Next James Treble Practical Design Workshop 18 August 2021. Enrol in the course to attend!
Next James Treble Practical Design Workshop 18 August 2021. Enrol in the course to attend!

Freestanding Baths

Who doesn’t love a bath? Having a nice soak in the tub is a great way to de-stress and has been proven to also offer many health benefits. Not last, a well-placed freestanding bath is one of many features which add a clear sense of luxury to our homes and help increase their market value. However although we all wish to add at least one to our home, the addition of a free-standing bath deserves careful consideration.

Let’s take a look at some freestanding bath practical design directions to help you get it right if out shopping for your new bath.

SPACE – First of all you need to look at your bathroom dimensions when planning the layout, to ensure you have the right amount of space to fit a freestanding bath. You do not want to cram it into a tight space as you need to allow access around the bath for easy cleaning. So, if your bathroom is small,  and you really want the look of a freestanding bath, there are back-to-wall baths, but a squeezed-in look is never truly good, so the option of a built-in bath might be a better option, and not a bad looking one either.

SIZE – The next consideration when looking for a bath is its size. You really want to get in it comfortably, and there are different widths and lengths to choose from, for a smaller space to a larger space, so be sure you have your room dimensions when you are out shopping. And because it’s too late to change once installed, I suggest you actually get in it to confirm that the size you’re selecting is the right one for you.

SHAPE & COLOUR – Freestanding baths come in various shapes, with oval and square baths being the most popular, but among the ones you like, obviously you should select one that complements the overall style of the home and bathroom’s design theme. The colour white is still a popular choice, and an easy one to include with any interiors’ style, however other colours are also available if you wish for a stronger statement.

MATERIAL – Acrylic is a popular option, it has good heat retention, is budget friendly and easy to clean. It is also lightweight, so it’s a good idea if you are renovating an older home. On the flip side, it can be prone to scratching so more care is needed when cleaning. Solid surface baths are made from composite material and resemble the look of stone. They can be very heavy and are more costly than acrylic. Stone baths are a wonderful statement and are very durable, but are very heavy to install and take a longer time to heat. Also, you may need structural reinforcement before you install this heavy feature in your bathroom. Metal baths have good heat retention but the enamel can chip if something heavy is dropped onto the surface.

TAPWARE – An important element to consider is the position of your taps and waste. If wishing for the kids, or two adults, to bath at the same time It would be better to select a bath with the waste in its centre and the tap ware above it. As you can imagine, having taps and waste on one end of the bath allows for only one side of it to be comfortably used. Wall-mount or floor-mount tapware are beautiful to see and use, but planning is required to bring the plumbing exactly where needed.

Other considerations include where to store items such as sponge, shampoo and body wash, will you build a niche for these or will you add a practical stool?  Also, freestanding baths can be high and may pose accessibility issues for the mobility impaired, so make sure you consider the needs of every family member.

There are many bath options available on the market, but not all of these might be the right one for your project, so before you select that free-standing bath that you really like make sure it is also the one that responds to the needs of your family and fits within the looks of the rest of your home. Ultimately, only go for beautiful choices that are Practical too.

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