Squeeze in a tub with these minimal options
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