Having a dreamy bathtub is becoming a must-have for homeowners. Thankfully, freestanding tubs or soaker tubs are much more accessible ($-$$$) than they once were. However, buying any tub is still a big decision, so consider the following before choosing a freestanding tub.
Choosing the right fit:
Are you remodelling your entire bathroom or are you replacing the bathtub you already have and keeping the same layout? It’s important to consider the space that you’re working with and choose an appropriately sized freestanding tub. Here’s a few questions to consider when looking at bathtubs:
- Do you want ample space to move around the tub or clean? Does your tub have to be flush against a wall? Freestanding tubs come in numerous sizes and can be corner friendly too. If you’re looking to replace an alcove tub, there are great 60” freestanding tubs that can replace your alcove bath/shower, such as the Hytec Wellbrook tub.
- Are you looking for a one person or two person tub? Thinking about this can also help you decide the orientation of your tub and where you might want the drain and the tub-filler to be situated.
- Is having a particular slop or back rest important to you? Considering your own comfort is often overlooked. If you’re looking for ultimate relaxation, make sure to look at the different ergonomic and design options. For example, if you’re looking for a two-person soaker, you might consider a double-elevated backrest.
Installing a freestanding tub:
Before making a final decision, you’ll need to confirm installation details to ensure everything goes smoothly.
- Confirm what plumbing you’ll require for your selected tub (e.g. a centre drain, or a right-hand drain).
- Do you want a one or two-piece tub? Two-piece tubs consist of a skirt and the tub sits inside. The two-piece option is generally more flexible to install, more accommodating for tub-mounted faucets, and massage systems. However, if you’re looking for a very traditional look, you might consider a one-piece clawfoot or pedestal tub.
- Next you’ll need to consider what type of tub-filler you want (and there’s so many beautiful options – it’s a bit overwhelming!). A few common options are floor-mounted, deck-mounted, or wall-mounted tub fillers.
Insider tip: if you’re re-tiling your bathroom floor, we recommend using the Island Tub Drain™. You’ll be able to tile all the way up to your drain, without needing your physical tub on site.
Freestanding Tub Styles:
In terms of style, the options are endless, but here’s our TOP 3 freestanding tub styles:
The Cheviot Cast Iron Bath Why we like it? Cast iron is a statement finish. It’s traditional, and will last a lifetime.
The Villi Freestanding Tub by MAAX Why we like it? It’s a great option for a two-person soaker tub. The design allows for ultimate comfort and back support.
Townsend by American Standard Why we like it? If you’re a bit short on space, but still want the look of a freestanding tub, this design combines the best of both worlds.