Car­rie’s choice: A COM­PACT BATH

Squeeze in a bath and en­joy a comfy soak, with a stylish space-sav­ing tub

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Ev­ery house should have at least one bath, for sell­ing pur­poses, but if your bath­room isn’t quite big enough, a com­pact bath is a great so­lu­tion that can look ev­ery bit as beau­ti­ful as a full-size tub.

QWhat is a com­pact bath? The stan­dard bath in the UK mea­sures 170x70cm. Any­thing smaller is clas­si­fied as com­pact or space-sav­ing. Pop­u­lar com­pact di­men­sions in­clude 150x75cm and 160x70cm. Smaller still is the hip bath, some­times called a shower-bath, which starts at 105cm long and is de­signed for sit­ting un­der a shower but can be use­ful if you are bathing chil­dren.

QWhy should I get one? Ob­vi­ously they are aimed at bath­rooms that sim­ply can’t squeeze in a stan­dard tub, but com­pact baths are not just for se­ri­ously small rooms. Re­duc­ing your bath’s length by just 10cm can make a big im­pact on your bath­room’s lay­out, for ex­am­ple. Go­ing small-scale with your tub could also al­low a more spa­cious shower or dou­ble basin.

QAre they com­fort­able? If you’re very tall, you may need to bend your knees higher than usual, but com­pact baths are de­signed to suit adult use. Al­ways choose the shape based on com­fort, and do a dry-test in a show­room if pos­si­ble. Aim for a good width at shoul­der-level so you can sink down and keep your torso warm. Some peo­ple pre­fer to sit in a bath with their el­bows rest­ing on the rim, rather than re­cline, par­tic­u­larly if they like to read in the bath.

QIs there one to suit my style? Com­pact baths come in the same shapes as their full-size coun­ter­parts and can look just as stylish. Mod­els that fit flush to the wall, or tight into the cor­ner, will of course take up less floor space but you can also buy mini ver­sions of de­signer free­stand­ing baths that are great for cre­at­ing im­pact. A clas­sic roll-top or slip­per de­sign is per­fect for pe­riod or coun­try homes.

QHow much do they cost? They are usu­ally a lit­tle less than stan­dard baths with costs de­pend­ing largely on ma­te­rial type. Acrylic is the cheap­est op­tion, then enam­elled steel, fol­lowed by com­pos­ite and cast iron. Don’t for­get to add bath pan­els to your bud­get if they’re not in­cluded.

‘do en­sure Your cho­sen tub of­fers full sub­mer­sion. You’ll stay warm and cosy if the water cov­ers Your shoul­ders ’ Phil Ether­den, The Al­bion Bath Co

Bath­tub, from a se­lec­tion, The Al­bion Bath Co

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