5 Tips to Consider When Shopping for Freestanding Baths
For most people, built-in, alcove tubs have been the norm for years. Freestanding baths have always been seen as a marker of luxury because they are not too concerned with saving up tons of space. The fact is, though, that they use the negative space in the bathroom, which – when done well – could also create the illusion of a larger room. Perhaps you are keen on purchasing one to add an element of opulence to your home, or maybe you are tired of drab features that fit neatly into a style box; you want to make a statement. Whatever your reasons, it is imperative that you find a product of superior quality that works well for you. We discuss a few points to keep in mind while you shop.
Consider Your Bathroom Situation
Replacing your current tub means you are looking to do a bit of an overhaul project. Bathroom makeovers do take time, but they are well worth the investment. It’s a space of the home that is personal and utilised for the ultimate in relaxation. The more you like your bathroom’s setup, the more relaxed you will feel in it. You are free to replace your old, alcove bath with your newer tub, or you could completely revamp the space and place your new product in a different position that works better for you. Before you even go shopping for freestanding baths, it may be a good idea to get a rough outline of your bathroom. Take the space’s measurements and measurements of items such as built-in cabinets and basins. Keep in mind elements like the shower, windowsills, and where essentials like that laundry basket or trash bin would go.
Think About Materials You Prefer
A cheap, plastic-looking product will only sell if the price is low enough, and even then, it is an unwise purchase. Steer clear from freestanding baths that look as though they could not last a month in your home (especially if you have kids). Not only will the material determine the weight of the product, but how easily it installs and how well it performs too. Most modern freestanding baths are made from acrylic, fibreglass, or a mix of resin and acrylic to form a solid structure. Older products, however, have been known to include materials such as enamelled cast iron, stainless steel, copper, and marble stone. While there is nothing wrong with any of these materials, it’s essential that you find a retailer who supplies models of high standards.
What Aesthetic Suits Your Home?
No two people are alike, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone with your same set of preferences when it comes to interior design. If you are living alone, then you are pretty much free to choose an item that speaks to you. Couples and families, however, must keep in mind what other members of the household enjoy. If the rest of your home has a specific aesthetic to it, such as sharp angles or soft curves, try to reflect this in the tub upon which you eventually decide. Freestanding baths, thankfully, come in a variety of different styles and you are sure to find one that will carry your home’s overarching theme into your bathroom.
It’s All for Naught Without Comfort
There is no point shopping for freestanding baths if none of them are comfortable enough to use. Pay attention to the shape of your desired tub and how it’s sloped at the ends. Is there a place for your head to rest? Can your back lean back comfortably without straining any muscles? And lastly, you want to ensure there is enough space for the length of your body. Something cramped and small, no matter how luxurious, is simply not worth your time. Your bath should accommodate your body – not the other way around. This might mean lying in your current tub and estimating how much longer or shorter you would ideally want your next purchase to be.
Consider a Jetted Bath
If you thought freestanding baths were the ultimate in bath time grandeur, then you are in for a treat when it comes to freestanding jet tubs. Jetted tubs work similarly to a Jacuzzi in that they use powerful air jets to massage your muscles – and you can make use of yours every night.
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