Having a freestanding bath in your bathroom could very well be one of the best choices you will ever make – if you want true comfort and style and a haven of luxury, then a freestanding bath is perfect for you. But selecting the right freestanding bath can be tricky – after all, you want to have one that is just the ideal size for your available space, with the ideal shape and style as well. Moreover, installation is another factor. That being said, here’s your absolute guide to freestanding baths: size, shape and style, installation, and more.
Take measurements first – we can’t stress this enough. What’s the use of choosing a supposedly perfect freestanding bath when it can’t even fit into your bathroom or when you experience so much discomfort whilst using it? You also have to make sure the bath fits through your doorways and hallways, as freestanding baths cannot be disassembled and pieced together again. Also, whilst freestanding baths always look great in the centre of a bathroom, if you don’t have enough space, you might want to consider a freestanding bath in the corner or a freestanding bath in a smaller size or a slipper shape.
Shape and style
Freestanding baths come in many forms – from the traditional, vintage-looking claw-foot freestanding bath to more modern styles and shapes such as round, oval, rectangular, and even square. You have to make sure the shape and style you choose fits into your bathroom, first and foremost, but you also have to consider how the shape and style will match with your existing bathroom interior. If you have a bathroom with a period theme, you might want a classically-designed claw-foot bath. If you have a bathroom with a modern and contemporary theme, then a modern-style freestanding bath might just be what you need.
You can also choose freestanding baths that are set directly on the floor, or freestanding baths with a pedestal or plinth. The choice is basically up to you – but think about practicality and functionality as well.
Make sure to consider your installation requirements before choosing the freestanding bath as this can affect the actual bath you can choose. Check that the water supply pipes and the drainage is where it should be; if not, you may have to install additional pipework or relocate the bathroom’s drainage points. For this, it’s best to rely on a professional. Installation considerations also include the placement of the taps (whether they will be wall- or floor-mounted, or mounted straight onto the bath).
Also, don’t forget the actual weight of the bath. Your bathroom’s flooring must be able to support the bath’s weight, especially when it is full of water. Some materials, such as stone or cast iron are also heavier than most, so consider this as well.