Tips on Picking a Bathtub

Tips on Picking a Bathtub

One of the top small bathroom ideas is to purchase a freestanding tub. When purchasing a freestanding bathtub, there are quite a few things you must take into account. Bathtub shopping is not something you should be impulsive about. It takes research and consideration.

Bathtub Size

Before you even go looking for a bathtub, it’s an absolute necessity to figure out how much space your bathroom has. When making measurements, it’s important to take into account the fact that your bathroom also needs to house other items such as bathroom vanities and sinks. Also remember to measure your doorways and hallways to ensure that the bathtub can actually make its way into your bathroom.

Styles of Freestanding Tubs

Pedestal Tubs

Pedestal tubs are equipped with stabilizers which raise the bottom of the tub off of the ground, adding to its overall aesthetic, and taking some pressure off of the floor.

Soaking Tubs

Soaking tubs are designed to allow long, and most importantly, comfortable periods of bathing. These tubs are manufactured in many different lengths and widths in an effort to accommodate users of all sizes.

Slipper Tubs

Slipper tubs are designed so that their users can lean their heads back as they relax in the water. They allow this by having one end built higher up than the other.

Freestanding Bathtub Materials


Known for being lightweight and versatile, acrylic bathtubs are some of the most affordable tubs on the market. Because of their light weight, they can be placed just about anywhere without necessitating additional floor support. Out of all bathtub materials, acrylic is the easiest to maintain.


While it’s an undoubtedly attractive material, stone also weighs much more than any other bathtub material on the market. Whether your tub is hand-carved out of granite, marble, or otherwise, it promises to be two things: heavy and expensive.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is popular for its vintage look as well as its exceptional durability. Tubs made out of this material are often propped up by clawfoot stabilizers or something similar. While they’re attractive and of high quality, they also tend to be fairly heavy and expensive.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a material that’s often used to make deep Japanese soaking tubs and tubs of their ilk. Possessing a modern look, stainless steel tubs are not only durable, but ridiculously easy to clean and maintain. They can be found in both eccentric and traditional styles.

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