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by Pei Wen Tan March 12, 2021 4 min read

How to choose the perfect free standing bath

Looking for a way to upgrade your home? How about investing in a free standing bath? These tubs help elevate the feel of your space, adding an element of luxury that is reminiscent of a spa or retreat.

Installing a free standing bath is more common as people seek to create a relaxing atmosphere that is a welcome break from the stresses of everyday life. And why not indulge in a little luxury?

Self-care is a topic that is being increasingly talked about as a way to maintain good mental health and sinking into a relaxing bath is definitely one good way to practice self-care.

Whether you like reading a book, listening to music, or simply taking the time to clear your mind, soaking in a free standing bath can help ease your stress. Lighting a few candles or using a bath bomb can also contribute to a relaxing sensory experience.

You may choose to accompany your free standing bath with other modern luxuries, such as heated towel rails, multi-functional showerheads and heated floors. All of these can help convert your space from a typical bathroom to a spa-like sanctuary.

Choosing the perfect free standing bath can be tough. With the advent of e-commerce, there are so many options out there for you to choose from. We’ve put together a list of factors to consider so that you can pick the perfect free standing bath for your home.


Consider your budget

It’s boring to consider, but so important. How much are you willing to spend on your free standing bath? Considering this will help you rule out a bunch of options so that you can search for those that are more financially viable.

It’s never a good idea to spend beyond your means, or to dedicate a large amount of funds to one product without considering the costs of other fixtures and fittings in your home.

Setting a budget will help you achieve the perfect bathroom, and thus the perfect free standing bath.

What kind of aesthetic do you want?

When choosing your free standing bath, you should consider what kind of overall style you want for your bathroom. Do you want a minimalistic style? Or would you prefer to go for something more rustic or industrial?

There are multiple design aesthetics to come from and these will inform your decision on the best free standing bath to purchase. If you’re looking for something minimal, going for a classic white tub might be the right decision for you.

If you want something bolder, you can choose from colours such as black or stainless steel silver. The design of your tub can also contribute to your style – for example, if you want a more vintage style you might opt for a claw foot tub.

You can also think about the kind of lines and shapes you want represented throughout your bathroom. Do you want a more rectangular, blocky free standing bath to match a rectangular theme in your bathroom, or an oval shaped one for a circular theme? Maybe you want to mix and match shapes for a modern look.

Whatever design theme you want, it’s a good idea to establish this before you purchase any products for your space.

If you’re unsure of what you want, it’s a good idea to browse some interior design websites or magazines to gain some inspiration for the design style you want. If you want your home to be equipped in a way that sparks joy, it’s important to take the time to consider factors like this.


Consider what size and shape you want

Before you purchase your free standing bath, you should consider the size of your bathroom. This will help inform you on what size your free standing bath should be.

You should ideally leave 100mm to 300mm of space around your free standing bath to allow for easy cleaning and maintenance, so make sure you position it accordingly.

Knowing these measurements, it’s important that you choose a free standing bath that will fit comfortably in your bathroom without making the space look cramped. Design is important, and you should allow enough space to comfortably get in and out of the tub.

The shape you want is also an important consideration. If you’re short on space, you may choose to go for a deeper tub so that it can better accommodate you for a relaxing bath.

Where do you want to position it?

The positioning of your free standing bath relies on how you plan the set up of your bathroom to be. Although typically, a free standing bath is the statement piece of your bathroom, so if you’re doing a rehaul you might be better off choosing the placement of your tub first.

Many people choose to position their tub in front of the window to add to that luxurious, spa-like element. You can choose to have it installed on the floor or on a raised platform.

Wherever it’s positioned, make sure that it makes sense both practically and aesthetically.


What materials do you want your free standing bath to be made of?

There are multiple possibilities when it comes to materials for your free standing bath. Typically, most tubs are made of acrylic which can withstand hot and cold temperatures. They may also be fiberglass reinforced for quality.

Other tubs can be made of a resin mix, composing of clay mineral of sedimentary origin and gibbsite mineral. They can also be made of natural stone or high quality metal.

When choosing your materials, you may also want to consider the finish your free standing bath will have. Acrylic or composite materials can be gloss or matte finish, or even have a stainless steel outer. Similarly stone tubs can be finished in gloss or matte. Metal tubs will have a metallic finish.

Choosing the perfect free standing bath is made easier by considering the factors above. By choosing your tub carefully, you’ll be more likely to be satisfied with your bathroom when it’s finished.

Pei Wen Tan
Pei Wen Tan

Pei Wen is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing about topics ranging from lifestyle to interior design. She has a keen interest in creating content that is informative and easily accessible, and enjoys continually expanding her knowledge in all areas.

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