Taking a nice long soak in the bath after a long day can be a great way to relax and unwind. But when it comes to selecting the perfect bath, there are some points that you should consider first. As baths take up such a large area and are quite expensive in relation to other components of your bathroom, it can be common for some bathrooms to forgo a bath entirely.
So with that in mind, it is important to take into account all the factors that will help you choose the perfect bath.
One of the main factors to consider when choosing a bath is the style. Either a Built-in / Back to Wall Bath or a Freestanding Bath are the two main choices available.
Built-in / Back to Wall Baths are, as the name implies, Built-in to a platform that is usually covered with either match tiles or bench top. Although they tend to be cheaper than Freestanding baths, the cost of the platform itself will need to be taken into account. Built-in / Back to Wall Baths allow for space to place additional decoration around your bath such as candles and plants. Built-in / Back to Wall Baths are ideal for smaller bathrooms as well as it eliminates the need to clean the small areas behind the bath as the entire area is raised.
Freestanding Baths are available in a range of different shapes and sizes to allow you to really personalise your bathroom. A variation of Freestanding Baths is the Clawfoot tub. These are a classic retro style that is a good alternative for anyone looking for something a bit different from the current modern designs available. Freestanding Baths can be installed without the need for any additional platforms and hence their price may be a bit higher.
When choosing the size of your bath, it is always best to try to sit inside and feel how you fit inside it. Keep in mind how many people will be using the tub at any one time and choose a size accordingly. Too small a tub will be cramped and uncomfortable and too large a tub will cause heat to disperse faster and result in a cold bath (unless that's what you were after). The depth of the tub is also an important factor to consider as you would want a depth that matches your siting height.
Whether you are looking for simple soak or a more therapeutic bath, the decision will be large determining factor on what type of bath is perfect for you. Regular baths for soaking will be much cheaper than its therapeutic counterparts due to its lack of additional features. They are simply for soaking and relaxing whereas a therapeutic bath will have additional features such as water jets, heated backrests, and even built-in speakers. With a plethora of features available, a therapeutic bath can be akin to a private spa experience.
With acrylic being the most common material for baths, most will be made of this material. Acrylic is easy to clean and scratch resistant while also being very durable and is able to retain heat well while still being relatively lightweight. Acrylic is very easy to mould as well so manufactures can create a variety of different shapes and sizes.
A more luxurious option are baths made of solid materials such as various natural stones, metals, limestone, or even marble.These options can be quite expensive and not to mention heavy though, without even taking into consideration the added water. So it is important that your floor is able to support this weight, more so on any elevated floor levels.
Lastly, a very commonly overlooked item is the the positioning of your faucets or Bath Taps. It is important to keep in mind the main orientation of how you will be using the bath. Make sure not to place the faucet or Bath Tap where your head will be located while ensuring that it is not so far away that you cannot reach it without having to step into the bath.
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