Unless you’re the type of person who loves cleaning up water!
A corner bathtub is the perfect fit for a bathroom you want a bathtub in but might not have the floor plan space. This tub is supported by two walls, yes in the corner! Corner bathtubs are commonly 3 or 5 sided. They do however come in multiple shapes at a cost! The benefit of a corner tub is it often provides more bathing space then other bathtubs do.
A drop-in bathtub is just that, a bathtub in which get’s drop-in to a frame. This frame is actually called a surround. The outside of the bathtub becomes concealed by the surround leaving only the top of the bathtub rim visible. If you’re looking for a low cost option a drop-in tub may be exactly what you are looking for. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and they have flexibility in the overall design of the space. The benefit of going with a drop-in is they are easy to clean, have a raised rim which helps prevent overflow with little ones and can be fairly easily replaced or updated!
Undermount tubs look very similar to a drop-in bathtub. The major difference is how the tub itself is installed. An undermount bathtub is installed underneath a rim. This means the surround is covered and the bathtub itself is supported by the floor structure underneath. With an undermount tub all sides are finished leaving the bathtub itself completely under the surround where in a drop-in bathtub the rim itself is visible.
A freestanding bathtub is a stand-alone bathtub. Freestanding bathtubs are generally more expensive than other tubs due to their material, design and overall maintenance of the bathtub. However, the biggest benefit of a freestanding bathtub is its longevity.
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Till next time.
Co-Founder, Clark + Aldine