Whether you are designing an ultra-modern, ultra-luxurious or a spa-like retreat, a free-standing bath is an element you need to achieve not only a good but a great bathroom. I’m definitely a fan of free-standing baths, but there are a lot of people who are still set on installing traditional inset baths in their new bathrooms, without considering about including a free-standing bath in their design.
Aside from the obvious aesthetic advantages, there are a number of other reasons to choose freestanding baths over traditional inset baths. Below I will share with you some of the reasons why I think free-standing baths are the absolute best bath.
Freestanding baths add a level of elegance that is unmatched by any other bathroom fixture. Regardless of the style of the bathroom, these bathtubs provide a contemporary look that complements any bathroom design. Their captivating attention means they will become the feature of any bathroom design.
More than a symbol of luxury, freestanding baths are often associated with relaxation. Many are ergonomically designed to offer ultimate comfort, which means if you are dreaming to create a spa-like retreat, including a free-standing bath, is a must. And if you choose a freestanding stone bath, relaxation is guaranteed. Stone naturally retains heat, which means with a freestanding stone bath you will be able to enjoy longer warm baths without running the hot tap several times. The stone stops the heat from escaping and you can spend as long as you want in the bath without having to worry about water wastage or additional heating.
No Wall Support Needed
Unlike inset baths, freestanding baths don’t require any wall support, which allows a great level of flexibility and versatility in terms of placement. It also benefits the design as there are far more design options available for freestanding baths as compared to inset baths. However, freestanding baths require additional floor support as they tend to be heavier than inset baths. So, keep this in mind when considering installing a freestanding bath.
A Sense of Spaciousness
Freestanding baths have the power to make a bathroom appear more spacious than it really is. This is because, unline insert baths, they don’t need to be boxed into a wall, which makes space appear smaller. With freestanding baths, you also offered more ways to utilize the space as you are not confined to having to position it in one space. Simply said, you can place a freestanding bath on any angle to best fit the shape and size of your bathroom.
If you’ve decided that a freestanding bath is the right option for your bathroom, your next step will be to choose the best one. All models are based on the same principle – they are self-contained and independent from all other bathroom essentials. This opens up a number of possible ways it can be incorporated into your space. However, with so many different styles available, how do you know which one to choose.
Consider the Weight
Freestanding baths can be very heavy, especially cast iron and stone baths, so you must consider the weight before you decide to install one. Take into account its empty weight as well as how heavy it will be when it’s full of water. If you are unsure about the structure of your house and the strength of your floor, do check with a builder or structural engineer before you decide to install this kind of bathtub.
Choose Your Style
Freestanding baths come in many styles – from traditional to modern, with feet or without … the list is endless. When choosing a style, think about the impact you want your bathroom to make. For example, you can cleverly fuse traditional and contemporary, or if you are feeling brave, choose something really unusual, like a marble freestanding bathtub, which would be a great way of adding personality to your space.
Pick a Colour
Another great thing about freestanding baths is that you can be flexible with colour. Cast-iron models often come painted with an undercoat, ready for you to add the final shade. This gives you the chance to paint your tub in the perfect colour to match your scheme.
Make a Statement
If you are looking to really make an impact, choose a bath made from copper or stone. It can be used as the focal point of your bathroom so you can style the rest of the space accordingly.
Pay Careful Attention to the Tap
Bath-mounted taps are the most cost-effective option and you can choose to have them fitted at the end of the bath or in the middle. You can also opt for a floor-standing design or one that is attached to the wall, a modern or traditional-style tap. The finish is also an important feature to consider. Chrome is the most affordable option with nickel, silver, brass and copper being more expensive options. Also, don’t forget to check the bath you are buying has the tap hole in the right places.