Imagine soaking in a bathtub filled with blissfully warm water that flushes your stress away, soothing your nerves and body. What more could you ask for? Maybe a glass of wine? A bath bomb? It’s up to you. But first, you need to choose the right bathtub model for your home to indulge in this bubbling pastime the way you want.
Even though selecting a perfect fit involves a lot of intricacies to think through, it’s worth it. And if you still hate the idea of swapping out a bathtub for a shower, this guide is definitely for you.
Step 1 – Decide on the size of your future bathtub model
This should always be your starting point. Because most bathrooms are starved for space, thorough planning is crucial. It’s important to factor in where you’re going to install your tub, access to your vanity cabinet, and how much open floor space you want.
For your better understanding, a standard wall-to-wall tub measures 60 inches by 30 inches. In a small bathroom, it can take plenty of space (to put it mildly), making you feel a bit confined.
Step 2 – Explore different kinds of bathtubs to find your one
These days, more and more folks are after a decent soak at the end of a day. This unprecedented demand translates into an array of types of bathtubs to choose from. Here are the 5 most popular of them:
- Freestanding. Tubs of this type can be positioned in the middle of a bathroom, close to walls, or elsewhere as they don’t require any structures to rest on. Plus, they fit almost any space.
- Alcove. This may be your best bet if you have a small bathroom. Alcove tubs can be fitted into existing spaces and are installed to be surrounded by 3 connecting walls.
- Drop-in or under-mount. This is an excellent option for a cramped bathroom, too. Drops-ins offer a seamless look as they are covered by the surround, with only the rim being visible.
- Corner. Looking to free up some space in the center? Here you go. Corner types of bathtubs are versatile and can provide you and your loved ones with plenty of room for bathing.
- Japanese style. Available in circular designs, these allow for deeper soaks. Although you can’t take a horizontal position in there, the tubs usually come with bench seats for alternative bathing.
Step 3 – Compare bathtub models and prices
Are you ready to open your wallet wide to buy a high-end bathtub with a hydro massage option? Or are you on a budget? Either way, shopping around has never been a bad idea. The rule of thumb is, different kinds of bathtubs come in different price ranges. The size, shape, and material (fiberglass, acrylic, porcelain, cast iron, etc.) also determine how much your desired fixture will cost you.
Remember, the right tub can make all the difference in your bathing experience. Go for one that complements your bathroom and doesn’t take up too much space.
Have a Wonderful Day.
M. Can Semiz