Amongst all the different types of baths out there, the freestanding bath has always been unique – and it can undoubtedly change your bathroom into a comforting haven where you can pamper yourself at any time. If you seek to change how your bathroom looks and feels, there’s no better choice than a freestanding bath. But if you’ve already decided on a freestanding bath, the next step is choosing the right one. Your choice comes with some crucial factors, so here are the top aspects you should consider when selecting your brand-new freestanding bath.
The style of the bath
The style choices for freestanding baths are enough to leave you overwhelmed, but one thing you should note is that it should fit your theme. Take a look around your home (and your bathroom, of course) and decide what theme you already have. Do you have a modern vibe in your home, or are you more of a traditionalist? You also have to think about the available space, which can influence the style you can select. For example, even if you would like a rectangular or oval freestanding bath, your space may only accommodate a smaller, round bath.
In terms of freestanding bath styles, there are plenty – from slipper baths to double-ended freestanding baths and even baths made for two. But as mentioned, think about your space and theme, and you are more likely to make the right choice.
You need to think about two major factors when considering your bath’s material: comfort and price. Materials are more expensive than others, and some are heavier as well. Different materials also have different feels and textures, so think about which texture is more comfortable and suitable for your needs.
Some examples of materials for freestanding baths include fibreglass, acrylic, porcelain, ceramic, stone resin, copper, and even wood. Fibreglass is the least expensive material used for baths, and it is made from reinforced plastic sheeting. It’s durable but can also be porous, which means that it can have water buildup over time, and it can end up becoming warped or losing its shape. Acrylic is another inexpensive material, and it is made from various stabilisers, petrochemicals, and resin, but it’s also reinforced using fibreglass. It’s better than fibreglass because it is lightweight and non-porous, and it is also chip-resistant.
Another obvious consideration for your freestanding bath would be its size. The general rule of thumb is that if you have a larger space and your flooring can support the extra weight; larger baths are an excellent deal. But if you have limited space, you can go for something smaller, although smaller versions are readily available in different styles nowadays.
Weight is another significant factor because if the bath is too heavy, your floor may not be able to support it. It is especially true for baths made from stone resin, marble, and cast iron. You may need to ask a structural engineer to assess your floor to see if it can support the weight or need reinforcement.
Installation is also a consideration, as some baths are more challenging to install than others. But once you’ve weighed all the aspects, it becomes easier to make your final choice.