Once upon a time, a freestanding bath was considered the preserve of the rich and luxury hotels. Those days have passed and now with these baths being available to all it is a good idea to know the ins and outs of owning a such a bath before you consider purchasing one.
How Are They Different to Standard Baths?
Freestanding baths differ from standard baths in that they stand unaided, not attached to a supporting wall like the traditional standard bath. They can sit directly onto a bathroom floor or if so desired can be supported on' feet'.
What Are You Looking For From Your Freestanding Bath?
Normally when you see an image of a freestanding bath it is surrounded by a vast amount of space. In reality, who has a bathroom that size and if you do, then good for you. For most of us however, our designated bathroom space is not the equivalent size of the top floor of a penthouse so what are the options for us.
During the last few years, manufacturers have also recognised this, so have designed ranges incorporating various sizes, weights and styles to accommodate various bathroom and home owner needs. It is now possible to find freestanding baths that can be positioned against a wall, however it should be noted that the base of the bath will still be away from it.
Take a look at your bathroom. What is the feeling that it gives you or would you like from it? Answers to such question will help you determine the style of bath you purchase. Freestanding baths can generally be divided into two categories: traditional and contemporary. If you are looking for something with a bit of character or with enhanced detail then a more traditional style may be for you.
Traditional freestanding baths comprise of slipper baths and roll top baths however, many baths are positioned style wise somewhere in between the two. Slipper baths by design are greater in height at one end of the bath whereas roll top baths are characterised by the curved roll at the top of the bath with the additional determining factor of both ends of the bath tending to be of equal height.
Contemporary baths, in contrast, are unfussy and classically simple in their design truly bring an element of modern creativity into the home. The choice really is yours but do think about the whole look of the bathroom and not just the bath as getting this wrong can dramatically alter the feel that you are trying to achieve.
Before You Purchase a Freestanding Bath do Consider the Following:-
If you are looking to purchase a bath made out heavier materials, such as stone or copper, then the weight of the bath will need to be considered with regards to the maximum weight your bathroom floor can support.
Another important consideration is the positioning of the bath waste. For all freestanding baths, the bath waste is located below floor level. Again this may have structural implications and is something that should be looked into before committing to any purchases.