Tips for installing a new bathtub
LIKE the bathroom, the bathtub has progressed from being a purely functional installation, into becoming something that is not only visually appealing, but also allows you to soak away all your troubles in the comfort of your own home.
This is according to Blanche Burger, from Bathroom Bizarre, who says these days, when it comes to choosing a bath, the possibilities are endless. She says the options include spa baths, classic ball-and-claw tubs, freestanding baths, corner, drop-in, three-wall alcove and undermount baths.
She says buying a bath is no longer a simple decision, and because it can be a permanent and expensive purchase, it’s important to do a little research before making your purchase decision. These days, baths come in all different shapes and sizes. Blanche says the type of bath you choose should not just be a decision made purely on aesthetics, but also on how you will use it.
She says it’s essential to consider the practical things as well like whether small kids or elderly members of the family will be using it, what kind of space do you have in your bathroom and do you like to take long, leisurely baths? The answers to all these questions will impact the type of bath you choose.
Blanche shares the different types of baths homeowners can choose from…
The standard bathtub Standard baths are the simplest types of baths available. The most common size is around 1 800mm in length x 800mm wide x 430mm deep. They’re a great option for the more budget conscious homeowner and their compact design makes them suitable for smaller bathrooms.
Standard bathtubs also work well as a bath-shower combination.
The corner bathtub Installed in a corner of the bathroom, these types of tubs are an excellent space-saving addition to any bathroom.
Some have a built-in seating area, which can be convenient. Bear in mind however, that not all corner baths can accommodate a shower.
The freestanding bathtub Freestanding baths are all the rage at the moment. Standing as a focal feature in any bathroom they grace, their sculptural design makes for an impactful feature.
You can choose from a footed, skirted or decked freestanding bath.
The ball-and-claw bathtub Classical in its appeal and feminine in shape, the ball-and-claw bath will never go out of fashion.
These baths were named after the ornate feet that support the tub.
Dating back to the Victorian times, balland-claw baths were originally made from enamel cast iron, however, today, they are lighter, more affordable versions also being made from acrylic.
The deep-soaking bathtub This is the ideal choice for those who love taking long, leisurely soaks in the bath.
These baths are wider, deeper and longer than the conventional bath as such they epitomise the romance and luxury associated with bathing.
The spa bath For those looking to replicate a spa-like retreat in their own homes, then a spa bath is a must-have.
These baths use jets to soothe muscles and massage the body with thousands of tiny bubbles.
Bear in mind that many types of baths can be specially fitted with jets if so required.
Corner bathtubs are an excellent space-saving addition to any bathroom.