How To Choose a Freestanding Bath
Freestanding baths remain a dream ticket item for those looking to create a luxury bathroom in their home. There’s no better way to add a touch of glamour to your home and make a bold design statement in your bathroom.
We offer a range of styles from traditional slipper baths to modern contemporary designs. All offer something special, but how do you decide which is right for you?
There are a few important things to consider at the outset, such as budget and space. Whilst we offer different price points, you can expect to pay anything from £1,000 up to £10,000. With regards to space, whilst it is an aspiration to have your freestanding bath in the centre of a spacious room, there are space saving models that are suitable for more modest sized rooms.
We have a lovely range that is designed to fit into the corner of a room but still give the appearance of a contemporary freestanding bath. One of the models even has the option to include a shower over it and a screen, making it an ideal choice for those who want both bathing and showering facilities.
As a freestanding bath can be larger than a conventional bath it also pays to take note of some practicalities, such as, will it fit through the doorways?
It gets expensive when you have to remove windows and crane baths into the room!
Another consideration is the weight, as some freestanding baths are heavier, it is often a good idea to reinforce the supporting floor. We can advise on this when we visit your home to do the survey, and because we have our own installation teams, you can rest assured that all the work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant safety standards.
If your dream is to soak for hours in your freestanding bath, you may want to consider one made from a modern material, as these offer better insulation and can keep the water hotter than some other materials.
After this the style that you want will dictate which baths to consider. A good starting point is, do you want a period or modern look? There are lots of new composite materials and acrylic baths that can be easier to install and look after than some traditional materials. These baths give you option of different shapes, allowing you to incorporate soft curves or dramatic angles into the design.
For many a freestanding bath just has to be a roll top. These are ideal in period properties and are available in a range of materials. You can choose from a painted finish, cast iron, metallic or even a teak bath.
A cast iron freestanding bath adds an extra touch of traditional authenticity and has the benefit of arriving primed and ready to be painted in a colour of your choice. But this choice will be one of the heaviest, making it more likely that the floor may need reinforcing.
A dramatic gleaming copper bath makes a stunning centre piece in a bathroom. However, bear in mind that these take a little more care to keep them looking good. You will need to clean and polish a copper bath to help it keep its natural sheen. Copper baths are also excellent heat conductors and will maintain the water temperature much longer than a cast iron version.
A freestanding bath can be big enough for two. With many options being double ended and the flexibility to position taps in a central position, these are a great choice for those wanting a romantic bathroom.
Storage is something else to consider when choosing a freestanding bath. You want to have everything you need for your relaxing soak easily accessible. We can plan built in alcoves and shelves around your bath to make sure the important things are at hand.
Finally, don’t forget to give some attention to selecting your taps. There are lots of different price points but bath-mounted ones are the most cost-effective option. If you have the budget and the space there are some beautiful a floor-standing designs to choose from.
We have a wide range of freestanding baths from leading manufacturers such as Victoria & Albert, BC Designs, Clearwater, Waters – Baths of Ashbourne, Burlington and Carron – with some gorgeous displays in the showroom. Why not call in and find out more – we look forward to seeing you soon.