Whether it’s a clawfoot tub or a soaking tub, the sheer range of bathtub styles available to you can help you make an exciting design statement. Keep in mind that selecting the perfect bathtub is a two-step process based on your needs and desires.
Which Bathtub Style is Right for You?
1 Choose a Style
A corner tub is a great option for smaller spaces, or for homeowners who have floor-to-ceiling windows and want to take advantage of a view. Some designs can accommodate two people, and are outfitted with moulded armrests and elbow supports.
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Freestanding tubs create major visual impact and can be placed anywhere in a bathroom. Many new versions have a sculptural purity, whether it's a rigorous trough design or a sensual bowl shape, allowing them to become the fashionable focal point of the space.
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Clawfoot tubs are popular for their stylized Victorian look and add instant period charm and romance. Modern reproductions feature different finishes on the feet, so if you're going this route, choose one that coordinates with your other fixtures and hardware.
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Soaking tubs are longer and deeper than standard bathtubs, measuring anywhere from 15 inches to 24 inches or more in depth. They are often constructed with a slanted back to create a luxurious, spa-like experience.
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Whirlpool tubs come in many different shapes, though platforms are the most popular. They use a pump to force air and water out of jets, creating a massaging, bubbling effect to target specific areas on the body.
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This type of bath is typically installed in a three-wall recessed nook and features acrylic or tile walls. Alcove bathtubs are usually available in a variety of lengths, with the drain on either the right or left side.
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2 Select Your Material
Fibreglass tubs are created by spraying a polyester resin or gelcoat into moulds. They are a super-affordable option but can scratch and fade, and aren't as durable as acrylic.
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Acrylic tubs are formed by heating and moulding sheets of acrylic reinforced with fibreglass. The non-porous finish is five times thicker than other traditional surface coatings, so it's unlikely to chip but it can be scratched. It's a lightweight material, which can be formed into large tub and whirlpool styles. Acrylic also has a natural lustre that can be maintained easily with mild cleaners.
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Enamelled Cast Iron
Enamelled cast iron is extremely durable, but may chip, requiring spot repairs. An iron tub can weigh over 270 kg when full, so make sure the floor is well braced to support the load. An iron tub also holds its heat, so it makes for a luxurious soak. Remember, if maintained properly, a cast iron tub should last a lifetime.
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Brass and Copper Tubs
Brass and copper tubs are costly, but offer a truly dramatic style. They also retain heat well for those who love long, lingering baths and the thicker gauges resist dents from impacts. On a final note, remember that a tub needs to feel right, and tubs that have the same outside measurements may not have the same shape and space on the inside. The solution: Be prepared to climb in and test-drive before you buy.
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