When it comes to designing a perfect bathroom, one of the most important questions is one of your bathtubs. There are so many options, major two being freestanding bath and a built-in tub. As if this weren’t difficult enough, there are a lot of people who can’t make up their mind between a tub and a shower, to begin with. Now, with the existence of a bath-within-a-shower concept, this whole dilemma has gained yet another dimension. With that in mind and without further ado, here’s a long list of all the perks and benefits of a freestanding bathroom, both compared to shower and built-in tub. Here’s why a freestanding bath is a perfect addition to your bathroom.
1. The ultimate mean of rest and relaxation
When it comes to pragmatism, there’s no question about it that a shower is a far superior solution. Still, a tub can always serve the function of the tub. Just install an additional shower holder and hang a curtain around the tub and there you have it. Nevertheless, while it is clear that the tub can serve the purpose of a shower, the opposite doesn’t hold true.
The ability to rest and relax in your tub with a glass of wine, some scented candles and a soundtrack of your choosing is beyond anything that a shower can offer. At the very least, the running water of the shower would ruin the music-playing experience, thus diminishing one important aspect of the scenario we’ve described in the previous sentence.
2. It’s more romantic
Amongst the biggest pro-freestanding-tub arguments is the fact that it’s simply much more romantic than its counterpart. Sure, a scenario where your partner joins you under the shower may seem quite fun, adventurous and passionate but when we speak about spending some quality time together in a romantic setting, a freestanding tub is second to none.
Add to this the idea that you can light some scented candles around the tub, play some romantic tunes and make time spent together in the bathroom into an ultimate coupling experience. You really cannot ask for more.
3. It comes in many styles
The next thing worth mentioning about freestanding baths is that they can perfectly complement the rest of your bathroom both in theme and style. For instance, the choice of material is crucial for its maintenance and durability, as well as its eco-friendliness. The colour will determine how well it synergizes with the rest of your bathroom.
Still, the bath itself is not the only element that makes this kind of a difference. The choice of a faucet may decide the tone of the bathtub (vintage, contemporary, futuristic, etc.). The bath itself can be chosen to fit the shape and layout of your bathroom. For instance, Acqua Bathrooms tubs offer a wide variety of round, square and even meridian round back to wall freestanding tubs.
4. Maintenance is quite simple
When it comes to cleaning a floor, a lot of people find this to weigh heavily in favour of a freestanding tub. Why? Well, because mopping the floor around it is such a simple thing. If the bath is a claw-foot, it becomes easy to clean even under the tub, which would be impossible otherwise.
Technically, some may say that this way you get more to clean, however, it’s not like the moisture and dirt won’t find a way around and under your tub either way. This way, at the very least, it becomes easier for you to clean it all up. Also, when it comes to the total cleanliness of the bathroom, this is a major advantage.
5. A tub within a shower
For people who can’t figure out whether they want a tub or a shower, a tub within a shower may become an amazing compromise. It is a way for you to start thinking outside of the box and find a solution that is by no means a standard one. Sure, this particular method is quite luxurious and may make the maintenance somewhat more difficult, yet, the majority of homeowners with such bathrooms find the idea to be more than well worth it. Even this issue has an alternative. For people with particularly large bathrooms, there’s always an option of having both a bath and a shower.
6. You have a big bathroom
One of the most common myths about tubs is that they take an incredibly large amount of space in a bathroom that is already the smallest room within your home. However, this is not nearly as big of an inconvenience as some people make it out to be. A tub can always have one of its sides next to the wall in order to minimize the amount of space it occupies.
Nonetheless, what about people who have huge bathrooms (either by their own choice or that of their previous contractor). In this situation, a freestanding tub would be the only way to make the place look less empty.
7. Simpler installation and repair process
The next thing worth considering is the installation and repair process of the tub. Here, a clear advantage goes to the freestanding tub. Sure, the drainage problems are more common with freestanding tubs but if anything else goes wrong, it’s far easier for a plumber or a repairman to dismantle a freestanding tub and conduct a thorough inspection (and repair) on the item.
The question of whether the tub is floor-level or not is also quite important, as well as something that you need to research before making a financial commitment.
8. You can always change your mind
One of the biggest fears that people going for a tub are worried about is the finality of their decision. With that in mind, it’s important to mention that every tub has the same basic plumbing. This means that, with enough work, a freestanding tub can be replaced with a built-in and vice versa.
The reason why this is so important for you is due to the fact that it alleviates some pressure while trying to make a decision. Why? Well, because if you’re not content with the result, you can always change your mind. The problem, however, lies in the fact that this is somewhat expensive.
9. The resale value of the place
The last thing you need to understand is the fact that a freestanding tub increases the resale value of your home more than any of its alternatives. Sure, this might not be your primary motivation or field of interest while remodelling the bathroom but it’s still a welcome advantage. It is also one of the best ways to make your bathroom look more luxurious and unique.
Both of these traits would be motivation enough for you to commit to this particular style of bathroom fixture. The specific effect on the resale value of the place, nonetheless, depends on the broader context (the type of tub, the rest of the bathroom, etc.).
At the end of the day, you need to understand that even with all your good intentions and determination, there are several considerations to take before taking this step. First of all, these tubs can be incredibly heavy, which is why weighing them up needs to be mandatory. You also need to measure everything in order to ensure that there’s enough space in your bathroom (after you add all the other planned elements). Once you do your research and your planning, you will be well on your way to ensure that your freestanding bath provides maximum value (both aesthetic and pragmatic) to your bathroom.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.