Squeeze in a tub with these min­i­mal op­tions

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There’s no doubt that a beau­ti­fully fin­ished bath­room will add wow fac­tor to your home, what­ever its size. For a small space, a com­pact bath is a so­lu­tion that can look ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive as a full-size tub.

What is a com­pact bath?

The cur­rent stan­dard bath size in the UK mea­sures 170cm long by 70cm wide. 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 are de­signed for sit­ting un­der a shower but can be use­ful for bathing chil­dren.

Why should I get one?

Ob­vi­ously, they are aimed at bath­rooms that sim­ply can­not 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 unit.

Are 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, fully-clothed, 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 ac­tu­ally 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.

What styles are there?

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-me 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.

How much do they cost?

They usu­ally cost a lit­tle less than stan­dard baths with the price 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 are not in­cluded.

‘for the best soa k make sure your bath­tub of­fers full sub­mer­sion –th ewa­ter­should cover your shoul­ders’ Ruth Corbett, Houses Edi­tor

Jes­sica’s bath fits neatly in the small space

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