Some people think that the best way to wind down after a long day is to soak in a wonderful smelling bubble bath, some people think that soaking in a tub is one of the grossest things out there. Whichever side you fall on (or if you’re like me, and sit somewhere in the middle) odds are you are going to have at least one bathtub in your home. If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom how do you decide what bathtub is the best choice for you?
There are four main styles of bathtub: freestanding, drop-in, alcove, and corner. They all have their place, but they won’t all work in every space.
These are the type of tubs you picture when you think of a spa or a luxury bathroom. They are gorgeous, and have a price tag to reflect that. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles which means that there is usually an option to fit every bathroom. However, this is not a good option if you don’t have room for a separate shower. It would be a shame to have a stunning freestanding tub and then need to put up a shower curtain around it.
Typically drop-in tubs are in the middle of the road for budget; there is the added expense of having to frame and finish the tub surround. The tub surround is usually finished using tile or stone to match the vanity countertop. This is a great option when you want a comfortable soaker tub, but don’t want the expense of a freestanding tub. It is also very easy to include a shower within the drop-in style bathtub since the tub deck (tiled area around the top) is a perfect spot to attach a glass enclosure.
These are the most common style of bathtubs, especially in hallway bathrooms or kids bathrooms. They are the most economical option and are very easy to install. However, they aren’t the most comfortable tubs for having a relaxing bath due to their size.
These are becoming less and less common due to how much space they require. They were very common in the 1990s and early 2000s for master bathrooms.
Deciding what bathtub is best for your space can be a challenge, especially if you are working with a small space. The two biggest deciding factors in choosing a bathtub are space, and budget. If you are working with a 60sq.ft. room a big, beautiful freestanding tub probably isn’t in the picture. However, a compromise could be made with a great drop-in tub that’s still comfortable for soaking.
One of the most common things I hear when designed a home renovation is: “I don’t actually use a bathtub, but I think I should have one in every bathroom.” Does that seem backwards to anyone else?? Why would you want to spend money on something that you aren't going to use? In the past, people used to expect a bathtub in every bathroom but now it is 100% acceptable to only have one bathtub in a home. If you aren’t going to use your bathtub don’t spend the money to have a beautiful freestanding tub in the master en suite. Instead get a standard alcove tub for the hallway bathroom and spend your budget on a beautiful shower that you will enjoy!
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