Carrie’s choice: A COMPACT BATH
Squeeze in a bath and enjoy a comfy soak, with a stylish space-saving tub
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