A bathroom is sacred and should be treated as such. This is where you start and end your day. It’s crucial to consider furnishing with stylish features, such as a freestanding bath that helps inspire your day as well as end it on a good note. As much elegance and personality as these tubs have, there are some things you should consider before purchasing one for your home.
Read on to learn more.
Baths come as heavy as they look. Most freestanding baths are made of cast iron and stone — very heavy materials. So you understand how serious the weight is, especially if you have to install them on the upper floor. Furthermore, remember there are times they will be full of water with you inside. With that in mind, you don’t want the tub to compromise the structure of your floor, especially if you are placing it in an upper alley. If in doubt about your building’s strength, consider the opinion of your builder or structural engineer before installation.
Plan beforehand where to place your bath. If possible, consult a designer to help you choose the best place. Factors such as the size of the room and its shape do come into play. That’s why you might want a designer working on the placement. To add to the overall experience, transform your bathroom into a spa sanctuary with these added tips.
There are a variety of styles to choose from. Whether you fancy a contemporary design or a traditional-style tub, there are plenty of sleek designs. A few styles available include:
- Single-ended baths
- Double-ended baths
- Pedestal baths
- Slipper baths
- Clawfoot baths
Of course, it boils down to your bathroom’s overall design. In the end, it’s about what you’re trying to achieve with the look.
4. Storage Space
It’s easy to overlook the storage space when choosing the right tub for your space. But it would help if you considered where to put your bath time paraphernalia. This includes things from lotions to potions, bath toys to towels. You have to put them somewhere during your bath. Remember, you spend extended periods inside the freestanding bath, especially in the evenings. So it makes sense to consider a nearby space for a stool or side table to place a cup of tea, a magazine or a book.
While most freestanding baths are white in color, there is a range of non-white colors to pick from. A cast iron tub comes painted with an undercoat, giving you the ability to choose a finish that matches the scent of your bathroom interior. There is a general trend for the white color in sanitary ware, but you can choose to go beyond and get traditional and modern high gloss paint finishes for your tub.
Pay close attention to the taps you choose when purchasing a tub. It only makes sense to find a bathtub that complements the overall look. Bath mounted taps are mounted at the end of the bath or in the middle. They are also cost-effective. Floor standing design taps are another option you might want to look at. Just like other bathroom designs, you have a choice between traditional and modern style taps. Chrome taps are the most affordable, while silver and brass are the most expensive. Again, your decision depends on the bathroom space, among other things such as budget and preference.
Installation of baths is relatively easy once you carefully consider the above-listed factors. Remember to enjoy the process and hire a quality contractor to install the bath. Enjoy!